In Preparation for the Winter …



Today, I thought of something a little bit different. I was prepping for a canning session and thought I’d just give a word of encouragement to anyone out there who wants to start canning or filling up their Provision Room for the winter. If you have any questions about canning, just leave a comment. I’d love to help you out on your journey to providing food for you and your family!




Here is recipe for the Taco Soup which I am canning today.


Taco Soup

You can change and adapt the recipe a bit to your liking.
Of course, I tripled everything. If you’re going to do through all that work,
you may as well have a good, hefty result. 🙂

2 lb. ground meat, browned and drained
16 oz. frozen corn
2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed — (I used dry kidney beans & soaked them overnight)
3 cups of tomatoes, however you prefer – diced, crushed, etc.
1 cup of beef  broth
1 cup water
Taco seasoning to taste
Lemon juice – 2 tablespoons squirted in each jar

*** Also, if you have not gone through the Provision Room series, these canning posts here would be a good start.
Happy Canning to all my friends! Do let me know what you are canning or putting up for your winter. I’d love to hear from you!








August 17, 2019 - 8:28 pm

Brenda Clair (Gigi’s Mom) Great video, Gillian … love it!

August 15, 2019 - 4:16 pm

Gramma Cardinal Well done! My beautiful hard working granddaughter! <3

August 15, 2019 - 3:28 pm

Gigi A pressure cooker and a pressure CANNER are different. No, from what I know, do not use the instapot for canning.

August 15, 2019 - 11:38 am

Jen Does an Instapot make a good pressure cooker for canning?

August 13, 2019 - 10:11 pm

Rachel Gigi, I’ve enjoyed reading your posts for quite a long time, but never commented. I loved getting to see you on video! I haven’t been a very successful Florida gardener, but you sure inspire me to keep trying! Tanks! Hopefully, I’ll grow more than herbs one day 🙂

August 13, 2019 - 4:14 pm

Gigi Hello Sarah, aw, that is great about the vegetable soup. Thank you for letting me know. I think, for this batch, about 8 jars? I triple my batch and end up with more. Sometimes if there is a little left over, it is saved for lunch for husband or a small side for dinner. Your peaches sound amazing and your maple peach jam! Yum! I hope I can get some peaches this year.

August 13, 2019 - 4:13 pm

Gigi Teresa, that is a great way of building up your garden. I just have some compost delivered today for next year’s garlic. It is always extra work caring for the soil but it is necessary! I hope your garden soil revives itself for next year!

August 13, 2019 - 11:48 am

Teresa @ Simplyfarmhouse Gigi, I loved your video. It was good to here your voice and I loved your accent. I used to canned a lot before moving the placed we live at now. The land has been depleted by the previous farmer. We tried a garden several times without any luck. We are currently giving our garden a rest while we add to the area with small wood chips , grass clipping, leaves , table scraps. Also add soil and cow manure. Waiting for rich soil to develop in layers. Email me sometime.. I would love to chat more with you.

August 13, 2019 - 9:19 am

Sarah Thank you for sharing this video and the recipe for taco soup. About how many quarts does one recipe make? I make your recipe for vegetable soup every year and it is one of our favorites! I have been busy canning. We have been super blessed with our best garden yet! Each year we seem to do better than the year before, which is a great feeling. Last night a neighbor blessed us with peaches. He invited us to pick from his tree and my husband came home with an 8 quart basket filled with fresh peaches. I plan to use some to make Maple Peach jam. I made a half batch last week and it is delicious! May you have a blessed day!


August 12, 2019 - 11:39 pm

Kristal Gigi, it was so fun watching your video and getting to put a voice to the face. You are a natural! I’m not sure if making videos is something you really want to do, but I love seeing things in action, so it would be fun to see more if you decide to give more videos a try. 🙂 I’m so sad our garden never turned out this year. I think looking at the farmer’s market and finding and canning in season produce is such a great idea. We have several farmer’s markets near us, so I think I will give it a try! Have fun if your family decides to go camping!

August 12, 2019 - 11:08 pm

Monica Absolutely LOVE it! ❤️‍
Canning is such a blessing for large families!

August 12, 2019 - 4:36 pm

Gigi Rebecca, you are going a great job! My broccoli bolted and I did not get any, sadly, so well done! Yes, I will post the taco soup recipe. The pressure canner is steaming away right now. Lots of happy jars for the Provision Room!

August 12, 2019 - 4:30 pm

Rebecca I loved your video! It was so fun hearing your voice and seeing your lovely kitchen! Could you share your taco soup recipe? It sounds great! Here in Alaska we also have beans ready, and I’ve started canning my carrots because voles are nibbling them. My cucumbers didn’t do well enough for canning but we have had many fresh eating meals with them instead. And I have blanched and frozen 5 gallons of broccoli so far, in addition to canning up a few batches of zucchini relish, which we like better than cucumber relish. Happy harvest canning!