Author: Sue Sierralupe

Green Tomato Salsa Recipe

Autumn comes to the garden faster than than my poor tomato plants can tolerate. This recipe was the result of frustrated attempts to make a spicy dip with my neglected tomatoes that would never enjoy the blush of ripeness. The cherry or pear tomatoes add a sweet flavor that balances the spark of the pepper and onion.

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Cranberry Sauce (from scratch)

Making your own fresh cranberry sauce takes only a few mintues and the results taste significantly better than the quivering cylinder of jelly that comes from a can. My problem with cranberry sauce is it is too tart to enjoy without adding lots of sugar.

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Easy-To-Sew T Shirt Bag

Collection bags are handy to have during harvest season. This project involves changing an old t-shirt into a collection bag that can be stuffed into a pocket until ready for use. These bags are great to have around when you happen to stumble upon an apple tree ripe and ready for the picking. They also come in handy for carrying beach towels, coloring books or sack lunches.

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How to Make a Glycerite: DIY Medicine

Herbal glycerites are a sweet tasting way to extract herbal constituents. For adults who cannot tolerate alcohol, glycerites are a welcome break from teas or syrups. For parents, glycerites are a crafty way to administer potent but unpalatable medicine to fussy children. For people with an upset stomach, a glycerite is welcomed over a tincture any day.

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Bird Nest Material Basket

When I was a child, we threw bits of leftover yarn onto the lawn for the birds. In a few weeks, the yarn was gone. There are other ways of sharing nesting material with the birds. If you are concerned that cats might attack the birds while they are collecting your offerings or adults see throwing string on the grass as a mess, you can gather your collection of string, yarn, wool or ribbons in a pot (as seen in the photo above). Be sure that the items that you offer the birds are biodegardable. That means all of the items are natural and turn into soil over time. It would be sad to have baby birds choking on plastic that it found in it’s nest.

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