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Canning Blackberry Jam Without Pectin

We’ve been eating wild berries everyday for weeks, but now that blackberry season is in full swing, picking is getting more serious. In the intense dry heat, many of the blackberries are small and firm, but their flavor is intense when cooked. The aroma of simmering jam in the kitchen is intoxicating. Many blackberry jam […]

17 Tips for Easy Homemade Broth

17 Tips for Easy Homemade Broth

Chicken, vegetable, and other broths are some of the most versatile and easy-to-make staples in the kitchen. They turn a spent carcass or papery onion skins into one more meal– almost for free! Most importantly, homemade broth is dramatically superior to what you can buy in a can or box at the market, and without […]

Dying Fabric with Berries

Dying Fabric with Berries

My husband and I married in a fun, lighthearted celebration on a grassy hill. I hand-stitched my own lacy gown, along with the bunting and other decor. Late in that perfect evening, while guests drank, danced, and played lawn games, I changed into a casual white sundress that I’d picked out a few days before. During […]

Making Mustard From Wild Seed

When the mustard flowers were flush and the fields bright yellow, we spared several patches when mowing for the benefit of the bees and butterflies. Then as the petals dropped and the plants grew brown and brittle, I decided to collect their seed and make the beloved condiment. My husband suggested making mustard a while […]

Pickled Cat’s Ear Buds

Pickled Cat’s Ear Buds

The population of edible plants growing from our driveway down to the creek and up the hillside is astounding and exciting– beyond the salad greens we eat almost daily to include vegetables for roasting and stir-frying, fermenting and pickling. I have been topping our daily wild salads with dandelion buds for months, split in half to reveal their […]

Making Plum Wine

Making Plum Wine

  After early blossoming, the plum trees already have surprisingly sizable fruit showing, and it has me thinking about last year’s wonderfully successful venture of country winemaking. Plum was my first attempt, and it’s been one of the best among apple, mint, nettle, pumpkin, mead, pomegranate mead, jujube, and rosehip. Until last year, I was […]

Sloppy Joes From Scratch

Sloppy Joes From Scratch

We started making these as we worked through a supply of elk shared by my in-laws a few years ago. I was not raised on the canned mix that so many seem to recognize as a Sloppy Joe. In fact, I had my first one as an adult, made from a supermarket seasoning packet and whatever the […]

Homemade Hot Sauce

Homemade Hot Sauce

We have several bags of hot peppers in the freezer, which makes it easy to keep our favorite hot sauce on-hand. This sauce has more than great kick– the flavor is well rounded and delicious. We use it on all sorts of foods in our home, from potatoes to tacos to scrambled eggs. Even our toddler […]

Basic Homemade Soap Recipe

Basic Homemade Soap Recipe

We’re due to make a batch of soap as our supply begins to dwindle. Switching to commercial soap would simply not be an option. Our homemade bars are silky, scent-free, and fantastic for the skin– I use it on my face and it’s been the first product to leave me with clear skin, even among […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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