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The garden has been going crazy. A friend from church came over last week to help me can tomatoes – we got 24 1/2 quarts canned that day. That was a very tiring day but I’m SO thankful for everything that got done! At the moment there’s a 3-gallon bucket full of lima beans to be shelled, and that same amount of tomatoes to be canned again (which should work out to 5 quarts or so of stewed tomatoes if […]

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YUCK!

I was washing dishes last night and happened to read the lid of this cookie dough container. Look closely. Shelf life: Frozen: 1 year Refrigerated: 6 months Room temperature: 21 days 21 DAYS? What is IN this stuff that makes cookie dough shelf stable for 3 WEEKS????? YUCK!! Now as for how the container got in my house. . .my inlaws use a variety of containers to store their homemade ice cream when they make it. It just happened to […]

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Apple pie

On Monday, I made an apple pie. It looked all right and tasted pretty good. The crust was a complete flop though. I tried a new recipe from Allrecipes.com – just searched for pie crust and selected one based on high ratings. Then I substituted coconut oil for the shortening. What a total failure. It was actually kind of puzzling. I’ve been using coconut oil instead of shortening for a long time now, and have never had any bad results […]

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Freezer cooking ideas

Here are some of the ideas I’m considering to put up for when baby comes. A lot of it will be determined by space in the freezer as we just downsized to a much smaller one. I’m also thinking to just make double at mealtimes and freeze the extra, rather than having a couple huge cooking days. Breakfasts: Waffles Pancakes Quick Lunches: Corn dog muffins – used a different cornbread recipe but my family loved these Sloppy joe muffins Tacos […]

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Freezer cooking

Just wondering here. . .does anyone do much freezer cooking? I’d like to start doing more, to get food put back for when this little one arrives. I’m just not sure what to put up, and am a little limited on energy at the moment too. ;O) We have a huge upright freezer but will be downsizing to a somewhat smaller one because this one doesn’t work that well. Instead of stocking up on huge 9×13 casserole size dishes, I’d […]

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Making Christmas cookies

We made Christmas cookies last night. Samuel kept telling me over and over again, “Thank you for letting us make cookies. I had SO much fun!” The boys got a bit sugar sprinkle happy. I didn’t mind until I looked at Caleb and saw that he had the entire bottle of blue sugar in his mouth. Good thing I noticed it after we finished and not while we were still decorating the cookies! Even Anna had fun pushing the cutters […]

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Wasted pickles

I wasted an entire batch of sweet icicle pickles yesterday morning. I’m still a bit frustrated about it. The pickles were on the second to last day of the brining process, until I flung glass into the container. The last four days you’re supposed to drain and reheat the syrup that spices the pickles. I’ve been using a plate on top of the container to keep the pickles submerged, with a glass canning jar full of water on top. I […]

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Canning tomatoes

Today I was able to can 7 quarts and 4 pints of tomatoes. It probably doesn’t sound like a lot, but it’s more than I thought it would be. It was quite the surprise to discover that there was enough for a double batch instead of the single I anticipated. This particular recipe is from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving book I mentioned in a previous post. It’s tomatoes with mixed vegetables. We really like the combination of […]

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Apple pie filling

The neighbors let us pick apples from their trees on Wednesday. So far, I’ve canned 14 pints of apple pie filling (recipe from my Ball canning cookbook), and there’s still plenty of apples left. I’m thinking of doing applesauce next. Next week I hope to get some tomatoes canned, but our plants aren’t doing as well this year as they usually do. We’re getting a decent amount of tomatoes, but not enough at one time to can. Hopefully soon. By […]

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Scones

We have really been enjoying scones lately. We eat them just about every week. This morning it was pumpkin spice scones. I do make a few changes to the recipe (2 cups wheat flour and no raisins), but we absolutely love them.

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