My Kitchen Disaster!! and My Homemade Condensed Tomato Soup Recipe

My Kitchen Disaster!! and My Homemade Condensed Tomato Soup Recipe- Country Mouse City Spouse

My Kitchen Disaster!

Plus My Homemade Condensed Tomato Soup Recipe

This year was to be THE year.  I planned ahead and never expected to be telling you all about my kitchen disaster!  After years of using my Mom’s pressure canner, which was probably around 60 years old and heavy as the dickens, I finally broke down and purchased this new Presto pressure canner.  I was so excited as over the past few years, the seal on the old one, no matter how many times I tried to retrofit it with a new one or lubricate it, seemed to be both hard to close and to open.

I can’t tell you the number of times I had to wait until the pressure canner was completely cooled down to open it, or enlist City Spouse to muscle it open.  Anyone who cans knows that when it’s done, you want to inspect as soon as possible to make sure that seals are sealed properly and that there has been no explosion of jars in the pot.  My old one just was not agreeing with me.

So yesterday, I got all my tomatoes and other ingredients together and made up a pot of tomato soup to can.  I love having homemade tomato soup on hand for the winter months.  CS loves paninis, and a good ham and cheese panini with some homemade tomato soup on a chilly winter day is nothing short of bliss. Continue reading


Today’s Free eBooks August 23rd, 2016

Country Mouse City Spouse Today's Free eBooks August 23rd, 2016

Today’s Free eBooks

August 23rd, 2016

Looking for a new book to read? Want to build your Kindle library without breaking the bank? Look no further! I’m here to help you find amazing FREE ebooks!! Sit back, enjoy, and don’t get too upset if you can’t decide which one of these great books you want to read first!! Continue reading


Today’s Free eBooks August 22nd, 2016

Country Mouse City Spouse Today's Free eBooks August 22nd, 2016

Today’s Free eBooks

August 22nd, 2016

Looking for a new book to read? Want to build your Kindle library without breaking the bank? Look no further! I’m here to help you find amazing FREE ebooks!! Sit back, enjoy, and don’t get too upset if you can’t decide which one of these great books you want to read first!! Continue reading


Monday Mish Mash Link Party #31

Country Mouse City Spouse Monday Mish Mash Link Party #31

Monday Mish Mash Link Party #31

The Link Party where anything goes!!

Welcome, all!! And thank you for returning, participants!!

I’m not going to lie- it’s been a rough week.  It started out bad with City Spouse having to have a cyst surgically removed.  For those of you would who don’t know, he has Crohn’s Disease and is on Humira, so he is immuno-comprised and his body does not heal like most of us.  Then he had to see a podiatrist over some foot pain, which they couldn’t diagnose if it was a stress fracture or pain due to an “accessory bone” in his foot.  He got a cortisone shot, but it’s still hurting him pretty badly, so I guess they are going to do more tests.

To top it all off, Tuesday at work I ended up pulling my bicep and have been on restrictions at work, and in pain overall.  Not a good restriction (I cannot lift over 5 pounds) when I’m in the middle of gardening and canning!!  And with CS having a bum foot, getting out to the garden & harvesting has been a chore!!

Here’s hoping that the worst is past us for a bit and that we can get back into some normalcy this week ahead!

I can’t wait to see what you all have been up to this week!! Continue reading


How To Be Sun Smart Naturally

How to Be Sun Smart Naturally- Country Mouse City Spouse

How To Be Sun Smart Naturally

Summer is in full swing, and we are all out enjoying the nice warm weather.  We are relishing in our picnics at the beach, our outdoor workouts, pool parks, and long walks in the warm summer evenings.  It is easy to remember how dangerous the warm, toasty rays of the glorious sun can be.  But you don’t have to sacrifice your fun outdoor activities to be sun smart naturally. Continue reading