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Corncob Jelly? What? Oh yea, tasty stuff!

I found this recipe last year and never got around to trying it, so this year after freezing some corn I decided to make use of the cob’s and give this recipe a try. I will definitely be making this jelly again. It tastes a lot like honey! We love it!

So here is the share for all of you!

12 large corn cobs

4 cups of water

1 package of powdered fruit pectin

4 cups of sugar

Yellow food coloring ( optional )

Note: I never add food coloring to my jelly. Natural is better!

So first off you need to cut the corn off the cobs and reserve for another recipe or freeze it like I did! In a stockpot, place your cobs and water, and bring to a boil and boil for 10 minutes.

Discard the cobs and strain the liquid through a cheesecloth. Liquid should measure 3 cups after boiling, add extra water if necessary.

Return to the pot and stir in pectin. Bring to a full rolling boil. Add sugar and bring it back to a boil again. Skim foam and if you are adding food coloring add it now.

Pour into hot jars leaving a 1/4 inch head space. Adjust two piece caps. Process 10 minutes in a boiling water canner. Let cool! Makes about 4 pints. I liked it so much I have made 3 batches.





Posted by on September 7, 2013 in cooking, Recipes


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I’ll tell you what…I am finding some of the best recipes I have tried in a long time from Facebook! So here is yet one more from there I would like to share with you. I made these yesterday and I could not believe how good they were, my hubby loved them! I think next time I make them I’m gonna try a different flavor cake mix like strawberry or cherry chip! Also just a note here, when I made the cream cheese filling I doubled everything and it was perfect!


1 Duncan Hines Red Velvet cake mix ( I used Betty Crocker )
3/4 cup butter, after melted
1 egg
1/2 cup water
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix first 5 ingredients & pour into 9 x 12 glass baking dish.


4 ounces of cream cheese, softened
1 egg
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla


Pour this over & across the brownie mix. Take a knife & swirl through mix making a marbled design.
Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until toothpick in center comes out clean. Cool completely.



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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in cooking, Recipes


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This is so simple and tastes fabulous! If you are a hot tea drinker you should try this!


1/2 cup instant tea mix

1 cup sugar

1/2 box or 3 ounces of peach flavored gelatin

( you can use any other flavors too, I made peach, raspberry and blackberry. They are all great.)


In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir well. Put in the jar and close it up. That’s it!

To Use: Stir 2 teaspoons of tea mix in 8 ounces of hat water.



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Posted by on August 25, 2013 in cooking, Recipes


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Ok so this stuff is OMG so good! The flavor reminds me of fudge, it is fantastic in place of regular Peanut Butter for a PB & J sandwich. Awesome on French Toast or even just on a regular old piece of toast. You have got to try this! I know you will love it!

3 1/2 ounces marshmallow cream

1/2 cup light corn syrup

1/2 cup dark corn syrup

1 cup peanut butter

1/4 teaspoon maple flavoring

pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly! It is super sticky, if you have a mixer I would use it. Otherwise I hope you have more elbow grease than me!



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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in cooking, Recipes


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Burned Biscuits – A lesson we all should learn.

I saw this post on FaceBook and I wanted to share it with my Blogger Friends as well! I thought it was such a nice little story. A lesson for all to learn!

Feel Free to Re-Blog it.

When I was a kid, my Mom liked to make breakfast food for dinner every now and then. I remember one night in particular when she had made breakfast after a long, hard day at work. On that evening so long ago, my Mom placed a plate of eggs, sausage and extremely burned biscuits in front of my dad. I remember waiting to see if anyone noticed!

All my dad did was reach for his biscuit, smile at my Mom and ask me how my day was at school. I don’t remember what I told him that night, but I do remember watching him smear butter and jelly on that ugly burned biscuit. He ate every bite of that thing… never made a face nor uttered a word about it!

When I got up from the table that evening, I remember hearing my Mom apologize to my dad for burning the biscuits. And I’ll never forget what he said, “Honey, I love burned biscuits every now and then.”

Later that night, I went to kiss Daddy good night and I asked him if he really liked his biscuits burned. He wrapped me in his arms and said, “Your Mom put in a hard day at work today and she’s real tired. And besides, a little burned biscuit never hurt anyone!”

As I’ve grown older, I’ve thought about that many times. Life is full of imperfect things and imperfect people. I’m not the best at hardly anything, and I forget birthdays and anniversaries just like everyone else. But what I’ve learned over the years is that learning to accept each other’s faults and choosing to celebrate each other’s differences is one of the most important keys to creating a healthy, growing, and lasting relationship.

And that’s my prayer for you today… that you will learn to take the good, the bad, and the ugly parts of your life and lay them at the feet of God. Because in the end, He’s the only One who will be able to give you a relationship where a burnt biscuit isn’t a deal-breaker!

We could extend this to any relationship. In fact, understanding is the base of any relationship, be it a husband-wife or parent-child or friendship!

“Don’t put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket… keep it in your own.”

So, please pass me a biscuit, and yes, the burned one will do just fine.
And PLEASE pass this along to someone who has enriched your life–I just did!
Be kinder than necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.

“Would you please pass the jelly!!!”

From the Facebook page of Jimmy Harmon

burnt biscuits

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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in cooking


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The Best Pizza Dough Ever!!!

Last night for dinner we made homemade pizza again….yes again! We tried out a recipe for homemade dough, it was the best I have ever had. This recipe makes enough dough for two 14″ thin style pizza crusts. Next time i make it I am going to make 1 and a half batches because we do like our crust a little thicker then this was. It has great flavor and was super easy to make. So here ya go if you would like to give it a try.

1 1/2 cups warm water

2 packs of active dry yeast (I use Red Star Brand)

1 tablespoon honey

3 tablespoons of olive oil

4 cups of flour

2 teaspoons salt

In a large mixing bowl, start with your warm water and add your yeast and honey, allow to proof until your yeast resembles a creamy foam. Next add your olive oil and stir it in. Then add your flour a cup at a time, (add your salt into the mix after 2 cups of flour) mixing well after each cup. After your dough forms knead it in your mixer for 10 minutes. Take it out of mixer and knead 10 times by hand and
place in a well oiled bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for about 10 minutes.

Split your dough in half and place on 2 oiled 14″ pizza pans, work it to the edges just like you would any other dough and add the sauce and toppings of your choice. Oven temps vary but we baked ours on about 400 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes. Enjoy!



Posted by on August 18, 2013 in cooking, Recipes


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Cherry Bread and Chai Tea, The Perfect Morning Snack!

Well everyone I had some fresh black cherries in the fridge and didn’t want to waste them so i decided to use them up by making some bread with them and oh my goodness it is wonderful! Pair it up with a piping hot cup of chai tea and you have yourself a fantastic mid morning snack!

Cherry Bread


Makes 2 – 9×5 inch loaves

1 cup Warm Water

1 cup Maraschino Syrup

3/4 cup Sugar

1 1/2 tablespoon Active Dry Yeast

1 1/2 teaspoon Salt

1/4 cup Vegetable Oil

1 tablespoon Vanilla Extract

1 1/2 teaspoons Almond Extract

1 to 1 1/2 cups Cherries ( coarsely chopped and patted dry )

6 cups Bread Flour (give or take)

cherry bread dough

In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam. Then add the maraschino syrup, oil, salt and extracts. Then slowly start adding your flour 1 cup at a time, I added my cherries to the dough after about 3 cups of flour then continued to add the flour, dough will be slightly tacky. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise for about 1 hour. Punch down and knead for a few minutes, divide in half, shape into loaves and place in 2 well oiled and floured 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise again for 30 minutes. At this point I mixed up 1 egg and 2 tablespoons of water and egg washed the tops of my bread and sprinkled a little bit of sugar on the tops of each loaf. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour…

cherry bread 1 cherry bread 3

Chai Tea Mix


1 cup nonfat dry milk powder

1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer

1 cup french vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer

2 1/2 cups white sugar

1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea

2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger

3 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground cloves


Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well, store in an air tight container.

To serve: Stir 2 heaping tablespoons of Chai Tea Mixture into a mug of hot water. Enjoy!

Makes about 36 servings!


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Posted by on August 7, 2013 in cooking, Recipes


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