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Homemade Canned Cranberry Jelly

Canned Cranberry Jelly

Munchkin and Daddy love their cranberry jelly. You know. The kind that comes out of the can in the shape of a can. This year, I really wanted to make my own so I could control the ingredients. I was able to use organic ingredients that were not processed or minimally processed. I decided to keep the skins on the cranberries so I used the blender to create the puree. I also decided to add just a little orange extract for a little brightness. I found the cute half pint jars and used those in addition to regular wide mouth pint jars.

Cranberry Jelly RecipeCanned Cranberry Jelly Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds whole cranberries (organic when possible)
  • 3 cups sugar (organic, raw sugar when possible)
  • 1 cup apple cider (organic, raw when possible)
  • 1/4 tsp orange extract or 1 Tbsp orange juice (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash and remove any bad cranberries.
  2. Combine cranberries, sugar, apple cider, and orange extract/juice (if desired) in a large sauce pan.
  3. Simmer gently over medium-low heat until cranberries are tender. Stir frequently to avoid burning the mixture.
  4. Press through sieve or food mill OR puree in a blender. If you use the blender option, be very careful as the mixture is hot.
  5. Pour mixture into clean, hot jars leaving 1/2 inch head space. Wipe the rims and adjust lids. If you are going to use immediately or store in the refrigerator, you can stop here.
  6. For processing in a water bath canner, place the jars in the hot water making sure the water covers the jars by 1 to 2 inches.
  7. Bring canner back up to a boil and then start timing using the following processing times:
    1. 0-1,000 ft = 15 minutes
    2. 1,001-6,000 ft = 20 minutes
    3. above 6,000 ft = 25 minutes
  8. After processing time has completed, turn off the heat and remove carefully remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes before removing the jars.
  9. Use a jar lifter to remove the jars and place them on a towel leaving at least 1 inch between jars while they cool.
  10. Let jars sit for 12 to 24 hours and check to make sure they completely sealed.

Approximate Yield: 3 pints if run through sieve/food mill or 3 1/2 pints if pureed in a blender.

 

Homemade Canned Cranberry Jelly
 
Traditional cranberry jelly with instructions for water bath canning.
Author:
Recipe type: Side Dish
Serves: 3 to 3.5 pints
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds whole cranberries (organic when possible)
  • 3 cups sugar (organic, raw sugar when possible)
  • 1 cup apple cider (organic, raw when possible)
  • ¼ tsp orange extract or 1 Tbsp orange juice (optional)
Instructions
  1. Wash and remove any bad cranberries.
  2. Combine cranberries, sugar, apple cider, and orange extract/juice (if desired) in a large sauce pan.
  3. Simmer gently over medium-low heat until cranberries are tender. Stir frequently to avoid burning the mixture.
  4. Press through sieve or food mill OR puree in a blender. If you use the blender option, be very careful as the mixture is hot.
  5. Pour mixture into clean, hot jars leaving ½ inch head space. Wipe the rims and adjust lids. If you are going to use immediately or store in the refrigerator, you can stop here.
  6. For processing in a water bath canner, place the jars in the hot water making sure the water covers the jars by 1 to 2 inches.
  7. Bring canner back up to a boil and then start timing using the following processing times:
  8. -1,000 ft = 15 minutes
  9. ,001-6,000 ft = 20 minutes
  10. above 6,000 ft = 25 minutes
  11. After processing time has completed, turn off the heat and remove carefully remove canner lid. Wait 5 minutes before removing the jars.
  12. Use a jar lifter to remove the jars and place them on a towel leaving at least 1 inch between jars while they cool.
  13. Let jars sit for 12 to 24 hours and check to make sure they completely sealed.

 

 

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Family Movie Night: Moms’ Night Out

Moms Night Out DVD

Special thanks to Family Christian Bookstore for providing a sample copy.

It’s time for some fresh popped popcorn and a family friendly movie. Today’s featured movie is Moms’ Night Out (affiliate link).

Moms’ Night Out definitely has all of the cliches front and center, but it’s done in a way that made us laugh out loud – a lot. We were cracking up at the antics of both the moms and the dads in the movie. The situations they got themselves into were insane. Yes, it’s quite silly at times, but we’re okay with that. It also had some good lessons coming from some of the most interesting characters. I appreciated that while the marriages weren’t perfect, they were solid, loving marriages.

Allyson, one of the moms in the movie, is feeling stressed about taking care of the kids and the house as well as meeting expectations outside of the home. When her husband Sean gets back from his trip, he sees how stressed she’s feeling and encourages her to plan a night out with a couple of the other moms from church. Of course, the dads will be taking care of the kids while the moms go out.

While the idea of the moms night out was to allow them to relax and have some adult time away from the kids, nothing played out as planned from the very start. If something could go wrong, it did. The poor dads, in cliche fashion, had one incident after another happen while taking care of the kids. It was the craziness of their nights that kept us laughing.

In the end, we see the importance of family and friends. The night may not have gone as smoothly as planned (serious understatement), but they did end up walking away with a better perspective and appreciation for their lives, family, and friends.

Moms’ Night Out has no swearing or objectionable content. Faith is part of the movie, but it’s not the focus of the movie.

Movie Overview:

From the producers of October Baby comes a faith-based message and hysterically funny comedy that your whole family will enjoy! Allyson and her friends just want a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation – a long-needed Moms’ Night Out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours… what could go wrong?

This film is an endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.

Stars Sarah Drew, Sean Astin, Patricia Heaton and Trace Adkins.

Movie Details:

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, Korean
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony
  • DVD Release Date: September 2, 2014
  • Run Time: 99 minutes

Disclosure: I received a copy of this movie as a member of Family Christian Bloggers. A positive review is not expected nor guaranteed.

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Smooth, Clear Skin with Soniclear


Soniclear

Special thanks to the company for providing a sample of the product.

The Marine Corps Ball was quickly approaching, and I was having some issues with my skin breaking out even with regular skin care maintenance. When I was given the opportunity to try out the Soniclear sonic skin cleansing device from Michael Todd, I jumped at the chance.

I had seen similar devices on t.v., but I had never tried them. I liked the fact that Soniclear had antimicrobial protection against stain and odor causing bacteria built right into the brush. It came with two different brush heads – one for the body and one for the face. It has different speeds available for both the body and face. It was nice that the unit could tell which brush head was on it, and only offer the speeds for that particular brush head. There are replacement heads available as well as some other accessories.

Michael Todd Soniclear

All that is great, but ultimately, it’s all about how it works. I honestly wasn’t as concerned with the body brush aspect even though it’s pretty cool. For me, it was all about the face brush. It felt quite relaxing on the face unless I got too close to my nose in which case it tickled. **grin** I used my own organic, fragrance-free cleaning products with the brush, so I could see the difference between just using the products and using them with the Soniclear cleansing device. My skin was cleaner, smoother, and softer after using Soniclear.

After several days of using the Soniclear, my skin was looking healthier. It was certainly doing a better job of getting my skin clean than just using the facial products on their own. I don’t normally wear a lot of make-up, but for the Marine Corps Ball, I got all dolled up which meant more make-up. For me, using more make-up usually means that my skin breaks out the next day even if I use great, natural make-up products. This time, I used the Soniclear to help wash my face after the ball, and I had no issues.

While the body brush aspect wasn’t my primary focus, it does do a nice job of cleaning the skin – especially the acne prone areas on my body. The deep clean that it provides makes for happier, healthier skin which results in fewer break-outs.

Needless to say, I’m quite impressed with this device. My skin looks and feels healthier which makes me happy.

Michael Todd has generously offered my readers a 20% discount on their purchase of Soniclear. No coupon code is needed. Just click here to receive 20% off.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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Wordless Wednesday: Dwell in Safety

Psalm 4:8

I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety. ~Psalm 4:8

High Desert at Dusk

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Thanksgiving Prep: Deiss Dual Julienne & Vegetable peeler


Deiss Dual Julienne & Vegetable peeler

Special thanks to the company for providing a sample for use in my kitchen. 

I don’t know about you, but I don’t like making julienne cuts with a knife. For whatever reason, it takes me forever to make those fine cuts. When I saw that a vegetable peeler could also julienne, I was quite interested to see how well it worked. I knew the key would be whether or not the blades were sharp and whether or not it was a sturdy unit.

I normally use a vertical vegetable peeler, so there was a little adjusting to using a horizontal peeler. Thankfully, it was actually quite easy to use because of how it was designed.

Deiss Dual Julienne and Vegetable Peeler

The Deiss Dual Julienne and Vegetable Peeler (affiliate link) allows you to peel a veggie with one side and julienne a veggie with the other. The blades are very sharp which makes for efficient peeling, slicing, and julienning of your vegetables. It’s a bit heavier than the cheaper peelers which makes it feel sturdy in your hand. It has a nice balance and comfort grip handle making it easy to use.

I was impressed with how easy this julienne and veggie peeler was to use on a variety of veggies including carrots, apples, cucumbers, zucchini, potatoes, and more. I liked being able to quickly have julienne cuts for salads and other meals without all the work involved with knife cuts or with pulling out a food processor (in my case attachments for my stand mixer).

Deiss Kitchenware has kindly offered my readers a 10% discount until 11/21/14. Just enter the coupon code DEISS010 at checkout on Amazon to receive your discount.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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