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11  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Baby food -- apples, butternut and acorn squash on: September 17, 2010 05:49:15 PM
I did the same thing when my kids were little and it saves a HUGE amount of money! I can only imagine what a jar of baby food costs today. I love the shapes and your little assistant chef is very adorable Smiley
I hope your post encourages more moms to try making their own baby food.
12  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Shower flower cupcake practice run on: August 29, 2010 11:05:52 AM
These are very cute! They are very pretty but I agree with changing the colours- they will look great with more vibrant colours.
Honestly, people either like fondant or hate it, (I like the marshmallow homemade one but not the packaged store bought stuff), so it's great that your fondant is on top of regular icing. It gives your guests options...they can pull of the decorations if they like. It's the best of both worlds. 
Good luck with the shower, I'm sure your friend will appreciate all your hard work!
13  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Tasty meals for beginners? on: August 29, 2010 10:43:45 AM
Everyone needs to know how to cook. You don't need to be a master chef but it never hurts to learn enough to make a nutritious meal for your family.
You might want to try logging onto www.allrecipes.com- it's a great site that has how to's (under tips and advice) and loads of recipes for anything that you could ever want to make. Members post recipes and other members rate them (only if they have tried them of course!)
When my son was taking a food and nutrition course at highschool, he found a great recipe for his final project. He had to plan and cook a meal for the family. He made  "Roast Sticky Chicken-Rotisserie Style" and it was delicious. The recipe was easy enough for a beginner to follow and the reviews helped him decide if he should make the recipe exactly as printed or tweak it a little bit (he reduced the salt!).
It's a great site for experienced cooks and fabulous for beginners! Good luck on learning how to cook and I look forward to seeing your cooking adventures on craftster!  Smiley
14  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Adorable Pacifier Clips! on: August 02, 2010 09:48:35 AM
I've been out of the baby age group for a long time now, I've got teens... similar to babies but more expensive Wink
so I have to be dumb and ask. The clips seem pretty small... are they a choking hazard?
15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: wedding afghans! (cell phone, how i loathe thee) on: August 02, 2010 09:35:26 AM
This is a great gift! It looks so contemporary- (not like a grandma's afghan) so I'm sure they will love it! Great colours and nice work Smiley
16  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Make ur own BUTTER on: July 30, 2010 09:57:13 AM
What type of cream did you use?
17  COOKING / Dessert / Re: 1st birfday cakes on: July 27, 2010 08:38:44 PM
I haven't tried any Duff products but it sounds like you liked them. I'll have to give them a try.
Very nice job! There is nothing better than a homemade birthday cake! Homemade = LOVE Smiley
Hope your daughter had a great day!
18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: 2 More Cute Hats!! on: July 23, 2010 10:55:50 AM
Cute-nice work! I have a baby shower gift I'm putting together and one of these hats would be perfect! Thnaks for sharing!
19  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Jam disaster turns into a jam save! on: July 22, 2010 09:11:24 AM
Really?? The blackberries in the grocery store are the same shape, with the hollow cup (except MUCH bigger and have a lot LESS flavour).
We do have some wild berries that have a longer shape and a white centre but I didn't think they were blackberries. The have an almost kiwi flavour... I've never had enough of the longer shaped berries to make jam so we just eat them.

 I usually add raspberries to the mix anyway since they are sweeter than the 'blackberries' so I guess technically it's black raspberry anyway.Well, whatever they are they are yummy!!!
20  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Jam disaster turns into a jam save! on: July 21, 2010 12:07:22 PM
I made some blackberry jam from the wild berries growing all around our house. They are so tasty and you can practically make jam for free when you don't have to pay for fruit!

Everything was going great until one of the batches just didn't turn out- it was sloppy. I was going to try to pass it off as ice cream sauce (lame I know but it was a moment of weakness!) until I went searching for a solution. On the Bernardin site (www.homecanning.com) they listed this as a solution for jam that didn't gel:

 For each 1 cup (250 ml) product, measure:

2 tbsp (30 ml) granulated sugar,
1 tbsp (15 ml) water and
1  tsp (7 ml) BERNARDIN Fruit Pectin.
 In a large, deep stainless steel saucepan, whisk fruit pectin into water. Stirring constantly to prevent scorching, bring to a boil. Stir in the measured jam and sugar.
 Stirring constantly over high heat, bring to a full rolling boil; boil hard 30 seconds. Remove from heat; skim foam, if necessary.
 Ladle into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch (0.5 cm) headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim removing any stickiness. Centre new SNAP LIDS on jars; apply screw bands securely until fingertip tight. Heat process 5 minutes in boiling water canner.

I gave it a try and it worked GREAT! You'd never know that it was a jam disaster and it saved all my hardwork. It's nice to know that you have options to fix your jam in case of emergency!
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