Hello my dears..
How are you all?
We woke up to a snowy morn today..
Although, it didn't amount to much on the roads the fields were white..
I guess it is November and here in New Brunswick we can expect snowy days..
I think our lovely Fall is over and Winter is no longer waiting in the wings.. smile..
As I was saying in my last post I am preparing for a little craft show with Shonda..
I made these over the weekend..
Apple Cider Pantry Potpourri Bags..
Very simple to make and rather satisfying if you know what I mean....
You gather spices that you like..
Cinnamon, Anise, Cloves, Allspice, Cardamon and such..
Tie them up in cheesecloth squares and tie with grocery twine..
Then heat up a bottle of pure apple cider in a pot on the stove..
Slip the ties over a wood spoon and mull in the cider for a half hour..
Squeeze out the cider..
Place the bags on a rack over a pan to dry out..
Oh... and drink the lovely mulled cider..
When dry you can use them as gifts or use them for yourselves..
I am putting one in my pantry so that when I go in I will smell the scents of the season.. grin..
The rest will be placed in my apple repertoire for the sale..
Terry has been busy hunting the last week..
He goes each afternoon and sits in a crow's nest for hours waiting for a buck deer to show up..
Every day he sits there and he has not seen one..
This afternoon we went to Sussex and just up the road from our house he saw these..
Yup... deer... lots of them..
He stopped and backed up... I had the camera on my lap as usual.
They are not great pics but you can see why he felt kind of sick..
I caught a pic of 4 of them but he says there were 5 and of course it was a big buck.. hahaha..
And no gun..
Poor guy.. grin..
I expect he will go out again tomorrow, though..
We came home and had supper..
I wanted to include the recipes for the apple butter and jelly..
Place 20 large apples cut into quarters with seeds removed into a pot along with 6 cups of water and bring to a boil..
Cover and simmer for 20 minutes..
Crush with a potato masher and simmer another 5 minutes..
Place this mixture into a jelly bag and hang for several hours or overnight..
Do not squeeze as you need the pulp for the Apple Butter..
For the Jelly..
Measure 5 cups of juice
7 1/2 cups of sugar
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. butter
Place in a jelly pot and bring to a full boil over high heat..
Bring to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down and boil for 1 minute..
Take off heat and add 1 pouch of Certo..
Boil one more minute..
Take off heat and stir and skim..
Bottle into sterilized jars..
The following recipe is one that was given to me by a friend in 1974 ...
It is an old fashioned butter like our Grandma used to make..
I love the taste of this so much better then the crock pot one I have made..
Measure 5 cups of pulp that has been put through a food mill..
Make sure you have 5 cups of pulp..
7 1/2 cups of sugar
1/2 tsp. allspice
1/2 tsp. cloves ( I added this as we love cloves)
1 tsp. cinnamon
Place in a large pot..
Bring to a full rolling boil for 1 minute stirring constantly..
Remove from heat and add 1 envelope of liquid Certo..
Stir and skim for 5 minutes..
Pour into sterilized jars..
Hoping you all have a blessed week..
I am preparing for Keepers of the Home this Saturday..
You are welcome to join us..
Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to have you..
Thanks so much for dropping by and as always I look forward to hearing from you all..
Take care, dear hearts..