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All American Pressure Canner and Box

How to get the lid off of a stuck aluminum pressure canner

I was a lucky lady this Christmas and got my very first pressure canner, the All-American 41-1/2-Quart Pressure Cooker/Canner, model 941.

After processing a batch of canned moose, I let the pressure canner naturally come down in pressure and waited the instructed length of time before trying to open it.

But to my surprise, once I unscrewed the twist knobs and tried to rotate the lid to get it off, it wouldn’t budge. I tried with all of my strength to twist the lid off without luck. Continue reading How to get the lid off of a stuck aluminum pressure canner

Bearss lime tree leaves

Making hot tea from Bearss Lime tree leaves

I have a potted indoor Bearss lime tree, happily purchased last year from Mile 5.2 Greenhouse in Eagle River, Alaska. It’s just a few feet high, and it offers plenty of flowers, but hasn’t produced full-sized limes yet.

I’ve noticed the lime tree leaves smell great when you rub them or scratch them. They don’t give off much of an odor right away, but treat those lime leaves like a scratch ‘n’ sniff sticker, and they hold an incredible aroma that actually smells just like limes. Continue reading Making hot tea from Bearss Lime tree leaves

chicken staring at camera

Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 3 (The Grand Finale)

In April, Brian started building the frame of a chicken coop and run area in our yard. The chicks were non-existent, and it was all still just an idea.

Were we crazy for building a chicken coop in our urban backyard? Could we make it look nice or would it be an eye sore? Would it decrease the value of our home?

In April, we started the project (see pictures from Part 1 here). We had little chicks who would soon need a bigger home.

In June, it was time for the chickens to live outside. We made more progress on the coop and run area in Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 2.

Now in August, months later, we’ve put the final touches on it. Continue reading Building a DIY Backyard Chicken Coop – Part 3 (The Grand Finale)