Welcome!

This website launched in mid-March, 2023, so it’s definitely a work in progress. Be sure to come back regularly—or use the subscribe feature in the sidebar—to keep up with this site’s growth.

This site is all about urban homesteading, which you can learn more about here.

You’ll mostly find recipes on this site, most geared toward food preservation, including water bath canning, pressure canning, fermenting, dehydrating, freezing, and cold storage. You can read more about these topics here.

Additionally, because I love to cook, over time you’ll find recipes for baking, making alcohol, bread, and more. You’ll eventually find menu plans for how to use these preserved foods to impress your guests, and posts about gardening and turning your property (however small, even if it’s an apartment balcony) into a garden oasis.

Latest Posts

Garden Update: June 2024

After getting through the garden hibernation period—AKA winter—life is starting to appear in our yard again. Many, many years ago, ...

How to Make Sourdough Bagels (with Three Flavour Variations!)

Over the last few years I've fallen in love with bagels for breakfast again. I remember when the bagel craze ...

How to Juice Cherries Using a Steam Juicer

After hearing multiple times on food preservation blogs about the convenience of a steam juicer and how passionately people appreciate ...

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Water Bath Canner Recipes

How to Make Butter Chicken Sauce (with Canning Instructions!)

Tomatoes are always a problem in our garden because we always have too many. In summer of 2022 we somehow ...

How to Make Pasta Sauce (with Canning Instructions!)

When the tomatoes first start ripening in the garden, it's a time of joy. Nothing beats a fresh tomato! But ...

Canning 101

I’m relatively new to canning—the process of putting food into jars and making them shelf-stable so they can sit in ...

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Pressure Canner Recipes

How to Pressure Can Potatoes

Every year my husband grows far too many potatoes. We give some away and we attempt to eat as many ...

How to Make Chili in the Pressure Canner

I’m the literal worst at packing a lunch for work. It’s not unusual for me to show up at work ...

Canning 101

I’m relatively new to canning—the process of putting food into jars and making them shelf-stable so they can sit in ...

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Preserving Vegetables Recipes

How to Make Pumpkin Butter

For fans of pumpkin and all things autumn, pumpkin butter is a treat. I made a batch last year and ...

Making and Preserving Pumpkin Puree

Cans of pumpkin puree are something I generally don't have on hand and when I set out to make something ...

Two Ways to Dry Hot Peppers (and What to Do With Them!)

In summer of 2022, I tried growing hot peppers for the first time. We had a few jalapeño pepper plants, ...

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Dehydrator Recipes

Two Ways to Dry Hot Peppers (and What to Do With Them!)

In summer of 2022, I tried growing hot peppers for the first time. We had a few jalapeño pepper plants, ...

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Bread Recipes

How to Make Sourdough Bagels (with Three Flavour Variations!)

Over the last few years I've fallen in love with bagels for breakfast again. I remember when the bagel craze ...

How to make a Sourdough Starter

I'd tried to get into baking over the last few years. We got a second-hand bread machine from my husband's ...

How to Make Irish Potato Bread

I'm a bit of a food experimenter—when I stumble across a recipe I'm curious about, I make sure I try ...

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Alcoholic Drinks

How to Make Rhubarb Ginger Gin

It's just about rhubarb season here! Some folks are already harvesting theirs but for some reason the plants on our ...

How to Make Grapefruit Soju

When I hang out with my friend group, we like to try to pair food or drinks to what we're ...

How to Make Orange Soju

Soju is a Korean spirit that I liken to a lighter vodka—it has little to no taste and usually comes ...

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Gardening and Harvesting

Garden Update: June 2024

After getting through the garden hibernation period—AKA winter—life is starting to appear in our yard again. Many, many years ago, ...

Garden Update: December 2023

It's been an unusual winter so far for Winnipeg. We've had very little snow. For quite a while, it was ...

Garden Update: October 2023

With an unusually warm October for Winnipeg, our gardening projects have continued a week or two longer than they normally ...

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General Blog Posts

Garden Update: June 2024

After getting through the garden hibernation period—AKA winter—life is starting to appear in our yard again. Many, many years ago, ...

Garden Update: December 2023

It's been an unusual winter so far for Winnipeg. We've had very little snow. For quite a while, it was ...

Garden Update: October 2023

With an unusually warm October for Winnipeg, our gardening projects have continued a week or two longer than they normally ...

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