Jalapeno & Bell Pepper Jelly

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Over the past three decades of mar­ried life, I am pos­i­tive I have bot­tled thou­sands of home­grown yum­mi­ness. I used all kinds of avail­able veg­gies and fruit and bot­tled them as close to their nat­ural state as pos­si­ble, to exotic fla­vors of canned treats.

If I had to pick one of my favorites, THIS would make the top 10 for sure.  I love, love, LOVE this jelly.  It can be made any time of year, and not expen­sively.  A won­der­ful gift for any hol­i­day or to take as a thank you to a host­ess of a party.

I will be post­ing recipes to use this jelly with very soon, so keep watch­ing, and make some up asap.  I know it takes a lit­tle extra time, but I have had best results over the years if I do NOT dou­ble this recipe.  It sets up and is a fab­u­lous con­sis­tency and taste.

Tip:  I used my Camp Chef with the can­ner and it works per­fectly.  IF you have bad weather and move it all into the garage, do NOT shut the garage door!  Give plenty of ven­ti­la­tion to pre­vent any health risks.  Now, gather up the sup­plies, bor­row from your mom or neigh­bor and get mak­ing this delec­table condi­ment today.

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The Stewart Family

In my newly pub­lished novel, ‘A Mother’s Shadow’ (click HERE for more infor­ma­tion), I tell a bit about my dear friend Kris­ten and her story. IMG_2599copy-768x1024 (2)She truly changed me for the bet­ter and I will be eter­nally grate­ful that I had the priv­i­lege to know such a spe­cial woman.  She had such a ter­rific sense of humor and a smile that lit any room she entered.  If you would like to read about Kris­ten and her fam­ily, click HERE

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EASY make your own Old Fashioned Popcorn

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    Have you ever made pop­corn on the stove?  It’s so much bet­ter than the microwave kind, or even air pop for that mat­ter.  The ker­nels pop up light, fluffy and crisp. 

    It’s so easy to make and you can keep it healthy by sim­ply adding a touch of salt, or a sprin­kle of fla­vors, or you can make it as a very spe­cial treat by driz­zling melted but­ter over the top. 

    Any­way you dress it up, it will be delectable.

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Soda Pop Tab Jewelry & Craft

Soda Tab Jewelry 1    Recy­cle and Re-Purpose!

   What a GREAT craft project.  We asked neigh­bors to col­lect their pop tabs to show you how to make neck­laces, head­bands, key chains, bracelets — the sky’s the limit to what you can create!

    You can use rib­bon of your choice; a ter­rific way to use up those extra pieces. These are for guys and gals alike. My daugh­ter Delsi was so kind to learn to do this just for YOU, so grab some pop tabs, rib­bon and acces­sorize, make these up for gifts, girls night out, or any­thing your heart desires.

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Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop

Hello AMS read­ers!  Did you see that my book is finally done?  If you would like to win a signed copy, just click HERE.

Some of the most cre­ative ideas on the inter­net can be found right here at the Won­der­ful Wednes­day Blog Hop. Blog­gers from all over the world come by every week to share their best recipes, cre­ative crafts, kids activ­i­ties, home decor, DIY’s, tips, ideas and inspi­ra­tion. Every week we fea­ture the most pop­u­lar posts from the pre­vi­ous party. Last week’s grew to 377 posts of awesomeness!

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Upscale Magic Bars aka Hello Dolly Bars

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       My Grandma Shirley gave me a recipe years ago for “Hello Dolly” cookie bars, also known as “Magic Bars”.

       I decided to tweak it and make it a bit upscale for a delight­ful treat. 

      Toast­ing the nuts and the coconut brings out a won­der­ful fla­vor that changes these bars from good to fab­u­lous! (I’m sure Grandma would love this ver­sion too! lol)

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A Mother’s Shadow — the novel

A MOTHER'S SHADOW - Front Cover (for Amazon)


     My book is out for all the world to see.….and yes, I’m kinda freaked out. What if no one buys it, what if peo­ple don’t like it, what if.…oh, the list goes for miles, how­ever I won’t bore you any longer with my anx­i­ety attack.

     So why did I write this book? I’m glad you asked, heehee.

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Win a signed copy of A Mother’s Shadow

A MOTHER'S SHADOW - Front Cover (for Amazon)   Would you like to win a signed copy of my novel, A Mother’s Shadow?

   It’s easy peasy sim­ply just enter below.  The con­test ends on Octo­ber 6th.

   If you live out­side of the USA, you can still win, how­ever it may be shipped directly from Amazon/Createspace, with­out my signature.

There will be TWO winners!

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Enjoy the Fall Scenery

I recently went on a drive and lit­tle hike with my mom Con­nie to Cas­cade Springs in the Unita National For­est.  It was so incred­i­bly beau­ti­ful with the leaves chang­ing, that I thought I’d share it with you.

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DIY Easy TuTu’s for all Ages

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     Ash­ley, my daughter-in-law, makes the most adorable tutu’s and match­ing head­bands for my grandaughters. 

     I asked her if she would make a tuto­r­ial to share with all of us how she cre­ates them; she was so kind to take the time for pic­tures and tuto­r­ial.  Thanks Ash!

    These very easy tutu’s can be for babies all the way up to older girls for dress up, or for young woman and ladies for cos­tumes (or pets!), by sim­ply adjust­ing the length of the tulle net­ting. Con­tinue read­ing