Just For Fun
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 seals and rings (lids)
(ALL OF THE ABOVE WERE PURCHASED AT WALMART FOR VERY REASONABLE PRICES)
Large pot or blancher
Towels and dishcloths (it gets messy/to dry jars)
Apples (enough for 6-8 quarts)
1C Thickener (cornstarch, flour or clear gel)
3T lemon juice
THE INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOW TO MAKE WILL BE FOUND IN THE CAPTION FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS 😀
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.
THE RIMS OF EACH JAR ARE WIPED CLEAN BEFORE THE LIDS ARE REMOVED FROM THE HOT WATER, DRIED AND PUT IN PLACE 😀
STORE IN A COOL PLACE! USE WHEN YOU WISH AS YOU WISH!! ENJOY 😀
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.
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. 😀
Take 1lb of boneless, skinless chicken breast (approx. 2 breasts)
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
After mixing seasonings and meat together form small patties and place in pan with 1 tbsp Olive Oil
Cover with lid and cook on medium heat, browning on both sides
Cut one down the middle to be sure sausage is done.
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 😀
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 😀
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!!! 😀