Pumpkins – Vegetable or Fruit?


DID YOU KNOW? “GROS MELONS “–  is what the Frenchman Jacques Cartier, who explored the St. Lawrence region of North America, called them. He reported finding the strange-looking vegetable, or was it a… Continue reading

Double Blessings


Thanksgiving, turkey, dressing, family, friends would not be possible this year, not in Okinawa, Japan.  American holidays aren’t celebrated in the Orient in the public realm.  As residents and teachers on the island,… Continue reading

Healthy Thanksgiving Snacks


Problem getting kids to eat healthy? Here are a few fun ideas that are healthy too! Just because it’s healthy doesn’t mean it has to be drab. THE PEPPER TURKEY Slice a few… Continue reading

Cute Turkey Bites


   OREO TURKEY FAVORS How cute is this?  Oreos, candy corn, malted milk ball and a peanut butter   cup.  Easy too – just use a little frosting to stick them together. This idea… Continue reading

How Do You Transport a Pumpkin?


Strap it in and dare it not to move.   That’s how one mom safely transported her pumpkin home. But what if it’s over a ton? A Really “Great Pumpkin” Last year’s winner,… Continue reading

How to Prepare Fresh Pumpkin Pie


It’s pumpkin pie time again – and there’s nothing better than the smell of spicy pumpkin pie baking in the oven. Smaller pie or sweet pumpkins (the size of a baseball or melon)… Continue reading

How to Ripen Green Tomatoes


Once night time temperatures start dipping into the low 70s F, you probably aren’t going to get any new fruits forming. To speed up ripening of the existing green tomatoes, pinch off any… Continue reading

What Do You Do with Green Tomatoes?


If there’s a lot of green tomatoes left at the end of the season, what do you do with them?  I love breaded green fried tomatoes (with cucumbers). It is an acquired taste,… Continue reading

Craving the Simple


I didn’t think we were poor.  We had meat every Sunday and a bath every Saturday night.  I looked forward to Easter and Christmas because that meant I would get a new dress… Continue reading

Homemade Catsup and Tomato Soup


Tomatoes, tomatoes!  What would I do with them all?  It was such a great year for tomato yield with just the right amount of sunshine and rain, we gathered several bushels full.   I… Continue reading