We were so proud of ourselves.  It was about one in the morning my daughter and I took pictures with thumbs up success of our first ever canning experience. It took us all night, something I could now probably slap together in less than an hour. Sterilize the jars, cut up the cucumbers, throw in a garlic clove, sprig of dill, peppercorn, pour over the hot brine, seal and into the water bath. The final line up of mason jars filled with cheery green pickles was great satisfaction…not to mention fun with all our late night giggles and pathetic jokes involving odd shaped cucumbers.
Familiar to homesteaders and June Cleavers of the modern world, the Mason jar takes center stage in this rendition of the French press. We are not surprised to see this sort of craft come out of Portland, Orgeon of course with raw materials manufactured in the USA. The Portland Press is made of glass, wool, steel and wood.  It’s design gently promotes the minimalists lifestyle, encouraging manual machines and natural elements to replace our cupboards full of plastics requiring an energy source. Keeping it simple, keeping it real.

Allison

Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.