aspen & pine

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Month: November, 2014

grape juice

grape juice | home canning

This post is a little late, since the grapes are all gone here, but I still wanted to share my grape juice with you. It is the easiest thing I’ve ever canned, and tastes delicious (although nothing like the store bought kind)! We always drink this mixed with seltzer to make sparkling grape juice on the holidays with my family.

Directions: Wash and preheat jars. Place 1 cup washed and stemmed grapes into each clean, hot jar. Add 1/4 – 3/4 cup sugar, and fill each jar the rest of the way with boiling water. Stir a couple of times, wipe rims, and screw on clean lids. Process in a hot water bath for 20 minutes. This juice gets better with time. To use just strain the grapes out and serve.

Enjoy!

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homemade bread

I made bread today since we ran out yesterday. Fresh bread is the best thing, right out of the oven with butter melting into it. I used Pennies & Pancakes oatmeal bread recipe, only I reduced the sugar to 2 tsp. It turned out great. (Except for the spot that burned in the top. It rose so high it touched the heating element in my little oven!) I have been sick for a couple days and my Mother-in-law sent some delicious homemade chicken noodle soup home for me. I finished it up today with a slice of this bread, and it was so good!

This week I loved:

A simple place to live by Courtney Carver is about what the meaning of home really is.

A really neat pen pal story between a ten-year old american girl and an enemy of the United States, the dictator of Panama.

I would love to try this new drink.

This is a post from last year, but I thought it was lovely, and found it when looking up information about Keen’s bern baby bern boots.

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minimalist journal

I found a three pack of these for a dollar at the dollar store. They are much cheaper than moleskins, but still cute! I am using one to help me work through what stuff I want to keep in my life, and what to edit out. I am having trouble getting rid of things, but really want a clutter free and clean looking environment in our home. To start I am answering some questions from Into Mind’s blog, which the links to are listed below. This way I can really focus on what Jordan and my’s needs and priorities are. For example since we have our own photography business, we have some extra items I need to make space for (like camera and video equipment).

This week I loved:

When being “frugal” actually costs more, some advice that fits into a minimalist lifestyle.

Minimalism: a beginners guide and how to start living a simpler, more intentional life in 9 easy steps from into mind.

I have to admit that I am a terrible tea horder! Here’s a tip from the kitchn to keep that stash in check.