Thrifty Tip for gently used Aluminum Foil

This is just a little tip I picked up somewhere: When you have a nice piece of foil left from something you baked (maybe it covered a casserole and is pretty clean) fold it, clean side out, and use it for a spoon rest. When it has done its duty, dispose of it. Susan Karsten […]

Thrifty and Easy Rhubarb Jam

The large pot pictured above has a double batch of rhubarb jam in it. The recipe below is easily doubled. 5 Cups finely chopped Rhubarb 2 cups sugar 1 pack strawbery jello Placed chopped rhubarb and sugar in a pot, stir, and let sit overnight. Bring to a boil, boil and stir for 10 minutes. […]

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 […]

Party Decorations ~ home made

From our recent graduation party ~~ thought you might enjoy some inspiration from some simple decor we came up with. Here are the table decorations: Candle is in a holder, but any pedestal dish should work.  Tissue paper (Purchased for the occasion), gold tinselly stuff (around $2/bag, 1 bag for 8 tables, color- coordinated candy […]

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 […]