Concord Grape Jelly

It’s almost Concord Grape season in our area.  I had one quart and one pint of homemade grape juice that we canned in 2015 left in the cellar.  Last night was the perfect night to process it into some beautiful, sweet grape jelly.

You can see how we process our jelly on an older post here:  Concord Grape Jelly

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Hyacinth Oil

Hyacinths are a special Easter flower and smell very similar to a lilac. They also are grown from a bulb which can be replanted in your garden as a perennial.

Our local grocery store had them on clearance after Easter for $1.00 so of course I bought 10. The bulbs were planted today and now I am making some hyacinth oil to use in our homemade body scrubs (which I will use mainly for my hands and feet).

Place the cut flowers into a bowl with 1 cup of water and 1/8 cup of sunflower oil (or you can use olive oil) and let soak for a day or two.

Store the oil in a jar and use it to scent your body scrub!!

**Body Scrubs can be made many ways.  I will use this with organic cane sugar and a touch of glycerin**

Grandma’s Applecrisp

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This is such a delicious comfort food/dessert.  It makes your house smell wonderful while it bakes and it’s such a sweet, buttery and moist dessert your family will love it!

I know I say it often but this is truly very easy!

Prepare your apples

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Add some brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon and melted butter and stir it around

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Set it aside and make your buttery mouthwatering crumbly topping

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Once it’s incorporated and crumbly, pour the apple mixture into a lightly greased cake pan and cover evenly with the crumbles

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Bake at 375 for approximately 32 – 35 minutes or until it’s golden brown in color

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Grab some vanilla ice cream, whipped cream or eat it plain while it’s still warm!!  YUM

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And then hide it where you can’t see it and slice a little piece every hour on the hour so you can enjoy it for more than 3 hours 🙂

Recipe

6 large apples peeled, cored and sliced

2 Tbsp brown sugar

2 Tbsp white sugar

1 ½ tsp. cinnamon

4 Tbsp melted butter

Combine all in a bowl and set aside to marinate together

Make the sweet buttery topping

½ cup quick cook oats

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

¾ cups heaping all purpose flour

1 ½ sticks of room temperature butter

Combine oats, sugars, and flour and mix until well incorporated. Add in the room temperature butter and use a fork or a pastry cutter to form crumbles

Place the apple mixture in a lightly greased 13×9 cake pan. Sprinkle the crumble top evenly over the whole top.

Bake at 375 degrees for approximately 32 – 35 minutes (or until evenly browned)

Hand and Heel Scrub

This scrub is perfect for buffing your heels and keeping your hands moisturized for the winter months.

You can make this in about 5 minutes total.  Very economical and a little goes a LONG way.

I posted how we make ours on my Facebook page and see my step by step pictures of the Teen making a batch last night here:  Hand and Heel Scrub

It’s literally 3 ingredients:

1 Tbsp. Brown Sugar

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

Honey (until your desired consistency)

Mix all together, store in an air tight container.  Use in the shower by scrubbing on heels and hands and rinse.  Apply a daily moisturizing lotion and you can keep the dryness at bay!

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Sunflowers turned to seed

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We have bird feeders we use throughout the winter and fill them with sunflower seeds for the birds.  This year we planted a sunflower garden to grow our own seeds.

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The first picture is the patch 2 weeks ago in full bloom.  The other 2 pictures are when we planted the garden in June and 3 weeks after the first planting.

We shared this patch with our pumpkins.

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As you can see this worked very well.  The pumpkin picture is just one row and we have 8 rows with pumpkins.

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The beautiful sunflowers are now turning to seed so tonight we took the time to cut all of the heads off to use to feed the birds throughout the winter.  Some of the heads are loaded with seeds while others have already been worked on by the birds.

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In the end we have 2 very large bags filled with flower heads and seeds.

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We will hang these from trees throughout the winter for the birds to pick at.  They will also be used as a treat for the chickens.

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You can see how they enjoy picking at it once it’s hung in their run!