• Grape Juice - It's A Delight.com
    Fall

    Visiting a Vineyard

    Today I took my daughter to a hidden little vineyard which was so absolutely beautiful! We picked a bushel basket of lovely grapes in the late summer sunshine. Then we headed back home to make the rich purple grapes into canned Grape Juice. It was such a memorable time and she loved it! We canned up 14 quarts of sweet grape juice. Its really quite easy and the word we use to describe the deep rich taste of this juice is……. heavenly! To Can Grape Juice Step 1: First my daughter and I sterilized quart jars, rings and lids. Step 2: We washed all the grapes in big bowls of…

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    Fall,  Summer

    Pepper Jelly – Easy Gift Idea!

    Have you started thinking Christmas gifts yet?   Now is the perfect time for making and putting things up for Christmas time. After receiving a couple jars as gifts and then tasting it at three different parties last Christmas, I asked myself why I had not made this fabulous jelly yet! So this summer I started collecting pepper jelly recipes and I want to encourage you to give pepper jelly a try too, I think you’ll be glad you did. It’s so festive to have on hand to serve at Thanksgiving, Christmas or even New Year’s. Whether you make it red or green, either way it’s super easy to serve…

  • Fall

    Caramel Apples… Yum!

    Make caramel apples with your family this fall weekend! These are fun and taste delicious. Homemade caramel apples are super easy! Wash and DRY 7-9  apples (Honeycrisp is our favorite apple). Push a stick down into the center of each.  Set apples aside while you make the caramel. Caramel recipe: In a sauce pan put 2 cups Brown sugar 1 cup Light corn syrup 1/2 cup butter (not Margarine!) 1 can of sweetened condensed milk. Boil this creamy mixture until turns dark like caramel and thickens – about 20min total. Now Cool it some (approx. 10 min) so your caramel doesn’t just fall right off your apples. Next most importantly stir…

  • Fall

    Homemade Donuts

    Every fall in late October we make HOMEMADE DONUTS!  Even my grown kids come back home for this.  We invite family and friends and anyone else to come over for fresh Homemade Donuts and Hot apple cider. We have been making this recipe since my oldest son was 6 years old that was over 19 years ago.  Having a flock of 6 children, I needed something fun to do instead of taking them out trick or treating, so we made Homemade Donuts together!  It’s a fun thing to do as a family.  Often we played really fun games during this evening too.  Once we made them, they wanted to repeat this…

  • Fall

    Cranberry Candle Cups

    These Cranberry Candle Cups are warm and elegant for your holiday dinner table and are so easy to make.   They can be very pretty on your mantel as well. Choose some glass bowl type candle cups like in the photo. I have several different sized ones that I like to use. Set a white votive candle in the glass bowl Next just layer in fresh cranberries around the candle. Add some fall leaves, acorns and seed pods and its very pretty. For Christmas time you can use pine greens, pine cones, and fake red berry picks instead of fall leaves an acorns. Tip: You can find candle cups like…

  • Fall

    Folded Turkey Napkins

    These are fun to do with your kids for your Thanksgiving Table.  My girls always love to make our table look really pretty for our dinner. You can make them a couple days or even a week ahead and just keep them ready for your Thanksgiving Table. In the picture (at right) we used some fall printed dinner napkins that were 9 x 9 inch square. For the instruction pictures below we used a folded 9 x 9 inch  burgundy cloth napkin.  Either works fine.   Turkey Napkin Instructions: 1. Fold the napkin into a square and turn it so it looks like a diamond, have the folded point down…

  • Fall

    Turkey Cookies……. Are A Thanksgiving Tradition Around Here

    I first saw these when a friend brought them to a Fall Church Potluck about 12 years ago and we have been making them ever since. Here’s what you need: Striped cookies Large malted balls (in bulk sections is where they carry the big ones) Chocolate stars Candy corn Chocolate chips – for melting which is your “glue” Here’s the easiest way to put these together. Melt about 3/4 cup of chocolate chips in a frosting bag watching carefully in the microwave til soft and squeezable.  Snip the corner so you can squeeze it out easily. 1.  Lay your cookies in rows on a tray – as in photo below,…