So as I was writing the title for this post I was thinking of doing something clever like “Pump up the jam” or “My Favorite Jam” or “Jammin’ with some Homemade Jam” but then I was thinking how cheesy those are so I decided to play it safe with the above title. Anyways now that we got that all cleared up, let’s pump up the jam! …….yep that still sounds pretty cheesy :)
But seriously let’s talk about how delicious this stuff is! And not to mention how fun and easy it is to make!
All you need is honey, a little lemon, cranberries, and your favorite berries of choice!( fresh or frozen)
I used up some frozen blueberries and raspberries. And it turned out to be awesome.
And what I find so cool is the cranberries act as a natural pectin! How neat is that!
My Favorite Jam
Adapted from: http://thenourishinghome.com/2012/03/jumble-berry-jam-gf/
– 1 cup cranberries
– 1 cup honey
-4 cups berries of your choice ( fresh or frozen)
– 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
– a pinch of lemon zest
– Set a medium sized pot on medium high heat.
– add in honey and all berries, and let come to a boil.
– turn the heat down to medium low, until it becomes simmering.
– continue to simmer for twenty minutes. Keep a close eye and stir every now and then.
– use the back of a wooden spoon or heat proof spatula to smoosh berries that are still whole.
– for ten more minutes keep on heat.
– If still liquidity keep on heat a little longer. ( keep in mind that jam will thicken as it cools)
– take off of heat and stir in lemon juice and zest.
– fill mason jars with jam and let cool on counter with no lids.
– once cool put lids on and place in fridge.
This jam is perfect on toast, scones, biscuits, shortbread cookies, yogurt, and it makes the perfect PB & J sandwich. :) mmm…peanut butter:D
These are a must try! so what are you waiting for go make some Oh snap gingersnaps! and enjoy the fall weather or if you’re like me and live somewhere hot wait for the weather to come!
http://apronstringschef.blogspot.com/2013/01/gingersnaps.html here is where you can get the recipe that I used! It’s my favorite blog!
Hi everyone! Let me just start out with saying how excited I am to be participating in my first blog recipe contest! Hosted by COOKIESANDCUPS and CONFESSIONSOFACOOKBOOKQUEEN! These happen to be some of my FAVORITE blogs that I check regularly to read their fun and yummy recipies and funny stories! So anyways when I first decided that I wanted to enter this contest I brainstormed and brainstormed and went through all their recipes, trying to come up with all these ideas of what to make. Let me tell you it was not easy! As my family might say that’s not a shocker cause I don’t make up my mind easily. I take a good long time to think it through. Some might call it over thinking but I like to think of it as thinking of all the possibilities! ;) anyways I wrote down a list of ideas for both cookies and cups and confessions of a cookbook queen’s recipes. Their were alot of recipies! Then I decided that maybe I wouldn’t do it, but then I was looking at all the cute and creative entries already people had linked up and I was certain that I wanted to participate in this great opportunity! And then more brainstorming and thinking came along, debates and whether to’s and whether not’s. Then I saw a picture of fudge on a blog and then naturally was hungry for fudge! I mean who wouldn’t be or is it just me? when ever you see a mouth watering picture i have the desire to make that recipe! Don’t you? See I knew It wasn’t just me! So back to my recipe, get this, you ready? I finally decided what to make for the contest! Drum roll please! FUDGE!!! Now moving on to the next decision what to add on to the fudge? Cause you know good ol’ chocolatey, rich, sweet, gooey, creamy, yummy fudge isn’t good enough by itself? Well heck ya it is! I’d eat it out of the bowl before it set if I wasn’t the proper young lady I am! who would never do such a thing!:D (hehehehehe) but this is a creative contest where you put your own twist on one of the many scrumptious recipes COOKIESANDCUPS and CONFESSIONSOFACOOKBOOKQUEEN have on their cute blogs! Plain old fudge would not cut it so I thought of what recipe to adapt from? And of course i thought of my favorite combination chocolate and PEANUT BUTTER!! yep thats right PEANUT BUTTER! I’f you haven’t noticed from my other blog posts I LOVE peanut butter! Ask any one I know they’ll probably tell you I’m crazy or wacky for it ‘ cause they may or may not have caught me eating a spoonful of peanut butter before. It’s just so yummy! Not that I’m admitting to anything!!:) well you know how that saying goes right? Something like Peanut butter is a girls best friend? Whats that your thinking? That’s not how it goes? Hahaha:D
So by now you guys should know how much i LOVE peanut butter! One of my all time favorite candy’s is a Reese’s cup (especially the holiday versions with the egg, hearts, pumpkins, trees, footballs, ect. i personally think they’re a little bit fresher tasting)! i mean who doesnt like the perfect combination of chocolate and PEANUT BUTTER!!! if you’re one of those people who DON”T like it well lets just be honest you’re crazy!! Well i guess i can understand if your allergic now that im thinking about it, one of the top allergies is peanuts so sorry if i just offened you peanut allergic people. your not crazy ! in fact I’m probably the one sounding ……….crazy :) oh well crazy is a good thing! i think. anyways my point is peanut butter cups are awesome (unless your allergic then they’re deadly) !!!! Reese’s are so easy to make your own home made version of! and they’re so much fun to make and eat! you can even customize them by adding stuff in them or topping them with fun sprinkles to look pretty! one of my favorites is taking a gram cracker and breaking it into smaller pieces to stick inside the p.b. cup and let me tell you its A-m-a-z-i-n-g ! another one of my favorite treats is a chocolate, Peanut butter covered gram cracker! they’re amazing! so by sticking the bit of gram cracker in ,its like a mini delish version! Try it ,it’s so good!!!! anyways back to the main recipe here just a simple p.b. cup and thats really what it is SIMPLE!!!! plus they’re way healthier, especially if you use dark chocolate!
Peanut butter ( unless your allergic )
* if desires add gram crackers, pretzels, etc.*
Step 1: In a microave safe bowl, melt chocolate chips in 30 sec intervals until melted .
Step 2: Stir melted chocolate and mix in some coconut oil. ( it creates a “magic shell” which basically hardens fast when cold)
Step 3: Use whatever size cupcake liners you want ,i prefer mini because i find its the perfect size! fill the bottom and try to coat the sides with chocolate. then put in freeze to harden.
Step 4: Take out after a few minutes, then place a preferred amount of P.B. in the center and top with more chocolate. (before placing top chocolate coat put in desired gram cracker anything else). Place in freezer for a few minutes to harden.
Step 5: Take out of freezer and pop one in your mouth to enjoy!
love your cupcake love’n friend,