Grape Juice Recipe – for canning

To make the juice: In clean, sterile hot jars, place 1 Cup cleaned, de-stemmed grapes 1/2 – 1 Cup sugar Hot-boiling water to within 1/2 inch of top Put on lids and rings, and process for 10 minutes.   To use, strain, into a pitcher. It’s been a while since I made this, but I […]

Free Cutting Boards

For years now, I have had access to a renewable source of free cutting  boards. Is a cutting board company giving me free boards to try? No. Is my mother repetitively gifting cutting boards to me? NO. Did I receive 22 cutting boards as wedding gifts? No. But around here, buying ice cream by the […]

My new favorite measuring spoons

Lately, I’ve been enjoying using adjustable measuring spoons. I’ve had two of them in my kitchen implement drawer for a long time, but had forgotten to use them. I am realizing cleaning one’s kitchen drawers can unearth treasures. They’ve  got markings, and you slide a little “dam” to the marked lines for the amount needed. (The […]

Exciting New Kitchen Implement

At one of my recent estate sales (find me on facebook at “White Rose Estate Sales by Susan” if you’re curious), I found a kitchen tool that, in my 25 years of married life, I did not possess. No, it wasn’t an oddment such as a cherry-pitter, or a corn cob kernel-stripper, it was a […]

Prescription for Life, by Dr. Richard Furman ~~ Susan Karsten’s latest book review

If you want to be jolted out of complacency, motivated, inspired to get healthy, you will want to get this book. Dr. Furman is so clear, and his suggestions so do-able, that you will want to give this book to your unhealthy, overweight loved ones – and it will be an act of love. The […]

Sloppy Joe Recipe, by Susan Karsten

I just had a graduation party. One of the foods I served was Sloppy Joes (this sandwich is called other things in other regions). People thought they were so good, so I am giving out the recipe here.  (Just use any brand of quick oats.) Here is the cover of the cookbook it’s from.  If […]

Thrifty Tip with Ice for Parties! by Susan Karsten

You may be able to save about $10-20 this way. As I led up to my daughter’s graduation party, I started bagging ice cubes for about a week. I had enough for two pop coolers (if you have the pop chilled, just dump some ice on top to keep it cool), and for a couple […]