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Why do they call it canning when foods are put up in jars?

For as long as I can remember 'canning' is the term used to preserve fresh fruits and
vegetables from the harvest or one's own backyard garden. 

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Why is it called 'canning'?  I have some old recipe books and cookbooks, scraps of paper and jotted down notes, but I don't recall seeing any recipes for preserving food in a can?  Standard preservation is in glass jars, like Mason Jars.  Before my time, I guess.

Well, this weekend gave me an opportunity to do a little canning or glass jar preserving.  The house will smell like vinegar for a few days.  The weather was coolish, so it was a great time to do so.  I made herbal vinegars, pickled peppers, radishes, cranberry-orange vinegar and cranberry jam. 

I took advantage of the lull between the tomatoes being fully ripened. 

Then, the next day, not to lose...  Read More

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Le petit jardin

Who knew, a small garden would have a harvest and so soon?
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What to do with herbs from the garden? 

I planted all kinds of herbs for future harvest.  What I did not plan on was varying temperatures, rain
and humidity and different times for picking. 

 
From addoway
We finally survived the ultimate heat wave here in the Northeast.  Bringing the heat wave to an end was another massive downpour with rain coming down so fast, there was wide spread flooding.  Flood waters permeated into the ground really fast within 15 minutes.  This picture was about 15 minutes after the rain subsided.  I had to put the battery in the camera, took a picture and uploaded it.  The picture didn’t come out, so took another one.  This was in the span of around fifteen minutes.  The water you see in the photo image is about half of what it was...  Read More

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7 habits of Highly Effective Teens and People

Development of integrity and social awareness of oneself might be something we ought to pursue each and every day.  But, how does one get through the daily grind, the petty arguments, insinuations of young life, middle age and older life? 

Someone once told me they read " The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens", by Sean Covey, son of Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People".

One great insight that I was told was that ~ you cannot let someone else ruin your day. 

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It was one of those moments when I was listening to a teenager come home from a seminar and enlighten me!  How inspiring!  I never forget those words and think I encompass the tenet in my daily life.  And how it makes so much sense.  Really, why would we let someone
who we encounter perhaps at work,...  Read More

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What is Slow Food?

What is Slow Food?

It’s about everything from salads to supper and everything in between.
It’s about the interaction between the farmer, grocer, you, your family and friends. Many a friendship can be made talking with the people in between the food to your plate. 

Gardening is one aspect of Slow Food.
Here’s the moveable feast of a garden.

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From addoway
I put out this shelving to put the herbs that I keep buying onto before I transplant to the garden.  Three of the ones on the 2nd shelf, I grew from seed.  Everything else came from the local garden center.  I used to work in a garden center , one season and took home
all the seconds and canned liked crazy!  I loved it.  But, then I had to go back to a real 9-5 job and gave up the canning and preserving for ten years.  Well, still working full time, I’m...  Read More

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The Ice Cream Man

An essential part of summer childhood was getting an ice cream from the Ice Cream truck.
Why not have them come to your workplace?

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From July 10, 2012
Recently we had the Ice Cream truck park in the back of the building near the loading docks for a half hour. So fun!  This gives me ideas to have a gelato truck come visit.

It was fun to see what everyone got.  One wanted a red white and blue Bomb Pop, now made by Blue Bunny. Another wanted a root beer popsicle.  Others had a turtle, oreo, chocolate crunch, strawberry shortcake and chocolate eclair. 
With retro ice cream favorites and old-fashioned popsicles, the truck serviced the employees on a hot summer day. Next time I'll take pictures. 

We contacted a local ice cream vendor and they came at the time we suggested.  Just found out though, there is now an ice cream...  Read More

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Christmas in July

Christmas in July

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From July 10, 2012
It’s fun and generates good cheer, but how did it get started? 

I remember as a girl at a YMCA Camp, we had a Christmas in July party and made Christmas ornaments and celebrated.  I became curious as we now have online special sales for a Christmas in July. 
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On Wikipedia:
“The earliest known occasion to make the phrase Christmas in July literal was in July 1933 at Camp Keystone, a girl's summer camp in North Carolina, which celebrated with a Christmas tree, gifts, and a visit by Santa Claus.[2] In 1935, the National Recreation Association's journal Recreation described what a Christmas in July was like at a girl's camp, writing that "all mystery and wonder surround this annual event."[3]
There are many more traditions in America .  The US Postal Service  along with...  Read More

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It's Lobster Time

It's summer and everyone across America is going to be eating outdoors at a cookout, lobster bake, clambake or backyard barbecue.

If you are serving lobster and you don't have the directions of how to eat the lobster (over 700 sold this year and running low) on your plate, you can give your guests lobster bibs.  These bibs have the directions printed on them.


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They make for interesting conversation and are a great ice breaker for those who are novices and for the old-timers.

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addoway Cares

One of the reasons I like addoway.com is that they donate 20% of it's monthly Pro Membership fees to charity.  Addoway Cares.
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From its merchants membership costs,  20% of that is donated to worthy fundraisers to help people across the nation and the world. 

Some of the contributions are:

Japan Tsunami  also see the Global Giving page

US Midwest Tornadoes 

2011 and 2012 also see the Global Giving pages.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

I wasn't sure which image illustrated the giving concept better, plain white or abstract.

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