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Adventures in Home Canning: The Spaghetti Sauce Edition

I’ve gotten into canning and food preservation in the past few years.  As a child I remember my mother’s gigantic garden, with rows upon rows of vegetables.  She canned green beans, corn, carrots, tomatoes, peaches, pears, applesauce, jams and jellies, and even chicken and beef.  The low rattling sound of the pressure canner was a […]

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Four Ways to Use (or Preserve) Summer Squash

We are deep in the midst of summertime, and if you are a gardener that means one thing…your summer squash plants are exploding! Summer squashes are different from their more heartier winter cousins in that they are harvested when their skins are still soft and tender, and therefore edible.  Yellow squash, zucchini, and patty pan squash are […]

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Autism Awareness Month!

April is Autism Awareness month!  According to the CDC, 1 in 68 children has been identified as having an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  With the increasing prevalence of the disorder, it is more and more common that you will know someone who has ASD, possibly a member of your family, friends, or neighbors.  ASD can affect […]

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The Power of “Yes”

A few weeks ago while getting ready for work and daycare on a Tuesday morning I realized that my nearly-four-year-old “big boy” was extra clingy, extra whiny, and overall extra needy. The child who the week before had proudly shown off the fact that he could put on his own shoes AND socks was now […]

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