Homestead Kids Learn How to Make and Can Strawberry Raspberry Spiced Jam

Homestead Kids Learn How to Make Strawberry Raspberry Spiced Jam

Join us as our homestead kids learn how to make jam.

I didn’t grow up canning it was a craft that both inspired and scared me to pieces. In fact, the entire process was somewhat of a mystery to me. If we go to the store and buy jam off the shelf it’s sealed – bam, done! No thought… no appreciation for the entire process.

The combination of being intrigued by the process, my love for learning, and my ever growing desire to be more self reliant  – I knew the time had come; I had to learn how to can. If we were growing our own food it only made sense that I would naturally want to preserve it for the weeks, months, and year to come.

However, more importantly than that I knew it was a skill I wanted to pass onto our children. As it is not only my desire to teach them ‘how to’ can but, to give them the tools to not only survive but, thrive.

May they never take for granted the simple process of buying food from the grocery store but, always have a natural curiosity and appreciation for how it all works.

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Homestead Kids; Learn How to Make and Can Jam

 

Spiced Strawberry/ Raspberry Jam

Yield: approx. 5

Serving Size: 1/2 pints

Spiced Strawberry/ Raspberry Jam

Ingredients

  • 5 Cups Fresh/ Frozen Berries
  • 1/2 tsp. ground all spice
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 box of powdered fruit pectin
  • 1/2 tsp butter
  • 7 C. sugar

Instructions

  1. In a large sauce pan or dutch oven, combine berries and spices. Add pectin and butter to the sauce pan too.
  2. Bring to a full boil on high heat - stirring continuously.
  3. Stir in 7 Cups of sugar {you will NOT want to skimp on the sugar as your jam may not thicken as it should}
  4. Return to a full boil and boil for 2 minutes exactly.
  5. Removed pan/dutch oven from heat and skim off any foam that is on top. {I give this part to the kids to eat}
  6. Cap, seal , and process in a water bath for 5 minutes...

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How to Make and Can Spiced Strawberry Jam

Mothers Day Brunch Meal Plan

Mothers Day BrunchMeal Plan

Sharing my Mothers Day Brunch Meal Plan

As a mom to four kids I know first hand how crazy the days can be. Motherhood although a beautiful gift is certainly no walk in the park. It can be hard and draining – lets keep it real. We work tirelessly to meet the needs of our children in hopes of one day seeing the fruit of our labor. We try to remain faithful to our calling even on those day’s we wish we could resign from our position.

Then, there are those day’s we are smothered in hugs, kisses, and cuddles – making all the hard days more than worth it.

Now, since we are being honest – Mothers Day although great ‘in theory’ is truly just another day. Not to crush all those who delight in Hallmark holidays {I said I was keeping it real} – its just another day! Another day waiting to be explored  – everyday is a gift in my book. I don’t need a ‘special’ day to recognize my efforts – everyday is filled with little gifts; but, it is up to us to find them.

So, all that said – Moms I think you are great! Moms, we are raising the future leaders and world changers of tomorrow – you have one of the hardest job on the planet and you are so loved by all who come into your path.

And, to the tired mom, I hope you find rest in your day of ‘crazy’ and are showered with hugs, kisses, and love – may you be filled with the kind of ‘peace’ that fills your heart to the brim and doesn’t require special recognition because you know your special each and everyday!!

And, because I know I am special…I will likely be cooking up this meal plan myself and, that is o.k.{I’ll just make them clean up the mess…hahaha}

Happy Mothers Day to all those Rock-Star- Momma’s out there…enjoy your day and eat good food!

Mothers Day Brunch Meal Plan

Mothers Day Brunch Meal Plan

Easy Cheesy Egg Casserole by Gimme Some Oven is very similar to a recipe that I make for Christmas morning at the homestead. The only difference is I use the shredded hash browns and layer it like a lasagna. It’s basically eggs, cheese, sausage, pepper, onions, and hash browns all mixed together and then baked. It is a great make ahead meal everyone will enjoy.

This Ham and Herb Quiche by Chocolate Moosey jumped out at me while I was looking for the perfect Mothers Day brunch meal plan fixins- I will be using one of our homestead pre-made gluten free pie crusts but, if you’re short on time store bought works just the same!

Mothers Day Brunch Meal Plan - When Moms Happy Everyone is Happy

Mix Eggs, ham, herbs {rosemary, thyme, and parsley}, onions, milk, heavy cream, salt and pepper poured in a pie shell – I think we can do this, right moms? {Chocolate Moosey’s recipe only calls for 2 eggs for a serving size of 8-10 that doesn’t quite seem right? 2 eggs will likely not be enough to feed my family of 6 so I will likely be adding 4-6 eggs to ours.}

I love orange poppy seed dressing ! So, this Orange Poppy Seed Fruit Salad by Natashas Kitchen totally sold me!

What's on the Menu? Mothers Day Brunch Meal Plan - Orange Poppy Seed Fruit Salad

Photo Credit; Nathasha’s Kitchen

No brunch is complete without some kind of quick bread, donut, or muffin – right?

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread

And, because we don’t normally drink juice or anything other than water around here – I think our kids will get a total kick out of having a ‘fun drink’ with their Mothers Day Brunch {after all it is because of them I am a mom- so why not make it special for them too}.

This Cranberry Brunch Punch by Gather for Bread will surely win my little crew over.

Cranberry-Brunch-Punch - Mothers Day Brunch Meal Plan Idea

Photo Credit; Gather for Bread

Cheers – to a Happy Mothers Day and Having a Meal Plan!

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Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe





Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread

Stress no more.. here is a Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread Recipe that will have your family asking for more.

Whether you are new to the gluten free world or been around for awhile like myself {5 years and counting for our family} – you likely have discovered one thing along the way; ‘things just don’t taste the same.’

Gluten free breads can often times be dry {to the point of choking..}, spongy, or so incredibly heavy you could surely use them to anchor a boat.

 

Quick and Easy Gluten FreeBanana Bread Recipe

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Banana Bread

This recipe is actually so easy I recently made it with our two youngest sons for our weekly wednesday ‘kids in the kitchen’ time. We are always looking for hands on learning opportunities  and what better place to do that than in the kitchen?

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Yield: 2 Loaves

Quick and Easy Gluten Free Bread

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 Cups sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Butter (also can use dairy free option)
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 1/2 Cups Mashed Ripe Banana's (approx 3-4)
  • 1/2 Cup Milk, Buttermilk, or Almond Milk
  • 1 Tsp. Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 Cups Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 1 Tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp. Ground Ginger
  • 1 Cup chopped nuts {optional}

Instructions

  1. Pre-Heat Oven to 350 Degrees. Grease bottoms and sides of 2 loaf pans {8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches}
  2. Mix Sugar and Butter in Large Bowl. Stir in Eggs, until well blended. Add bananas, milk, and vanilla; beat until smooth and well combined. Stir in flour, baking soda, salt, and spices. Mix until moist {do not over mix}. Using a wooden spoon or spatula fold in nuts if desired.
  3. Divide batter amongst pans evenly.
  4. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees. Insert toothpick in center to see that it is cooked through.
  5. Let cool completely before serving. {approximately 2 hours}
  6. Store at room temperature for up to 4 days or wrap and freeze for later use.
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