Gum Drop Fudge

I guess I really should have posted this recipe before Christmas but I simply ran out of time! The past two weeks or so have been so busy that when I actually get to my laptop to post I find I am typing 2 or 3 posts at once to get them done and posted. I sure dropped the ball getting to this one lol!

This is another version of a condensed milk fudge…. which means it is quick and easy to make and can be done entirely in the microwave!

(The cookie trays assembled!)

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Salsa for our Christmas Preserve Baskets

I had fully intended to make this salsa in the summer when I had easy access to fresh tomatoes. You know what they say about good intentions??? Well, my intention was to make it in the summer but ended up being the week before Christmas and I had to use canned, diced tomatoes instead of fresh. It still turned out well but would have been even better with fresh! This salsa would make for a great snack with your favourite tortilla chips or even crackers, or used in whatever recipe you have that calls for salsa.

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Cinnamon Hard Candy

Here is a nice Christmas treat and very festive with it’s bright red colouring, that I made the other day for our Christmas Preserves Baskets. For the life of my I couldn’t find my candy thermometer so I had to make it the old fashioned way…. testing the syrup in cold water to determine whether it was done or not. Thankfully it turned out just fine but I still wonder about my candy thermometer…. maybe Dillon stole it lol.  A funny story… when Dillon was little I can remember him trying to stay home from school, saying he wasn’t feeling well.  I told him we would have to take his temperature to see if he had a fever.  He was expecting the normal thermometer, so when I went into his room carrying my rather large candy thermometer he was unexpectedly cured lol! Poor Dillon, with his mother’s strange sense of humour!

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BBQ Rub – Gift in a Jar

I cannot believe how quickly Christmas is sneaking up on us.  I thought I was so prepared but I am finding that I am not anywhere near as close as I thought I was! I spent pretty much the whole weekend in the kitchen getting some of my Christmas baking done and I am pooped!  I also made this BBQ rub to add to our Christmas Preserve baskets for this year! It is so easy to make and a great addition to any gift!

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Taco Pickles

Saturday I was so busy that typing didn’t even enter into my day.  I made these Taco Pickles and 4 different kinds of Christmas goodies. I haven’t even started wrapping yet but at least everything else is getting done… albeit not as quickly as I would have liked lol.

These also go by the name Mexican pickled vegetables but I’ve always called them Taco Pickles and they will make a great addition to our Christmas Preserves baskets this year!

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Green Tomato Relish

I ended up with a whole big bowl of green tomatoes in my garden that I knew with the cold weather fast approaching were not going to ripen.  I didn’t want to just toss them over the fence for the cows, that seemed a waste of the fact I was actually able to grow vegetables this year.  I decided to try an old recipe I had for a Green Tomato Relish.

The smell of relish cooking is delicious…. it could taste awful but it sure makes the house smell nice. I only ended up getting 5 jars of this relish but it is still better than having wasted them!

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Canning – Christmas Baskets – Preview and Review

Yesterday I was asked what sort of items we added to our Christmas baskets last year.  For the life of me I couldn’t remember.  I thought it would make a great post to share the recipes we canned last year for our baskets and also, what we have going already this year.

Everyone seems to love receiving the Christmas Preserves Baskets that we make up each year.  I love to make gifts for people and receive gifts made from others.  There is something really touching knowing that someone spent time and effort to make a gift just for you and the fact that chances are while they were making it, they were thinking about you!

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