For the past several years, I have been canning whole tomatoes for when winter rolls around and I’m craving tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches or stew. Canning tomatoes is easy, super easy and the tomatoes taste way better than anything you get from the store. We get our Roma tomatoes from Chavez Farms and … More Tomatoes, Canning Whole
It is peak melon season now in Utah. Luckily, we’ve been able to grab fresh melons at our local grocery store where the melons are sourced from Hurricane, UT. But there’s also a melon stand at the Downtown Farmer’s Market that we buy from as well. I’ve been eating a melon a day it seems … More Melon Wrapped in Prosciutto
For such an easy pattern, I’ve had a dilly of a pickle sewing a version of Grainline Studio’s new Willow Tank pattern that will last. I’ve gone through three versions and two different sizes to finally get a version that looks fabulous. I sewed with rayon for the first time and was completely disappointed with … More Grainline Studio Willow Tank
I’m always looking for new recipes to enjoy during the dark days of winter. I think a good meal would be spaghetti with marinara sauce. I could never bring myself to purchase store-bought tomato sauce, but making my own canned tomato sauce seems more exciting. I thought I would make marinara sauce, but that’s rather … More Tomato Sauce for Canning
For the first time, we are canning our own corn using fresh Utah corn on the cob. This year we decided to use Petersen Family Farms corn, a local farm in Riverton. It probably isn’t the cheapest corn, but we were able to purchase 7 cobs for $2.50. You can get a lot of canned … More Sweet Corn, Canning
It is peach season in Utah and I’m still experimenting with making the best peach jam ever! I’ve recently started using weight to determine the amount of sugar to add to jam recipes instead of cup measurements. For fruits like apricots, peaches, and sweet cherries, I’ve been measuring the weight of the processed fruit in … More Peach Jam
For the last few years, I’ve really struggled with wearing any sort of bra with a 35 lbs. backpacking pack, because either the straps rub wrong under the bag or the combination of a strap and a backpack was just too much. Last year I got a really great pack and thought all my troubles … More Jalie 2563 Sports Bra
I have a 10-tray food dehydrator so I was able to really load it up with fruit, 25 pounds to be exact. After grabbing a bushel of apricots from a family in Riverdale for $25 / bushel, I made jam and dried some apricots. Here’s the lovely recipe for homemade dried apricots.
I have used KSL classified ads to find local fruit and veggies. Right now apricots are out in full force! I found a family in Riverdale selling apricots for $25 / bushel (about 40 pounds). I was able to make this recipe twice and then dried the rest. This recipe turned out really great.
Not sure why I’ve missed fresh peas from Petersen Family Farms in past years, but I’m so happy to know about them this year. We were able to grab 10 pounds of shelled peas for $3 / pound. This was an awesome deal! From those 10 pounds, we canned 17 – 18 pint jars. The … More Shelled Peas, Canning