Tis the Season To Be Canning

We started processing our beautiful local peaches last night. I have largely stopped using “jelly” jars to make jam; rather, I have been using pints. It is just so much easier to put 9 pints into the canner than 18 jelly jars and process. We also made 11 pints of chopped peaches. I cold packed…

Cloud Atlas- A film review

I realize the movie has been out for a while now, but we finally just saw it. Overall, I liked it. It did ramble on and if you are one of those people who need their stories in clear linear fashion, this is *SO* not the movie for you! Yes the story bounced around, but…

Let’s Talk About Soap

Soap is a dichotomy in that it is so stupid easy it forms by accident and so complicated that you have to be very careful when you make it on purpose. At its most basic, soap is fat that is exposed to water and an alkaline substance. This causes a chemical reaction that changes the…

Lotawata Creek

Lotawata Creek 311 Salem Place Fairview Heights, IL We had heard great things about this place.  Coworkers and friends talked about how great it was.  We decided to give it a try on a Friday night. We arrived at 6:30 at the beginning of the dinner rush. The exterior of the building looks like a metal strip…