It's the height of summer, which means vegetable gardens and farmers markets are overflowing with the most perfect produce of the year, from tomatoes and beans to blueberries and peaches. While I love to eat all of these things while they are fresh and juicy, it's also a great time to start canning so that you can relive summer just a little bit when the weather gets cold and grey. Okay, I know, I lost you when I said it's time to start canning. Canning can seem intimidating,
This is a quick and fun project that can be done for pretty much any occasion, like a child’s birthday party, a baby shower, or a themed dinner party. Flour sack dish towels usually come in packs of 3 or 4 and measure about 32” x 38”, so each towel can yield two large or four small napkins. We used a potato to make our fleur-de-lis stamp, but you could also cut a sponge into the desired shape.
Flour sack dish towels
Fabric paint in any color
I never need an excuse to cook French food, but Bastille Day — France’s own Independence Day, celebrated on July 14th — is always a good reason to whip up a French-inspired dinner party for friends, right when summer produce is at its height. One of my favorite French recipes is ratatouille, a stewed vegetable dish from Provence, but this time I’ve decided to give it a twist by turning the traditional ingredients — eggplant, summer squash, zucchini, tomatoes, and onion — into