The Process of Making and Canning Tomato Sauce

The Process of Making and Canning Tomato Sauce

Anyone remember how I shared a tip about Freezing Tomatoes to Simplify Sauce Making? Well, today I want to expand on that post, and discuss the process of making and canning tomato sauce at home.  Those of you who utilized that concept are already a step ahead for making their tomato sauce today. A lot of the prep work was already handled when the tomatoes were prepared for freezing. If you haven’t read that post, it’s ok. You can still make tomato sauce. Although you may find it helpful to check…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #36

Family Joy Blog Link-up #36

Thank you everyone! Family Joy Blog Link-up reached 210 posts last week! We are ready to hear from  you again. I made an awesome pumpkin bread this week. I got the recipe from one of you at this link-up. So keep the great recipes coming! Remember you can add up to three posts. Please remember to keep the posts family-friendly. Also remember I offer the chance for an extra feature for just my blog readers. It only appears on this blog. Leave me a comment below, include the # of your…

Cinnamon and Sugar Fried Apples

Cinnamon and Sugar Fried Apples

Here’s a yummy fall side dish to try for dinner¬†tonight. When I was growing up, we would have fried apples sometimes for dinner. I still make it for my own family. It’s a relatively easy dish, with ingredients that most cooks have on hand. And of course this time of year, there is an abundance of apples. I picked some up today from our local orchard. Always gather your ingredients and supplies first when cooking. It makes it less likely that you will forget to add something! For this recipe,…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #35

Family Joy Blog Link-up #35

  Once again we are ready for Family Joy Blog Link-up time! Last week was our biggest link-up ever, thanks to all of you! We had 199 posts added to the link-up. We would love to top that this week. Let your friends know they can add their family-friendly topics, DIY ideas, and great recipes. Of course leave your hosts a comment, and visit some other links. There’s some neat ideas to check out at these parties. We are also adding our 7th co-host! Crystal from Love Inspired Details has…

It’s Time for Canning Applesauce

It’s Time for Canning Applesauce

Fall is rapidly approaching with its cooler days, and seasonal foods. One type of fall produce that comes to mind for me is apples. There are many different tasty recipes that can be made with apples. And there are also multiple methods of preserving apples to enjoy them year round. The other day we talked about Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator. But today let’s talk making and canning applesauce! Normally I use Golden Delicious apples when I am canning applesauce. However, I was discussing what type of apples are…

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Healthy Family Fun Doing a 5k Run

Traditions are an important part of a person’s childhood memories. They also influence how each of us raise our own families. So I believe we need to create good traditions for our kids. Doing a 5K run together is a fun, healthy tradition that can be enjoyed as a family.  Last year my son and I participated in our first 5K Color run together. This past weekend we were able to do it again. It’s a family-friendly event, that even strollers are allowed in. Participants may run or walk based on…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #34

Family Joy Blog Link-up #34

  Whew! Super busy weekend we are having at our house! First, we decided to have a yard sale Friday morning. It’s a yearly event at a small town that holds a craft festival in the park, and tons of people have yard sales. It didn’t do as well as we hoped. So we extended it to Saturday morning. While my husband was watching that, my seven-year old and I ran a 5k Color run. He was so tickled to beat his mom, and came in at a little under…

Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator

Drying Apples Using a Food Dehydrator

About every fall, I like to utilize my food dehydrator for drying apples. I don’t know how much it matters what type of apples that are used. Usually, I use Golden Delicious. But I just used Gala apples recently, and it seemed to work out fine. For those interested in preserving their own food, this is another method in addition to canning and freezing. In the past, I still put my dried apples in the freezer, just in case I didn’t get them thoroughly dried. But  if they are done properly,…

Family Joy Blog Link-up #33

Family Joy Blog Link-up #33

  This week Family Joy Blog Link-up is welcoming another co-host, Shamira, from Smiling Notes. Please pay her blog a visit, and follow her on social media. She enjoys sharing recipes, and travel-related posts on her blog. We are still open to adding more co-hosts to share the fun, so let one of us know if you have any interest in joining the link-up party as a host. I again chose an extra feature this week from those who left a comment! Thanks to all who did that last week. Please do…

Delicious Simple Tuna Fish Sandwiches

Delicious Simple Tuna Fish Sandwiches

When there isn’t any lunch meat in the house, and you aren’t keen on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, what do you make? How about some simple tuna fish sandwiches? They are easy to make, and consist of basic pantry staples. Today, I want to share with you the method I use to make tuna fish sandwiches. It can be a nice back-up lunch idea when you haven’t had a chance to stop at the grocery store recently. *This post contains affiliate links.  I may receive compensation if you choose to click…