I was planning on posting a nice informative post for my first post on this blog, but I woke up feeling sick, sick, sick, so I’m just going to get right to the thick of it. (what does that even mean?)

I’m Liz. 

I like to cook.

I like to make things too.  Mostly out of yarn.  It’s taken over our closet.  I’ll spend an hour or so organizing, sorting, and bagging all the yarn and accessories and then I’ll get that itch.  The itch to make something.  Mostly, I blame that on Pinterest.  There’s just way too much cute stuff on there!  And then there’s yarn all over the closet floor again.  Oh well.

I’m married to the love of my life, Bill.  We have two wonderful kids together!  One of them is going to be four next month!  The other one will be one in December.

I think this blog will mainly be about the stuff I make and like, because hey, I’m the one writing it!  *singing* It’s my prerogative!  Sorry, I’ll try not to burst into song too frequently.

I’ve really been into canning things lately!  Who knew it could be so fun?!  A lot of people, apparently!  There’s tons of information out there on how to can almost everything!  There’s lots on how NOT to can things, too, so if you’re going to try it, be sure to read up on all the safety tips!

So far, I’ve made peach jam (heavenly!), jalapeno jelly (if you haven’t tried it, it’s a must!), Mt Dew jelly (Wait…where are you going?  I’m serious!  It’s a lot better than you’d think and it comes out a beautiful bright yellow!  It’s basically just lemon lime jelly.  Anyway, if you have a Mt Dew lover in your life like I do, it’s SUPER easy and fast and it’s really good!), and I tried my hand again at pickled jalapenos!  I tried one recipe about a month ago and they came out sweet.  Blech.  We just don’t do sweet pickled stuff here.  There seem to be a TON more recipes out there for sweet pickles/jalapenos/veggies than the salty/sour variety, but I did a LOT of looking and think I came up with a recipe that might replace the jarred ones that we’ve been buying from the store.  They’ll be ready to try in 9 more days (10 total), so I’ll be sure to post about those if they turn out well!  I’ll be sure to tag it with tons of tags like “not sweet pickled jalapenos” and “non sweet pickled jalapenos” because that’s what I googled and came up with NOTHING!  I can’t be the only one out there looking for a recipe like the pickled jalapenos you buy in the store.

It’s super gloomy out now and our indoor lighting really sucks, so I’ll wait to take some pictures of my jams and jellies, but I WILL post them soon!  I think I may have a picture of the jalapeno jelly on Instagram…

Wow…talk about blurry…never mind on that picture! 

I’ll definitely try and take some better ones today.

I also made apple butter last year that turned out spectacularly!!! I’m planning on making a bunch of that again possibly later this month.  I’ve got quite the wish list of recipes going over here!  Later this week I’m going to attempt marinara sauce and tomato paste and possibly salsa!  My hubby LOVES my homemade salsa but Man!  I can’t get near him for the rest of the day after he’s eaten it!  Bill says it gives him “Dragon breath”! HAHA!  He says it’s worth it though, but I’m not sure.  I’m totally anti cilantro and he loves it, so he definitely has dibs on the salsa.

Pics to come!

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