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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…

  • Peach Muffins - It's A Delight.com
    Summer

    Peaches!

    It’s peach season here in my area and we love peaches! So we headed out to pick peaches and the girls and I had to refrain from picking more than I knew this downsized clan could eat. They were so ripe and juicy and just wanting to be picked and put into our baskets. If you have peaches in your area, I want to encourage you to take an afternoon and go pick some with your kiddos; what a memorable time you will have! Back home, we enjoyed them lots of yummy ways. First we just enjoyed a bowl full of fresh sliced juicy peaches! To skin them, we drop…

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    Summer

    Festive Fourth

    Thought I might share a couple fun things I’ve seen to make for the Fourth of July… These July 4th Layered Drinks topped with cute sparkler straws are festive and fun!   My daughter and I sewed up some small Quilted Pillows in festive patriotic fabrics to set on my porch bench. We just used up some scraps of fabric we had on hand and we got creative cutting and sewing them up. We added some buttons by hand and they were done. I did most of the cutting and she sat at my machine and did all the sewing. She is just learning to quilt and so it was…

  • Summer

    Cream Puffs

    Every spring, we always find a reason to make cream puffs. And then again, we’ll find another reason to make them in summer… So today I decided the next daughter down needed to perfect her cream puff skills. And neither brothers nor dad ever argue when a daughter is getting another cooking lesson! Matter of fact they would look forward to it when they arrive home from work! Cream puffs are so easy to make. Don’t shoot for perfect and they’ll turn out great every time! The Puff Preheat oven to 450 – important with cream puffs! ½ C butter (not margarine!) 1 C water 1 C all-purpose flour ¼…

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    Summer

    Father’s Day Strawberry Cake

    Check out this great cake for Father’s Day! It looked so lovely, I just had to try it! Don’t you love Pinterest? I do! Follow me here to keep up to date with the wonderful pins like this one that I come across!  This particular pin didn’t link to a recipe, But here is a step-by-step of how I made one, if you don’t know where to start. All I did was bake a white boxed cake mix in 2 round cake pans. I used whipped cream for my frosting, because my husband so dislikes icing and frostings……..and because fresh whipped cream is so super easy and spreads so nicely…

  • Homemade Barbecue Sauce - It's A Delight.com
    Summer

    Make Dad Feel Special

    Do you  need a quick and easy to make Father’s Day gift?  Here’s a couple ideas that are nice and useful gifts and even the kids could help you make! How about a jar of Homemade BBQ sauce….. My dad’s birthday is in June so I made him a jar of homemade BBQ sauce  because he loves to grill (don’t most dads!)   It’s a perfect Father’s day gift. Here’s the basic ingredients and all it takes to whip up a quick jar of BBQ sauce – … 4 cups ketchup 2/3 C brown sugar 1 Tbsp. vinegar 1 Tbsp. Nama Shoyu – a fermented soy sauce (any soy sauce…

  • Summer Cake
    Summer

    Summer Vacation Cake & Cookies

    I have always done something fun with the kids when school was finished up and summer was about to begin. So, again, even with my youngest and last one at home, to celebrate finishing her school and the beginning of summer, I let her bake a cake and get out all the cake tips and decorate it all by herself. For a beginner, she didn’t do too bad!  This is the time to step back, Mamma, and let them HAVE FUN!!!!  Don’t wait ’til it’s too late, that’s a recipe for regret. Of course the whole kitchen was consumed by her fun (or mess some might say ) but most…

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    Summer

    Summer Lemonade Jar

      My daughter and I wanted to give a gift to her music teacher. We wanted it to be a fun and summery gift and so we made a Summer Lemonade jar!  I spotted the idea here.     It was so quick and simple. We put some green shreds and some fresh lemons in the jar and then my daughter just typed out the recipe on the computer and glued the recipe inside a card she made using yellow checked paper.     She then wrote a little note of thanks to her teacher on the inside as well, so it had her personal touch…..and Voila! It was done!…

  • Summer

    Chocolate Zucchini Cake

    Here’s a simple moist summer cake to make and help use up some of those Zucchinis that grow abundantly in your garden.   This cake is so yummy and moist, it doesn’t need frosting.  (it’s the shredded zucchini that makes it wonderfully moist).  Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and this cake makes an excellent dessert all will enjoy and they’ll never believe it has zucchini in it.   Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe: 1/2 cup butter –  softened 1-1/4 cups sugar  (I substitute Rapadura or Sucanat for all the sugar) 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup olive oil 2 eggs 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour  (I use part…

  • Summer

    Mango Tips

    Here’s a quick tip for cutting a Mango Cut bottom of mango off. Now stand upright on cut bottom as seen in photo. Simply run a paring knife down the sides and off comes the peeling– it’s that easy. Now just slice the fruit off the pit and use. You can cut the peeling off a lemon the very same way.