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Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly

Wondering what to do with your homemade grape juice? Make grape jelly of course! It is a classic kid favorite that is easy to make and perfect for your pb&j!

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Growing up we ate one flavor of jelly.

Grape.

That’s it.

At home. Grape. In a restaurant. Grape. On toast. Grape. On a sandwich. Grape.

That was really all we knew and all we wanted.

No jelly here.

Want to know something? I have never bought grape jelly for my kids. Most grape jellies are filled with high fructose corn syrup. Not to mention the texture kind of grosses me out now.

But homemade grape jelly – that is a whole different story. Especially when it comes from juice you made yourself!

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No pectin. No canning.

The unique thing about my grape jelly is that I skip the pectin and the canning.

Most pectin contains dextrose. That’s just sugar, right? Well, yes, sort of.

But it usually comes from corn. My son is allergic to corn. So I don’t use pectin.

Instead I use gelatin and then freeze the jelly. That turns this into such a simple task. It takes about five minutes to make a whole batch of jelly.

This was my own experiment with creating an easy and allergen friendly grape jelly.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No complaints.

The consensus from my family? Great! Everyone loves it. Even the adults that grew up with more traditional jelly (both homemade and store bought).

My kids rave about it and keep asking for it on their bread.

We have been enjoying it on toast and on sunbutter and jelly sandwiches. I personally love it on sourdough bread. The contrast between the sour and sweet is delicious.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

No fears.

Are you intimidated by the idea of making your own grape jelly? Set those fears aside. This pectin free concord grape jelly is so easy!

Use your homemade grape juice or quality organic grape juice. Add some grass-fed gelatin and you’re minutes away from homemade grape jelly.

Your kids will love it, and you’ll feel good about what they’re eating. No more high fructose corn syrup, dextrose and citric acid for breakfast. Just whole, simple ingredients.

Once you get the freezer stocked with grape jelly grab some blueberry juice to make blueberry jelly! It’s another great addition to your morning eggs and toast.

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Pectin Free Concord Grape Jelly
Yields 7
Homemade grape jelly that is free of pectin and high fructose corn syrup.
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups unsweetened concord grape juice
  2. 3 cups organic cane sugar
  3. 6 1/2 tsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan combine the juice and sugar. Whisk.
  2. Slowly pour in the gelatin and whisk.
  3. Let sit one minute.
  4. Turn on heat to medium/low.
  5. Slowly whisk until the mixture is warm and the sugar and gelatin are dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Fill half pint glass jars, leaving 1 inch of head space.
  8. Put a lid on the jars and refrigerate until fully gelled, at least 8 hours.
  9. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks or in the freezer for up to 1 year.
Notes
  1. You may need to adjust the sweetness depending on the sweetness of the juice and your taste.
  2. You can increase the gelatin to 8 Tbsp. and pour the whole batch into molds or a glass pan to make grape gummies.
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Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Lemon Elderberry Gummies

Help ward off the back-to-school illnesses with a fun, fruity treat. Lemon elderberry gummies not only taste great, they are good for you!

Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

For many school is already back in session. For others it is only a week away. Either way there is one thing on every parent’s mind when school starts.

How long until the kids start getting sick?

As kids start spending more time inside and around their friends it is inevitable that germs will spread. There are many natural remedies to help your child’s immune system stay strong and avoid some illness.

One simple remedy is elderberry syrup. It helps ward off viruses and minimizes their severity. My kids love taking it right off the spoon.

Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Make it fun.

Another great way to add elderberry syrup into your diet is adding it to gummies.  Kids don’t even know they are doing something good for themselves by eating these fun, fruity candies.

The lemon adds some vitamin C along with the elderberry for even more immune support.

These gummies are also packed with grass-fed gelatin that is helpful for healing the gut and supporting the whole body. Plus it provides easy-to-digest pure protein.

Great for everyone.

I like to serve lemon elderberry gummies for breakfast and snacks or pack them in lunches for my oldest. They are great to have around for the younger kids as well. Even toddlers love to munch on gummies!

No need to buy fruit snacks. Most of them are filled with artificial flavors and colors.

Even if you buy the ogranic/natural varieties they still contain “natural flavor” which is actually almost the same thing as artificial flavor. And for kids like mine it has the same effect on their mental clarity and behavior.

Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Fast food.

Although homemade gummies may sound like a daunting snack to make it is actually very simple. Lemon elderberry gummies go from the pan to the fridge in about five minutes.

Simply mix the ingredients, heat and pour. That’s all there is to it.

You can get the kids involved with this project by letting them pick the shapes. See what candy molds your grocery store carries or buy some online. I like to use silicon molds so I don’t have to worry about putting hot liquid in plastic. Plus gummies are much easier to remove from the silicon molds.

If you don’t have any molds you can simply pour the warm liquid into a glass pan. When the lemon elderberry gummies are gelled you can cut them into squares or any shape you like.

No lemon juice on hand? You can use blueberry, cherry or lime juice instead. Try all four varieties and see what your kids like best.

Are you looking for easy, healthy snacks for school lunches? Are you looking for easy ways to help keep your kids healthy?

Lemon elderberry gummies are just what you’re looking for! Fruity, fun and healthy. Whip up a batch to start the school year right.

Lemon Elderberry Gummies | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Lemon Elderberry Gummies
Yields 25
A fun, fruity treat to help ward off colds.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup organic lemon juice
  2. 2 Tbsp. elderberry syrup
  3. 1/2 cup honey
  4. 4 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin (NOT collagen)
  5. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a small saucepan combine the lemon juice, elderberry syrup, honey and salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. Add the gelatin and whisk to combine.
  3. Let sit one minute.
  4. Heat over low-medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture is warm and has become liquid again.
  5. Pour mixture into molds or a glass pan (smaller pan for thicker gummies, larger pan for thinner).
  6. Refrigerate until firm, about thirty minutes.
  7. Remove from molds or cut into shapes.
  8. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
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Cherry Rhubarb Jello

Cherry rhubarb jello is the perfect kid-friendly way to use fresh produce and welcome summer weather.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

We have two rhubarb plants in our garden.  Most years we get a few decent stalks from them that I use to make a special dessert like crisp, ice cream, cake or even cheesecake!

This year our rhubarb plants were huge!  After making three strawberry rhubarb crisps there was still plenty left. That means it is time to experiment with new ways to use rhubarb.

I came up with cherry rhubarb jello.  This is the perfect, nutritious way to use fresh, spring produce in combination with last year’s freezer stash (we still have a couple gallons of sweet cherries left!).

The cherries give sweetness and a deep maroon color while the rhubarb gives a hint of tartness.  It’s the perfect combination.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry rhubarb jello makes a great finger food lunch addition or snack for kids.  The fruit provides vitamins while the gelatin provides easy-to-digest protein.

An added bonus is that cherry rhubarb jello is very allergen friendly.  Not to mention there is no food coloring or artificial flavor.  So it makes a unique and healthy treat for everyone.

Are you looking for a dish to pass at your next potluck or picnic?  Cherry rhubarb jello is just the thing.  You can make it in advance and both kids and adults will enjoy it.

Sometimes I even serve this for breakfast.  My oldest can take her time eating in the morning.  If we need to get out the door on time jello is great.  It is soft and easy to chew.

Don’t forget the really important part – cherry rhubarb jello is so easy to make!  Just cook, puree, add the gelatin and chill.  It takes about five minutes of hands on time.  Who doesn’t love that?!

Before rhubarb season ends grab a few stalks and make this fun treat to celebrate the end of the school year and welcome summer.

Cherry Rhubarb Jello | Homemade Dutch Apple Pie

Cherry Rhubarb Jello
Serves 12
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sweet cherries (fresh or frozen)
  2. 2 cups rhubarb, peeled and chopped
  3. 3/4 cups organic cane sugar or coconut sugar
  4. 1/4 tsp. unrefined sea salt
  5. 1/2 cup water
  6. 2 Tbsp. grass-fed gelatin
Instructions
  1. Combine the cherries, rhubarb, sugar and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into a blender. Blend until smooth.
  4. Return the mixture to the saucepan.
  5. Dissolve the gelatin in 1/2 cup cold water. Let sit 1 minute.
  6. whisk the gelatin water into the hot puree until dissolved, about 1 minute.
  7. Pour the mixture into an 8" square pan or a bowl.
  8. Refrigerate until firm.
  9. Scoop or cut into squares to serve.
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Christmas 2009

We had our Christmas dinner at home last night.  Mostly old favorites on the menu.  Yum!
(We ate some of the sea foam on Tues…that’s why it looks half eaten.  I cut off some pork for Rebecca so it could cool before I took this picture…that’s why it looks like it’s been partly eaten.)

Pork roast with fruit
Scalloped potatoes
Squash (I mixed in a little bit of pumpkin since I have some to use up…couldn’t even tell)
Green beans
Sea foam salad

Peppermint stick ice cream with hot fudge

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Red Cap Jello Salad

We are going to a church potluck tomorrow. I’m bringing a jello salad. I got this recipe from my mom. It’s very good. Easy to make but a little time consuming with all the steps. I got the first layer done this morning. I’ll do the top layer later today after that is set.
Red Cap Jello Salad

Bottom Layer:
1 pkg. (3 oz.) lemon jello
1 cup boiling water
1 pkg. (3 oz.) cream cheese
1/2 pkg. mini marshmallows
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
1/2 pint cream, whipped or 1 pkg. dreamwhip, prepared

Top Layer:
1 pkg. (6 oz.) strawberry or cherry (any flavor red) jello
2 cups boiling water

Dissolve lemon jello in boiling water. Add cream cheese and marshmallows. Stir until smooth and dissolved (I usually can’t get the marshmallows to dissolve completely…I just leave some tiny pieces). Chill until it begins to thicken (a/b a half hour). Fold in pineapple and whipped cream. Pour into 9×13 pan. Chill until firm.

Dissolve red jello in boiling water. Chill until syrupy. Pour over bottom layer that is firm. Refrigerate several hours or until set.

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Sea Foam Salad

Another recipe from Justin’s mom 🙂 This is really good! It’s almost like a dessert.

Sea Foam Salad

1 (3 oz.) pkg. lime jello
1 cup hot pear juice (from drained can)
2 (3 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1 can pears, drained
1 pkg. dream whip, prepared, with green food coloring added

Blend jello and hot pear juice in a blender. Add cream cheese. Blend. Add pears. Blend. Pour into a bowl. Let congeal in refrigerator. When congealed fold in green dream whip. Refrigerate until completely set.

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Thanksgiving Feast

We had quite a spread for Thanksgiving yesterday. I hosted, so I provided all of the hot dishes. I’ll post the recipes for a few of them. I made a 20 lb. turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, dressing, squash and green bean casserole. Family members brought corn souffle, pink salad, applesauce, rolls, pumpkin pie, apple pie and cheesecake. Everything was delicious. I didn’t take individual pictures of everything. But I got a picture of the table. I took a couple pics when I made leftovers, not as good as the original picture would have been, but better than nothing. I’ll post the recipes I haven’t shared on my blog yet. Now it’s time to decide how to use my leftovers 🙂 And I have to debone the turkey (no time last night).

Roast turkey

*This isn’t so much a recipe, just the method I used after doing lots of reading and wanting to do something simple for my first attempt.


1 turkey (mine was about 20 lbs.) butter

salt
pepper
garlic powder
chicken broth (or turkey if you can find it)
Remove neck, gizzard, etc. from turkey. Wash insided and out. Dry. Place on roasting rack. Sprinkle inside with salt and pepper (and any spices you wish). Tie with kitchen twine. Rub skin with butter. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Pour broth into bottom of pan (enough to cover bottom) Roast at 325 for about 5 hours. I roasted it for about 1 hour, then covered it with foil. I removed the foil for the last half hour to brown. Add more broth or water to pan as it cooks. I used 4 cups broth plus some water throughout the cooking. Remove from oven and let rest for 30 min. Cover with foil. Make gravy with pan drippings.

Crockpot Stuffing (from A Year of Crockpotting)

1 loaf bread, cubed and lightly toasted in oven
1 medium onion, diced
1 cup celery diced
1 cup tart apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 1/2 cups chicken broth (or more)
1 Tbsp. sage (I left this out b/c I didn’t have any)
1 tsp. marjoram
1/2 tsp. savory
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup raisins (my addition)

Add onion, celery, raisins and apple to crockpot. Add seasoning and butter. Mix well. Add bread. Mix well. Add broth and stir. Cook on high 2 hours. Stir. Add more broth if too dry.
*I stirred the stuffing after an hour or so and added more broth then. I also turned the crockpot to low after 2 hours to let it cook a little longer and stay warm until dinner.
*If you like the celery and onions super soft you could cook them in a skillet first.
*This stuffing was so good. Never would have guessed it came out of the crockpot. But it was nice to not have to take up more room in the oven. And I prepped all the ingredients the day before.

Green Bean Casserole (classic French’s or Campbell’s recipe)

1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup milk
pepper
4 cups cut green beans (frozen, thawed or fresh, cooked) or 2 can french style green beans drained
1 1/3 cup french fried onions

Mix soup and milk in 1 1/2 qt. casserole. Add beans, pepper and 2/3 cup onions. Mix well. Bake at 350 for 25 min. Sprinkle with remaining onions. Bake 5-10 min. more.

Pink Salad (family recipe)

1 small pkg. cottage cheese
1 small pkg. dry red jello
1 can drained pineapple (cubes, tidbits or crushed)
1 pkg. dream whip, prepared

Mix all together. Chill.

*This sounds like an odd combination, but it’s really good! You should try it.

Corn Souffle (got this from my sister)

2 Tbsp. butter
1 pkg. (8oz.) cream cheese
1 can (15 1/4 oz.) whole kernel corn (drained)
1 can cream style corn
1 pkg. (8.5 oz.) corn muffin mix (like Jiffy)
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup cheddar cheese

Preheat oven to 350. Microwave butter until melted. Add cream cheese, microwave for about 15 seconds or until cream cheese is softened. Stir until blended. Add corns and muffin mix and eggs. Mix well. Pour into greased 9×13 pan; sprinkle with cheddar cheese. Bake 40 minutes or until golden brown. Cool.

Hugs and Chips Cheesecake (got this from my mom…I think it’s a Hershey’s or Nestle recipe)

2 (3 oz.) pkgs. cream cheese, softened
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 egg
1 cup mini chocolate chips
1 tsp. flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1 (6 oz.) ready made chocolate pie crust

Chocolate glaze:
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
1/4 cup whipping cream

Heat oven to 350. With mixer beat cream cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat in milk until smooth. Add egg and vanilla. Mix well. Toss chips with flour. Stir into cheese mixture. Pour into pie crust. Bake 35 min., or until center springs back when lightly touched. Cool and top with glaze. Serve chilled.

Glaze:
Melt chips with whipping cream. Cook and stir until thickened and smooth. Immediately spread over pie.

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Orange Lemon Jell-O Salad

I got this recipe from my mom a long time ago. I don’t think I’ve made it in a couple years. It’s so good. But way too much to make for just Justin and me. I’m bringing it on Sat. when we have dinner with Ryan and Shannon. I’m excited to have it again. I took a picture this morning. It looks kind of sloppy once you’ve cut into it. But it sure is good!

Orange Lemon Jell-O Salad

2 small boxes orange Jell-O
2 cups hot water
2 cups mandarin oranges and juice
1 cup pineapple chunks

1 pkg. lemon pie filling (cook and serve kind)
1 pkg. dream whip

Make Jell-O in 9×13 pan. Add fruit when partially set. Let set completely. Cook pie filling. Let cool. Make dream whip and add to cooled pie filling. Spread on top of Jell-O. Let set.

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