Tuesday, July 26, 2011

How to flash freeze

Do you know about flash freezing?  I use this method all the time when preparing foods for the freezer.  Flash freezing is perfect for many types of foods, but is especially convenient for small foods you wish to have access to in individual portion sizes (such as peas, berries, corn, etc.). This is also a great method for freezing sticky foods that would make a mess putting straight into a plastic bag (such as meatballs, cinnamon rolls, or JW Potatoes).  It keeps them from adhering together in one large lump :)
When you flash freeze something, you set it, unwrapped, into the freezer until the surface hardens enough that they won’t stick to each other or all over the freezer bag.  Here is a pan of blueberries that are ready to flash freeze: 
By freezing them in a single layer, they will remain separate once frozen.  This allows you to scoop out just a few berries or several cups at a time and leave the rest in the bag or container.
After they are frozen, take them out of the freezer, place them into a freezer bag, and return it to the freezer until needed at a later time. . . 
Try it sometime!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Ranch Corn Salad

An easy, comforting recipe that is perfect for summer meals!  

Creamy Ranch Corn Salad
1 (16 oz) package frozen whole kernel corn, partially thawed OR 2 cans drained whole kernel corn
1-2 cloves garlic, minced 
2-3 chopped green onions
1 medium tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 cup diced red or green pepper
1 cup bottled ranch dressing (more or less according to taste)
Gently combine all ingredients.  Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.  Enjoy!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Friday etsy favorites


Large Wooden Shelf Ledge by Honeystreasures.  
Vintage Button and Lace Banner by Funkyjunkyart.
Primitive Americana Flag Banner by SchoolStreetPrimitiv.
Oaks of Righteousness- Isaiah 61.3 Print-It-Yourself artwork by DIYshoppe
Custom Primitive Stove Top Cover by CreekSideCountry
Shabby Chic Turquoise Book Case Storage Unit by Usacreations

Sunday, July 10, 2011

the Rockies

We still love them…

even when they lose – like, A LOT…

even when so many players are injured…

even when we vote approximately 17,386 times for Todd Helton to be on the All Star team..

and he doesn’t win.

even when we get the rare chance to attend a game. . . and.they.LOSE :)

My boys are so silly… never a quiet dull moment with those two! 


Two of my girls… don’t my daughter-in-law and daughter look a lot alike?!?

All together now:


Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday etsy favorites



i love you a BUSHEL and a PECK - Wearable Art Necklace by Mandipidy.
Round Handmade Pottery Mug by Twisted River Clay
Primitive Toaster Cover / Farmhouse Favorite by Sawdusty
Primarily..Chunky Interchangeable Watch Band by Which Watch Designs
Crochet Tea Cozy - Cream with flowers by Andrealesleycrochet
Handstamped Scripture Key Ring from Bracelets by Linda

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!!



Blessings to you and your families… may your Fourth of July be filled with true freedom.

Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”

John 8:34-36

Photo via Pinterest

Friday, July 1, 2011

Friday Etsy Finds














1.  Waving American Flag in Downtown Chicago – Photograph -- by AutumnDaisy.

2.  Newborn patriotic striped elf hat with star detail -- by perfectioKnits

3.  Red White and Blue Patriotic Memory Wire Bracelet -- by Emptynestegg

4.  Red White and Blue Knitted Washcloths - Set of 3 -- by rainydayyarnshop

5.  Star Quilt Card -- by Terrbear37


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