Kitchen July 23 2012
Growing a vegetable garden. Making jam. Baking bread. BBQing pizzas. Drying garlic and onions. If you told me 20 years ago that I would be doing these things and LOVING them, I would have laughed. But it is the truth, I have found pure unadulterated fun in each of these tasks and I am constantly blown away by how E A S Y they are. That’s right, I said, “Easy”.
A couple of years back, an island friend was telling me how simple it was to crank out a dozen jars of berry jam for her boys. Really? Yes. And now I will share the secret with you. Local fruit. Your kitchen. Low sugar. Save a ton of money. Incredible over-the-top “Mom this tastes like our yummy strawberries from the garden” flavor. Are you sold yet? Come on in…
About Val: Val is the creator of the Food & Garden site Mental Chew and the co-editor of Bonbon Break. She is a former middle school science teacher who put her career on hold to be at home with her two babes.
When Val breaks away from her keyboard, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, camping, tidepooling, birdwatching, sailing, traveling and potlucks. She gets a kick out of combing the web for recipes and then adapting them for her husband, family and friends to enjoy. Through her love of organic cooking, she became interested in growing her own produce and Mental Chew gave her the chance to combine her love of food and gardening as well as explore her new passion of photography. Follow Val on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest.
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About Taylor: Taylor Flanery is a Mom of 3, former lawyer, freelance writer, and editor-in-chief and head writer at Home-Storage-Solutions-101.com, Stain-Removal-101.com, and Household-Management-101.com. Taylor’s goal for herself and others is to have a clean and organized home that you actually have time to enjoy. She’s personally been making good progress toward that goal in her own home for over 10 years, taking small incremental steps forward. She loves to teach others how little steps done regularly can help you achieve big results in your home.