Canning Ketchup: signs that Fall is here

I began my canning education as soon as I started gardening. Armed with my Complete Book of Home Preserving, I canned anything and everthing I could. Now I only can my favorites, among them Dilled Pickled Green Beans, Spicey Garlic Pickles, various jams, salsa, peaches, pumpkin, apple pie filling, relish, and of course Homemade KETCHUP. Once […]

Harvests in September

These last days of summer have been busy with harvesting, gardening, pruning, house projects, canning, and baking. It wasn’t until my 5 and 3/4 month old son started crawling (um excuse me, WHAT?) that I had a moment of refection and awe over the last six months. In the last six months, I have become […]

Late Summer Tea Party in the Garden

The girls and I decided to throw an end of summer tea party in the garden. We invited a bunch of friends from the neighborhood and everyone pitched in. The result: a relaxing afternoon with good company and good food.     “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow” Audrey Hepburn  Sheela ROSE […]

Curried Coconut Kale Soup

This recipe came to me as I was perusing the aisles of my favorite asian market. I was particularly intrigued by the purple sweet potatoes and Japanese sweet potatoes that I found. If you can’t find these ingredients (or any other ingredients) just improvise! Use what your store has. If its yams, regular sweet potatoes, […]

Simple Turkey & Cheddar Turnovers

Makes 8   *Thaw your puff pastry before you start*   1 lb ground turkey 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 onion, chopped 2 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp Dijon Mustard salt and pepper to taste 1 C of shredded cheddar 2 sheets of puff pastry, thawed Flour for dusting 1 egg, beaten   To […]

Mother’s Day Brunch

It was a lovely day here at the Taylor Homestead. We had my parents and brother over, and for the very first time, Grandma Myrna and Aunt Cynthia. Food is my love language. What better way celebrate a few of the mothers in our life. Mom’s famous egg dish. When she asked if I’d like […]

Food + Friends + Fridays

We have been having record highs this spring in the Pacific Northwest. And what better way to take advantage of that, than to have some of your favorite people over for a barbecue.   I started the iced tea early. Mmmmm peach and coconut (our wedding tea). These two! Chris and Tawny (my 8 months […]

Grandma’s Pebbernors

(Above: Grandma Myrna and four of six of the Hustoft children. My father was the only boy.) When I was a little girl, I remember receiving a special package from Grandma Myrna every Christmas. Inside were all sorts of tasty treats that she had baked herself, of course, but my eye was always drawn toward […]