Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dilly Beans Home Canning Recipe Courtesy of Wendy M.

I've known Wendy since my days in Portland, Maine.  I still remember being at her mother's house on weekend.  When we got ready to leave she gave me a bag of garden fresh cucumbers.  They were delicious!

Dilly Beans courtesy of Wendy M.


2 lbs. trimmed green beans

4 heads dill

4 cloves garlic

1 tsp. cayenne pepper (I like to use red pepper flakes instead)

2-1/2 cups vinegar

2-1/2 cups water

1/4 cup canning salt (don't substitute regular salt, this is chemistry!)

Pack beans lengthwise into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. To each pint, add 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper, 1 clove garlic and 1 head dill. Combine remaining ingredients in a large sauce pot (non-reactive, like an enamel or glass pot). Bring to a boil. Pour hot liquid over beans, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Remove air bubbles. Adjust caps. Process pints and quarts 10 minutes in boiling water bath.

Yield: about 4 pints...

Freezing Blueberries at the BerryMorins House!

Oregon and Canada blueberries

Frozen blueberries overnight. 

Placed in a freezer bag to enjoy months to come!

I found the instructions for freezing berries at pickyourown.

My Natural Hair Color ~ Salt and Pepper Baby!

Deadline for my summertime blog giveaway is August 19th!
I still have some patches that need to fill it.

I had a trim at Great Clips yesterday.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

I Love Her Wedding Touches! Sara Rue, Actress, and Kevin Price

Now this is a very thoughtful gift..umbrellas to shade yourself.  I would definitely take one!

I love the flower details on the dress.  Doesn't she look amazing!  The bouquets are so beautiful.

Next time I have a pedicure I'll be borrowing this idea!
Sara Rue, actress, and latest Jenny Craig loser married Kevin Price this spring.  I just had to share some of her cute wedding touches!

My Finds at Our Local Smart & Final Store

Guess whats for dinner tonight? London Broils 50% Off ~ I purchased 2. 

I just love blueberries and decided to purchased these berries from Oregon and Canada, to freeze tonight!   Oh, don't you just love Fresh & Easy resusable bags?!  I use them to carry groceries to clothing.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

BlogHer '12 Ticket Rates Have Been Posted!

I'm planning on attending the BlogHer'12 and am thrilled that the ticket prices have been posted! 

The conference will be held at the New York Hilton in New York City on August 2, Thursday to August 4, Saturday.

I'm hoping that my husband will accompany me so that we can have some couple time in the Big Apple.  

For the Love of Small Batch Canning (Recipe: Spiced Plum Jam)

ps  There's still time to enter the Summer Time Blog giveaway!

For the Love of Small Batch Canning (Recipe: Spiced Plum Jam)
Walmart has an amazing price on the small home canning kit.  It's around $12!

Mark you calendars! National Can It Forward Day on August 13, Saturday!

Monday, August 08, 2011

"I Can't Find Socks to Fit My Feet"! Daddy to the Rescue!

Marcus' foot wearing one of the socks that my husband located at Walmart!


When your son is wearing a size 15 shoe it can be a challenge to find a sock to fit.  So, I asked my hubby, former shoe salesperson, to locate socks for Marcus. 

ps There's still time to enter the Summer Time Blog giveaway!

I Would Like to Share My Birdhouse Collection !

An anniversary gift from Crate and Barrell

Marcus made this birdhouse when he was a Tiger Cub.

I purchased this birdhouse from an Etsy store.

I love all of the details.

Do you see the wreath and the small birdhouse?

Marcus made this one in summer camp when he was little. 

I purchased these many years ago from an online store.  Can't remember which one.