I have four children under the age of six, so berry picking has been the perfect family activity for us. I just started preserving fruit this season with all of the berries we picked—this is a spin-off of a super-easy recipe using ingredients we had on hand, with no added pectin, and it turned out fantastic. It's a favorite for both kids and adults!—Sarah Haengel, Bowie, Maryland
"Back when my children were young, I put up about 100 jars of jams and jellies each summer, including this freezer version," notes Mrs. Donn White form Wooster, Ohio. "Although I don't make that many now, I do stir up a batch to give to neighbors at Christmastime."
You can spread Diane Widmer's apple butter on thick and still enjoy a breakfast that's thin on calories. She shared the recipe from her home in Blue Island, Illinois. For a smoother texture, use tender varieties such as McIntosh or Cortland apples.
One whiff is all it takes to tell what we grow on our farm—peppermint! Harvesting 300 acres is hard work, by the invigorating scent keeps our taste buds tuned for minty treats. I use fresh mint or mint oil frequently in my cooking and baking. Try this aromatic jelly on lamb or oven-fresh biscuits.—Kandy Clarke, Columbia Falls, Montana