Plum Dandy Fruit Leather

Fruit leather (or “fruit roll-ups”) make a great snack for full-size and tiny humans. Inspired by an abundance of frozen plums from backyard, impending bumper crop and recent success with a strawberry fruit leather, I created a batch of plum fruit leather with honey and plums. I know exactly what did and did not go […]

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Preserving the Strawberry Bounty: How to Hull a Strawberry

Sure, I could have titled this post Strawberry Fields Forever, but it just seems so obvious… I recently was unsupervised out at Bolles Farm, near Monroe Washington, (aka berry picking with a group of co-workers sans hubs) and returned with sixteen pounds of organic strawberries.  Sure two of them were “for the MIL” but the […]

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Mozzarella: easy homemade!

My maiden voyage into home cheese making: mozzarella. I started with a kit, for the pure ease of having all the necessary components delivered to my door: Amazon reviews to support, rennet, citric acid and cheese salt. The box itself even looks cheesy. (Sheesh punny but true, they could come up with a more chic […]

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Preserving the Blueberry Days of Summer

Blueberries – By Robert Frost (excerpt) Blueberries as big as the end of your thumb. Real sky-blue, and heavy and ready to drum. In the cavernous pail of the first one to come! And all ripe together, not some of them green. And some of them ripe! You ought to have seen. My home bushes […]

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Did Somebody Call a Plumber? To fix a slow draining front-loader…

DON’T! I’d call a plumber if it’s a bachelorette party (bow–chicka–wow–wow), but not if your washer is a bit sluggish in the draining department. It’s a quick fix-a bit like a box of chocolates and eating a Tootsie Pop, all in one. SITUATION: You know that aggravating feeling when it says 1 minute remaining on […]

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