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Depending on where you live in the world, you’re either at the beginning or middle of canning season. Or, if you live somewhere that’s perpetually warm with an almost never-ending growing season, you get to enjoy canning even longer.

Kendra Lynne at New Life on a Homestead created an easy-to-follow canning tutorial DVD called At Home Canning for Beginners & Beyond (affiliate link). She’s now offering a $5 OFF sale (if you use the coupon code).

I purchased this video recently, and I’ve watched it almost in its entirety. Because of that, I can say first-hand it’s a must-have video.

May I digress for just a moment?

Here on Your Gardening Friend you learn about gardening, foraging, garden recipes, garden critters, landscaping, and faith and encouragement. Here is a sample of posts:

- How to Make Your Own Seed-Starter Mix
- Compost Worms 101 series
- How to Sprout Mung Beans
- 12 Ways to Critter-Proof Your Garden
- Mulch Do’s and Don’ts
- Sautéed Cucumbers
- Creamy Apple Pie
- How to Make a Suet Plug Bird Feeder
- Attracting Bats to Bat Houses
- DIY Decorative Engraved Stepping Stones – Easy Peasy!
- A Hobby, A Passion … Or An Idol? {My Story and Help for Others}

Okay … this is where I share something personal and a bit embarrassing. I thought long and hard as to whether or not I would share this, but in the spirit of transparency here we go.

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10 Things You Can do With Pumpkin Seeds


Pumpkin puree has center stage this time of year. There seems to be no limit to the ways pumpkin puree can be used: pumpkin pies, cakes, breads, drinks, and even body treatments.

Annually, pumpkin puree struts on stage like some kind of crazy peacock. All the while, the humble little pumpkin seeds sit quietly in the corner cheering and supporting them.

I felt sorry for the little guys, so today’s post is all about the pumpkin seeds. (Okay. Maybe a little too goofy.)

Here are 10 ways pumpkin seeds can be used.

1. Pumpkin Seeds for Next Year’s Garden

To have your pumpkin seeds make more pumpkins next year, here’s what you do.

Before baking your pumpkin (if you like to bake it whole) remove the seeds. Thoroughly rinse the seeds to remove all pumpkin guts. Place the rinsed seeds, singled layered, on a paper towel. After an hour or so place them on a new dry paper towel. (We like to reuse our paper towels.) Depending on the room humidity, the seeds may take as little as one week to a few weeks to dry. Periodically check on them, and toss any moldy seeds. Once they’ve dried, place the seeds in a paper envelope to save for next spring’s garden.

2. Baked Pumpkin Seeds

The flavors you can come up with for roasted pumpkin seeds are limited only by your imagination. If you can think of a spice you enjoy, then you’ll probably like pumpkin seeds with that spice.

Here’s one of the simplest roasted pumpkin seeds recipes you’ll find. I’m ALL about simple recipes.

3. Cornucopia Cookies

I recently tried some cookies that had pumpkin or squash seeds in them. I had intended to bake my own special concoction, but we’ve had some oven issues. We now have a working oven, but you know how it goes. Too many things you want to do and not enough time.

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A Fruity, Festive, 4th of July Dessert

It’s always nice to have some easy recipes that can add a little festivity to family meals, picnics, or parties around the 4th of July holiday.

If you appreciate healthy sweets, easy recipes, and pretty presentations, then this dessert should be right up your alley. Here’s another pretty presentation of fruit in a jar.

With just the right serving dish and a little effort, it can look like something from the front cover of a magazine. It makes it hard to bring yourself to eat something so pretty, BUT … we somehow managed.

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Fruits, Vegetables, and Your Canine

Today’s post is mostly a fun post, but I’ve also included some things to know about fruits, vegetables, and your canine.

Bunker is our loveable doberman, our sweet little “boy.”

I recently taught him a cute trick where he’ll hold a dog biscuit or large chunk of a carrot on his nose, for what seems to be FOREVER. He’s so pliable and eager to please, he learned the trick instantly. In one of the photos, you can see him drooling while he stares at the carrot on his nose, waiting for me to give him permission to drop

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Recipe: Garden Facial (Beauty Mask)


I remember reading a magazine article, back when I was a young or pre-teen, of an actress (don’t remember who it was) who kept her beautiful looks, in part, with the help of a fruit facial. The beauty of this garden facial is it’s simple, frugal, and the ingredients are all natural, and readily available. The only ingredients involved are strawberries, bananas, and cucumbers. (I only remember reading about strawberries and bananas, but figured I’d add the cucumbers to the facial.)

Just about anyone reading this can grow strawberries and cucumbers. Many of you can also grow bananas.

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