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Homemade Marionberry Jam

Switch out any berry you like for this delicious jam recipe.

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Meet Chelsia, our newest blog contributor! Chels is a native Oregonian who dreams of living with all four seasons in Central Oregon. She's a wife and stay at home mom to her three vivacious kiddos whom she home schools. When she's not schooling or chasing after her munchkins, she enjoys reading, bubble baths, and finding clothing/kitchen treasure at thrift stores. But more than all of that, she finds refuge in her kitchen where she and her husband can be found cooking and baking up a storm for … [Read more...]

Canning & Preserve Recipes

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'Tis the season for garden harvesting and berry picking. We've got lots of great recipes for you to try. Start planning your pickling, preserving and vegetable canning this summer with these great recipes from the My Own Ideas team! And don't forget to order your personalized canning labels and tags to transform your jars into a unique gift this holiday season. Canning Recipes Homemade Sauerkraut Pickling Spice Blend Pickled Golden Beets Concord Grape … [Read more...]

Strawberry Freezer Jam

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(Used in this project: Canning Labels and Small Diamond Tags in Treasury style.) The summer sun warming fields of berries makes for only a few weeks a year where the strawberries are at the peak of sweetness. The richness of flavor may be fleeting in the fresh berries, but if you snap up a bunch you can capture it in these preserves for the rest of the year. I like to make a natural strawberry jam, with lots of berries and very little sugar so a traditional canning recipe is out of the … [Read more...]

Olive and Fig Tapenade

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(Used in this project: Circle Canning Labels and Scallop Tags in Casablanca style.) There seems to be no end to the combination of sweet and salty recipes out there and I can certainly see why. The balance of strong, sometimes conflicting flavors makes your mouth sing and your stomach call out for more. The addition of salt to desserts is just one way this trend has proven it's around to stay. A combination of salty Kalamata olives and sweet dried figs will ensure that your guests will … [Read more...]

Squash Molasses

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Last summer I added winter squash to the regular vegetables I grow in my garden. I adore the taste of it, whether it is Acorn, Delicata, Hubbard or one of the many other varieties. Maybe it’s the way my mom served it; baked in the oven, with a bit of butter, brown sugar and salt. So delicious. This year I was lucky to get a portion of a community garden, so with part of the ground I planted several hills of Hubbard and Banana squash. With great surprise I harvested over three hundred … [Read more...]

Cinnamon Pear Jam

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Pears aren't a fruit I normally come by during the canning season, which is why I was so excited when my husband's aunt let us have access to her pear tree this year. I immediately knew what I wanted to make with her pears: pear-cinnamon jam from Food in Jars blog. I've had my eye on this recipe for a long time, and can safely say that it exceeds expectations. So this year, for our annual Thanksgiving gathering, I thought I'd bring a gift basket with two or three jars of the pear-cinnamon … [Read more...]

Bourbon Cranberry Sauce

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When the holidays come around I think of large stuffed turkeys with all the fixin's, the aroma of fresh herbs like rosemary and sage, and a tart but fresh tasting cranberry sauce. With all the fresh cranberries available around here the sweet cranberry jelly log that comes in the can just won't be found on my table. I am so lucky to live where the cranberries grow, at least where 17 million kilograms of cranberries are grown in bogs each year. A crisp fall day walking through the cranberry … [Read more...]

Pumpkin Butter

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We've got an abundance of pumpkins in our family garden this year, so I thought it'd be fun to roast a few of our extras for pumpkin puree and pumpkin butter. I'm especially excited about the pumpkin butter because there's so much you can do with it. You can go simple and spread it over toast like you would with jelly, or you can add a teaspoon or two into your morning yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothie. I've also heard it works great as a replacement for pumpkin puree in soup, and homemade pumpkin … [Read more...]

Raw Salted Caramel Dip

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Occasionally I run across an idea that makes me think why didn't I think of that? That's what happened when I first stumbled upon Sarah Britton's recipe for raw salted caramel dip over on My New Roots. It's rich, delicious, and much healthier than real salted caramel. And it's the perfect accompaniment to all those apples that are ripening on trees right about now, though you can use it for all sorts of things. Personally, I like it in my morning bowl of oatmeal, but you can also use it as a … [Read more...]

Orange Creamsicle Jelly

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There aren’t many foods I enjoy more than a slice of toasted bread (homemade, of course) topped with a little butter and jam, which is why I always enjoy experimenting with different recipes for jams and jellies. Not only do my homemade fruit preserves make it possible to store the flavor of summer all year long, but they keep my morning toast interesting, and that’s very important to me. I know I’ve already shared several recipes with you from Marisa’s blog, Food in Jars, but this … [Read more...]