Summer Lovin’

Yes, summer lovin’! I love the sunshine, the activities that come with summer time, and of course the fresh fruit and veggies that are so abundant around here at this time of year. I must admit, I do have a slight addiction to canning and mason jars! I guess it’s not a dangerous type of addiction that can cause harm, so I am safe!

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love my sign from Typo shop in Australia!

Currently I have 30 pounds of cabbage fermenting for another 5-6 weeks to make my own sauerkraut as well. I haven’t tried it before, so I am curious how it will turn out. This morning I came across a recipe for Peach Pie Moonshine, so it has me thinking I should try this next, along with some more mustards and a Siracha sauce of my own. We have an abundance of peppers growing in our yard and I will make use of them!

Here I wanted to share a couple of my canned goods from the past couple of weeks.

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Some yummy mediterranean style mushrooms, pickled beets, cranberry siracha pepper jelly and blackberry jelly!

Here is a little glimpse of some of the stock downstairs!

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Butter Baked Goodness!

We are going to be hit with a cold front the weather man tells us, this coming week. It’s hard to believe as I look outside, it’s clear and autumn looking. I guess it is December 28th, it is winter!

When I hear cold weather is coming, my insides are excited, this means wearing cozy slippers, blankets wrapped around me and reading a  good book (preferably a cook book) and making soup! I have this love of making homemade soup. Like I mentioned, it’s December 28th, so with the leftover hambone from Christmas, I made my first ever pea soup. Pea soup has always kind of scared me, it is green, thick and has PEAS!!! I have always told myself that I do not like peas, really, I have not given them a fair shake. Also with the turkey carcass, on the stove top right now is a turkey noodle soup.

Well we can’t have a soup without a scone or a biscuit, so immediately I went to my Butter Baked Cookbook, that I am absolutely in love with. I wish I could give it to everyone as a gift, but the banker tells me I can’t! Instead I will share the link with you, and tell you that this book is AMAZINGSAUCE!!!

The fragrant smell of my soup is accompanied with the wonderful smell of the Apple Bacon Cheddar Scones today.  This recipe must be tried by all of you!

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The bacon used today was scrumptious, who doesn’t enjoy bacon!

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Margarine is something you will NOT find in my kitchen. I decided about 5 years ago that this was something that does not belong in my fridge. Growing up my mother was not much of a baker, and I never recall seeing actual butter in our house. I remember that there was always a tub of Country Crock, which I think is a cheap version of margarine.

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Once your dough is mixed, it will feel a little wet and sticky, but that is the way it should feel. Transfer to a flour surface and roll out. It really is a beautiful sight!

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Once the egg wash and cheese have been put on the cut pieces, in to the oven it goes.

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Voila, here are the finished products, and they are soooo yummy!!

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I also just had to add a picture of the turkey soup that is on my stove top right now, it too smells AMAZING!

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I would love to hear about some of your favourite winter recipes!