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Dorothy (author) on the farm with a glass of wine in early Spring.
Early Spring on the farm


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Our farm is located near Forest Lake in Minnesota. Forest Lake is north of the Twin Cities.

Susie Fragnoli

Thursday 31st of January 2013

HI Brenda, I love your college care package series. I have a golfer as well and will use some of your ideas. What have you done around Valentines day?

dorothy stainbrook

Saturday 2nd of February 2013

Hi Susie (I'm Dorothy by the way). Thank you, and I'm glad you found some ideas. I'm putting together a Valentines post this week, so it should be up soon.


Monday 19th of September 2011



Saturday 10th of September 2011

I'm just getting into canning, and I did my first batch of jam today. I forgot one of the steps--removing air bubbles. Is my jam ruined? Is it going to make someone sick??? How serious is my mistake?

Thanks, Brenda


Wednesday 14th of September 2011

Hi Brenda (sorry so long to get back to you!). Don't worry too much about the air bubbles as far as safety goes. It usually is just cosmetic. If your rim was clean and you water-bathed your jam for 10 minutes getting a good seal on it, you are fine. Jam on, and have fun.

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