Garden update

Full garden pic

Full garden pic

Things have been busy, as usual, around here.  But, I thought that I’d give you a quick update on how the garden is doing.

The onions & beans are coming along nicely.  The carrots never did come up, so that row was tilled back under, and I will be planting more beans in it in the next week or so.

Onions & Beans

Onions & Beans

Here is a pic of our okra, corn, pepper, squash, & tomatoes.

Okra, corn, peppers, squash, & tomatoes

Okra, corn, peppers, squash, & tomatoes

My herb garden is also coming along nicely.

Herb Garden

Herb Garden

The only thing that didn’t come up that I planted was chives.

My marigolds, dill, echinacea, parsley, cilantro, sage, & some basil that I planted from seed have all come up & are coming along nicely!  As soon as they are ready for planting, I will get them in the ground, & then I’ll be ready to mulch it all!

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It won’t be long before I’ll be sharing with you about all of my canning endeavors!  I can’t wait!  It’s always a lot of hard work, but I look forward to it!


Turning A Mason Jar Into an On-The-Go Cup!

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I’ve been seeing online where people were turning a regular mason jar into a to-go cup and absolutely love the idea.  But, even though I know the prices I have seen them charging have been fair, I still have an aversion to paying for something that I can make myself.  So, with the help of my sweet husband, Brian, we made 10 of them ourselves.


Here’s what you will need:

Pint sized mason jars

Reusable Straws

Canning Jar Lids

Canning Jar Rings

Rubber Grommets (1/4-inch inside diameter or size needed to fit your straw)


3/8-inch paddle drill bit (or size needed to fit your grommets)

scrap piece of wood

Using your scrap piece of wood, drill a hole in the middle of the seal (or just off center, whichever you like better). If you read my post on how to make mason jar soap dispensers, you will know that by running the drill in reverse, you will still be able to drill your hole, but the bit will not grab the seal as badly or leave as rough of an edge.



Insert your grommet into the hole you just drilled.




Now you’re ready to put it to use!  Enjoy!


These have already become a favorite in my family.  We made 10 the day we made these.  I’m sure we will be making more in the near future.  These would also make great gifts for family, teachers, friends, etc.

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What to do with 30 bunches of organic celery?

Last month, Azure Standard had a box of organic celery on sale for $11.25 ($12.21 w/tax).  Each box was guaranteed to contain at least 30 bunches of celery, which is what I received.  So, each bunch of Organic celery cost me $0.41/each.  So, what did I do with ALL. THAT. CELERY?

Well,  I started by chopping it up.  I had two bowls full.  Each bowl contained 15 bunches of chopped up celery.


1 of 2 bowls full of organic chopped celery (15 bunches).

Then, I loaded them onto my Excalibur Dehyrator trays and dehydrated them! I filled my dehydrator twice and turned two huge bowl fulls into this:


Two half gallon canning jars full of dehydrated celery!  I will end up grinding some of this up into a powder to go into my vegetable powder mix that I keep on hand, but I will leave most of it as is for now.  It will be used soups & stews in the coming months, especially in the winter.  While celery is easily accessible all year long and not overly expensive (usually running around $0.97 to $1.30/bunch), buying organic can cost even more.  But, at $0.41/bunch, I now have plenty on hand whenever I need some for a dish.