DIY Canning Peach BBQ Sauce

We love peaches, but can only eat so much jam… we also love to BBQ so naturally this week we made peach BBQ sauce.  I was a little worried, but it turned out great!

Peach BBQ Sauce

6 cups of chopped, pitted and peeled peaches

1 cup of chopped peppers (I used a mix or red, green, yellow and banana)

3 cups of finely chopped onion

3 tbps of fresh garlic (pressed)

3/4 cup vinegar ( I used pickling vinegar for the higher acid content, 7% instead or 5%)

1 1/4 cup honey

1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp red pepper flakes

2 tsp dry mustard

2 tsp salt


  1. combine all ingredients in a large stock pot.
  2. Bring all ingredients to a boil or medium heat.
  3. Reduce the heat keeping mixture at a light boil/simmer.
  4. Stir frequently for about 30 mins. or until the mixture has thickened.  ( It won’t be thick like commercial sauce, it will be a little running, but will thicken when cooled. )
  5. Process for approximately 20 mins. in a boiling water canner.  (this depends on your jar size and altitude.)




The manly rooster…

Our chicks are getting bigger, this morning we heard the first crowing from the rooster. I’m sad it wasn’t the first squawks but I still thought the manly crow from this guy was entertaining.

Family Vacation…

Its becoming our annual tradition to spend time in one of Canada’s most beautiful locations… Jasper National Park. Here’s a short video I made with the pictures from our trip. Sorry about the abrupt end. Bad editing on my part. I wasn’t paying close enough attention and thought I had the music synced to the pictures.

Possibilities are now endless…

What poor fool hasn’t had the dream of owning a sawmill? I submit that anyone with a Y chromosome has at one time or another fantasized about owning their own sawmill. Well… Through a fortunate series of events I am now the proud owner of a Woodmizer LT10 sawmill. It’s older but nonetheless exciting, and its a lot quicker than my chainsaw mill.

Even Mrs. Birch gave it a try. This is with a rather dull blade. It cuts much quicker with a sharp blade on it.

Yay renovations…

So we bought some new appliances, largely because our old fridge was failing at its primary function. Not only would it freeze the vegetables in the produce drawer but it would let the ice cream in the freezer thaw… So we pulled the trigger on a new fridge and stove. The stove was a simple replacement…20160604_223315562_iOS




This necessitated some changes in the kitchen… starting with pulling the trim and door jambs off to get the fridge through into the kitchen. Of course once you start down that route there is no turning back…20160723_231925378_iOS

But at least we got the fridge in… 20160808_180202055_iOS    20160808_191128237_iOS

Its bigger… 20160808_195410067_iOS

That’s everything from the crowded old fridge into the new fridge and there is still tons of room. Of course we opened the wall because we have some other renovations in mind, so stay tuned to see our slow progress.