Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Canning Beef Broth and Chicken Broth

My first canner explosion! Yes, nearly scared me to death! I had jello legs for a long while afterwards. But it was my mistake. I didn't tighten down 2 of the screw down handles, I didn't think it would matter since I screwed  down the other 4.. Follow directions people! Don't cut corners because you're tired and ready to finish. This could have been serious! Thank goodness I wasn't beside it. I would have definitely gotten burnt because of my stupid mistake. Yes, I was a little hesistant to continue, But I love doing it, so I got right back in the saddle.. The weight is jiggling away as I type :) Beautiful sound to my ears...
So yea, The last 3 days have been busy for me. I was able to spend some time in the kitchen canning up some beef and chicken broth. First time ever canning it. Normally I would put the cooled broth in freezer bags and freeze it. But my freezer has been filling up pretty quickly with the grab and go meals that I have been putting in it. I just pulled one of the recipes from the internet. Got it from freshpreserving website...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Grab and Go Fruit jars for babygirls lunch box

Sorry for the horrible photo, but I already put my phone on
charge so I just used the computers' camera.
 
Babygirl has started taking her lunch to school, so I have been coming up with faster ways to pack her easy grab portions so she can choose what she wants. As you can see I have prepared them in glass jelly ball jars. I have become more interested in becoming greener and healthier eating so I asked, "THE GOOGLE", what the best methods for storing foods {that pass all food safety regulations} in the fridge would be. I began coming across posts say you can use mason jars for all kinds of different things. You can even freeze them! I cant wait to see how the food will taste after they have thawed in the jar. "the experts" say you shouldn't shock the glass by heating it in the microwave while frozen. Recommendations are that you pull it out the night before or (if your forgetful or a spur of the moment type person like me) You can allow it to thaw by letting it sit in a warm bath. Sounds easy enough! But as I've said many times before, Do your own research and do what you feel is best for you and your family. This is the method I will be trying since I love my glass canning jars! It doesn't hurt that I have a plethora of them either!!
So there you go! A GREENER, more healthier snack food alternative.
 
p.s. I definitely will be purchasing more of the plastic lids for these because they are freezer safe as well.. I just question using the jars with the metal lids, inside a freezer. I wont go into detail why I feel this way.. :)
 
The best thing about this recipe is you can adapt it to your liking! This is just the fresh fruit we had on hand.. We had apples but I don't like how they turn brown after I cut them.
You could also serve your favorite cream cheese fruit dip or favorite yogurt. Spoon small portions on top of fruit and give the jar a good shake! EnJoy!
 
RECIPE:
 
1 CANTALOPE
1/2 HONEY MELON
1/2 CAN OF PINEAPPLE {save the remaining pineapple and juice for smoothies!}
4 CUP GRAPES
 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Coffee!! Need I say more?

Have I ever mentioned how much I love coffee? In honor of the first day of winter, I made my very first cup of the year! It was soo good.. Only wish I had some Redi-Whip for the topping! I am currently experimenting with the cold brew method of coffee making. This is good for when you want to make an iced coffee. Like a Frappuccino.. MmmMmm!! Ill let you guys know how it goes and post recipes of my favorites!
Here's to an abundance of coffee beans!!
 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Just some random cards....

These are some handmade cards I created for a quick pull from the box incase I need one really quick. I used my cricut explore air on all 3 of them ;-)

















Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Happy Birthday Johnathon!!!

Today is my niece's, boyfriends' birthday. He's like family too. They have been together since high school. So sweet. High school sweethearts! Anyways. He does a lot to help us around the house and I wanted to make him a birthday card!! So here it is! Hope he likes it!!