Veggie Pickles

This recipe is good for pickling firm vegetables such as beans, carrots, cauliflower and peppers.  Stock up on cauliflower when it is cheap and make a batch of this pickle.  They are a reminder of the sunny summer days in the cold winter.

1 large Spanish onion cut into pieces

Store in a cool, dry place.

Firm cherry tomatoes

1 cut green sweet pepper

1 cut red sweet pepper

1 large carrot cut into disks

1/2 cup yellow beans sliced

cauliflower florets from 3/4 of a small cauliflower Continue reading Veggie Pickles

Jam Crumble Squares

My favorite jam to use in these is a low sugar peach apricot blend.  The jam blends well with the soft texture of the square.

1 cup graham wafers

These squares are soft and tender.  You’ll need a fork to sample.

3/4 cup flour

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1 tsp baking powder Continue reading Jam Crumble Squares

Helpful Hints

  • Settle bubbles in the kitchen sink with a sprinkle of salt.

    Helpful Hints
  • Use an empty cardboard roll to roll your extra plastic bags around .  You can then store the bags in a drawer.
  • Place plastic wrap in the freezer for a few minutes if it is sticking to the roll.
  • Styrofoam packing is a good substitute for pebbles used as drainage at the bottom of plant pots.
  • Use the lids of margarine or yogurt tubs to separate hamburger patties when freezing.
  • When putting curtains on a rod which has sharp ends wrap the ends with scotch tape to avoid fraying the material.
  • Place cotton batting in the fingers of rubber gloves to prevent fingernails from poking through.
  • Use pompoms, dried flowers, candy canes, bells,  pencils, combs, tiny fans, hair ribbons,ornaments, etc. to decorate gifts instead of the standard bought bows.
  • Use up the ends of wallpaper for wrapping paper.
  • Leftover rolls of wrapping paper can also be used on tables at parties.  When the party is over simply gather up the wrapping paper and discard.
  • If stamps are stuck together put them in the freezer for a while.  They will then come apart easily.



Cranberry Orange Loaf

I love when fresh cranberries appear in the store in the fall.  The fruit reminds me of family get togethers where cranberries are traditionally served on the table. 

I like to make this loaf for Christmas.  The cranberries and the orange juice pares well together and provides a tart alternative to the sweet treats of the season.

2 cups flour

cranberry-orange-loaf2 tbsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 cup white sugar

3/4 cup orange juice

1 beaten egg

2 tbsp melted butter

1 cup whole cranberries

Mix wet ingredients into combined dry ingredients.  Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 too 60 minutes.

Crunchy Dill Pickles

The recipe is a great way to use up those extra cucumbers in the summer and the dills are crunchy and delicious.  Serve with a sandwich or enjoy them on their own.

1 clove of garlic per jar

Add an extra clove of garlic per jar to amp up the taste

2 tsp dill per jar


7 cups water

1 cups cider vinegar

1/2 cup pickling salt

1 tbsp pickling spice ( Placed in a mesh tea strainer).

Combine water, vinegar, pickling spice and salt in a pan. Boil for about 10 minutes then pour over cucumbers in jars.  Add dill and garlic to jars and process in your favorite canning method.  Let stand 5 weeks before using.

Easy Banana Bread

I like to make smoothies in the morning, but I find at the end of the week there’s always leftover bananas.  I use the fruit to make this moist cake.  It takes wonderful and fills the house with a rich scent as it bakes.

1/3 cup melted butter

Add your favorite nut to the batter.  Walnuts or mixed nuts work well.

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup white sugar

2 beaten eggs

Mix butter and sugar until creamy.  Add eggs and beat well.

1 3/4 cup flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 tbsp baking powder Continue reading Easy Banana Bread