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100 Easy Recipes In Jars

100 Easy Recipes In Jars – Kindle Edition free

The most innovative way to give gifts from your kitchen. 100 Easy Recipes In Jars is a collection of easy to make, delicious jar recipes that will make a big dent in your holiday gift giving list.

100 Easy Recipes In Jars includes recipes for cookies, beverages, bars and snacks. There is also a tasty assortment of muffins, breads and hearty soups that everyone will enjoy.

The recipes use simple ingredients to create a homemade meal or snack that’s as easy to use as a store-bought mix. You do the hard part, while the recipient sits back and enjoys.

As an added bonus, readers have access to more than 2000 online labels and recipe cards to decorate and personalize their handcrafted gift. These handsome, professionally designed templates can be used to add a personal touch and create a one of a kind gift that will be the highlight of any occasion.


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Crockpot Breakfast

I’ve been experimenting with Crockpot Breakfasts because our schedule has gotten to the point that three or even four of us are getting out and about early in the morning but not all together or at the same time.  My family would rather sleep than fix themselves breakfast and most would rather sleep extra than get up earlier to eat all together with the earliest leaving person.

So I have attempted to have something in the crockpot overnight ready for breakfast.   I need more recipes though.  You can find several recipes using potatoes/bread, sausage/bacon and egg type ingredients which are fine for special occasions but not what I want for an everyday type breakfast.

Tips:

So far I’ve only cooked items for around 6 – 7 hours.

Lift crock up in crockpot cooker by using canning rings to raise crock.

I also use my old crockpot which doesn’t cook as hot.

I’ve also tried using the crockpot liners.  They are too expensive for daily use.

I spray my crockpot with Pam before using.


Crockpot Grits

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cup Grits
7 cups Water
1/4 cup Butter
2 cups Milk
1/2 cup White Sugar
Directions:

Spray crock with Pam. Combine all of the ingredients.

Cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Sprinkle with cheese for cheese grits.


French Toast Crockpot

 

Ingredients:
1 loaf Italian Bread (Torn)
7 Eggs
3 cups Milk
1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 cup Sugar

 

Directions:

Lift crock up in crockpot cooker by using canning rings to raise crock. Tear bread into pieces into greased Crockpot.

Mix eggs, sugar, vanilla and milk. Pour over bread. Stir well.

Cook on low for 6 hours.

Serve with pancake syrup.


Overnight Steel Cut Oats

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups Steel Cut Oats
1 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup Raisins
8 cups Water
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup White Sugar
1/2 stick Butter

 

Directions:

 

1. In a slow cooker, combine all ingredients and set to warm. Cover and let cook for 8 to 9 hours.

 

2. Stir and remove to serving bowls.

 


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Frugal Tips and Recipes for the Wise Homemaker

Frugal Tips and Recipes for the Wise Homemaker

This ebook is organized in such a way so that you will enjoy just sitting down and reading through it. Recipes and tips will be sprinkled throughout as ladies from my newsletter list share what has worked for them. I felt to keep each lady’s recipes, tips, and thoughts together would better give you an idea where each lady is coming from. I want to personally thank each one who sent me a recipe and/or tip for this ebook. I pray you are blessed as each one shares what has worked in their home and in their family, and you are able to find some frugal ideas to try. I know I learned some new things as I read and researched for this project! In these uncertain times, we need to do what we can to help each other. Sharing from our homemaking experiences is one way we can mentor each other… in the spirit of Titus 2.

Free Kindle book for a limited time.


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Zucchini Casserole

Zucchini Casserole

1 extra large zucchini, or two to three small ones, sliced

1 large onion, sliced

Ham pieces, 1/4 – 1/2 cup

Olive Oil

Butter

Garlic Salt

Pepper

Worcestershire Sauce

Parmesan cheese, shredded

Italian Bread crumbs

 

Sprinkle large skillet with Olive Oil.

Layer Zucchini, onion and ham pieces.

Sprinkle with Salt, Pepper, and Worcestershire Sauce.

Add several pats of butter to top.

Simmer on medium to low heat until veggies turn translucent.

Cook off as much water as possible.

Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese and Bread crumbs.

Serve.

This was surprisingly very good. The end flavor was much better than the individual flavors would lead you to believe. Which is a good thing since we have an abundance of zucchini. :O How about some zucchini brownies?


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Strawberry, Mint, Pepper Jam

I know this will sound really strange, but oh, so yummy!

We had an abundance of strawberries a month ago due to Aldi’s having quarts of strawberries for $.49 – $.79 each.  So we ate strawberries. We froze strawberries.  And we made lots of jam.  In looking for new strawberry ideas I found several recipes for Strawberry, Mint, Pepper Jam.  Interesting.  Since we had all the ingredients we gave it a try.

Most recipes are an unique why of making jams and jellies involving marinating the strawberries over night and cooking with a candy thermometer.  I didn’t want to do that so essentially I just made up my own version based off the way I make Strawberry Jam.

Strawberry, Mint, Pepper Jam

5 cups mashed or strawberry puree

7 cups sugar

1 box sure-jell

1 tbles butter (optional for foaming)

10 – 20 whole peppercorns fresh ground

10 – 20 mint leaves shredded finely

 

I throw whole strawberries into the food processor and give it a whirl for just a second.  Just enough to leave it chunky still.  Measure out 5 cups.  Follow the directions on the sure-jell box.  Add the mint leaves and pepper while heating up the strawberries.  Here is where you need to play around with the taste.  We added a lot of mint but still didn’t have enough noticeable mint taste.  (Mint’s flavor changes according to the rain and weather, so it is temperamental.)  We add a lot of pepper but next batch we will add even more.  Process jam as directed from instructions.

The pepper somehow makes the jam not quite as sweet and gives it a little surprising zest.  It was hard to notice the mint after the jam was processed and cooled.  But just Strawberry Pepper Jam is really good.  I think I’ll make my jam like that more often than just plain Strawberry Jam.  I like the extra kick.


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10 People Every Christian Should Know – Wiersbe

Three free eBooks – two are from Amazon and the last is from Vyrso, the book reading section of Logos.  The nice thing about Vyrso books is that when they are full of Scripture the verse works like a pop up just like on my website.  Makes reading much easier. Vyrso does require an account set up even for “free” books.  Like usual these books won’t be available for long.

10 People Every Christian Should Know E-book [Kindle Edition] by Warren W. Wiersbe (It is free again.)

We all need inspiration to lead lives that honor God. When our faith is weak or the pressures of the world seem overwhelming, remembering the great men and women of the past can inspire us to renewed strength and purpose. Our spiritual struggles are not new, and the stories of those who have gone before can help lead the way to our own victories.

10 People Every Christian Should Know gives you a glimpse into the lives fascinating and faithful believers whose struggles and triumphs will inspire and encourage you along life’s uncertain journey:

Matthew Henry
Jonathan Edwards
John Henry Newman
J. B. Lightfoot
J. Hudson Taylor
Charles H. Spurgeon
Dwight L. Moody
Amy Carmichael
Oswald Chambers
A. W. Tozer

A Quick Introduction to the New Testament: A Zondervan Digital Short [Kindle Edition]

Derived from D. A. Carson and Douglas J. Moo’s widely adopted textbook, An Introduction to the New Testament, this digital short surveys key critical and interpretive issues in New Testament study. Attention is given to original manuscripts, interpretative traditions, biblical theology, historical criticism, postmodernism, linguistic and social-science approaches to the text, and more. Students of the New Testament will find A Quick Introduction to the New Testament to be a handy yet complete reference tool.

Winning the Clutter War by Sandra Felton

Are you tired of fighting an avalanche every time you open a closet or cabinet door?

Do you avoid answering your phone because you can never find it?

Don’t despair! Even if you’ve been a messy person since childhood, organizing expert Sandra Felton’s practical advice will make your dreams of an orderly lifestyle become reality. Hundreds of thousands of readers have already benefited from her strategies. In Winning the Clutter War, Sandra helps you keep your house clean pay bills on time organize your activities enjoy your spare time without feeling guilty and more.

Sandra Felton, The Organizer Lady™, is the founder of Messies Anonymous, a group established to help women organize their households. She is the bestselling author of several books, including Living Organized and Smart Organizing. She lives in Florida.


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Fondue

Several months ago I ran across a brand new in the box Fondue pot at a local thrift store. But until this week I was still needing some extra Fondue forks beyond the six that came with it. Also turns out Wal-mart had heavy cream on sale for a dollar a quart. 🙂   So we attempted fondue for supper. The vegetables and steak slices cooked in broth took too long so everyone decided to forgo that part next time. Now fitting seven dippers around a small fondue pot is a different matter.

Swiss Cheese Fondue

  • 8 oz. Swiss cheese, shredded or diced small
  • 4 oz. Shredded Mozzarella
  • 2 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups milk, or half & half
  • pepper to taste
  • Items to dip, such as French bread cubes or apples slices

Instructions

  1. Toss cheese in double boiler with cornstarch.
  2. Add remaining ingredients for cheese sauce.
  3. Heat in double boiler until cheese is melted and sauce is creamy. Add extra milk as needed.
  4. Pour into fondue pot over low heat or flame.
  5. Dip items with fondue fork.
  6. Add a little milk if it begins to get too thick.

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Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces of chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces of heavy cream
  • Dipping items such as strawberries, banana pieces, apple pieces, cubed pound cake, cookies

Method

1 Warm the cream over in double boiler. Add the chocolate and stir until smooth.

2 Immediately transfer to a fondue pot heated at low or with a low flame.

3 Use a fondue fork to dip the fruit pieces and other items into the hot melted cream chocolate mixture. Eat immediately.

If the fondue begins to feel a little stiff, add a tablespoon of heavy cream and stir.


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Organization

Usually every year during the last week of the year I spend time on organization and planning.  So far this year I’ve gotten very little done due to being very busy with several things.  However, typically I update the next year’s calendar and get an idea of what is coming up.  This is a time of the year that I typically adjust chores for the children (also coincides with several of them having birthdays and getting older).  Over the years I’ve used different organizational helps and ideas.  When the kids were little we had different style chore charts and/or posters.  Now they are mostly older and we don’t use that method so much.  I’ve had and used a household notebook and daytimers.  While I still have my household notebook I don’t always use it regularly.  Bulk is it’s issue.  Many of my organization things have transitioned to electronic formats; such as I no longer have an updated hard copy contacts list, the old style address book has gone by the wayside.

My oldest gave me his iPod touch several months ago and it has been used as my household “notebook” quite a bit lately.  It is nicer than having to haul around a large notebook with all my papers in it.  There are a number of apps that are quite helpful although I’ve found no one app that does it all in an integrated format.

Here are some of things I use to organize.

iPod apps

Basics – contacts, reminders, calendar, calculator

Bible – Pocket Bible, Logos, ESV Bible

Bible Reading Plans – YouVersion Bible (I like that you can listen to the daily Bible reading plan.)

Calendar – Cozi

Books – Kindle ( it is great to have a book available when stuck in traffic or held up unexpectedly)

Grocery – Pepperplate, Grocery Gadget, Our Groceries

Cooking – Pepperplate, Allrecipes, Big Oven

Menu planning – Pepperplate, Big Oven

Sermons – iTunes,

General Notes and Miscellaneous – One Note (actually have somewhat of an electronic version of my household notebook)

Computer Programs

General Notes and Miscellaneous – One Note (syncs with iPod)

Recipes / Cooking / Meal Planning – Mastercook (I have an old version which doesn’t sync), Pepperplate (online), Big Oven (online)

Calendar / Contacts / Feeds – Outlook (my son says few people actually use that anymore but I like it and it syncs)

So what do you use for organization?


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Peanut Butter Brownies

Peanut Butter Brownies

 

For the Brownies:

  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Peanut Butter Filling:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2-3 teaspoons milk or whipping cream

Ganache Topping:

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons milk or heavy whipping cream

 

 

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Using a 9 by 13 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. Spray the parchment with Pam.
  2. Melt butter and add the sugar; stir to combine. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined. Mix in cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add flour and mix well. Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack.  (Note: Don’t over cook.)
  3. While the brownies are cooling, make the peanut butter filling. Combine the ingredients and beat until smooth. Add more milk if necessary to make it spreadable.  Spread in an even layer over the brownies. Place in the refrigerator until filling is set, about 30 minutes.
  4. While the filling is setting, make the ganache, combine the ingredients in a microwave safe bowl. Melt together and combine. Pour the ganache over the top and spread gently. Return to the fridge until set.
  5. Lift out of pan and cut into pieces.  Store in refrigerator.

 


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The Everything Potluck Cookbook

I’m still enjoying my kindle that my son got me well over a year ago.  The opportunities for free kindle books just keep coming.

The Everything Potluck Cookbook is available for free for a limited time.  I have the Crockpot Cook books by the same author and look forward to finding a few new recipes for potlucks.  Our church has a fellowship meal each Sunday and often our Sunday night Bible studies include a light supper so preparing and transporting food is a regular occurrence around here.  Sometimes a little too regular! :0  A few weeks ago I had nine potluck type meals over an eleven day span.  Since some of the same people were involved I quickly ran out of ideas.  So I’ve been looking for more recipes to add to my list.

 


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