Monday, September 26, 2011

sweet autumn giveaway

When I walked outside this morning, there were freshly fallen leaves in a deep crimson colour on my doorstep. Autumn is here...

Last week a special delivery arrived in my mailbox (the post office kind) that I want to share with you. I have a copy of Matthew Mead's latest Autumn magazine ready to be shipped to a lucky winner.

It is filled with inspirational ideas to celebrate all that is autumn. You can take a peek...some snapshots of just a few of my favorite pages.

To enter the giveaway please leave a comment below.
P.S. I'd love to hear how you celebrate Autumn.
*Giveaway open to residents of Canada or the U.S.A.

To order your own copy and find out about upcoming issues visit Matthew's website at

Thursday, September 15, 2011

a little printable for you ...

It's your time to shine.

yes it is...

You can remind yourself with this complimentary printable
I created for Oh My! Handmade.

Simply download and print. So simple.

Prints as an 8 1/2" x 11" and will fit a standard Ikea frame.

Just stop by Oh My! Handmade for some of my Too Cool for School picks
and you can download your copy.



Monday, September 5, 2011

Canning 101

I've always envied those big family gatherings held annually to make tomato sauce. It not only looked like a lot of fun but the big prize was a load of fresh tomato sauce.

I had the pleasure today to be welcomed into a sauce making day with some friends. I thought I would share with you some photos and a general how-to for the type of tomatoes we preserved today. There are many ways to do tomatoes and from what I can tell, it seems to largely vary by how your Mama made it...

I have to say, making tomato sauce is a beautiful thing. First there is the scent of fresh tomatoes churning through a mill, and the color is stunning. A spoonful to taste and you are in awe. I just wanted to grab my camera and snap photos. I'm hooked.

Here is the low-down and some photos of this liquid gold to tempt you into doing your own.

Remember, for successful canning, safety is a major concern.

You can find out more about home canning
including important safety tips from

1. Wash the tomatoes. Then take a seat and let the cutting begin. They need to be halved and any bruises, soft spots or yucky looking bits need to be removed.

You need approximately 1 bushel of plum tomatoes to reap 20 jars of sauce.

You will need a bucket for the waste and a clean bucket
for the halved tomatoes.

2. Tomatoes then go into the tomato mill.

3. It's time to jar.
Remember safety first, always follow proper canning guidelines.
For this recipe, it is a very simple, pure combo of fresh tomatoes and a touch kosher salt. This enable you to use the tomatoes for anything...sauce, soup, etc...

4. You'll need a big canning pot like this to boil the jars.

5. After about an hour of cooking... the reveal!

Bob and his liquid gold.

Shopping List:
  • Fresh Roma/Plum preferably San Marzano tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • Canning Jars & lids

  • very clean tea towels
  • funnels, spoons, ladles, pots, paring knives
  • lid lifter (for picking up sanitized lids), jar grabber (for lifting hot jars)
  • boiling water canner/pot
  • tomato mill

You can find out more detailed instructions about home canning
including important safety tips from

Buon Appetito!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Joy of Canning

vintage turquoise glass jar from Dovetail Vintage
vintage wooden spoons from LOVintage Finds
vintage canning jar lifter repurposed from Anything Goes Here
blue mason jar, original painting from Jennifer Shear
organic cotton apron from Small Batch Production
vintage italian aluminum colander from Blue Onion Curios
vintage labels from Wishing Well Cottage
mid-century metal nesting bowls from Vintage Wise
On Labour Day I will be learning how to can tomatoes!
After some sweet talking, a friend got me into the "group". It's kinda a big deal to be included in one of these traditional tomato canning sessions and I'm thrilled.
I've bought my jars and I'm ready to go.
Bring on the tomatoes!
I found a few canning inspired finds on Etsy. Although I'll be using brand new jars (safety first!) but these vintage ones are so pretty.
I'm hoping to photograph some of the tomato festivities and will share what I learn with you soon.
Happy Labour Day Weekend!