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.

4 thoughts on “Welcome Home All In A Jar

  1. It may be a blank slate now but it screams The Farm. Love following your development. Hope to be able to visit your abode some day to can some goodies, Penny. Not sure about Sept. 12 in Alamo, tho, that is a busy weekend.
    – Donna

  2. Great to hear the good news/update, Penny! Photos look great. Glad you are happy on “The Farm”. I am green with envy!!

    See you on 9/12.


    • Hello,
      Thank you. I couldn’t be happier here on ” The Farm” . Looking forward to seeing you on 9/12 1:00 at Alamo Ace Hardware store for canning class. I will be teaching a new recipe I made just for this class ” Red Onion Mango Chutney” and ” Zucchini Relish” Happy Canning.

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