Thursday, August 26, 2010
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Most of my pictures of the whole process are on the same card that my Mason Jar Soap Dispenser pics are on, so I am borrowing some and recreating some to try and give some visual, I know it’s not the same, but this little secret was too good not to share, even without the proper pictures.
First, you have to go pick some apples…
It also makes the process faster. I take the leftover skins and the cores and put them in a pot, put enough water in them so that you can almost see the water through the top of the apples. Bring to a boil and simmer til mushy. While they are simmering, I filled the quarts with apples and liquid for the pie filling.
When I finished putting the pie filling in the jars and put then in the water bath canner, the skins and cores were about ready I put them through a strainer, and saved the juice and discarded the “muck”.
I reran the juice through the strainer and a layer of cheese cloth.
Saving the apple puree that remains in the cheesecloth. I had about 4 cups of apple juice to use for
4 cups apple juice
1/2 cup (or more) red-hot candies
3 cups sugar
Spoon hot apple butter into hot sterilized jars and seal, then process half-pints or pints 10 minutes in a boiling water bath.
One batch of apples can go a long way!
I have wanted one of these for several years.
My sis in law has one in her bathroom….I have mason jar envy every time I wash up! I’m too
cheap thrifty to buy one, I mean I have boxes of empty canning jars so it seemed like a lot of money to pay for an empty canning jar with a dispenser lid…but I still wanted one! lol I even thought of trying to find just the lid for sale and buying only that. I didn’t think it would be possible to make the lid. But, some very creative person figured out how to make a lid from a plastic soap dispenser! I don’t know who the first person was. In the last month or so, I’ve seen these at almost every linky party that I’ve joined, made with clear or colored jars and different color dispensers. Some of the posts I read, linked back to Heather Bullard
and she does have an awesome tutorial. So rather than do it all over again, I’ll just point you to her tutorial.
I followed her tut with a couple of differences. Oh, and after taking some careful pics (I remembered, even in my excitement), my camera card has decided not to share them with me…I can’t get my computer or camera to recognize that card…any suggestions?
So I have retaken a few, but I know, it’s not quite the same! First, I liked the Oil Rubbed Bronze color better than the zinc for my kitchen, so after I glued the dispenser on, I covered the it with blue tape and gave the lid a couple of coats of ORB. I had originally intended to paint the dispenser the same, but I realized that with as much use as this would be getting in my kitchen, it probably wouldn’t hold up, so I left it clear.
I also found a one piece jar lid that I liked better than using the two piece ring and seal that I have for canning. This type of lid can be found sometimes on a jar at the thrift store or if you purchase honey or some product in a mason jar at the store. I thought these might fit the jars,
but they don’t. :-(
This is one of the easiest projects I have ever done and doesn’t even look like a knock off! I love easy!
I would love to be able to fill my lovely new soap dispenser with an awesome smelling hand soap, but for the same reason I didn’t spray the pump ORB , I won’t…too much use! The soap would be gone in a day!
I buy it with a coupon and don’t like to pay more than .30 bottle! Then, when I pour it into my dispenser, I add half as much water and shake! The new soaps are all concentrated, but do the kids read the labels and think “Oh, I only need to use half as much as I used to since they have concentrated this”? NO! At least mine don’t…they push that pump down two or three times for good measure and then wash all that wonderful soap down the drain! So, by putting the water back in, they can pump away, and have a good water/soap mix and no one has ever walked away form the sink with hands that were still dirty!
Happy Hand Washing!
I’m going to take this to Ott, A’s party and share. She is having a canning/canning jar linky party with giveaways! Click the button below or in my sidebar to join me!
Friday, August 20, 2010
Happy Friday! Where has the week gone?? I have not even posted once?!?!? Busy…Busy…Busy! I was going to say that I don’t even have anything to show for it, but I realized that I do, I’m just not ready to show it yet! :-) So, I’ll just share what I’ve found in the few minutes I
stole took to look around and see what everyone else had going on this week. First, I forgot to enter over at the CSI Project and their theme this week was spray paint!!! How could I forget that??!?! I’m known in my family and among IRL friends as the “Queen of Spray Paint”…I was covering things up and making them knew with spray paint way before it was “cool” and when the colors were the primaries, black, white and primer gray! Oh well, next week is Pottery Barn Inspired! Maybe I’ll remember that! You can see all the other projects at CSI Here:
And now, for the rest of the news:
Most of my busyness this week has either been cleaning or family oriented. The cleaning and organizing will be a post next week!
My Mother in law had her surgery and is doing great, the doctor feels that they got everything and her lymph nodes are clear! We are thankful and rejoicing in that! My daughter turns 15 and wants a book to study for her learners permit…scary! We had a bonus 3 days with my oldest daughter and grandsons because their air conditioning died in the middle of the hottest summer I can remember here! While waiting the weekend for someone to check it out, they packed up and came to Gram’s House! Throw in trips to the orthodontist, chiropractor and grocery store and it’s been a rather full week!
Parties and Giveaways!
Since my focus has been on cleaning and organizing, this party came at just the right time for me…to visit, not to participate, since I don’t have anything finished yet! You still have time to enter here:
There is a giveaway going on and some great links to check out! Here are a couple that I know I would like to do at home:The Great Pantry Make Over
Another fun Party/giveaway!
Some Fun Finds!
I browsed a few linky parties and these things caught my eye:Mason Jar Soap Dispenser @Blissfully Content
I really want to make some of these! I have seen them everywhere, don’t remember the first one that I saw, and since this one popped up today, I’m sharing it! :-)
Have a wonderful weekend!
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Welcome to the second edition of Friday’s News Flash!
As I traveled around to the many awesome linky parties this week, I found a lot of inspiring “Back to School” projects! Here are some (in no particular order) that stood out to me as some I’d like to try in the near future!
Organized “school wall” with labeled buckets @ Domestically Speaking
Definitely “a place for everything and everything in it’s place!” I love the chalkboard labels on the buckets!!
Fabric Covered Notebooks
These are too cute and super simple! My girls cover their journals and will love this!
Field Journal @ Craftopotamus
I LOVE this idea! It could be used for a boy or girl! My son is an avid birdwatcher, outdoors lover. I’d love to have him make a keepsake like this!
I really want and NEED one of these! Giveaway ends Saturday, so head that way!!
Visit this party for Halloween/fall craft ideas! By Your Hands is also holding a Handmade Sampler Giveaway, sponsored by Deena Davis of Ewe-N-Me Printables. Deena is offering a $20 gift certificate to her website, Ewe-N-Me Printables. A winner will be announced August 27.
Hot Pink Patent Wallet
When I wasn’t visiting around the blogoshpere I was visiting around the thrift stores! This is what I came home with this week:
Another apothecary (like I need another one!), a hummingbird feeder, a regular birdfeeder made of green glass, a wire basket for the garden and a metal container, yeah I needed another one of those too! :-)
A quick visit into TJMaxx yielded this watering can on clearance for $2.50, because the spout needed to be glued back on and a bag of fall type decor balls and filler for $3.
I have been invited to a couple of new parties this week! Will you join me?
Have a wonderful weekend!
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
The second planting of squash is bearing now too!
I actually have a few flowers that have survived the dry weather!
I was able to put up 13 quarts of green beans from that basket! It was a very profitable day even if we didn’t get to pick apples!
I'm sharing Miss Kitty's Apple Pie recipe at the parties in my sidebar. Check out the food related linky parties! I’ve found some awesome recipes there!
I'm also sharing my garden at Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday/Flaunt your flowers! Check out some amaing photos of gorgeous gardens here!