Welcome Home All In A Jar


Welcome Home All In A Jar

Wow, moving your business, your life and life style is a lot harder than it sounds. We all know that I loved the house in Lafayette. We needed to find a very special home for me to want to move. We looked at a lot of homes before we found this gem out in the country. At the new home I have to remind myself I’m not on vacation. Yes, I miss a few things like my knife drawer, spice racks, and those big windows. But at the new home it is all about living for the outdoors. I’m calling our new home “The Farm”. It may not look like a farm right now but I have big plans for this beautiful place.

We are on 23 acres with hundreds of oak trees; most of the land is flat. I will plant a big vegetable garden with fruit trees and have some chickens too. At the moment it has no landscaping. One of our good friends said that it is wonderful to have a blank slate to work with. It is a good thing we have all those potted plants to add to the yard until it is finished.

“The girls”, my cats, Candy and Sweetpea are slowly adjusting to country life. I’m adjusting to country life quite well. We had some very hot days out here so far. So I have used it to my advantage to hang the clothes to dry. I have discovered dryers should be used during the winter months only. I have farmers markets within 25 to 35 minutes away. It seems that everything is about 25 to 35 minutes away. There are days that you go to town and you bring a long list.

We have already started quite a few projects, including hiring a company to install insulation in the walls and attic of the garage as well as texture and paint. The garage has a small room that was insulated too and that is All In A Jar’s storage space. It keeps the room cool enough to properly store my canned goods. Next we had a 3,000 thousand gallon water tank set up for irrigation water. Then we had trenches dug from the water tank to my new garden area as well as all around the house, and laid two inch water lines in the trench. This will bring water for landscaping and gardening.

Ace hardware in Alamo has asked me to come teach. I will be there Sept.12 at 1:00. Please go to their website and check out all the classes they have to offer. I hope to see you there.

The plan for All In A Jar’s classes will be the last Saturday of each month.The first one will be Oct. 31 at 11:00.  Each class will be different. We may start at the Farmers Market or eventually start in my garden. We will be making two recipes (you will go home will a jar from each recipe) and will have a meal together. I will also keep you posted of all the fun things to do here in Amador County. We have a lot of wonderful wineries, antique shops and, places with live music. The drive here from the Bay Area is about 2 hours. My husband and I did it all the time for a day trip. We have some sweet little inns, Hotel Sutter, Fox Inn and Jackson Hotel.

Life is wonderful here. It is at a slower pace. People are kind and helpful. It is so peaceful and quite. It is home sweet home. I couldn’t be happier. I look forward to seeing you at The Farm. We have very poor internet here. You may want to call me at 925-899-1745. I’m still working on the calendar. Thank you for your patience.

New Chapter


Hello All In A Jar fans,

This is a happy and yet sad blog, I need to share with you that All In A Jar will be moving in March of this year. It is a happy time because my husband and I, will be starting a new chapter in our life’s moving up to the Gold Country. We are looking forward to having a garden, fruit trees and some chickens.  I will continue to teach once we get settled in.

But yet sad, because I  leave behind all the wonderful students that have come to my classes. I will try my best to keep blogging during this very busy part of my life. The class calendar goes to the end of February. Please come join me in the last of the classes here in Lafayette. You can always  email me with questions. I will do my best to help and of course you can always come up to the Gold Country for a class.

I am considering having All In A Jar  travel to students homes.
Please let me know if that would be something you would like.
Best wishes to all of you and Happy Canning.

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Happy New Year

Why do you eat Black Eye Peas.
If you are anything like me, you have been eating black eye peas on New Year Day for good luck for the coming new year. So, this year I decided to find out just why we think black eye peas bring us good luck. Here is what I found.  After reading this, I  put my pot of black eye peas on the stove for an amazing year of good luck. Best to you and your families.

Do you know why black-eyed peas are lucky on New Year’s Day? As with most superstitions, there are several answers to the question. Typically, the belief that black-eyed peas are a lucky New Year’s meal is especially popular in the south, so it has to do with our history, right? Maybe.
Most Southerners will tell you that it dates back to the Civil War. Black-eyed peas were considered animal food (like purple hull peas). The peas were not worthy of General Sherman’s Union troops. When Union soldiers raided the Confederates food supplies, legend says they took everything except the peas and salted pork. The Confederates considered themselves lucky to be left with those meager supplies, and survived the winter. Peas became symbolic of luck.

Black-eyed peas were also given to slaves, as were most other traditional New Year’s foods. Let’s face it: a lot of the stuff we eat on New Year’s is soul food. One explanation of the superstition says that black-eyed peas were all the southern slaves had to celebrate with on the first day of January, 1863. What were they celebrating? That was the day when the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. From then on, peas were always eaten on the first day of January.
Others say that since the south has generally always been the place for farming, black-eyed peas are just a good thing to celebrate with in the winter. Not many crops grow this time of the year, but black-eyed peas hold up well, were cheap and just made sense.
The oldest explanation for this tradition I found is on Wikipedia. According to Wikipedia, the tradition dates as far ancient Egypt. During the time of the Pharaohs, it was believed that eating a meager food like black-eyed peas showed humility before the gods, and you would be blessed. According to Wikipedia, the Babylonian Talmud, which dates to 339 CE, instructs the faithful Jews to eat black-eyed peas at Rosh Hashana. The belief was similar: those who ate black-eyes showed their humility and saved themselves from the wrath of Gods.
Some people believe you should cook them with a new dime or penny, or add it to the pot before serving. The person who receives the coin in their portion will be extra lucky. Some say you should eat exactly 365 peas on New Year’s day. If you eat any less, you’ll only be lucky for that many days. I guess on leap years, you need to eat an extra one. If you eat any more than 365 peas, it turns those extra days into bad luck. Some say you should leave one pea on your plate, to share your luck with someone else (more of the humbleness that peas seems to represent). Some say if you don’t eat every pea on your plate, your luck will be bad.

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