Jalapeno Mojito Jelly

Want a fresh way to use up those jalapenos in your garden? Jalapeno Mojito Jelly will do the trick with it’s sweet and spicy flavor! This is a small batch recipe, if you are planning a larger batch, just double or triple the recipe.  Boxed pectin can be tricky to work with. If it’s been…

August Photo Stroll

I planted strawberries in a huge pot on my deck way back in April and they have slowly been blooming and fruiting all summer. With our drought conditions, they are small, squishy and malformed but I’ve managed to add them to my berry stock to make jam. The underripe ones are higher in pectin, so…

Purple Hull Beans ~ Summer Salad

On my trip to the farmstand last week I purchased some purple hull beans and used them to make a summer salad of corn, beans and Vidalia onion with a simple basil dressing. It’s one of those, “use what you have” summer veggie salads. I had fresh jalapeno, basil and tomato from my garden to…

Peaches ~ Low Sugar Peach Jam

I made a return day trip this week with family to Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia. I’ve posted about Jaemor before in Trip to the Farmstand ~ Georgia Grown, last summer. Our timing was perfect as there were several varieties of freestone peaches available. Freestone peaches are the ones in which the peach flesh comes away…

Layers ~ Pastry Metaphor

Please excuse my ramble today…accept my permission to scroll down to photos and recipe links and skip my philosophical meandering! I saw this Daily Post prompt,  Layers, a few weeks ago and meant to write a post then. But Life interrupted and put me on another track. It’s happening a lot lately. Not necessarily bad or good events,…

Strawberry Vanilla Jam

This easy homemade strawberry vanilla jam tastes so fresh you’ll think it came straight out of the strawberry patch! Strawberry Vanilla Jam 2 pints fresh strawberries 2-3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice 1/2 inch piece of vanilla bean 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered pectin 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 4 clean, sterilized pint jars with lids…

Early Afternoon Visitors

I fed some visitors today and didn’t even have to cook! This is why we don’t have leaves on the bottom branches of our peach tree! The photo is strangely distorted a little as I was hiding behind sheers trying to take pictures without scaring them off. They trotted off anyway, joining Mama in Mr….

Summer Pasta ~ Fresh for Dinner or Dessert!

If you’ve never made homemade fresh pasta, a hot summer day is the perfect time to try it. Why? It cooks quickly and pairs perfectly with all the fresh veggies of summer…and you can eat it for dessert too! What? Pasta for dessert? Well it is just flour, water, salt and egg! Fill ravioli with…

Looking Up ~ Georgia State Railroad Museum

Look Up Looking up the 126 foot tall smokestack at the Georgia State Railroad Museum in Savannah, Georgia. My son’s favorite vacation stop, a National Historic Landmark and the perfect place to picnic and play in Savannah!

Macarons

My daughter (the gluten free one) had been asking me for months to help her make these special almond delights. While they have been popular for some time, I had never made them before. Last week she had a day off from work so we made Macarons our day’s work and were rewarded with sweet…