Mississippi Pot Roast

It was a crazy busy day today on our little patch of heaven. We started out working with the wood pile, stacking it into manageable rows. Then we gathered seeds from the cutting flower rows. And harvesting more peppers including banana. Those banana peppers and a thawed chuck roast were motivation for supper: Slow cooker Mississippi pot roast.  This iconic, yummy recipe can be made … Continue reading Mississippi Pot Roast

Those Darn Stinkbugs and Asian Lady Beetles

They’re trying to get into my house by flying onto screen doors, crawling along the outside stoop into the house, and other nefarious ways to get in to winter over. I’m talking about stinkbugs and lady beetles! I’m willing to bet you have them, too. Here’s some fun and always timely information from Joe Boggs, Ohio State University Extension. “Buggy Joe” comes through again! This … Continue reading Those Darn Stinkbugs and Asian Lady Beetles

It’s Dry Outside. Water! Especially “Newbies”

From friend and colleague Ron Wilson, Natorp. Get that hose out!Importance of Watering It’s Dry! Be sure to water all your plants including your new trees and shrubs. HOW TO WATER NEW TREES AND PLANTSThe most common way to water new trees and plants is by letting a garden hose trickle at the base of the plant, soaking the root ball.  Also, you can use stationary sprinklers … Continue reading It’s Dry Outside. Water! Especially “Newbies”

Roasted Spicy Tomato Jam (Not preserves!) Anyone?

Well, this is the first year that I’ve almost run out of ways to use tomatoes. Are you in the same boat? Regardless of the way the plants/leaves look, most of us have had a bumper crop.  I’ve preserved more tomatoes this year than I ever have in the past.  From freezing tomatoes (I have a vacuum sealer now and just love it), both cherry … Continue reading Roasted Spicy Tomato Jam (Not preserves!) Anyone?

Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

Today when. Annie Mitchell Egan and I chatted on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, the subject was Rosh Hashanah which will be celebrated tomorrow through Sunday. It’s traditional to eat the head of a fish during the Rosh Hashana holiday meal. The wish there is that  they hope everyone at the table will be at the head and not at the tail of whatever … Continue reading Rosh Hashanah Honey Cake

German Potato Salad and Cucumber Salads for Oktoberfest

This weekend we celebrate Oktoberfest. Now I’m sure gatherings will be scaled down due to the pandemic, and some of you will be doing Oktoberfest at home. Oktoberfest salads are part of the fun. My German mother-in-law, Clara, made the best German potato salad. I remember it warm, with a bit of a bite from the vinegar. Problem is, like so many heirloom recipes, Clara’s … Continue reading German Potato Salad and Cucumber Salads for Oktoberfest

Slow Cookers Go Way Back to Bible Days

As many of you know, Thursdays are my day to chat with Matt Swaim of the Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Today, we talked about “slow cooking” and how that kind of cooking was done during Bible days. Slow cooking/cookers have Biblical roots! (Well, sort of) We are all cooking more it seems and with the kids back in school, many virtually, we’re … Continue reading Slow Cookers Go Way Back to Bible Days

Back to School Breakfasts and Snacks

Each week when I chat with Matt Swaim on the Sonrise Morning Show, Sacred Heart Radio, I select a subject that’s timely. And with kids back in school (virtually or otherwise) it’s a challenge to come up with ideas for snacks, breakfast, etc. And did you know that home schooling dated back to before Christ was born? With the kids back in school in various … Continue reading Back to School Breakfasts and Snacks