Just For Fun

Making and Canning Apple Pie Filling!

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Ok, So I am taking a break from finishing my book in order to relax a little bit and catch you guys up on some goings on around here 😀 Today’s post will share a little bit about my first time canning apple pie filling!!! Let me just say that we (the girls and I) had a blast, and I am soooo glad they were here to help me. I was a little overwhelmed, but after completing this, we looked back and realized how simple it really was!! So, I hope you enjoy this look at the lighter side of things, and if you EVER wanted to do things like this, DO NOT WAIT!!! Tomorrow is NOT promised!!

We had quite a few apples that were getting pretty ripe in our refrigerator, so I said, “Why not?” I very rarely totally plan ahead…meaning I may have a thought that I want to do something on a certain day, but it’s not until that day comes that I decide whether or not I will…and sometimes that depends on if I even remember that I wanted to do it!!! Why did I share that? To give you hope!!!! I have wanted to can things for YEARS, but was always soooooo overwhelmed and felt like I had to be this EXTREMELY organized person to do it!!! I have realized that I don’t necessarily have to be organized, but I do have to have the basic tools on hand in case the urge hits me 😀 Anyway….here’s the Apple Pie Filling Recipe & Instructions for canning!

GATHER YOUR CANNING SUPPLIES

Water bath canner (or LARGE stock pot with lid)

Canning jars

Canning seals and rings (lids)

Jar Lifter

Canning Funnel

(ALL OF THE ABOVE WERE PURCHASED AT WALMART FOR VERY REASONABLE PRICES)

Large pot or blancher

Bowls

Large Spoons

Sharp Knife

Towels and dishcloths (it gets messy/to dry jars)

Ladle

INGREDIENTS

Apples (enough for 6-8 quarts)

5C. Sugar

1C Thickener (cornstarch, flour or clear gel)

1tsp. Cinnamon

1tsp. nutmeg

2tsp. salt

10C. water

3T lemon juice

THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO MAKE WILL BE FOUND IN THE CAPTION FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS 😀

Before you begin, fill your stock pot and turn on high. The larger the post the onger it will take to boil the water. Start early! DO THIS FIRST :D
Before you begin, fill your stock pot and turn on high. The larger the post the onger it will take to boil the water. Start early! DO THIS FIRST 😀
I think everything neded is in this pic!!! If not it will be pictured later :D
Gather your supplies in advance! I think everything needed is in this pic!!! The stock pot and other pots are already on the stove. 😀

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I used an apple corer/slicer to cut and core the apple. Then I peeled each piece individually. Easier and quicker than it sounds.
I used an apple corer/slicer to cut and core the apple. Then I peeled each piece individually. Easier and quicker than it sounds. The remains can be used in compost for fertilizer 😀
AFTER CUTTING. CORING AND PEELING THE APPLES I SOAKED THEM IN A FRUIT/VEGGIE SOAK MADE OF 1/4C VINEGAR, 2TBLS SALT, AND A STAINLESS STEEL BOWL FILLED WITH WATER. AFTER REMOVING AND RINSING THE APPLES THE WATER WAS DISGUSTING!!!!!! THE VINEGAR AND WATER WORK TO CLEAN (vinegar) AND DRAW OUT ANY LITTLE BUGS, DIRT AND OTHER SMALL UNWANTED THINGS. Normally this is done with the skin on but the skin had been removed. This does NOT alter the taste of the fruit.
AFTER CUTTING. CORING AND PEELING THE APPLES I SOAKED THEM IN A FRUIT/VEGGIE SOAK MADE OF 1/4C VINEGAR, 2TBLS SALT, AND A STAINLESS STEEL BOWL FILLED WITH WATER. AFTER REMOVING AND RINSING THE APPLES THE WATER WAS DISGUSTING!!!!!! THE VINEGAR AND WATER WORK TO CLEAN (vinegar) AND DRAW OUT ANY LITTLE BUGS, DIRT AND OTHER SMALL UNWANTED THINGS. Normally this is done with the skin on but the skin had been removed. This does NOT alter the taste of the fruit.
While the apples are soaking in the rinse, put on a pot of water to bring to a boil.
While the apples are soaking in the rinse, put on a pot of water to bring to a boil.

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At this point you are going to combine 5C. Sugar, 1C Thickener (cornstarch, flour or clear gel), 1tsp. Cinnamon, 1tsp. nutmeg, 2tsp. salt, 10C. water. Stir as it thickens! Let simmer.
Rinse your apples and place them in the boiling water for about 1 minute. I suggest filling a jar with apples FIRST for the purpose of measuring. 1.5 quart jar of unboiled apples will equal 1 full quart of boiled apples. For best results, only put enough for 1 jar in at a time to prevent other apples from overcooking!
Rinse your apples and place them in the boiling water for about 1 minute.

AT THIS POINT LET ME POINT OUT THAT I HAVE JARS THAT ARE FILLED WITH BOILED WATER WAITING, AS WELL AS A BOWL OF BOILED WATER WITH THE SEALS AND RINGS SITTING IN THEM WAITING. EACH JAR WILL BE EMPTIED OF THE WATER INDIVIDUALLY AND PROMPTLY FILLED WITH APPLES AS THEY ARE READY.

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I suggest filling a jar with apples FIRST for the purpose of measuring. 1.5 quart jar of unboiled apples will equal 1 full quart of boiled apples. For best results, only put enough for 1 jar in at a time to prevent other apples from overcooking!
Using a slotted spoon, begin to remove the apples from the boiling water after 1 minute. Using your funnel (this is SUCH A BIG HELP!!!)  carefully place HOT apples into jar. Place more apples into water and quickly move to next step.
Using a slotted spoon, begin to remove the apples from the boiling water after 1 minute. Using your funnel (this is SUCH A BIG HELP!!!) carefully place HOT apples into jar. Place more apples into water and quickly move to next step.

THE RIMS OF EACH JAR ARE WIPED CLEAN BEFORE THE LIDS ARE REMOVED FROM THE HOT WATER, DRIED AND PUT IN PLACE 😀

Repeat process until all of your jars are filled.
Repeat process until all of your jars are filled.
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Place jars and canning rack in stock pot ALREADY filled with boiling water. Cover with the lids and let boil for 30 minutes.
Let sit in water for 5 minutes then remove CAREFULLY! Let cool on countertop for approximately 2 hours until jars are room temperature.
Let sit in water for 5 minutes then remove CAREFULLY! Let cool on countertop for approximately 2 hours until jars are room temperature.

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This is the syrup that was left over. Use for something else...applesauce, oatmeal, or pancakes maybe???
This is the syrup that was left over. Use for something else…applesauce, oatmeal, or pancakes maybe???

STORE IN A COOL PLACE! USE WHEN YOU WISH AS YOU WISH!! ENJOY 😀

This is how we chose to enjoy it!!! Twice so far :D
This is how we chose to enjoy it!!! Twice so far 😀

 

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Homemade crust and hoomemade crumb topping added 😀
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Baked on 375 for 45-50 minutes 😀

Just for fun Fridays! Making Chicken Sausage from Scratch

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This is a recipe that I have had for over a year and have REALLY wanted to try, but never got around to it.  As a family, we decided to eliminate prepackaged meats due to the harmful chemicals found in many of them. The following excerpt is from the article, “The real reason why processed meats are so dangerous to your health”

You can find sodium nitrite in nearly every packaged meat product imaginable. It’s listed right on the label of products like bacon, breakfast sausage, beef jerky, pepperoni, sandwich meat, ham, hot dogs, and even the meats found in canned soups. If you and I walked into any grocery store in America, I could show you hundreds of products that contain this ingredient right now. And I believe this sodium nitrite is the primary cause of pancreatic cancer in humans who consume even moderate quantities of processed meats.

If sodium nitrite is so dangerous, why does the food industry use it? Simple: this chemical just happens to turn meats bright red. It’s actually a color fixer, and it makes old, dead meats appear fresh and vibrant. Thus, food manufacturers insist on using sodium nitrite for the simple reason that it sells more meat products. Consumers are strongly influenced by the color of grocery products (which is why Florida oranges are often dipped in red dye, by the way), and when meat products look fresh, people will buy them, even if the true color of the months-old meat is putrid gray.

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/011148.html#ixzz2J1LjmPHt

That being said, we no longer purchase bacon, lunch meat, sausage, hot dogs etc., but sometimes we just want that with our breakfast or lunch, so a recipe for making it from scratch ws located and here it is.  😀

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Take 1lb of boneless, skinless chicken breast (approx. 2 breasts)

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Put in food processor and shred/chop

Add 1/4 tsp Ginger

3/4 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp dried Sage

1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper

3/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper

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After mixing seasonings and meat together form small patties and place in pan with 1 tbsp Olive Oil

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Cover with lid and cook on medium heat, browning on both sides

Cut one down the middle to be sure sausage is done.

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And with that, we are done! This is a great tasting recipe that your family will love!! I have found over the years that if we are removing something bad we have to replace it with something good, or the bad becomes an option again. This recipe along with its simplicity has replaced the chemical laden breakfast sausage, and it is enjoyed without guilt 😀

Just For Fun Fridays (Homemade whole wheat tortillas)

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2 1/2 cups King Arthur White Whole Wheat Flour, 1 Cup warm water, 1/2 cup Olive Oil, 1 tsp. Salt
My girls in the kitchen working together 😀
We began to mix with the spoon, and then a mixer. This called for a bread mixer, but since we did not have one, we simply used a regular one and it worked fine 😀
Water is added slowly as the dough is mixed
We finished ‘mixing’ with a spoon just to pull it all together and to help remove the bread dough from the mixer thingies 😀
Roll dough out into a loaf roll
Cut loaf down the middle, then cut into 12-16 pieces, then cover with saran/plastic wrap for 15 minutes.
Then roll each ball of dough into a circle or a rectangle depending on the shape you like your bread to be in 😀
Kayla made hers a ‘little’ big, but it was our fist time making these from scratch, and I think she did GREAT!
While Kayla is getting ready to cook hers, Leah is covering hers for the 15 minute time period. Kayla is 17 and Leah is 12 and this recipe is easy enough for tem to do without me
All ready to be placed into a frying pan with 1/8 in. Olive Oil covering the bottom
Yaaaahhhhhhh!!!! Almost done!
We doubled the recipe with each of the girls making their own batch 😀 This yield us 35 Tortilla wraps and we were soooooo excited!!! Well, I was 😛

We made this for the first time 2 weeks ago, and have made them 4 times since.  The most recent was yesterday for dinner.  My family was invited for dinner which consisted of spaghetti casserole, salad, and flat bread.  This was our flat bread with a little bit of garlic powder added prior to being covered.  Dinner, and this bread was a BIG hit, and it has so much more flavor than the tortillas/flatbread from the store.  Kayla mixed this up on Sunday by herself…my mother joined in to help roll out the bread (which was left a little thicker to be used as flatbread, as opposed to tortilla which is thinner), and my oldest son, Isaiah, volunteered to man the tongs and cook the bread. We have a blast anytime we make this bread! And we hope you do too 😀

Just for fun Fridays! Making Shea Butter Lip Balm for the winter :D

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Seeing that the name of this blog is Joyfully Submitted, I thought it might be a good idea to post some of the joyful things about our life.  My usual posts deal with issues of submission to God and to our husbands.  But my heart with this blog is to paint or draw a picture of what our lives could be if we simply choose to let go of the ideologies of the world, turn a deaf ear to feminism as well as resist all of its temptations, and find our joy…our rest…our peace and purpose and promise, in embracing the life God designed for us with soft, engaging, educating, inspiring, definitively feminine hearts.  Having lived a large part of my life with a feminist heart and mindset, let me tell you that the grass really is greener over here!!! Now, that is not to say that submission and change are easy, or that the things I do, or will share on Fridays are a mandate from God for you to do. They are simply things I am learning to do for fun with my girls…and sometimes with the boys too :D, and things that as women, some of us have believed are beneath us or are menial and unimportant.  Well ladies, my aspirations of power suits and heels have been JOYFULLY exchanged for socks and an apron!!!  And I love my life and want to share that love with you! So from here on out, Fridays are dedicated to FREE, FRILLY, FANTASTIC, FEMININE FUN FUN FUN!!!!

Let me just say that everything we do is not planned, and a lot of what we plan does NOT go according to plan :D! This is our life.  And we embrace it! And I work hard not to be in control of it… Ok! Being really honest…I work hard…to JUST HAVE FUN!!! 😀 I tend to be a lot more serious than Ukali and the kids!!! They definitely get their sense of humor from their father 😀 But over the years I have to say that fun is better, and so much more rewarding than stern and controlling.  So we have a lot more fun, we do a lot more things spontaneously.  Some things, like todays post, are the result of a spontaneous act.  I’ve always wanted to make my own lip balm, and I’ve always wanted to teach the girl to make their own everything, so this morning was one of those unplanned experiences that we loved. Below are the steps in our basic Shea Butter Lip Balm that the boys are happily using as we speak! Enjoy!!! So, enjoy your weekend with your loves, and find something to do that is JUST FOR FUN 😀

The Ingredients are… 100% Shea Butter.  We emptied out existing lip balm tubes due to Ukali having a slight reaction to almost every lip balm.  We wanted 100% natural, so decided to make our own 😀

 

The Shea butter was melted down in a pot and then the liquid was poured into the tubes.  They were then put into te freezer to set faster and when they came out this is what they looked like inside.

 

So more Shea Butter was added to fill completely, and they were placed into the freezer again to finish 😀

 

The freezer worked pretty quickly! These set completely in 10 minutes 😀

 

 

This is the finished product 😀 We made 3 additional ones so that everyone in the house has their own!!

This was sooooooo simple, and Leah found several other recipes that we can attempt this weekend…JUST FOR FUN!!!  😀