12 July 2014

Strawberry Freezer Jam



Strawberries were on sale today, which made me happy. I've been wanting to make freezer jam but had not been able to find the instant pectin. When I finally found it at Target, the strawberries were not on sale any longer. I took the chance and waited to see if they would go back on sale, they did. 

I made five pints tonight, still have enough berries to make another 10 pints tomorrow - after I make a trip to the store and get more sugar. This is so easy to make, it is no big deal to make up the rest tomorrow. 

Freezer jam is so much better than cooked, in my opinion. I like the way it taste like fresh strawberries. Freezer jam is also much easier to make than the cooked. 

I used the recipe that came with the Ball Instant Pectin:

1 2/3 cup prepared fruit (washed, hulled and mashed. )
2/3 cup sugar
2 tbls. instant pectin
1 tbls. bottled lemon juice if using peaches (I don't know why you could not use juice from a lemon, but it does specify "bottled".

Mix sugar and pectin together, stir in prepared fruit and stir for three minutes. Pour into sterilized jars. Let set 30 minutes before putting in freezer.

Note: leave 1/2" space at top of jar to allow for expansion.


This stuff is good on just about anything. So yummy on angel food cake and ice cream.

20 June 2014

Simple Things

Tomato sandwich was a staple for me growing up. My dad grew the best tomatoes in the whole world and making a tomato sandwich was a daily event. 

I have been craving a tomato sandwich. Yesterday I drove across town in search of a homegrown tomato. I'm not convinced the one I bought was homegrown, just did not have that homegrown taste. The tomato was good, though. We do not eat white bread and could not bring myself to buy a loaf, and I looked at the loaves of white bread for quite sometime. I did give in and buy a jar of miracle whip, mayo doesn't give it the same flavor, that little bit of tangy bite to miracle whip is needed. 

So, I have had three tomato sandwiches since last night. I'm sure I am going to satisfy that craving within two days.

Sometimes simple makes a very big impact - a tomato sandwich in the summer does just that. 

14 June 2014

Week in June

Another crazy summer ! I had high hopes of having a summer with no hospitals involved, not to be. David had eye surgery this week. The surgery itself went ok, but when we went back yesterday, the contact they had put in after surgery to protect the eye had come off, meaning new damage to the eye. The doctor increased his antibiotic eye drops to the strongest dosage. Hopefully it will heal and there will be no additional damage. It is the only eye he can see out of, without the vision in that eye, he will not be able to see at all.

I'll be doing some long meditating this weekend, trying to get myself back to feeling like I am not going to fall to pieces. The need to feel focused is most needed right now. My mind and body feels like a jigsaw puzzle that have far too many missing pieces, and the pieces that are, are all the wrong pieces. 

On a different note, I made this great salad last night. I found the recipe on Half Baked Harvest. This is easy and healthy. I used three ears of corn, one red pepper, and one jalapeno pepper, only because I'm cooking for two. Still made a lot, but we made a meal with this since it had quinoa, it was packed with protein. Still plenty to have this evening with dinner. 


Photos by spbm

19 May 2014

Chili Mac














































 I used the recipe from Damn Delicious, I have to add my own touches and likes to recipes - I added about a half cup of diced green pepper, an extra 1/2 teaspoon of chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon vegetable bouillon, 1 tablespoon tomato paste (because I always have some in the freezer and it just adds a little extra richness to it, imho. But definitely not necessary. And. I added some of our favorite chili toppings.) This was quick and easy...and a most delicious meal. A definite keeper.




14 May 2014

We Can Make A Difference

This quote showed up on my Pinterest board tonight, just what I needed. Sometimes it seems like any thing I can do is so insignificant, that it is a waste of time to try and change things, when really, we can change the world one good deed at a time...and it's worth remembering that even our thinking is changing the world, we're transmitting energy with every thought. <<>>

12 May 2014

Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken Burritos

Photos by spbm
My daughter introduced me to this recipe a little over a year ago, and it is so darn good, not to mention easy. It's cooked in the crock pot, so no heating up the kitchen or dirtying up a lot of pots and pans. This is so tasty, and it is great for diabetics. David's blood glucose was running low this evening so we made a burrito, which taste very much like Chipotle burrito bowl.

The only thing I change is, I add some other herbs and and a 1/2-1 teaspoon chili powder. You can add the toppings of your choice. In my opinion, avocado and a little sour cream is a must have.

Find the recipe here




11 May 2014

Happy Mother's Day To All Mothers

Wishing all mothers a wonderful and blessed Mother's Day!

My mom

08 May 2014

Yummy Homemade Spicy Mustard




Photos by spbm

I made homemade mustard for the first time today. I can say that I will never buy mustard again. This is so darn easy, and I had everything in my kitchen and pantry to make this. I'm looking forward to trying different herbs and spices. Since it is just the two of us, it is not frugal for me to make a lot of different ones, they might go bad before we could eat all of it. Besides, it is so easy to make and takes 5 minutes. You can make it as smooth or grainy as you like, sweeter if you like, the possibilities are endless. I like that.

You can find the recipe here.

If you use Marinated Artichoke Hearts, the jar is the perfect size to hold one recipe.