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Simple… Blueberry Jam!

It’s a good thing I live with the man I do…

He pretty much wakes up and just waits to see what I’m going to do

If I decide to cleanOK with him!…k14386366

If I decide to playOK with himsdu0040

If I decide not to cook breakfast OK with him…

and then there may be a feast waiting

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Today after breakfast I started making Blueberry Jam

I’m addicted to this freezer jam recipe

I had made Strawberry about a month ago… Have

two jars left…

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So easy! … and for some reason… The jam made at home tastes so good!…

Even if it is a simple recipe

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Fresh Blueberries… about 2 to 2-1/2 pints

Washed …

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5 to 5-1/2 cups Sugar and I packet of Sure-Jell

Add sugar to berries… stir till to sugar is dissolved…

Boil packet of pectin with 3/4 cup water for 1 minute…

add to berries and stir for 3 minutes…

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Put in clean jars… I had saved these… why buy… when you already have these cute jars from other items…

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This recipe made 5 jars exactly… just enough to get out of freezer and enjoy!

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They are so prettydark purple/blue in color…

Can’t wait to taste!

Have to let sit for 24 hours before refrigerating (Will last a couple of weeks)… or freeze for up to a year!

My word for the year is “Simple”… chosen on January 1, 2013…

I loved the idea of just choosing a word to get you through the year!…

and this recipe fits in perfectly!

Freezer Jam… Strawberry / Blackberry

We went to check the blackberry bushes when we returned from vacation… but, not many there…
What little I did get… I decided to add to some strawberries and make freezer jam

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New to me…

I knew I needed Pectin…berries and sugar

(Pectin is produced commercially as a white to light brown powder, mainly extracted from citrus fruits, and is used in food as a gelling agent particularly in jams and jellies)

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How hard could it be?…

and it wasn’t!

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Washed my berriesblended them just till crushed leaving bits of fruit… 2 cups

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Stirred in sugar… 4 cups

Let set 10 minutes after stirring a few times…

Meantime… heated Pectin (Sure-Jell) together with 3/4 cup of water boiled for a minute…

Added to berries and sugarstirred for 3 minutes until sugar was completely dissolved…

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Spooned into clean jars I had been saving

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Just right for jellies and jams… Made 4 jars… leaving a little room for expansion…

Put on lids and let set for 24 hours until thick…

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The taste I took from the spoon was really good…

But, tomorrow on toast will be the real test

My guys were quite impressed with my endeavors…

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Now to make some peachDoesn’t that sound good?…

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The only thing I did different is to put in jars

whereas they said plastic containers

I think they will freeze just fine…

and the jam/preserves can be kept in refrigerator for up to 3 weeks

I doubt that it will last that long!

Lemonade Time

My husband is from the South… He has a few habits that he acquired from his younger days…

Maybe not habits… but, things he likes

He loves the taste of a lemon… cut in half… then add a little salt… As I watch him eat it… my mouth starts watering and I pucker k13274875 even though it’s his tongue tasting that sour juice… not mine…

To enjoy something so simple…

I guess it’s like sucking the honey tasting nectar from Honeysuckle k3991001

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I got home and he immediately cut him one… got the salt… and began eating it…

My mouth waters as I’m thinking about it!…

My thrift store finds actually helped me make my Lemonade

I had picked up this neat Sugar Canister…

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my Lemon Squeezer that actually looks like a lemon…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I cut the lemons in half… placed a half on my squeezer… and squeezed the juice into the pitcher… the squeezer keeps any seeds from getting into the lemonade

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After squeezing juice from 4 lemons… I add 2 cups of real sugar to the juice and enough water to fill the pitcher…

I also cut some strips of the actual squeezed lemons to the lemonade…

A bit of the lemon peel makes it pretty in the glass… and also adds a little more flavor

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Tastes so good!

I read you can flavor your lemonade if you want by just adding a pack of Kool-Aid to the lemonade or by adding fruit puree

I might try Strawberry Lemonade sometime with a few real strawberries

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That sounds good to me!

Coffee or Tea???

Gift…

Terry http://terry1954.wordpress.com/author/terry1954/  just invited me for a cup of coffee… after a fellow blogger invited her…

Wasn’t that sweet!…coffee1cookie

Some questions to answer… will let me know what you prefer…

I might even give you a cookie recipe to go with your coffee…

So enjoy!

1) How many cups of coffee per day?  One… maybe two… Early morning… with Jill, my cat… She looks out the window while I check my messages… Hot Tea later in the evening… flavored or not with real sugar!

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2) What is your favourite caffeine delivery system? Actually Diet Pepsi has me… starting mid-morning… Ice Cold!180px-Diet_Pepsi_Logo_svg

3) What was your best cup of coffee? Coffee with cream in Gatlinburg with a cinnamon sugared do-nut from The Friar’s Bakery!

4) What was your worst cup of coffee? NO SUGAR PLEASE!

5) What does your favourite mug say? My latest was from a niece this past Christmas… a mug that has a cat on it and says, “It’s the cat’s house… we just pay the mortgage!” …cute, huh!

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6) How do you take your coffee? Half & Half lately… I decided if I’m going to drink it… have it the way I like it!

7) When was your first cup? I’m sure it was when my Mom fixed it with lots of milk and sugar…and then when I was having my first baby… I craved coffee… but, no sugar!… just milk… has stayed the same ever since…k6691337

8) Have you ever gone on a coffee tea date? Hardly ever go just for coffee… While waste a trip… when you can eat!

I shall invite following lovely bloggers to join me for a nice cup!

http://lesleycarter.wordpress.com/author/lesleycarter/

http://margekatherine.com/author/mkmercurio/

http://retiredruth.wordpress.com/author/retiredruth/

http://diggingher.wordpress.com/author/woodrup/

http://jennykellerford.wordpress.com/author/kford2007/

http://seedscatterer.wordpress.com/author/foxesearth/

Recipe:

Chocolate Chip Tea Cookies from My Blessed Life

1 cup softened butter

2/3 cup powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

2 cups flour

10 ounces mini chocolate chips

1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

Mix all of ingredients together

Roll into teaspoon-sized balls

Ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart

Bake 10-15 minutes…slightly brown and set

Cool 2 minutes… Sprinkle with powdered sugar

YUM!

Christmas Tree Bread

I made two low-fat low-calorie foods for my TOPS group Christmas Get-together tonight…

One is a low-calorie Crustless Pumpkin Pie… It is almost like eating pumpkin custard… Fine with me… because I’m more interested in the “filling” than the crust… I know!… You “crust” people will totally hate it… well not maybe… After you taste it… you will be quite impressed…

Crustless Pumpkin Pie (Low-Calorie)

Ingredient

  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin
  • 1 (12 ounce) cans evaporated skim milk
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 -2 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup Splenda sugar substitute

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients and beat until smooth.
  2. Pour into 9-inch pie pan sprayed with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15 minutes; reduce temperature to 325 degrees F and bake for 45 minutes more.
  4. Pie is done when knife inserted into center comes out clean.

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Of course I’m taking low-fat Cool Whip to put on top… Yummy!

My other recipe came from Pillsbury Bread Christmas Trees…

Of course I altered it a little… That’s just me… I couldn’t find the Bread Stick Dough… so I picked up the One Sheet Dough and cut it in strips…Then formed the little “dough” trees with a trunk…Turned out so cute… and quite easy… Great for a Christmas party !…

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Strawberry Candies

Way back when my boys were young… and we were living in our first home… I made these candies… I have no idea where I got the recipe… Could have been a magazine… a cookbook… the side of the coconut bag OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA… the side of the strawberry jello boxOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA …I really can not remember… I do know it wasn’t on the internet… because there was no internet…although I did find the recipe I used tonight on COOKS.COM Recipe Search…

There it was… just as I remembered… same ingredients and instructions…

I made many a batch that Christmask7667619 … My Dad even had me making them… for him to give as little gifts at his work…

They are kind of pretty with their sugary redness… and bright green stems…

I’m going to use them as accents to my cookie trays I’m making…

The ingredients are simple… and you just free-form the shape into a strawberry with your hands/fingers… and then add a green frosting stem… Some recipes call for an almond dyed green to be used for a stem…but, I always liked the piped on leaves… Just my preference…

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Recipe as follows:

Candied Strawberries

1- cup flake coconut

1- pkg. ( 3 oz. Strawberry Jello ) It called for 2 packages… but, one is sufficient!… Use DRY!

I used the other package to roll the candies in as I shaped them…

3/4 cup sweetened condensed mild

1 small package ( 2 oz. ) of almond slivers ( 1 cup ) … I ground them into small pieces… 

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

The recipe also called for candied red sugar… this is where I used the other package of jello…

Mix all of the ingredients together… Chill for at least one hour… Shape into strawberry shapes… rolling in extra dry jello… Add frosting leaves on top… and then put in freezer until time to serve… Makes 30…

SO pretty… SO tasty!

I lay them on parchment paper or waxed paper… covering a cookie sheet

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Hope you try them… They are quite easy… and so pretty!

Mom’s Nutmeg Cake…

Holidays bring thoughts of my Momma…

I thought she was a wonderful cook … She had cooked since she was a little girl… right along side of her Mother … They baked and cooked every day for her brothers and Dad who worked on the farm where she was raised…

Of course everything was made from scratch… baking consisted of fresh eggs laid by their chickens flour ground at a mill butter churned from the milk of their cows… Sugar and spices were usually bought at the country grocery store on the main road…

So when Mom made her “nutmeg” cake it was just so delicious!… She could whip it up with the greatest of ease…

I’ve been thinking of making this wonderful smelling cake since I bought some fresh nutmeg a few weeks ago… fresh… meaning the seeds

I love grating it on my cappuccino … makes it “just right”…

I found a recipe that sounded like the one my Mom  used… and have put it together today… I will share with my sister… since it was one of her favorites too…

Mom tried to fool her once we she had gotten quite old… by using a white cake mix and mixing in some nutmeg spice … My sister knew right away it was not the same… We still laugh about that day

The recipe I used was on “allrecipes.com”…

Ingredients:

3 eggs, room temp

1/2 cup butter, softened

1-1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon Vanilla extract

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground nutmeg ( Like I said, I prefer grating the nutmeg seed )

1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

1. Pre-heat Oven to 350 degrees F .

2. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy

3. Add eggs one at a time… blending

4. Add vanilla

5. Sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt

4. Add 1/2 of flour mixture to butter/sugar and 1/2 of buttermilk…beating with mixer

5. Add remaining flour mixture and milk… beating again

6. Spread batter into two 8″ round cake pans that have been lightly greased

Bake 30 minutes… Let cakes cool before adding your favorite frosting…

Mom always used a fluffy white frosting… The recipe calls for a caramel frosting… some say cream cheese frosting… and some say just sprinkle with powdered sugar

That would be my preference… because I like plain cake… no frosting… Weird I now!

Photo of Nutmeg Cake

My Nutmeg Cake… plain as you see… the way I like it…

I’ve decided to make my sisters with frosting… She will like it better that way…

Maybe you will try this old recipe… It is such a wonderful Fall smell with that Nutmeg Spice

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A tidbit about the Spice, Nutmeg…

Description of Nutmeg :

STRONG Nutmeg is one of the more popular spices in use today. The term nutmeg applies to both the spice itself and the tree from which it is derived.

Though it is not a commonly known fact, the nutmeg tree  actually gives forth two slightly different spices. Obviously one of them is nutmeg. Nutmeg (the spice) is actually the inner part of the seed, the kernel. The other one is mace , which is derived from the inner covering of the seed .

The Nutmeg tree is from the Evergreen  family.

“I Like Them A Little Bit!”

Gift…

Cup Cake Day!… Not a sweet in the house…That’s a No- No around here… I remembered I had bought chocolate cake mix and frosting for my grandkids to make cupcakes the other night…but, we were so busy and decided on ice cream making… so I still had the ingredients… I mixed up the batter and found I only had 12 cupcake papers

… That’s OK… I’ll make them + a small 8″ x 8″ small square cake… It will be eaten…no matter what shape!… I saved me two plain chocolate cupcakes… I’m not too big on frosting… but, a warm chocolate cupcake… YUM!… I had bought white fluffy frosting in a can

… I already had a basketful of sprinkles… every color you can imagine…

You can tell… I’m a Grandma… I looked them over and decided on the Pastel Rainbow Colored Sugar Crystals… Just a little to make them pretty…

Already … a few are missing… Like I said, “My guys love sweets”… and I guess I can say, “I like them a little bit!”… Ha, ha!

“Jelly, Honey, Maple Syrup”…Maybe a little “Borax”???

Gift…

I sneak into my kitchen … turn on the lights… and look, hoping not to find anything!… Unusual???… Not when it’s an army that has invaded my territory!… They are so tiny… about 1/8″ long… They can pick up 20X their own body weight … They compare them to a second grader picking up a car!… How’s that for strength!… They have no ears …They only hear by feeling vibrations  through their feet… Getting an idea who I’m talking about yet? … They have no lungs … They breathe through tiny holes all over their bodies…. There species number in the 12,000’s!… Awesome, huh!… Some of their names are “Fire” , “Argentina, “Carpenter”  , “Pavement”  and my culprit is known as the “Odorous House Ant”… yes!…These tiny creatures… ANTS!  …have come looking for water and food… or the rain has made them find refuge in my kitchen!…GO AWAY!, “I say!”…I hear they have a home or colony as they like to call it… When they come into my “colony” they leave trails to get back home… So to eliminate them I have been looking for remedies… Of course there are pesticides…but, I was thinking more of a “homemade” remedy…I’ve read about them and have decided to try this recipe… So good, they might like it and take home some to their fellow comrades…

Homemade Ant Bait Recipes

Sugar  

2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)
Jam (or Jelly, Honey , Maple Syrup)

  • Mix the boric acid with the jam or jelly to make a paste. Slather it on a piece of paper, a plate or in a covered container with holes. You may have to adjust amount of Boric      Acid if the ants seem to eat up the bait like crazy, but are getting fatter from it instead of dying.
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Sugar

2 cups Sugar
1 cup Water
2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)

  • Mix and place in small saucers around the home.
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Protein

2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)
Peanut Butter or Bacon Grease

Mix and set out in mounds on pieces of paper or plates.

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Sugar

1 cup Confectioners Sugar
2 TBS Boric Acid (Borax)

  • Leave this in little mounds or in covered containers with holes.
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Sugar Bait

2 TBS Molasses 
1 TBS Yeast
1 TBS Sugar

  • Mix and place mounds on paper, plates or in covered containers with holes.
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Important: When baiting the ants to bring poison back to the nest, resist the temptation to kill them when you see them. You want them to live and take big juicy pieces of poisoned bait back to the nest for the rest of the colony to feast on.

So… the battle has begun!… Although… as of this morning… no signs of my enemy … but, they can be quite sneaky… just hope they don’t try carrying me away… It would take quite a few of them for that job!

 

Fried Pies…Mom Wins!

I was eating chunky applesauce and thought how it would make great fried pies … I usually make them with pie fillingcherry or apple …I also use canned biscuits for the dough … My Mom could whip up fried pies from scratch faster than I ever will with my canned filling and canned dough… She made her own dough… probably like a biscuit dough… Flour, milk…maybe an egg or two … depending on how many she was making… She probably had some real apples she had peeled, cored and cooked down to what I would call homemade applesauce … There would be sugar, cinnamon…maybe some butter in the ingredients… She would roll out her dough on a wood cutting board with her wood rolling pin with green handles… She floured the board so the dough would not stick… Small circles of dough … about 6″ in diameter… She filled the dough with cooled pie filling or in her case… cooked apples… and then folded the dough in half … looking like a crescent… She crimped the edges with a fork… sealing the edges where the filling wouldn’t come out during the frying process… The hot Crisco was heating in her big iron skillet … She carefully dropped the crescents into the hot shortening… waited until they were golden brown and then turned them gently with a spatula… After browning the other side… they were lifted out to cool on crumpled brown paper bags … This absorbed the excess grease… Sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar … Oh, they were the best!… Mine are good… but, the trouble she went to for us to have a most delectable treat will always be remembered… Thanks to Mom, I too can make some good treats … just a newer version

“My Kids!

We made pies in our Bake Shop at school… Usually it was around Thanksgiving Pumpkin  and Pecan… The closest we ever got to making fried pies was when our male teacher would make fried biscuit dough donuts with the kids… They loved them!… Like me, he grew up with his Mom making them like mine when we were young… Canned biscuits rolled out a little thinner… a hole cut out with anything that would work…about an inch across… I’ve used an empty medicine bottle before… works great!… Of course the holes were saved and fried too… Sometimes I think we liked the holes even better… After frying in cooking oil  and drained on paper towels … Shook in a bag of sugar and cinnamon while still warm…Yummy!… The round doughnuts would get a coating of chocolate or vanilla frosting …maybe even a sprinkle or two with colored sugar crystals …I believe I’ll be making some fried pies today…and maybe another day some fried doughnuts… This cooler weather  makes me hungry!  

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