Tour Through Blog Land

Thank You Miranda for thinking that I am qualified to be a part of the Tour Through Blog Land,

so in case you haven’t noticed, I am truly a beginner blogger!

 Miranda of GraceandGravy with a side of life has a wonderful blog about her “Homemade life of homeschooling, good eats, (Mis) Adventures, and living a Grace-Filled life”! So please go check out her blog blog-tour-4a


I am working on some gifts for Christmas, but I am reluctant to speak on some of them, (psssst. my family will read this).        But I can talk about my garden, We have planted the fall veggies, lettuce, beets, cabbage, peas, collards, turnips, and kale. Also we have onions that will be ready in the spring.

Question 2: How does my work differ from those of my genre?

The biggest thing that makes me different, is that I use all things until there is no other use for them.                                          I up-cycle, recycle, and tricycle……… I’ll use a curtain to make an apron, or I’ll make a chicken coop out of pallets and siding. nfts apron

Question 3: Why do I write/create or do what I do?

I love doing things the way they were taught to me. I believe in passing the torch on to our young, or in my Grandmothers words “Planting the seeds of knowledge”. Without you teaching them, We will have NO future farmers, canners, gardeners, or lovers of the natural. So please pass what you know to those that will learn!girls planting 020

Questions 4: How does your writing/creative process work?

My husband says; my mind doesn’t never stops, I am always thinking of new ideas, new things to plant, new things to make, new recipes, new things to can, and trying to do all the new projects using nothing that is “New”.


My nomination, to be featured next Monday on the next Blog Land Tour is Brittany at

she also has a wonderful Facebook page

Thank you so much for allowing me to share a little “seed planting” with you!

Leanne~  NotFromTheStore


My Ball Jars……

So, I have my new jars, now what?

Do I can in them?

Do I keep them in the case?

Is there a difference in colored jars and clear jars?

What about old jars?

There are so many questions.  Let’s not get overwhelmed. We can take all this one question at a time.

First of all you can do any or all, canning, keeping, collect them, store in, drink out of, or just look at them.

Colored jars are just as safe as clear jars. Personally I try to find a purpose for most of my jars.
As for old jars, if they are 100 years old, You might not want to can in them, but they’d be pretty to look at. Grandma’s jars might be better used for dry storage.
Otherwise, you should use your better judgment, no chips, no cracks, no bubbles, etc.  And always, always follow your safe canning and preserving rules.
Happy canning!

Pumpkin Spice Bread

With Halloween at the end of the week, we are wondering “what to do with all those pumpkins”!

How about some sweet Pumpkin spice bread!!!  they also make wonderful “mini”loaves for gifts!

Let me know how yours turn out in the comments below!!!

2 cups Whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups unbleached flour
2 cups sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups pumpkin purée
1/2 cup butter (melted)
1/2 cup applesauce
4 eggs


Grease and flour two 9x5x3-inch loaf pans.
In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, sugar, salt, baking soda, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg. In a separate bowl, stir together the pumpkin, applesauce and butter.
Beat in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture; add pumpkin mixture. Stir just until dry ingredients are moistened. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 1 hour, or until a wooden pick or cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Makes 2 loaves of pumpkin bread.

* this recipe was made with all organic  ingredients.

Teaching this old dog new tricks.

First I want to thank you all for having some patients with me while I figure out this “Blogging” thing.

 It seems like i have to find something to blog about, then make it interesting. Ha…. That is like a lot to ask from an old Granny who’s memory get shorter like the day of fall!

 If you look up “Blog” or Blogging” in the dictionary (yes, It is in there… Surprised me) It is confusing there too! It’s a noun, no it’s a verb, could be a working verb or a nonworking verb! Even the writers of the dictionary are confused! So What I’ve decided to do is, Write to you about my experiences, a few recipes some tips. And of course my Grandbabies!

Stay on what I know, and Keep it understandable. What I know is, Gardening, Canning and home preserving, and keeping things as natural as I can!

I will try to answer any and all questions that I can or lead you in a direction that will.

Y’all take care and have a wonderful day!



Introducing me and Not From the Store


My Name is Leanne.  I am starting a “blog” on the advice of my wonderfully  supportive family. I live in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area, (It’s where I grew up).   I grow a decent sized garden, I home can and preserve all the food, I keep chickens, and I try to teach the young people to plant, grow, and to live as naturally as we can. I am an advocate of eating local, buying local, and supporting your local farmers.  If you love farming, whether is is big farming, micro-farming, or asphalt farming,  I will try hard to keep you interested.

I have a facebook page that I post in almost daily. and love answering questions, If I don’t have the answer, I’ll do my best to find it!

Please take care and come back to see what’s “growing” on!

Leanne~ (Not From the Store)