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All About Marmalade

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on February 3, 2017 0 Comments
All About Marmalade

Cure winter’s gloomy days with sunny citrus marmalade I fell in love with marmalade when very young. Probably because it combined two of my favorite things; oranges and English culture. That’s what happens when you are a child who reads too many stories about queens getting their heads lopped off and lovesick damsels roaming the […]

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National Hot Chocolate Day

Filed in Real Food by on January 31, 2017 0 Comments
National Hot Chocolate Day

It’s National Hot Chocolate Day! And not a moment too soon – it is snowing once again. Sigh. This calls for a SALE. I hate the snow and cold. But I love Hot Chocolate. I am picky about it though. No palm oil  for me. I want much more flavor than those little purchased packets […]

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Kumquat Vanilla Marmalade

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on January 19, 2017 0 Comments
Kumquat Vanilla Marmalade

Snowed in? Make marmalade! Here in the Mid-Columbia we are suffering through the worst winter in decades. It started snowing in early December and hasn’t stopped. Let me rephrase that – it didn’t stop until the other day when it started showering down freezing rain instead! Monday brought another half-inch of fluffy, white snow. On […]

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Orange-Raspberry Quick Bread Recipe

Filed in Real Food by on December 3, 2016 0 Comments
Orange-Raspberry Quick Bread Recipe

Searching for an easy gift idea? How about a loaf of homemade quick bread and a jar of your own special jam or jelly? Quick breads are easy to make, easy to gift, and easy to eat! If you can measure, stir, and open the oven door you can make quick breads. Quick Bread Tips […]

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Gift Baskets for Soup Lovers

Filed in Real Food by on December 2, 2016 0 Comments
Gift Baskets for Soup Lovers

Another gift basket today – for the soup lover on your list. There is really nothing like a hot bowl of homemade soup in the winter. Here I’ve pulled some favorite soup, bread, and dessert mixes together for a festive basket. For this quick basket, designed for soup lovers, I used the following items: Stoneware […]

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Make Your Own Tea Mixes

Filed in Grow Your Own Food by on December 2, 2016 0 Comments
Make Your Own Tea Mixes

Homemade tea blends make wonderful gifts for the tea lovers on your list. As a New England native, I grew up drinking tea. There was tea in the morning. Tea during dinner. Tea in the afternoon. Tea and toast before bed. There wasn’t much a good cup of tea couldn’t solve. There still isn’t. Although […]

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Gift Baskets for People Who Like to Can and Preserve

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on November 26, 2016 0 Comments
Gift Baskets for People Who Like to Can and Preserve

Making your own personalized gift baskets is like a fun treasure hunt. We pull together special items for each recipient, stuff them into a basket or other appropriate container, and wait for the kudos to roll in! Making a gift basket is like putting together a Christmas stocking; always the most fun (and the most […]

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Light and Lemony Fruitcake

Filed in Real Food by on November 2, 2016 2 Comments
Light and Lemony Fruitcake

Mini sweet-tart fruitcakes make the perfect gifts. Want to be especially popular this holiday season? Want to skip all of that “what do I buy for everyone” anxiety? Want a gift that’s easy, can be prepared this weekend, and is perfect for both your boss and your mother? I have the answer. Fruitcake. No, not […]

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Filed in Real Food by on October 6, 2016 0 Comments
Peanut Butter and Jelly Muffins

Are the kids tired of peanut butter sandwiches? Send them to school with muffins instead. Muffins have gained a bad reputation over the past few years. This reputation is well deserved – if you are talking about purchased muffins. Pick up a behemoth example from Costco for your breakfast and it’s likely to cost you […]

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How to Label Your Home Canned Creations

Filed in Canning and Preserving by on October 5, 2016 0 Comments
How to Label Your Home Canned Creations

Don’t forget to label your homemade jams, jellies and other treats for safe gift-giving. A few years ago my mother-in-law bought us a jar of homemade onion relish at the local harvest fair. The relish certainly looked festive, but we didn’t dare eat it.  Why? Because we knew nothing about it except that it was […]

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