Canned Apple Cake Recipe & Bits Of Autumn..

11/25/13


In October my hubby & I celebrated our 25th anniversary....did I ask for diamonds, silver, or a new car?
Heck no....I asked to take a drive to our favorite apple orchard.
Doesn't sound very romantic does it? 
It is actually a beautiful 3 hour drive into Wisconsin right along the Mississippi river.
I even remembered to take my camera....but I forgot my card.
Don't ask. So on the return drive home...hubby stopped at Walmart & picked up a card so I could take pics on the way home.
I'll share these in a future post...

Today I want to share my Apple Cake in a Jar recipe.
This is a recipe I've been making for years...it's so delicious & it even makes
a wonderful gift.


You are going to want to use a nice pie apple...or if you love your sour apples...toss in some nice sweet ones for a tasty mix.



This makes 7 pint jars

APPLE CAKE IN A JAR

2/3 c shortening
2-2/3 c sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1-1/2 tsp salt
3 c flour
2/3 c water
3 c peeled & grated apples
2/3 c raisins
2/3 c nuts (optional)

Mix together ingredients in the order given.
I double this so I mix in a large bowl all by hand.
Pour into well sprayed jars...1/2 full
Bake at 325* for 45 min.
Boil your lids as these are baking.
Place your lids on the cakes as soon as you take them out of the oven.
**Use ONLY Wide mouth Pint Jars.

These cakes have a 1 year shelf life.



I took the rings off and tied some beautiful old homespun I had on hand.



I used an assortment of old holiday ribbons....they look so festive!
Add these to a basket of goodies or give just a jar with the recipe.

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Please let me know how your cakes turn out if you get a chance to make them!!
Happy Baking!

much love,

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Canning Pickles - My Dill Pickle Recipe

9/29/13



I know...your saying who isn't canning this time of year right?
Well, I don't do much, but pickles are a MUST HAVE here.



Over the years I've used many kinds of cucumbers, and have settled on just 2-3 that I think make the best pickles.

They are all from Burpee Seed Company and you can find them here.

This year I planted;

Burpee Pickler Hybrid (62547A)
And
Spacemaster (51789A )



Here we love a super dill pickle...one that makes your eye's water & your mouth pucker on the
first bite!
Now, I use apple cider vinegar, most recipes call for white...but I like the flavor of the cider better.
If you like white then just change it in the recipe.

Spicy Dill Pickles
makes 8 quarts

Ingredients
  • 2 overflowing quarts of pickling cucumbers, sliced into fat coins*
  • 4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 tablespoons pickling salt
  • 16 garlic cloves, peeled 
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper per jar
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill seed per jar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed per jar
  • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns per jar 
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard seed per jar
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed per jar

Instructions
  1. Wash and slice the cucumbers, cutting a little bit off both ends to discard.
  2. In a large pot, combine vinegar, water and salt. Bring to a simmer.
  3. Arrange clean hot jars on counter and add the spices & garlic to each. Pack the cucumber slices firmly into the jars. You don’t want to damage the cukes, but you do want them packed tight.
  4. Pour the brine into the jar, leaving ½ inch headspace.
  5. Wipe rims, apply lids and rings and process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes.
  6. When 15 minutes are up, promptly remove the jars from the pot and allow them to cool on the countertop. When the jars are cool, check the seals (by pushing/tapping on the lid).
  7. Pickles can be stored for up to a year.
  8. If you want to skip the boiling water process, these pickles are also wonderful as refrigerator pickles. Just pop the jars into the fridge once they’re cool.

I hope you enjoy them....and make plenty..we always run out before Spring.





Here, we see how long everybody can wait to open the first jar. USUALLY we have it for Thanksgiving....BUT it seemed 2 hours was as long as hubby and son could last this year. Oldest daughter got into her's as soon as she got them home.


Much love,

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Baby Chickens Are Growing Big..

7/24/13




Hello dearies...


I thought you might like to see my babies as teenagers...



We have a few roosters.....they were surprises because I paid for hens. :)



This beautiful girl is Betsy...



The girls think of my cat Ben as one of their own...a chicken..and follows him around the farm.
Ben tolerates this very well...but for only so long...



This little sweetie is a Polish Hen..





Here is the Polish rooster..




These 2 are my 'old girls' at 6 years old...and both still lay..


My handsome 6 year old Americana Rooster






Here are just a few...I hope you enjoy them..

Much love,

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More Decorating With White -

7/14/13



Happy Sunday chickies! I know today should be 'Silent  Sunday' so I will chat no longer and just let you enjoy the pics. There are alot of them, so please forgive me.

I also need to apologize that I do not know where they came from originally. They have been in my 'LOVE LOVE' file for awhile. If they belong to you please let me know and I will add your link. :)



























Have a wonderful day dear ones!
Much love,
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