Beginner’s Guide: Canned Blueberry Pie Filling

If you have followed me at all, you know I am not the best cook or baker in the world. I don’t like anything super complicated and I’m generally afraid to try some things. But one of the reasons I started this blog was to push myself out of comfort zones, to try new things, and to write about it! And I have been wanting to try canning for a long time. I could schedule some time with friends or family who have experience with canning, but I kind of liked the idea of tackling it on my own. So here we go!

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Musician’s Getaway in East Nashville

I am on my way to Nashville again, and I booked my stay in an Airbnb!  And that’s reminding me of this cute bungalow I rented on a previous visit.  When I started exploring options for lodging to attend a conference in Nashville, I quickly realized I couldn’t afford to be downtown, nor did I really want to be amidst all the action. Because I am a huge fan of Airbnb, I decided to take the opportunity to explore the surrounding neighborhoods and came upon this darling cottage in East Nashville.  I was unfamiliar with the location as I am still learning Nashville neighborhoods, but I decided to take a chance and book it.

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3 Easy Recipes for Fresh Summer Peaches

July means peach season in Ohio! And while it can be hard to find peaches grown locally (except at Quarry Hill Orchards, which is fantastic!), I always know when peaches are in season as the markets are full. Those beautiful fruits filling up the racks are just begging to be used in an infinite number of recipes. Today I’m sharing 3 of my favorite ways to use fresh peaches. First, I’m always up for trying a new cocktail so I concocted this Bourbon Peach-Tea Cooler. Second, I got hooked on this peach burrata salad I had a few weeks ago so I am making it again. And third, one of the easiest desserts you’ll ever make is a rustic tart with whatever fresh fruit is available – in this case, peaches! You could make any or all of these in one day. I dare say if you make them all at once it will be a veritable “peach feast”. 🙂 Let’s get started…

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Farmer’s Market Season

Is summer here yet? I’m ready for it. We just got a cottage up near Lake Erie and have been going up to do some cleanup and get it ready for the season. I’m determined to enjoy it right now, even with 3 space heaters going and sweatshirt and socks on most times, ha! But I’m really reminded of what summer has in store when I see the farmer’s markets start to popup in Ohio to share the bounty of the season. There are several throughout the city and surroundings, but the one I most attend is in the middle of the Cuyahoga Valley State Park at Howe Meadow, sponsored by the Cuyahoga Valley Countryside Conservancy

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Think Spring!

Hi, friends. It’s the first week of spring, and I don’t know about you but I’m ready for it! I can see my star magnolia bursting through the buds and the other trees in the neighborhood gradually turning green. The promise of spring is growth and awakening – how awesome that nature can remind us of all there is to love in the world.

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