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 […]

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 […]

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 […]