How to Pressure Can Potatoes

How to Pressure Can Potatoes

How do you feel about preserving your own food at home? Have you considered canning potatoes?
For years, I have enjoyed filling my larder with HOME-CANNED POTATOES which can be used in so many ways.
Here are just a few…..



mashed potatoes

home fries

savory pie fillings


scrambled with eggs

au gratin/scalloped

pot roast and potatoes

Southern Hash with biscuits

and so many more!

Don’t be intimidated by PRESSURE CANNING! Pull that canner from the box and let’s get started learning HOW to CAN. We’ll start with POTATOES. Canned potatoes in the larder are so helpful to have anytime of the year — summer when it’s too hot to cook, fall when a quick soup is desired or winter when mashed potatoes would just hit the spot in no time flat. Grab a bulk box of potatoes from your favorite source, wash those jars, dust off the canner and let’s learn to CAN POTATOES. I share many tips, tricks, advice along the way to learning this old-fashioned art of preserving food. Canning for beginners made easy is what this is all about. Will you allow me to help you? I’d love to!

How would YOU use canned potatoes?

I recently purchased potatoes in bulk as I am always on the lookout for nourishment that I can stock away in my larder. This box of Russet potatoes was at a local Amish-owned store. What a treat to find a great price of high-quality produce! Only one potato had to be thrown away due to rot.



Check out my video tutorial to inspire you…. (This video link is scheduled as a PREMIER until its debut on May 12, 2022, 8ET. Set a reminder to watch and chat with me.)

Learn HERE how to CAN potatoes


Need canning supplies? Please always seek out local merchants and keep your dollars “at home.” If, after that search, you’d prefer to shop online (or need to due to health/mobility restrictions, etc.), I have provided some online resources for your shopping ease.



______ Links to Purchase Products Shown in Video (if unable to purchase elsewhere)_______

🏡Stocking Up canning book by Carol Hupping


🏡Canning equipment

Remember to always count your blessings while creating a cozy home using the old-fashioned skill of food canning.❤️katie

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The Journal is written by and for like-minded folks who desire to “Share community. Simply.”


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Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake 🍓 Using Seasonal Fruits

Using Seasonal Foods as our Foremothers Did

Good day to you, friend, and welcome to our cozy abode where I help you create a cozy home with old-fashioned family values. Filling the bellies with homemade foods is a must for a super-comfy home and using seasonal foods in your kitchen surely harkens back to a day when our ancestral cooks used what they had on hand or grew on their properties.

Strawberries and rhubarb are the highlights of our conversation today, my friend. In this RECIPE TUTORIAL I discuss my own experience and heritage regarding rhubarb. I mention that this fruit is not one to which southerners like myself are accustomed. However (and thankfully), my northern grandparents always grew and used rhubarb so I have some connection to this fruit.

Strawberries are a little bit more challenging to grow, in my opinion. One must not only plant appropriately but also fight with the birds for a decent harvest. When I was growing up on our farm in the 1970-1980s, Mama attempted to grow strawberries outside our back door but I don’t recall that she was abundantly successful. My Mr. Patient’s parents grew strawberries and his Mama always made freezer jam from them.

Rhubarb is different. Now, please don’t think that one must have a great garden or super green thumb to grow rhubarb. Honestly, my neighbor gave me a plant last year. I let it sit longer than I should have in the cardboard box, then I finally planted it. The thing yielded fruit last year and even more this year without my doing anything but putting it in the ground. On a recent walk in a neighboring village, I recognized the big green leaves spilling over from the landscaping at a bed and breakfast house onto the sidewalk. Lo and behold, it was rhubarb! They had used the plant with its beautiful ruby red stalks in their landscaping. Genius!

Enjoy the visit to my home and RECIPE tutorial right HERE

You will love this recipe that is perfect every time! Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake is amazing with fresh, spring/early summer fruit but you might like to use frozen fruit in the summer or even try other fruits. I wonder how peach and rhubarb would pair? hmm…..yummy, I bet.

Let me know how you like this recipe which comes from my first cookbook, From Katie’s Kitchen, Vol. One. You can check out that cookbook and my second one RIGHT HERE, fellow homemaker. 🙂

Each of my cookbooks has nearly 200 recipes and the recipes in the first two cookbooks do not overlap. I do hope you’ll grab one or both of these books of tried-and-true downhome recipes.

Remember, count your blessings,


Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Shared by Marcey Taylor to Katie of Heritage Ways
All credit goes to my TN friend, Marcey, for this recipe. This cake is perfect every time and such a wonderful addition to any breakfast or brunch buffet as well as a great dessert cake. Using seasonal fruits, strawberries and rhubarb, make this a great spring cake but it may be made anytime of the year using frozen fruits.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 servings



  • 3 cups all-purpose flour I use unbleached.
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt I use healthy pink salt.
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 3 cups rhubarb, washed sliced in 1-inch pieces
  • 16 oz frozen sliced, sweetened strawberries thawed, undrained
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice fresh or bottled
  • cup cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup butter, softened


  • Batter: Stir together first five ingredients. Cut in butter to fine crumbs. Combine buttermilk, eggs, vanilla and add to butter-flour mixture, stirring to moisten and combine.
  • Filling: In saucepan, combine fruits and cook on medium-low, covered, for 5 minutes. Add lemon juice. Combine sugar and cornstarch in separate bowl, then add to fruit mixture. Cook and stir on medium 4-5 minutes until thickened and bubbly. Set aside to cool. (This may be made a day or two ahead and kept refrigerated.)
  • Topping: Combine sugar and flour. Cut in butter until fine crumbs.
  • Assembly: Into a well-greased 9 x 13 pan or dish, spread a little over half of the batter. (Two square pans may be used and one frozen after baking.) Spread cooled filling over the batter then top with mounds of remaining batter. Sprinkle with topping mixture. Bake 350F 40-45 minutes. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes then enjoy warm or completely cooled.



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Christmas Tree Preservative | Cut Flower Preserver | Christmas Tree Food Recipe

Christmas Tree Food Recipe

WATCH Mrs. Katie and Jonboy MAKE this RECIPE HERE

1 gallon water

1 copper penny, optional

4 t. chlorine bleach

4 t. sugar dissolved in bit of hot water

4 t. vinegar

1 can citrus soda may be substituted for the sugar-water and vinegar

NOTES: Add the vinegar and bleach to the water. Do NOT add them together alone as hazardous vapors will result. Make sure to label the contents so no one accidentally drinks the tree food.

Combine all ingredients and fill tree stand or flower vase as needed.

This mixture should last about a week on the counter or two weeks in the refrigerator.

🎄Merry Christmas!

Remember to count your blessings, y’all!❣️


How We Homeschool on the Road

I have received questions about how to homeschool for the almost 18 years that I’ve been educating my children at home. A good many of those questions have come as we’ve traveled because folks are genuinely curious about how we handle academia on the go. Every now and then I get the person who looks at me sideways and upside down and crooked indicating that they very much disapprove of our educational freedoms and choices. That’s OK. Mr. Patient and I have learned what’s best for our children and we are good with our choices. Furthermore, I’ve learned to extend more grace than I used to.

But to respond to some of those questions of, “How do you homeschool on the road?”, let’s talk about it…

We kind of use the CC method. No, I’m not talking about the popular and effective Classical Conversations. It’s a term I made up, CC, Concentrated Chunks. 

First off, we try very diligently, especially in recent months, to not overbook our schedule with meeting folks or seeing all the great things in America. We’re trying to intentionally plan down days where we have no out-of-home obligations, or only the laundromat.

Secondly, we take advantage of these down days by “catching up” on any  written work we need to do such as grammar or composition. The children also work on practicing piano using a portable keyboard and work on their Teaching Textbook math which is on the computer. (Two of the children are “on grade level” and one is “above grade level”.)

Mr. Patient uses Beautiful Feet history curriculum and living books on an (ir)regular basis to lead the children in history lessons and discoveries. You’ll understand the (ir)regular in a second.

(We are currently researching science curricula for Jonboy.)

So we really hone in on chunks of academic time when we have the opportunity, play “catch up“, if you will. 

We also have Concentrated Chunks of learning time when we visit historical museums, Wildlife preserves, famous peoples’ homes in all sizes of towns across America. (Thus, the lack of using a lot of history curricula at this juncture in our lives.) The children also learn a great deal of social skills, heritage stories, and a variety of information from the hundreds of people we meet as we travel. They are not afraid to strike up conversations and learn. Well, two of them are not afraid to do so but the third one is listening closely.  

We also have quite a library of educational DVDs in our home and we visit as many libraries as possible for hours at a time. The children enjoy reading library books although we can’t check them out while traveling.  Speaking of books, they all three love love love to read and do so often. We require that they read the Bible and a book of their choice at least an hour and a half every day.

They have “wind down“ time from 8 to 10 every night, as possible, and often times they listen to creation-based educational audios on their individual DVD players which Gran bought for Christmas last year.

So as you see, we basically have to be flexible and redeem the times that we have whether it’s to catch up on handwritten and traditional schoolwork or take advantage of what some folks might call unschooling opportunities. 

Our homeschooling has looked different every year that I have been a home educator. It will look very different when we settle down in the **near** future as well. Honestly, I’m looking forward to a more rigid routine; but for now, this is how we roll, literally.

❤️Mrs. Katie

Shipwreck Stew for a crowd

One of the most wonderful aspects of fall (in the northern hemisphere) is the appeal of warming stews and soups as the weather cools.

Look no more for a recipe to use this fall as you prepare to feed a crowd of folks –whether it is a yearly meeting at the fire hall, church potluck or extended family celebration.

Shipwreck Stew will be a hit!

Join my cousin, Ben, and me in the kitchen as we work together to prepare supper for the family. Check out our video how-to HERE.

Print the recipe HERE! Enjoy, y’all ❤️

This recipe is part of my family’s story. Everyone has one, a story. Won’t you take time today to listen to someone’s story?

Be blessed, y’all,

Mrs. Katie


Hello friends! Do you ever find yourself just so tired of being sick and tired? Well, that is not only a dumb question but a cliché, I suppose. But, it is true and that’s where I find myself currently. BUT! I am a believer in a Heavenly Father and His Word. (If you are not, you are welcome here! I do think that what I have to share will help anyone who would like to jump right in and participate.)

Life on the road, life in my skin, life in general has just weighed heavy on my mind and body recently. Until….until a funny thing. The last place our little full-time RV family camped had no wifi and absolutely no cell service. In place of those invisible frequencies, we enjoyed a relaxing setting atop Cheaha Mountain, which happens to be Alabama’s highest point. To sweeten the deal, we joyously discovered Continue reading “#John1010Challenge”

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