Muscadine Jelly

Monday, October 4, 2010

Making Homemade Jelly is SOOO Easy. Here's what I did:

1.Separate your muscadines from the stems and put them in a pot. You'll need approximately 1 gallon of grapes for 4 cups of prepared juice. This makes 5 - 1/2 pint jars. 

2. Cook grapes on the stove, using a potato masher to mash the grapes as they heat up. You'll have to cook them for a while to really release the juice. 

3) Transfer everything in the pot into a covered bowl and refrigerate. I refrigerate mine for 2 weeks. Letting the juice soak with the grape skins helps with color and depth of flavor. 

4) Return to the pot and cook again. You'll get even more juice this time!!

5.  While this is simmering away, get your ingredients ready. You'll need 1 box of "No Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin" per 4 cups of juice. You'll also need 1/2 - 3/4 cups of LOCAL Honey per 4 cups of prepared juice. Also get your jars ready, canner boiling, and get your food mill ready.  I put my food mill directly over my Pampered Chef Batter Bowl. It holds 8 cups of juice and has measurements on the side. VERY HELPFUL.

6.  When your grapes look good and juicy, it's time to start the food mill process.  This is time consuming, and a great time to enlist your hubby's help!!  Only do a couple spoonfuls at a time, and beware of flying seeds that may pop out of the mill!

You want to discard the seeds and skins left in the top of the mill.  What falls to the bottom is what you want to use for your jelly.

7. Transfer your juice back to the Pot. Add 1 tbsp of butter to help with foaming and glossiness. Also add your pectin. Bring to a rolling boil stirring constantly.  Once it is boiling so hard that your stirring doesn't weaken it, time one minute. When the minute is up, add the honey and return to a boil for a minute. 

 8. Turn off the heat, and start filling your jars!! Leave 1/4 inch head space. Seal and put the jars in the canner. Process for 10 - 15 minutes.

 I forgot to take a picture of the final product, but I will :) This jelly is so yummy and it's not bad for you!! Find a local beekeeper and get your honey from them. Support your community farmers and beekeepers!!

Banana Pudding...

Saturday, July 31, 2010


  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package Instant Vanilla Pudding Mix
  • 1 (3.4 ounce) package Instant Banana Cream Pudding Mix
  • 2 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 6 bananas, sliced
  • 1/2 (12 ounce) package vanilla wafers


  1. In a medium bowl, combine pudding mix and milk and stir until mix is dissolved. Refrigerate 15 minutes, until partially set.
  2. Stir condensed milk into pudding mixture until smooth. Fold in sour cream and whipped topping. Fold in bananas.
  3. Make a layer of vanilla waf ers and bananas in the bottom of a 9x13 inch dish or large bowl. Spread pudding evenly over wafers. Repeat layers until all pudding mix is gone. Crush remaining wafers and sprinkle on top. Refrigerate until serving.

Marinara Sauce

Monday, July 26, 2010

Marinara Sauce

This recipe has no brave and trust your instincts

In a large pot, put Olive oil, Garlic, chopped carrots, chopped onion and quartered, fresh Roma tomatoes. You want LOTS of tomatoes. If you fill your pot to the top with tomatoes, then you'll have about a half a pot of sauce at the end. Use only a couple carrots, they are for sweetness. The garlic and onion are for flavor. Add Italian seasonings of your choice.

Let this simmer for 4 hours, stirring ever so often. Once the sauce is good and thick, remove from the heat.

Put the sauce in a blender, Use chicken stock to thin the sauce a little as you blend it. Note: the sauce will be orange.

You can serve immediately, or process it through a canner to enjoy later on. This is a good base for meat sauce or tomato cream sauce...

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Steph's Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Here is a recipe I got from my friend Steph - These muffins are awesome!!


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts


  1. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Combine the egg, oil, milk, lemon juice and vanilla; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini, chocolate chips and walnuts. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until muffins test done.

Chocolate - Chocolate Chip Zuccini Bread

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup Honey
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups shredded zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
Lightly grease two 9x5 inch loaf pans.

In large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder and salt, mix well. In separate bowl, combine honey and eggs, beat until well blended. Add oil and vanilla; beat until combined. Stir in zucchini. Add flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Stir in nuts and chocolate chips. Spoon evenly into loaf pans.

(I used a bundt pan)

Bake in preheated oven for 55 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove bread from pans; cool completely on wire rack.

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Location:NW Helen Dr,Concord,United States

Homemade Granola

Monday, June 7, 2010


1 c peanut butter
1/4 c brown sugar
1/4 - 1/2 c honey (to taste)
1/4 c oil
3 cups oats & 1 ½ c Cheerios (or 4 1/2 cups of oats)
1/4 c raisins
1/4 c dried cranberries
1/2 c nuts

1/2 c mini chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix wet ingredients in large bowl. Add other ingredients and hand mix to combine. Pour mixture into 9x13 pan, sprayed with cooking spray. Bake for 20-25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Remove from oven and cool. Add chocolate chips when cooled.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

Here is the recipe:

1 cup All Purpose Flour
1 tablespoon Sugar
2 teaspoon Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon Salt
1 Egg, beaten
1 cup Milk
2 tablespoons Vegetable Oil

1) Combine flour, sugar, salt,
and baking powder. Make a
well in the center of the
bowl; set aside. Combine
egg, milk and oil. Add egg
mixture to to flour mixture.
Stir until just moistened, let
rest for 2 minutes.

2). For standard sized pancakes,
pour 1/4 cup batter in 3 inch
circles onto a hot, lightly
greased griddle (at 375

For dollar sized pancakes,
pour 1 tablespoon into 1 inch
circle onto griddle.

3). Cook for 2 minutes on each
side or until golden brown.
Serve warm.

Enjoy!! Next time I'll try adding fruit or chocolate chips!!
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Laundry Detergent

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Here is how you do it:

1 bar of Fels-Naptha (Ace Hardware)
1 bar of Ivory (at your local grocery store)
2 cups of Arm & Hammer WASHING soda (not baking soda / Ace Hardware)
2 cups Borax (Ace Hardware or local grocery store)
5 gallon bucket with a lid

Grate soap and Fels-naptha and put in a stock pot.

Add 12 cups hot tap water and heat until the soap melts.

Add the washing soda and borax and stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.

Pour 12 cups hot tap water into 5 gallon bucket and then add soap mixture.

Now add 2 gallons plus 12 cups of water and stir.

Let soap sit for 24 hours to gel.

Option: you could add 1 oz. of essential oils if you wanted your soap scented. I just love the clean smell of the soap itself though.

**Be careful when grating the soap and Fels-Naptha

Location:NW Helen Dr,Concord,United States


This is my first official post!!! I'm learning how to do things how my Mamaw used to do it...from scratch!!!

It's my desire for my family to live a simpler, healthier lifestyle. To be honest, watching Food Revolution really got me thinking about what I'm feeding my husband and daughter. So here you will watch me take the steps and maybe I'll inspire you to kick processed junk from your diet and life too!!

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Location:NW Helen Dr,Concord,United States

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