Pickles And Jam

rasberry jam

Hello Charming friends! Most of us wouldn't think about combining pickles and jam together...unless....someone is expecting!  Well, I'm well beyond that point, so no worries there.  You might wonder what pickles and jam have in common?  Canning!  It's the time of year where fresh fruits and vegetables are abundant at our farmer's markets to make our own […]

Three Basic Steps to Canning Tomatoes

Yes I Can! 3 Basic Steps To Canning

It's that time of year again, where produce is abundantly available, and thoughts go to canning and preserving. So I've re-shared my post Three Basic Steps to Canning Tomatoes. You might be interested in these too, Homemade Blender Ketchup, Fiesta Corn Relish, Refrigerator Pickled Green Bean, Freezing Whole Corn and Easiest Refrigerator Pickles One summer many years […]

Homemade Chicago Style Giardiniera

Chicago Style Giardiniera

As a child I was born and lived on the far south side of a Chicago neighborhood, West Pullman, IL. It was a new neighborhood and my father built our home.  I attended school/church in the Pullman historic area.  My family is in the masonry business and my paternal grandfather built the church and my […]

The Easiest Refrigerator Pickles – {pickles}


  Smiles my friends, This week's projects and posts are quick and easy... I wandered over to the local farmers market, a whopping 5 blocks away! Picked up some clearance Hens and Chicks and created my Fairy Garden! Also picked up veggies, fruit and cucumbers for pickles. I love canning/preserving, though I've never attempted pickles […]

Strawberry Fields Forever!


  Last week I was at  Aldi grocery store and headed over to the veggie/fruits section.  Carts and carts of strawberries were being wheeled out.  They were the best looking strawberries ever!    As I looked over them my mind immediately flashed back to the Beatles song Strawberry Fields Forever....     It couldn't be […]