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For the past couple of years, I’ve been really into natural, rustic Christmas decor–think lots of boughs of evergreen and cedar, pinecones, berries, and dried citrus fruits. The other elements are easy, but drying oranges and grapefruit in the oven takes a bit of finesse. Sure, it might seem simple,

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You’ve decided you want to start canning & preserving food at home–hurray! But if you don’t know anyone who wants to pass down their used canning equipment, the start-up costs can add up. What do you absolutely need for canning? What can you live without? And what equipment is worth

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You’ve grown the garden, harvested the vegetables, and are dreaming of canning all that lovely produce to last over the winter.  Or maybe you’ve bought some peaches from the fruit truck, or collected raspberries from your local fruit farm. Whatever your canning dreams are made of, canning for the first

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As a child, my favourite jam without question was strawberry jam. I loved my grandma’s homemade jam, and I slathered it thick on fresh slices of homemade bread. However, once I became an adult, strawberry jam kind of tasted… bland. I wondered how I loved it so much as a

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How to Freeze Saskatoon Berries

Can you bottle up the taste of summer? Not exactly, but freezing Saskatoon berries for later use comes pretty close. You’ve spent hours in the berry patch picking, now it’s time to clean and freeze those beautiful berries! I’ll show you exactly how to clean and freeze Saskatoon berries, as

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How to Freeze Peaches

Nothing says summer like taking a bite into a fresh, juicy peach. Capture that flavour of summer and learn to freeze peaches so they last until next peach season. It’s way easier than you think, and you don’t have to peel off the skin if you don’t want to. Here’s

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Easy Peach Jam with Cinnamon

Nothing says summer like fresh peaches in August, perfectly ripe and dripping with fresh juice. I wish I could bottle up that deliciousness, and canning jars of peach jam is basically the next best thing. This peach jam is far easier than it looks, and is a simple enough recipe

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Simple Tips to Easily Air-Dry Fresh Herbs at Home

Do you love cooking with a wide variety of herbs in your kitchen or use them for homemade remedies? Then you know very well how expensive herbs can be. Before I got into the whole growing and drying herbs, I used to regularly buy small quantities of a variety of

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How to Make Crab Apple Juice

One of my happiest childhood memories is of drinking crab apple juice straight from the jar at my babysitter’s house.  The juice was always accompanied by some tasty home baked cookies and delightful conversation.  Now that I’m older, I wanted to recreate the magic.

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Hi, I'm Kristen and I help new gardeners learn to grow their own vegetables and beautify their yards. I also share recipes that use all that delicious garden produce. Grab a coffee (and your gardening gloves) and join me for gardening tips, simple recipes, and the occasional DIY, all from the lovely city of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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