Apricot & Pineapple Jam

Wash your half-pint or pint jars, lids and rings in soapy, water. Sterilize them, covered 10 minutes, in boiling water.

Apricot 🍑 Pineapple🍍Jam
Yield: 10 cups (or half-pints)

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5 1/2 cups apricots, crushed (4 lbs apricot halves)
1 (20-oz) can crushed pineapple, undrained
3 1/2 cups granulated sugar or Whey Low D Sweetener – 2 lbs
7 Tbsp regular cooked-type ClearJel® (for canning)
OR 4 Tbsp Instant ClearJel® ® (if freezing, see Notes*)
1/4 cup lemon juice, bottled (or 2 lemons)
1 Tbsp corn syrup (aids w/storage, if freezing in bags)
1. In a food processor, pulse to crush apricots.
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Strawberry Freezer Jam, made w/ Instant ClearJel®

Strawberry Freezer Jam
This gorgeous ruby red jam is definitely a favorite family recipe!

Although I personally didn’t come up with the recipe, I’ve been lovin’ and making this recipe for over 3 decades now!

What’s great about this SOFT-SERVE JAM; it DOES NOT set up firm like the 
“run of the mill” pectin jams do.
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Buttermilk Wheat Bread (Single Loaf: 2 recipe sizes)


This is the same recipe as posted for the Bosch, just scaled down to a (single-loaf: 2 recipe sizes).  


For the money, my Sunbeam bread machine bakes just fine. It’s just that for normal loaves… I rather hand-shape and oven bake my loaves.Read the rest

BB BUTTERMILK: “Better Baking” Buttermilk

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♥ BB Buttermilk | “Better Baking” Buttermilk often simply MAKES many bread recipes that much better. 

♥ It conditions, tenderizes and enhance yeast dough, better than store-bought buttermilk will. 

♥ Making BB Buttermilk is a great way to rotate your dry milk storage!Read the rest

Cheesy Cauliflower Soup: W/ both (Gluten Free) and Traditional Rue Recipes

Instant ClearJel®

The thickener I use in this soup is Instant ClearJel® Powder aka: ICJ® Powder  It’s my favorite thickener. I’ve actually been using it for nearly 30 years! That’s a very long successful track record!

Now if you’ve been following my blog, you might already be familiar with ICJ® powder.
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Ranch Seasoning Mix (Homemade) Regular & Gluten Free

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Related Recipe: “Roast Beef: “To Die For”  

My original recipe called for saltine crackers, but I didn’t buy them regularly, so whenever my DH brought home Wendy’s Chili, something BTW something we both love, I would reserve the packets for this recipe… to use later for my favorite “TO DIE FOR” rub – to slather onto pot roasts, chuck roasts or cross rib roasts – which can make a sliced taste almost as good as PRIME RIB! 

However, since I gone Gluten Free, I’ve substituted the regular gluten-laden saltines with Glutino Ritz-like crackers.Read the rest

Italian Seasoning Mix (Homemade)

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I have THE BEST SPICE cupboard.
I SAVE, by making my own 

This recipe is one of my all time FAVORITES. 
I never cared for the store-bought variety. 

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Daddy’s Oatmeal Cookies (& GF Version)

Don’t you just love family traditions…


When I was little, my mom originally made these delightful cookies for daddy & us kids. Once I became a teenager, the responsibility and wooden spoon were handed down to me. So, whenever dad hollered, “Mom, how about some Daddy’s Oatmeal Cookies?”, I was the one now in charge, and then when my son became a teenager, I handed him the wooden spoon.Read the rest