Eating Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce with a Spoon

Who’d of thought that homemade cherry bbq sauce–sweet-spicy and full of flavor, would be so good you’d want to eat it with a spoon!

Since January, I’ve been canning along with the blog Food In Jars Mastery challenge. It’s been so much fun!  Lots of camaraderie, super recipes, and inspiration everywhere!  

Who’d of thought that homemade cherry bbq sauce--sweet-spicy and full of flavor, would be so good you’d want to eat it with a spoon!

Thick Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce

So when a 20 lbs case of sweet cherries arrived from my CSA, canning some Homemade Cherry BBQ Sauce was almost fate!   Read more

Simple Fruit Salad

Macerate: (mac·er·ate)  to soften or separate into parts by steeping in a liquid. Yes, it’s a technical term—and one that I always thought sounded suspect. Like something out of a Biology 2 lab.  But, take my word for it, this can turn a simple fruit salad into something extraordinary.  

A variety of cut fruit topped with a sugar & orange juice, draws out juices & creates an amazing sauce for this simple fruit salad. In a couple hours—magic!

Simple fruit salad glistening with juice

I’ve made this fruit salad for years, using different combinations of fruit, depending on the season.  And it never fails. It still amazes me every time I dip in a spoon!   Read more

Cajun Shrimp Kabobs  

How’s your summer going?  We are having lots of fun and had an especially nice 4th of July.  My Mom and all the kids joined us “up north” for a festive long weekend.  We swam, watched fireworks and went used furniture shopping for my daughter’s first solo apartment!  

Just assemble and grill these easy cajun shrimp kabobs--no marinating! With a sprinkle of spices and andouille sausage, they are loaded with flavor!

Cajun Shrimp Kabobs

With all of its fun activities, though, summer can mean conflicts between soaking up relaxation and moving goals (or dinner!) forward.  So, I was happy to have these easy Cajun Shrimp Kabobs waiting in the wings.  Sometimes you can have it all!   Read more

Garden Vinegar Weed Killer (When Mulch Fails)

Gardening naturally has its challenges. Some times more than others. Like when your tired-and-true method of for garden bed weed prevention (mulching), completely fails.   Then it’s time to experiment—this time with garden vinegar weed killer.  

20% Garden Vinegar Weed Killer is kind of like your salad vinegar on steroids (as in 4 times stronger and poisonous). This is our story (hint: it worked)

Spraying with Garden Vinegar Weed Killer – Note Protective Gear (Ignore Ugly Baggy Shirt)

But first the problem–and a little backstory…   Read more