Searching for a super easy quick decoration for Christmas? How about a gift for that special teacher, neighbor or friend.
Here is your answer. I used a tree, let your imagination go wild, snowman, reindeer or snowflake would make a great looking Christmas Jar Gift.
I filled min with jingle bells. Fill your with candy, cookies or some pretty colored rocks with a tea candle placed on top. Make several and place them all around the house.
Get the kids involved. Especial when it coms to painting.
1 quart jar (Clean the outside with rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball)
Cookie cutter or pattern of your choice
Filling for your jar.
Trace your cookie cutter onto the contact paper. Cut out and place on your jar.
Make sure all the edges are sealed down so no paint seeps underneath. Paint your jar and let dry. Repeat at least two more times or until the jar is completely covered. Let dry completely. I let mine dry overnight.
Carefully and slowly remove contact paper. Add ribbon and fill jar. ENJOY!
Traditional two crust Apple Pie made with my dear mother’s No Fail Pie Crust recipe. Making your own pie crust is not rocket science. Any one can achieve a beautiful tasting pie. Simple ingredients and I will give you simple instructions.
If you enjoy a crumble topping over the dough crust, don’t despair. Below I will share the link to Apple Pie Crumble.
If your still not sure about making your own homemade pie check out these links I have included on Use the Correct Pie Pan, Pie Making Tools and Pie In a Jar.
Earlier this fall I processed and canned my own apple pie filling. If you decide to purchase a can of pie filling, no problem. Maybe next year I can talk you into making and canning your own apple pie filling. The link is included below.
No Fail Pie Crust
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons salt
2 Tablespoons sugar
2 cup shortening ( I use Crisco)
1/2 cup cold water
Place flour, salt and sugar in large bowl and mix. Add shortening. If you don’t have a pastry cutter no problem. Use a fork and mix the shortening and flour until you have pea size crumbles.
Add cold water and continue to mix together. At the end I always use my hands to finish making the dough.
You can wrap the dough at this point and store in the refrigerator up to 2 days. Chill dough for 15 minutes.
Cut dough into 4 equal pieces. This will make two double pie crusts. Sprinkle flour onto your work service. Roll out dough. Place in your pie pan and trim the edges.
Add your pie filling. I use one quart of homemade canned pie filling. If purchasing your pie filling you will need 1 large can for a deep dish pie pan or 1 small can for small pie pan.
Roll out your second piece of dough. Cover the filling. Use your fingers to make a fluted edge or just take a fork and press down all around the edge. All you’re doing is sealing the two crusts together. Take a knife and cut off any excess dough.
Cut 3 slits into the top of the crust to help the steam escape.
Sprinkle the top with cinnamon if desired.
Don’t throw the pie dough away. Make Cinnamon Sugar Pie Crisps, the link is below. Want not waste not. Kids will love them trust me.
Pre-heat oven on 350 degrees. Place pie on a cookie sheet and place in oven. Bake for 1 hour.
Crock pot or slow cookers are a life saver in my opinion. A person can never have to many great recipes to be used with a crock pot. Please add this one to your list, it will become a favorite.
Nothing fancy about this recipe, just plain old great home cooking. I always make extra and freeze for those days I need something really fast. To freeze, place the steak and vegetables in freezer containers. Top with cooking sauce. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered dish. Add a little water if necessary for the sauce. Remember cook once eat twice.
1 Beef round steak cut into six pieces
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 large carrots sliced
2 celery ribs sliced
1 16 ounce can tomato sauce
2 garlic cloves minced
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add beef and shake to coat.
Place in crock pot.
In a small bowl, combine carrots, celery tomato sauce, garlic, bay leaf, Italian seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. Pour over beef.
Cover and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Discard Bay leaf.
Serve over rice, noodles or mashed potatoes. ENJOY!
Gluten Free Baking Mix for all my family and friends. Plus the mix can be stored at room temperature up to three months. This mix will make 8 cups. I usually double the recipe. Included at the end is a wonderful gluten-free Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe for you to get started with.
Use this mix for cookies, bars, brownies, quick breads, biscuits and thickening soups and sauces.