Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Applesauce Variations - ROSEHIP APPLESAUCE

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Applesauce Variations - ROSEHIP APPLESAUCE

I absolutely love applesauce!  Not only does it taste delicious but it's also very healthy!  Even though I adore this preserve, I do like to change it up a bit by mixing flavors.  Two years ago I shared with you my:
Blackberry Applesauce Recipe 
(click HERE to read the entire post)
Today we will be mixing the wonderful flavors and textures of rosehips and apples.

ROSEHIP APPLESAUCE
You will need to make your rosehip puree first and freeze it since apples and rosehips ripen at different rates.  My rosehips are ripe in August and apples usually ripen at the end of September and into October.

ROSEHIP PUREE
1.  Harvest your ripe rosehips. 
2.  Prepare rosehips for preserving (click HERE to learn how)
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3.  Place prepared rosehips in a stock pot and add just enough water so that they do not burn (not too much water though).
4.  Bring to boil and simmer over low heat for about an hour stirring often (you might need to add a little more water so that it will not burn).
5.  Turn off the heat and let the rosehips cool in the pot overnight or about 10 hours.
6.  Put the rosehip mash through a food strainer - click HERE to view the strainer that I use.
7.  Freeze this rosehip puree until apple harvest

APPLE PUREE
(I always make plenty of apple puree to make various types of applesauce.  You will have extra puree left over to make plain cinnamon applesauce as well as the rosehip applesauce)
2 "six quart baskets" of apples (washed, drained & cut in half)
about 4 to 6 cups water
a little lemon juice to stop the apples from turning brown

Place the prepared apple halves in a large stock pot and add the water (the water will NOT cover the top of the apples - the purpose of the water is to prevent the apples from burning and to add a little more fluidity to the sauce).  Place the stock pot on a burner over medium heat until you see the water at the bottom start to boil - then cover and turn down the heat to simmer.  Simmer for 1 hour - stirring occasionally.
Before you heat the apples they should look like the first picture below - after simmering they should look  like the second picture below.




Allow the simmered apples to cool (I usually simmer the apples at night and remove from the heat and let them cool overnight).  Now you will need to use a food strainer click here to view the food strainer that I use).  This strainer will remove the skins and seeds from the sauce.  Continue adding the cooled & simmered apples until they have all been squeezed through the food strainer.  Set aside until next step.

COMBINE THE APPLE AND ROSEHIP PUREES
First you will need to thaw the rosehip puree for at least 24hours in the refrigerator.
1 cup rosehip puree
4 cups apple puree
sugar to taste

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Stir together until combined both purees and some sugar (start with a small amount of sugar and then build up to your taste as it boils).  Bring to boil over medium heat and then turn down and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour (IMPORTANT - Make sure that you stir often).  While the sauce is simmering you should gather your canning jars, lids and rings (you will need about 3 pints). (see Canning Basics - Jar Sizes). Also, gather all other canning supplies: (see Other Canning Supplies)
Start the water boiling for Jar sterilization: (see Sterilizing Jars & Lids) .
By now your jars should be sterilized and ready to be filled. Take the jars out of the boiling water (I use my jar remover and make sure that the water is drained out of each jar).  Ladle the applesauce into each jar making sure not to go above the bottom of the threads on the jar.  Continue filling until all of the applesauce has been used up.  Wipe the rim of each jar with a damp cloth making sure that any sauce residue is gone (any residue left on the rim can stop the jar from sealing).  Place a sterilized lid on each jar and then tighten a ring on each jar.  Place all jars in a "Water Bath Canner" and process (boil) the filled jars for 20 minutes (make sure that the water level in the Canner is 1 inch above the tallest jar)
After boiling for 20 minutes remove the jars and place them on the counter or table to cool (I always place them on a cloth because there have been a few times when a jar cracked and then the contents oozed out making a mess - the cloth will help if that happens). You will hear the wonderful popping sound of your jars sealing.

ENJOY!

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Tuesdays with a Twist Blog Hop #286

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Monday, October 15, 2018

You're the STAR - Week#3 FAMILY (October 2018)

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Welcome to week#3 of the October "You're the Star" Blog Hop!
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This week is FAMILY feature week
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This is a month long Linky party featuring YOU!
There will be 4 different features each week and 4 different feature categories.  Just to be clear - this is NOT a themed party - you may link up ANY family-friendly blog posts any day of each month. 
The "theme" occurs in our weekly features:
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Sunday, October 14, 2018

Becoming a Christian Soldier - SHIELD OF FAITH

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Becoming a Christian Soldier - SHIELD OF FAITH
 Today we continue learning about "Becoming A Christian Soldier" and learning how to "put on the full armor of God" (Ephesians 6:11) - Now, I have to be very clear - I am NOT talking about becoming a physical soldier and I am NOT saying that you should go out and physically fight (although I appreciate and respect anybody who has served or is serving in our army, navy or air force).  What I'm talking about in this series is on a spiritual level.  If you look at Ephesians, chapter 6 verse 12: "For our struggle is not against flesh and blood..." that is the exact point - we are not talking about a physical fight and we are not talking about physical training.  Becoming a Christian soldier is all about our relationship with God;  about our spiritual training and about our spiritual self.

A few weeks ago we learned about who our enemy is and then most recently we learned about the FEET FITTED WITH THE GOSPEL OF PEACE.
Click HERE to read INTRODUCTION to this series.
Click HERE to read "STRENGTH FROM GOD"
Click HERE to read "4 Ways To STAND"
Click HERE to read "BELT OF TRUTH"
Click HERE to read "BREASTPLATE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS"
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Our God is all powerful, all knowing, He is our Protector and Provider - He would never throw us into a battle without fully equipping us first.  Today we continue learning about the "full armor of God" and specifically "the shield of faith

It is interesting to me that there is an order to the verses in Ephesians chapter 6 - first we must prepare, train and draw from God's power "after you have done everything" - verse 13 ) and then we must STAND.  It's not all about the preparation, eventually we must "do" or "act" - we must implement what we learned in our training.


What was the shield in a Roman Soldier's attire during Jesus' day?  
The shield was an oval shaped protecting gear that was light enough to be held in one hand but large enough to stop arrows from penetrating the soldier.  It wasn't just held in place - the soldier moved the shield up and down or left and right.  When the soldier saw which direction the enemy's arrows were coming from, he had to move that shield to intercept the weapon zooming at him.

I find the use of "flaming arrows" in the highlighted verse above very interesting.  Roman Soldiers truly did use flaming arrows but in today's scripture we are talking about "flaming arrows of the evil one".  Remember, the evil one is Satan; the devil a.k.a. the Christian's enemy.  "The flame" infers eternal damnation but to me it also symbolizes sin.  Whenever I do something wrong;  whenever I have sinned, I feel this burning rush of guilt flow over me - it's hot & fiery almost like an embarrassment flush (only worse).  This happens when the evil one's flaming arrow has penetrated my spiritual body and it happened because I did NOT have my "shield of faith" in hand.  These "flaming arrows" can come in the form of temptation and deception and can be subtle.  This flaming arrow could fly by you from behind and just catch your clothes on fire - you won't notice until you are fully engulfed in flames.

The only way to extinguish these deadly arrows is to "take up the shield of faith."  This is action on our part.  We must cling to the shield and move it in the direction necessary to smother the arrow.
  
I looked up the meaning of faith in the dictionary: 
faith - belief in something that cannot be seen, trust in & loyalty to God, confidence in a person, thing, deity or doctrine.  Conviction, assurance, devotion. 

This "Shield" is our Christian faith - which comes from accepting the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ who died for our sins.  It is this faith, conviction, belief, devotion that is the only weapon that will continually protect us against the evil schemes of the devil.  Our Christian assurance is the only thing that will stop Satan's temptation & deception.


Be sure to have the Shield of Faith in hand at all times!  Making sure to move it in the direction that will extinguish all arrows!


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Friday, October 12, 2018

Find The Crawlers & Critters - HIDDEN PICTURE SEARCH GAME

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HIDDEN PICTURE SEARCH - Find the Crawlers & Critters GAME

Do you remember as a child playing those hidden picture games?  Well, I so enjoyed those games as a child and I thought it would be fun to do something similar with my 2018 garden photos.

Here's how it works:  there are 23 photos listed below and in these photos are insects or critters (some more visible than others).  Also, there are 2 insects that are totally unfamiliar to me - so if you are able to identify them please leave a comment below (Thank you).

All photos were taken by me (Angie Ouellette-Tower) and the sunflowers were all grown in my garden.

© (2018)

TOTALS - In all photos combined:
12 bees
1 beetle
1 spider
1 slug
2 butterflies
1 bird
1 worm
1 lightning bug/ firefly
1 moth
2 flies
2 mystery bugs
1 ladybug

(click HERE for the ANSWER KEY)

PICTURE #1
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #2
C - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF9462_zpsfeabfery.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #3
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #4
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

PICTURE #5
by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF9531_zpstbw5l165.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #6
C - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF9243_zpsmukdt0am.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

PICTURE #7
C - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF9437_zpsjxma22cu.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #8
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #9
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower

PICTURE #10

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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #11
C - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF9455_zpsas8vffcu.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #12
C - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF9625_zps0o7oamqo.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #13
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #14
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #15
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #16
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #17
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #18
C - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF9450_zps1uljusyf.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #19
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #20
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #21
C - by Angie Ouellette-Tower for https://www.godsgrowinggarden.com/ photo DSCF9242_zpsseh1rogd.jpg
photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #22
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower
PICTURE #23
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photo by Angie Ouellette-Tower


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