best jam recipes

33+ Best Summer Jam Recipes

Homemade jams and jellies are some of my favorite things to make every year, especially in the summertime!  Using my best recipes, I make jam for my family, friends, clients and as Christmas gifts!  It's just so amazing to me how many delicious combinations of fruit, herbs and spices there are with which to make these fabulous jam recipes! Let's dive in! 113 Homemade Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen As seasonal fruit becomes available, either from your garden or even grocery store loss leaders, you can make lots of jams and jellies! Take advantage of this fresh fruit and keep an eye...

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How to Prepare for Difficult Times in Life

How to Prepare for Difficult Times in Life

Life doesn't come with any guarantees of security.  While we shouldn't allow fear to dictate our lives, we should also know how to prepare for difficult times in life, should they arise. If history is any indicator (and it is), difficult times will visit our lifetimes at some point and it pays big dividends to be prepared. It's naive to think that you'll never lose your job, have a sick child, experience a fire or natural disaster, go through a divorce, experience a long bout with depression or even the death of a loved one. Chances are good that you'll experience many...

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easy fall cookie recipes

Easy Fall Cookie Recipes

As the colors of the leaves start to change and the days begin to get shorter, I get the urge to bake!  I'll bet you do as well!  Check out these "Easy Fall Cookie Recipes" and start baking! Don't you just LOVE the colors of fall?  You'll see the best of autumn's colors in these easy fall cookie recipes!  Make them with your children, use in lunchboxes and for after-school snacks! Look at these "Maple Brown Sugar Cookies" with icing from Sally's Baking Addiction!  These fall cookies are chewy and soft in the center, but crisp around the edges.  I love...

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How to Bake from Scratch: Quick Breads

How to Bake from Scratch: Quick Breads

Learning how to bake from scratch will be one of the most valuable skills you'll ever learn!  Making your own quick breads is not only economical, more nutritious and a lot of fun!  Let's do this! I'm going to teach you, step-by-step, how to make Banana Bread, Cranberry Bread and Pumpkin Bread. All of these quick breads taste great and will likely be eaten up before you know it!  At least, that's the case in my home. Quick breads are wonderful for breakfast, lunch boxes, afternoon snacks, new mom gifts and dinner additions!  Raising a large family, I've used quick breads to...

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How to Can Hamburger for Quick Meals

How to Can Hamburger for Quick Meals

Ever get tired of expensive, mediocre, canned meat at the store?  Want to take control the quality of the canned meat you eat? Can your own!  It's simple to do and it's a great way to boost your pantry! Let's take a look at my tutorial "How to Can Hamburger for Quick Meals". Typically, I can meat in the late fall/winter.  That's because our beef is usually ready, from the farmer, at that time of year. This year, we're raising our own beef!  Yay! However, it's April, my beef freezer is getting low and our beef won't be ready to process until...

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Frugal Canning: Does Home Canning Really Save Money?

Frugal Canning: Does Canning Food Really Save You Money?

Canning and preserving food are skills that have been around for ages. But does canning food really save you money? The answer is yes...and no. Confused? Let's dig into this with "Frugal Canning: Does Canning Food Really Save You Money?" Long before what we know as "grocery stores" existed (Piggly Wiggly opened the first grocery store in 1916!), families were responsible for their own food supply. Folks grew large gardens every year, not as a hobby, but as a matter of survival! Every member of the family helped to maintain the garden, to insure the best harvest possible. Livestock such as chickens,...

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how to preserve carrots

How to Preserve Carrots

Pressure canning can be very intimidating for new canners, I know it was for me!  But truth told, once you pressure can a couple of times, you'll see how simple it really is!  I want to take you through the process, step-by-step, as we learn "How to Can Carrots in a Pressure Canner for Beginners"! I prefer to can carrots by the "raw pack" method, meaning that the carrots will not be cooked, but rather packed raw.  I feel that more nutrients are preserved this way. First, we're going to need some fresh carrots to can!  I picked up these carrots...

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how to make ghee at home

How to Make Ghee at Home

What is ghee, also known as clarified butter?  How is it made and what are it's uses?  Why would a homesteader be interested in ghee?  Well, I've got some answers for you today with "Easy Clarified Butter Recipe"! Ghee originated in the Indian culture and has been a staple in Indian households for thousands of years.  It is simply made by removing the milk fat from butter, thus leaving just the butter oil.   Ghee is a premium cooking oil celebrated for its taste, nutritional benefits, and medicinal qualities. Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India, recognizes ghee as an essential part...

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24 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes

24 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes to Bake & Share

It's that time of year again!  Time to bake cookies!  I've got exactly what you need this year, "24 Easy Christmas Cookie Recipes to Bake & Share" with pictures!  These are some of the very best, crowd-pleasing  Christmas cookie recipes out there! Not only that, these are some of the most popular Christmas cookie recipes, all in one place! After all, we all crave a little variety in our cookie baking!  These recipes are simple to make and look fabulous on your holiday table or cookie plates!  Perfect cookie recipes for a cookie exchange! Make all 24! Let's start this list...

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