Q & A: Why Do You Can?

We’re about to kick-start our summer canning series on Simple Bites and I can’t tell you how excited I am about it! I’ve actually been canning in my sleep, if that gives you any idea.

Coming up we have nine solid days of Canning 101 with recipes, how-to’s, helpful links and discussions. I don’t yet consider myself an ‘expert’ canner, so for this series I’ve enlisted the input of several canning-savvy and very capable ladies.

You’ll see posts from experts such as this one — but I’m don’t want to give too much away. It’s going to be awesome!

Today, however, I want to do something a little different. I want to hear from YOU. Especially those of you who can, preserve and pickle all summer long with the enthusiasm of the lady in our ‘Canning 101’ button.

More specifically, I want to hear WHY you do what you do, year after year, for we don’t all can for the same reasons. Agreed?

Here are just a few reasons one might find us sweating over the stove on an August afternoon: [Read more…]

Five Steps Toward a Greener Kitchen

Today I’m guest posting over at Simple Mom on Five Steps Toward a Greener Kitchen, plus giving out our much-loved recipe for ‘Happy Planet Cookies’.

From the post:

“Environmentally friendly practices are a dime a dozen, but implementing them in the home doesn’t happen overnight. Like any lifestyle change, they are best put into practice gradually; little actions that can be realistically maintained.

It’s important to take those steps to being eco-aware, even if it is just giving up bottled water this summer. Multiple small changes add up to big changes and there is less chance of you having a ‘green burnout’ if you start small…

Here is a list to get you started on your kitchen ‘Greenover’, or, if you are already a conscious cook, inspire you to reach even further towards a low-carbon lifestyle.”….(click here to continue reading on Simple Mom.)

See you in the comments over at Simple Mom!

Block Party Giveaway: Strawesome

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Welcome to the Simple Living Media Summer Block Party! We’ve got 20 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win.

There’s something new in my kitchen that I find myself reaching for several times a day….introducing our next great giveaway from Strawesome!


A few weeks ago, if you had told me I needed a reusable drinking straw -or six-, I might have told you to go fly a kite, but thanks to a Starter Set of glass straws from Strawesome, I can honestly say I am converted for life!

A Glass Straw? Isn’t that, like, dangerous?

I know, I said the same thing, but that was before I knew that these straws are made of borosilicate glass tubing (think Pyrex) and have a lifetime guarantee against breakage. I know!

You can toss these straws right into the dishwasher.

Strawesome also offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee, so if you don’t love your straws, you can send them back. Believe me, though, these will be the coolest addition to your kitchen this year. I love showing mine off to friends and showing off their many virtues.

But why a reuseable straw and not a generic jumbo pack? [Read more…]

Block Party Giveaway: Canterbury Naturals

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Welcome to the Simple Living Media Summer Block Party! We’ve got 20 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win!

Today’s giveaway is one that has been making my kitchen smell absolutely marvelous over the past few days as I’ve been simmering, stirring and baking up a storm with a selection of marvelous products from Canterbury Naturals.

This line of mixes and blends from specialty food company Confer have plenty of appeal with their non-GMO and all natural ingredients, plus they are entirely delectable to boot!  You just know their tempting assortments of breakfast mixes such as Gourmet Chocolate Waffle Mix or Apple Cinnamon Pancake Mix are going to be popular with the family!

We all have our days where we are short on time, but don’t want to compromise on the flavor or quality of our meals; fortunately Canterbury Naturals offers an alternative to KD and generic boxed cake mix.

Canterbury Naturals products contain no trans fats, hydrogenated oils, artificial additives, preservatives or colorings.They are also committed to green business practices, with 100% recycled and 100% recyclable paperboard packaging, local and sustainable sourcing efforts, and a commitment to reducing carbon emissions.

Wait, you mean they taste fantastic, save me time AND love the earth?

Yep. Now we’re giving you a chance to stock up!!

Winner will receive one large gift basket of the most popular breakfast and beverage products from Canterbury Naturals worth well over $100! [Read more…]

Block Party Giveaway: Menu in a Box Meal Planning

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Welcome to the Simple Living Media Summer Block Party! We’ve got 20 giveaways across the entire network this week to give you plenty of chances to win!

Simple Bites readers are in for a treat with this next giveaway from Menu In A Box Meal Planning. With the mission to simplify menu planning for all families, founder Ruthie Chant does just that and more with her gorgeous, comprehensive website.

Menu in a Box Online Meal Planning is a subscription membership site created by a Mom for busy families to make meal planning simple, and that’s why I love it so much.

Everything you need is right there, from meal planning tools, downloads, recipes, how-to tips, kids activities, birthday and lunchbox planning, nutrition tips and plenty of inspiration. No need for time-consuming Google searches!

So, what does a $120 yearly subscription to Menu In A Box Meal Planing give you? [Read more…]