Kick-Off (BBB)


The “high canning season” is coming soon! To get ready, I’m starting off by canning some easy-fix meals in a jar for busy days when I’m canning out of the garden and farmers market with this year’s goodness. I’m going to be putting up chili, beans, and some soups. With the foundation of some quick meals on the shelf, I’ll be free to work on other things.

Or not work at all.

Maybe sit in the creek with a glass of wine.


Need a BBB so you, too, can sit in the creek with a glass of wine?


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by Casie Duberstein in honor of her grandmother, who was quite the cook and whose birthday is today!

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (June 6). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (June 7). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn (or check the BBB Winners List).

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

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UPDATE 06/07/11: The winning comment number, drawn by, is comment #89, laurajenkins. Email me at [email protected] with your address for shipping!



  1. Richelle says:

    Yes, BBB please!

  2. mamajhk says:

    I would love to have a BBB> Thank you. Loved the pic of the wine in the creek.

  3. ravenette says:

    I’d love a copy of the BBB!

  4. barbaraheide says:

    sounds like a good book! i’m not in the canning mode yet, as the garden is just sprouting, and most of my canning comes from what i grow. looking forward to canning in a few months!
    thanks for the opportunity to win the book! BBB

  5. kj says:

    would love to learn the fine art of canning. hope I win! BBB please

  6. Kathy in FL says:

    BBB, please.

  7. GaPeach says:

    BBB, please! I just got a pressure canner at our church yard sale for the bargain price of $5.00. I am eager to use it… just have to figure out how!

  8. rileighsmom1 says:

    BBB, please!

  9. cupboardwitch says:

    I’ve been canning the easy stuff (tomatoes, jams, veggies) for ages but I’m ready to move on to actual recipes. I’d love to have a copy of the BBB.

  10. aprilejoi says:

    Good luck to me!BBB!

  11. rephiddy says:

    I too have some of those easy and quick things canned. Also have some organic chickens (steam juiced first) canned. Just dump a jar or, two and heat,then eat, really neat.
    BBB please as I never have acquired one of my own though I have been canning for a number of years now.

  12. justdeborah2002 says:

    would love a chance to win a BBB, please

  13. kelly jo kirby says:

    Please pick me, Please. BBB!

  14. cabighorse says:

    To honor my mother and the memories of my aunts I would love a copy of this book. Please. BBB

  15. lavenderblue says:

    Funny, as I was trying to get everything done over the weekend, I was wishing for some quick and easy recipes that I could quickly throw together and keep on working. Either that or a chef would be nice. BBB, please, don’t think I’ll be getting the chef.

  16. Debbie in PA says:

    I woudl love to win a BBB! :snoopy:

  17. JGHardie says:

    Would love a BBB…. :fairy:

  18. langela says:

    I’d still love a BBB! Thanks for the chance again.

  19. hollygee says:

    I’d love a BBB and a chance to sit in the creek with a glass of wine. It’s still too cold here for that, but there’s the chance that the high pressure is coming.

  20. countrygirl221 says:

    BBB please :wave:

  21. cindi says:

    :wave: I would love a BBB! Thanks to this blog, I’ll soon be picking up my very first pressure canner. Thanks, Suzanne! :shimmy:

  22. Sarahmay says:

    New to canning, I would love the BBB, Please!

  23. Ann says:

    BBB please! Thank you!

  24. ashmmorgan2 says:

    I just got a smokin’ deal on a canner at a garage sale last weekend and I’m dying to try it out! BBB please!

  25. mammaleigh says:

    I would love to get one! I am hoping for a good crop from my garden and need some way to put it all up!

  26. dgkritch says:

    Well, OK, you talked me into it.
    I think it was the wine!

    My creek is pretty muddy though so I’ll just have my wine on the porch if that’s OK.
    Hopefully reading a new BBB!

  27. alosyu says:

    Would love this book. BBB, please.

  28. morningstar says:

    Please enter me into the BBB drawing. Thank you

  29. collector1 says:

    BBB please!!! Thank you!!!

  30. Cindy H says:

    Canning season is coming and I would love a BBB!

  31. farmgirl722 says:

    Would love to be entered! I could definitely use the canning advise!

  32. jkubemt1 says:

    BBB please. Plan to can chili this year and maybe some soups.

  33. gerryvoland says:

    BBB please!

  34. Betsy says:

    BBB please! I’ve never canned before and this is the year I’m gonna learn. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Aelfswythe says:

    BBB! Do you have the recipes for your soups and chilis and stuff? I really need to do canning like that. I make every batch of chili and pasta sauce from scratch and it sure gets tiresome!

  36. Debbie says:

    I want to sit in the creek with a glass of wine so…please BBB!

  37. mamajoseph says:

    Enter me please! I want a BBB!

  38. Rebel Homemaker says:

    I would love a BBB so I can sit in the creek with a glass of wine!

  39. pdelainey says:

    I would love a BBB please. :clover:

  40. prayingpup says:

    Oooohhh . . . beans! I can’t can any because I don’t have a pressure canner . . . but look out, tomatoes!!! BBB please!

  41. ladybird_1959 says:

    FINALLY! The garden is in and I can’t wait to start canning. It’s such hard work, but at the same time it is very rewarding. I would love the BBB for this canning season!

  42. gfoulds says:

    BBB for me !! Please and Thank You !!

  43. artsjoy says:

    I’d love to try canning this year and would love a BBB also. Thank you. You’re awesome!

  44. Ramona Slocum says:

    BBB for me PLEASE=)
    I have a question for anyone who can help me. Some days I want to click on more than one of the “You might be interested in these” sites. I can click on any one of them okay, but when I go back and want to click on another one I saw previously it is gone. I don’t know how to use this area of the site.
    Thanks for any help you can give me.
    MN Mona :happyflower:

  45. Becmom45 says:

    I’d actually like to win the creek! But I will have to settle for the drawing for the BBB> ๐Ÿ˜†

  46. cabynfevr says:

    I’d love to sit by my brook and sip a chiller too! BBB please!

  47. WolfWalker says:

    BBB Please.

  48. leann says:

    Love the idea of home canned meals ready in the pantry! BBB, please! :happyflower:

  49. cin13 says:

    BBB, please. :snoopy:

  50. cindyb says:

    oh oh, (raising her hand), hope I get picked for the BBB!!! And sitting in the creek with a glass or two of wine sounds lovely!!!!

  51. okstormy says:

    pick me please!!! BBB :wave:

  52. Nadeanne says:

    I need a BBB!!

  53. Breezy says:

    I would love to get a copy of the BBB. I saw the photo and thought about my canning yesterday – beans, peas, squash. Made some pickled eggs, but do not know how to can them correctly. Everything I read tells me it can’t be safely done… *sigh*

  54. farmerlady2 says:

    BBB, please. Thanks!

  55. Peacefulheart says:

    I have already canned asparagus this morning and am getting ready to can stewed rhubarb for pies ๐Ÿ™‚ My BBB is very old and I sure could use a new one, so please count me in, we are homesteaders here and rely mainly upon our garden for our winter food. Sister Penny

  56. GA_in_GA says:

    The glass of wine and the creek look so inviting! No water to be had in our neck of the wookds, as we are in a severe drought.

    My first time posting to CITR. Thoroughly enjoying the site.

  57. GA_in_GA says:

    Make that woods! lol And I have not had a glass of wine, just not enough coffee today!

  58. joeyfulnoise says:

    I have my mom’s BBB – I need a new one. Just bought some more lids today – looking forward to canning time!

  59. Laura Barber says:

    Hi! I would love a book on canning! Please throw my hat in the ring for a chance to win the BBB!!

  60. Nobarnfarm says:

    The creek chills wine perfectly! Please enter me so I can have more creektime!

  61. DebbieInMemphis says:

    I’d love to win a copy of BBB!

  62. azladychef says:

    Oh for a creek to sit in! I have quite a drive ahead of me to find a creek that isn’t filled with dust. lol
    Thanks Suzanne and Casie!

  63. Almost Heaven, WV says:

    BBB Please! :snoopy:

  64. oddgirl says:

    BBB please and thank you.

  65. atlast says:

    BBB please. And in this Florida heat, I could sure use a creek, too!

  66. BeeLady says:

    I love to can all the fresh produce from our garden each year. During the winter I also can soups, stocks and other meals. I could sure use the new BBB for great recipes. :wave:

  67. melonhead says:

    BBB please, please, please! I enter every time! :wave:

  68. Luann says:

    BBB pretty please….

  69. Liz Pike says:

    I’d love a copy!! My mom brought me a bag full of the flat italian green beans yesterday from a truck parked by the side of the road near my hometown–a commercial processor had grown too many and now they’re giving away the excess. Lots of canning in my immediate future!!

  70. cindymouse says:

    I could use a BBB book, a creek, and a couple glasses of bubbly wine, but I’d just be grateful for the book at this point. Happy Spring to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

  71. Liz Pike says:

    In answer to Ramona’s question (comment #49), right click on the suggested reading links and choose to open in a new window or new tab (my preference). Then you can go back to the original page with the other links of interest.

  72. cindymouse says:

    In reply to Mona’s question:
    If she hovers over the link she’s interested in, right clicks, and chooses “Open Link in New Tab”, she can do that with each of the links she wants to check out without leaving the original page.

  73. mrsdmahogany says:

    Oh yes please! Then I can join you in the creek for a spell…

    Dianna :butterfly:

  74. CarrieJ says:

    I would like to drink wine in the creek…BBB please!

  75. Ms.Becky says:

    I remember last summer (it was last summer, right?) when you posted that photo of the wine glass and the creek. I loved it then and I love NOW! it’s one of my favorites of your many fabulouse photos Suzanne. thanks to Casie Duberstein for sponsoring this BBB giveaway. BBB!

  76. jeepdriver says:

    Wow…forget the wine but gimmie the crick. Cool, refreshing and full of creepy things. I’d never get anything done. BBB please.

  77. cindyinohio says:

    Oh Yes – I’d love it all. The creek, the wine, and the BBB!

  78. JerseyMom says:

    I know just the creek. BBB for me, please.

  79. patricialynn says:

    BBB please!

    What a lovely photograph of the creek and the wine…I don’t like wine, but I think I’m going to take a can of soda down by our creek…that, and a good book. Thanks for the inspiration!

  80. AmyI says:

    BBB for me please

  81. laurajenkins says:

    count me in for BBB.

  82. cotswolds93 says:

    Please pick ME for the BBB!!!

  83. JaniceAndrea says:

    Please enter me for the BBB.

  84. 22angel says:

    Oh I want to win a BBB! Let’s hope our garden can grow something – it’s a late year with too much water!

  85. Lana says:

    I got a pressure canner for Christmas last year and I have my own BBB, but would really like to get one for my daughter-in-law. Please enter “us” into the drawing!!

  86. beneathhiswings says:

    I want to win. Pick me! Thank you.

  87. farmershae says:

    Would love a BBB… and a creek.

  88. mygirls01 says:

    oh darn!! didn’t realize the cut off is for Eastern time. it is only 11:18 here, lol. oh well!

  89. TinaBell says:

    Enter me for a BBB please!!!!

  90. marylecompte says:

    BBB please. Already started on canning season with bbq sauce and peach jam. Can’t wait for tomatoes.

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