Spicy Chili Sauce

This recipe adds a hearty flavor to meat and on sandwiches.  Cinnamon, cloves and chili flakes are added to the sauce to zest up the sweetness of the tomatoes.

Make a big batch in canning season when tomatoes are cheap for the winter months.

6 large tomatoes

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I like to use Beefstake tomatoes for this recipe.  They give a heartier flavor.

1 coarsely chopped onion

1/2 cup vinegar

1/2 cup water

1 cup sugar

1 tsp pepper

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp cloves

If desired add 1 tsp of dried chili flakes

Boil together until thick, stirring occasionally.  Pour into hot sterilized jars and seal using preferred canning method.

 

Summer Raspberry Brownie Squares

Raspberries are my favorite fruit.  I use them in fruit salads, smoothies and these brownie squares.  Something like a Blondie, these squares will become one of your favorite desserts.

1/2 cup melted butter

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These squares are like Blondies.  Raspberries can be substituted with blueberries.

1 cup sugar

1 egg

1 1/2 cups raspberries

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp cinnamon

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Banana Pecan Nut Bread

This bread has a tangy surprise with the addition of cranberries and a crunch from the pecans. It’s a great recipe to use up older bananas.

Enjoy the nut bread as dessert or at any time of the day that you need a pick me up. 

2 2/3 cups flour

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Cranberries are a tangy surprise in this bread.

3 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 cup melted butter

1 cup sugar

3 beaten eggs

1 cup ripened bananas ( about 2 medium)

3/4 cup pecans (chopped to desired consistency)

2 tsp lemon zest (grated) Continue reading Banana Pecan Nut Bread

Easy Holiday Gift Tags

 

 

  • Cut a rectangular piece of paper from cardstock
  • You will now have a strip.  Fold it in half lengthwise to look like a book.
  • Cut with straight or decorative scissors along the opening to size the tag.
  • From old cards or heavy patterned paper cut a square that will fit inside your folded card.
  • At the upper edge of the book punch a hole so that the hole goes through the spine, as well as, the square of patterned paper.
  • Tie with ribbon or bias tape.
  • Cards can be embellished with sparkles or stick on jewels.

Four Old Fashioned Helpful Hints

When my grandmother died she left us an old book with recipes, hints and gardening projects filling the pages.  In the book she posted many of the helpful hints she used to make her life a little easier.  I return to that book whenever I need an old fashioned answer to a question.  Posted here you will find  four of her favorite hints.

Coffee to serve 100 people

1 1/2 pounds coffee

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Coffee to serve 100

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp mustard

5 gallons of water

Combine first 3 ingredients and tie loosely in cheesecloth.  Drop in boiling water.  Boil for 15 to 20 minutes.

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1 cup salt

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Scrumptious Blueberry Apple Pie

Blueberry pie is a wonderful summer treat.  There’s nothing like going to the berry patch to pick a pail when they are in season or picking wild blueberries from the wild.  Returning home I like to make muffins, crisps and this pie.  It includes apples for a twist.

Pastry

1 lb of vegetable shorteningblueberry-apple-pie

1 tsp salt

5 cups flour

one egg

1 tbsp white vinegar

Beat one egg in a measuring cup and add 1 tbsp white vinegar.  Fill cup with cold water.  Blend flour, lard and salt.  Gradually add liquid.  Wrap and chill in refrigerator until cool.  The pastry can also be frozen.

Blueberry Filling

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup flour

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