Canning Season

Preserved food in Mason jars
Preserved food in Mason jars (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Is you garden doing well this year?  Do you have cucumbers and tomatoes covering every inch of available space? Have you thought about taking up canning?  There is still time to can seasonal fruits and vegetables.

There is a sense of satisfaction when you look at your counter top full of freshly canned corn relish, tomatoes, pickles, applesauce or peaches that you don’t get by picking up a can or a jar from the grocery store shelves.  You also know exactly what is in it because you put it there. You can make your own unsweetened applesauce, juice packed peaches, low sugar jam and no salt added tomatoes.

There are techniques, and safety concerns you need to learn. Your county extension office should be able to provide you with printed information. The Ball(R) Company website (the canning jar people) is also a great source of information. Check it out at

Don’t be afraid to give canning a try. You can do it. Sorry for the pun, I just couldn’t resist.


Follower of the Month: Laurie Buchanan

Genie’s Note:  Laurie was one of our early followers and her blog is an ongoing source of encouragement for me. I am sure you will want to check out her blog and website.


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In my perspective, it’s important to be able to articulate our core values—the things we embrace that keep our internal compass pointing north:

1. I practice intentional kindness (including self).

2. I invest time to examine my motives (why I do, or refrain from doing things).

3. I practice active listening—listening “between the lines” to what’s not being said as well as what’s verbalized.

4. Travel light—travel fast. I live below my means, embracing the philosophy that less is more.

5. Never–ever!—be held hostage by the opinion of others.

6. Whatever you are not changing, you are choosing. If I don’t like something, I change it.

7. Know my life purpose and live it. I am a channel for grace—the immediate presence of spirit.

What are your core values?


About the Author:  As a transformational life coach, Laurie Buchanan helps people turn intention into action; bridging the gap between where they are, and where they want to be — body, mind, and spirit. Please visit her website at and her blog at

Thought for Today

Haliaeetus leucocephalus in flight over KSC
Haliaeetus leucocephalus in flight over KSC (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“May your life always be Counterpoint to the Clamor of the World.

May you delight in Dancing Lightly With Life.

May you soar on eagle wings, high above the madness of the world.

May you always sing Melody in the Symphony of Your Life.

May you taste, smell, and touch your dreams of a beautiful tomorrow.

May your sun always shine, and your sky be forever blue.”

– Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Woman’s Heart Health Awareness for September

English: A doctor examines a female patient.
English: A doctor examines a female patient. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This month I found an article at the CDC website called Women and Heart Disease Prevention.  It is a good article over all, but I want you to scroll down to the section called Ask Questions for a list of questions to ask your health care provider about your risk factors for a heart attack.  This is important information we all need to know.

– A 10 Minute Vacation for the Soul

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