Test Kitch ~ Potatoe Bacon Soup

Thursday, September 30, 2010

It's the most wonderful time of the year. Time for crockpots. And casseroles. And chili. And... soup. Yum!

Anything with potatoes is delish and this is no exception!

I chopped up onions, celery, carrots...

and potatoes.

I added crumbled bacon {turkey bacon in this case} and salt and pepper to taste.

Sigh. Wish we still had some of this in the fridge. Must. Make. More.


p.s. Am I the only one with two year olds that seem to live off of thin air? Seriously. Eat something.

Inspiring Creativity Wednesdays {XIV}

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

I love fall. It's such a gorgeous season! Have you seen some of the decorative inspiration out there in blog land? So many beautiful designs and decor!

This is one of my fall displays on my buffet. The colours. Looove them!

I can't wait to see what you've been up to! Let the party begin...

The guidelines:


1. All projects, parties and inspiration welcome.


2. Please no links to Etsy or online shops.


3. Link to your specific post.


4. Please grab my button so that others can get in on the action!

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5. We all love comments, please try to comment on at least two other posts.



I can't wait to see your projects! Here we go...


Test Kitch ~ Vanilla Cupcakes

Monday, September 27, 2010

Vanilla Cupckes ~ with real vanilla ~ need I say more?

Vanilla bean in the batter ~ YUM!


Thanks for checking out the eye candy!

Dress & Tie Refashion

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Okay peeps this is my first "fashion" post. Be gentle.


I have attempted many a sewing project for myself. With all sorts of curves ~ I've never been happy with any of them ~ until now.
Have you seen the gorgeous dress refashions all over blog land? I have. And I love them! Check out more examples here, here and here. And a fab tutorial here.

I bought this dress at a second hand store for $7. Cute. Could be cuter {if cuter were a word}. Then I grabbed a too short brown tank, cut the top of the dress off and sewed them together.

I also picked up this tie. {Great colours right?}

And combined it with this belt buckle.

I ran my tie through the belt buckle and pinned at my desired length.

And threaded the larger end of the tie back through my buckle.



Awesome. I know. Wish my hubs had more ties.



Dress and Tie Refashion



Had to share this one. Our fashion shoot was at a local park ~ we took the boys to feed the ducks ~ and it poured rain. Poured. But the birds were fun. Especially this pigeon on my head. Yup. Fun.

Salsa

Friday, September 24, 2010

It's day FIVE of Getting Canned week here at Dragonfly Designs. Please grab a button {below} and invite friends to follow along as we share recipes, tips and eye candy!


Today is all about The Best Salsa Ever. Check out my original post here.
That's some gooood salsa!

Fresh ingredients {75% of which were from my garden}

Love.

That.
Colour.

The payoff!


Apple Sauce

Thursday, September 23, 2010

It's day FOUR of Getting Canned week here at Dragonfly Designs. Please grab a button {below} and invite friends to follow along as we share recipes, tips and eye candy!



Today is all about {my kids' favorite} Apple Sauce.
Oh.

So.
Simple.

The whole family went apple picking at my Garandma and Grandpas place last weekend. We were fortunate enough to get to the apples before the bears did. No, seriously.... bears. I have a picture. For proof. Not of the bear. Just proof that he'd been there. Nice, I know!



Apple sauce is super easy. Just peel, core and slice your apples. Cook over medium heat adding water {if your apples stick to your pot}, 1-2t cinnamon and sugar to taste. When your apples have reached the consistancy you want, can and process them {if your apple sauce lasts that long}.



So Yummy!


And kid approved.

Grape Jelly

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

It's day THREE of Getting Canned week here at Dragonfly Designs. Please grab a button {below} and invite friends to follow along as we share recipes, tips and eye candy!


Today is all about Grape Jelly and a LINKY PARTY!


This was my first time canning grape jelly {gasp} so I asked my Grandma {who is 85 and still going strong}, "Grandma, do you have any tips for me on how to can grape jelly?" She said "why yes, dear, use the directions on the package of Certo." Laugh out loud Grandma! And so I did.

I cannot tell you how excited we were to find that my Grandmas loan grape vine had produced a bountiful crop this year!
Well.
She and I were excited.
The boys were more into frog chasing and stick finding.

Following the trusty Certo directions, I combined my ingredients, mashed grapes, pectin and sugar. I allowed that to come to a boil.



Again, not having fancy canning equipment, I strained my mixture of skins and seeds.



I brought the juice to a boil then put it into my hot, sterilized jars for processing. I've been told that you can add red wine or grape juice to this step if you do not have enough liquid.



Please link up your Canning Posts with us today! This is still an open linky so any other projects, recipes or inspiration are welcome! Be sure to visit tomorrow for some good ol' Apple Sauce.



Apple Butter

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

It's day TWO of Getting Canned week here at Dragonfly Designs. Please grab a button {below} and invite friends to follow along as we share recipes, tips and eye candy!


Today is all about {simply delish} Apple Butter.
I found a recipe here that uses a crock pot, here's my take:


I LOVE this recipe! Using a crock pot certainly cleared off some space on my stove top. For more canning!

We took the boys apple picking in my Grandma's orchard last weekend. It was a blast! We harvested 4 large, reusable, bags of apples.

I don't have much in the way of fancy apple core/peeler gadgets so the less prep work the better. I quartered, cored and sliced my apples {skin on}.


My crock pot full of ingredients ~ apples, 2c. sugar, 1t. cinnamon, 1/4t. cloves and 1/4t. salt.


I cooked the apples on low for most of the day {about 8 hours}, stirring frequently with a whisk.


Then I hauled out my magic bullet {ha ha} and blended the mixture ~ a food processor would probably be a better choice. I threw it back in the crock pot and cooked for another 2 hours.


I poured my mixture into hot, sterilized jars and voila! yummy Apple Butter!


My kids love this with crackers but it would be good with pretzels or on toast too! I am no expert so if you have any tips or techniques, please share!!


Plum Jam

Monday, September 20, 2010

It's day ONE of Getting Canned week here at Dragonfly Designs. Please grab a button {below} and invite friends to follow along as we share recipes, tips and eye candy!


Today is all about {tart} Plum Jam.
I found a recipe here that uses honey instead of sugar, here's my take:


I especially love canning fruits or vegetables that are FREE! That's right grown in my very own back yard {or friends backyards, or relatives backyards ~ you get the picture}. These plums are from our one, sad little fruit tree, that I baby all year.

I began by pitting the plums, my least favorite part of the whole process {my fingers turned purple.} I shall wear gloves next time.

I chopped up the plums {skin on} with my trusty Pampered Chef chopper.
Then I combined the plums, pectin, lemon juice and water and cooked on medium heat.

When my mixture came to boil I added honey and cooked for another 15mins.

While all of that was happening, I sterilized the jars and lids in boiling water.
{Use caution when canning ~ I burned both of my hands and a foot last year :P ~ see my Salsa post}

I poured my hot jam into the sterilized jars, put the lids on and processed for about 20mins.

Turning them upside down helps them to seal? So I have been told. Most of my canning techniques have been passed down from generation to generation {like old wives tales} If you have any tips are techniques, please share!!
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