Monday, December 3, 2012

The Heart of Our Home

Homemade granola drizzled with chocolate. So yummy and a beautiful Christmas gift too... I hope.
The kitchen is the heart of our home.  Here we make memories.  I'm pretty sure that a way to a child's heart is through their stomach.  Or maybe it is the confirmation that dinner will be on the table every night rain or shine.  Paul never fails to come and hug me while I am in the middle of cooking dinner.  Nolan enjoys watching dinner being made too.
Here is one of Nolan's drawings.  He draws about 10 a day.  He is ready for preschool!
When I told John that I wanted to try canning and hopefully teach the kids, he went out and got me these jars.  I will be filling them with Homemade Cranberry Curd.  If anyone can give me any pointers on sealing the jars, I would sure appreciate it since this is my first time.  Thanks!
We had a nice visit with David from River of Joy in Ukraine.   We Skyped with Sasha too!
A Reed family favorite.

9 comments:

  1. Watch a video on you tube on water bath canning. That is what I did to make sure I sealed my apple butter correctly and it worked great!

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  2. Oh, canning is fun. Sealing.... just make sure everything is wiped clean and you process it all long enough in boiling water. Check your seals and refridgerate everything that doesn't seal. Sometimes it just doesn't. Have fun!

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  3. Hi! My children love it when I bake or try new food ideas.My children are used to all the Ukraine sweets which we eat at our friends house.I have found that a good quality flour is imporant for my baking.In Erie some Ukraines even go to Canada to buy the flour which is used to make cakes, especially wedding cakes.I guess the Canadian flour is the same as what they were used in the Ukraine.Brandi, who has the Prudent Homemaker website ,has some great canning ideas and great frugal large family meal ideas.Pat

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  4. It all looks very delicious! I try to keep our kitchen as the heart of our home too, but too often I hear myself sending small people away because I'm busy. Ouch.

    Our flat is an odd shape, and the kitchen connects all the different areas - so easy for it to become a walkway, but so wonderful when it's the place where we are all together.

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  5. Alex looks so grown up on this last picture !!

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  6. Good Morning, here are a few tips for your canning experience. I normally just do tomato juice and green beans. I assume the Cranberry Curd will be cooked on the stove before going in the jars. The goodies must be warm before placing the lids on them. Also, you will want to take the canning seal lid and place it in boiling water for a few minutes to heat it up before you place it on top of the jar. Place your rings on them and then I always turn them upside down on the counter for about 15-20 minutes. Then flip them over and they will start to pop when theya re sealed. You will be able to see a small indent when it seals on the top of the lid and you will not be able to have any give in the lid when you push on it. Hope that helps you out and good luck on your first time canning. Sherri

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  7. E-mailed you my canning tips. Hugs and prayers. Love in Christ Jesus, Elaine

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  8. For canning, I've found the best thing is to keep your jars hot. I put mine on a cookie sheet, after washing, and place them in a warm oven. After filling I stir the contents, wipe the rim and put the seal and rim on. Make sure the seal is in boiling water until its placed on the jar. Good luck!!

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  9. To seal the jars you need a large pot and a rack at the bottom. Basically you sanitize the jars by running them through the hot diswasher or boiling them. You do the same with the lids and bands by soaking them in low simmering water for a few minutes. Then fill the jars leaving a bit of head space - place the lids and bands on, then submerge them in the pot of boiling water. Make sure the jars are on a rack and also that the water comes above the jars by about 1 inch. Process for the amount of time in the recipe. Take out and place on a DRY dish towel... and wait to hear the pings of the jars. If they don't ping, they are not sealed and you either need to reprocess with new lids or you need to put it in the fridge and eat it right away. I purchased the Better Homes & Gardens "You Can Can" book on half.com for $0.75. Lots of great tips and recipes

    http://product.half.ebay.com/Better-Homes-and-Gardens-You-Can-Can-A-Guide-to-Canning-Preserving-and-Pickling-by-Better-Homes-and-Gardens-Books-Staff-2011-Paperback/108197442&tg=info

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