Monday, September 30, 2013

Fall Around Here

I just wanted to share what has been happening around our place lately. Fall has set in and I was ready this year. My decorations were up Aug 31st and I hosted a Fall Kick Off Mom's Coffee Night in the beginning of September.
I will just share a bunch of pictures and here there are;

Corner of Dining Room

Above family room window

Under family room window. The bench was from one of our favorite places - the dump!

Above office desk

My newest decorations from my favorite store.

Dining Room
Rebekah taking Molly and Yadkin for a walk on the last day of summer. It was also the last day we had warm weather.

I guess there were disagreements about how hot is really was.  Ben, with no shirt, Jacob with a jacket.
There you have it. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A 7th Birthday Party

We celebrated our youngest's 7th birthday the other day.  We had such a good time! It was kind of a progressive party.

We had his friends come over in the late afternoon for games and play.

Then we have 2 families come for supper. 

Then 3 more families (one with 13 people) came for dessert, bon fire and fireworks!

Happy Birthday Jacob!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Canning Experiment - Carrot Cake Jam & Peach Jelly

Jalapeno Peach Jelly, Peach Jelly on top, Carrot Cake Jam on bottom

I was so excited a few months ago to see a way to use all the peach when canning.   I bought 25 lbs of peaches when they were on sale to can.  But I didn't throw away the peels, I made jelly!  I saved all the peels and a few pits, covered them with water, simmered it for 1/2 an hour and let it sit in the fridge overnight.

The next day, I strained the juice out, using a tea towel.  I got enough juice to make 2 batches of jelly.

4 c peach juice
1 pkg pectin
5.5 c sugar

But for the second batch, I added a finely diced jalapeno pepper to make Jalapeno Peach Jelly.  Wow! It is really good!  It is a lot like pepper jelly.  I would serve it with crackers and cream cheese.  IF, we have any left after eating it on our bagels with cream cheese.

While waiting in line at the grocery store, I picked up the Taste of Home Preserves magazine to look through. It was $11 so I wasn't going to buy it. But, I found a recipe for Carrot Cake Jam that I wanted to try.  I searched it on their website and it is on there.  It is like Fall in a jar!  Rebekah and I really like it on top of our bagels with cream cheese. I also tried it as the filling for a layered white cake. It was really good too. Although, I think it would have been better in a spice cake with cream cheese icing.

Carrot Cake Jam on bagel

I am so happy to have found these new recipes!

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