Easy Crockpot Apple Butter

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It never seems to stick around that long here though because my kids LOVE Apple Butter and I love that I know exactly what’s in it. The longer you let this cook the thicker it gets… we like it THICK so we always let it cook just a tad bit longer.

I haven’t tried using anything other than sugar to sweeten this with but I think it would probably be ok to give it a go. This also freezes well if you don’t want to can it.

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Kids Cook Real Food: Your Kids Can Do More Than Lick The Bowl!

It was about two years ago when I happened to stumble across the Kids Cook Real Food site and I am so glad that I did. It has helped make a tremendous difference in the confidence my kids have with their cooking skills as well as taught me a few tips and tricks along the way. Continue reading “Kids Cook Real Food: Your Kids Can Do More Than Lick The Bowl!”

Apple Butter

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It really does taste so much better than the store-bought kind too and it makes the house smell so wonderful when it is cooking!

I’ll see if I can dig up my easier crockpot version too!

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Crockpot Pumpkin Butter

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This recipe here is a good one for canning and giving out as gifts though. It never seems to stick around that long here though because my kids LOVE ‘fruit butters’ and I love that I know exactly what’s in them. The longer you let this cook the thicker it gets… we like it THICK so we always let it cook just a tad bit longer. You can really try making butter ot of almost any fruit puree. I want to give this a try with my canned pumpkin soon!

I haven’t tried using anything other than sugar to sweeten this with but I think it would probably be ok to give it a go. This also freezes well if you don’t want to can it.

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Check Out Kirby’s Korner Shop on CafePress!

We are excited to announce that we have a ton of new products available on Cafe Press and we are working on getting more added shortly! Get some ‘Mr. Awesome’ or ‘Mrs./Ms. Amazing’ gifts for your special person while you’re there!

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It’s All About The Fudge!

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Yes! It’s that time of year when I make a lot of FUDGE! I’ll probably be sick of Fudge this time next week but it’s good stuff and everyone loves it so much that they request it every year.

In case you haven’t tried your hand at making Fudge or if you are just needing a couple of good recipes I’m reposting the links to our favorite varieties down below.

I’ve tried a lot of Fudge recipes in the past as we always loved my mom’s Fudge. When we moved to Florida we weren’t as close to my mom as we once were and I had to figure out how to make it for my family… well, it was either that or spend a fortune in gas driving to visit grandma everytime we got a hankering for Fudge!



The kids and I went shopping today for supplies and I’ve ordered a few really cute tins to put the delicious treats in. As soon as the tins get here we will get started in the kitchen.

I promise that these recipes are fairly easy to make and we always have great success with them. I love that the base recipe can be changed for different flavors and this makes it one of my favorite candy recipes ever!

Here are the links to some great Fudge recipes:

My mouth is craving some FUDGE! We hope you enjoy these as much as we do! If you have a favorite Fudge recipe or Christmas Candy recipe please leave a link in the comments below as we’d love to give it a try!

Our Favorite DIY Christmas Decorations For Kids in 2018

Have you been crazy busy this first week of December? How many of you have finished your shopping? How many haven’t bought the first gift yet? Well, I have been busy and my shopping is somewhere in between the two but I have a few ideas here that the kids can help with and they could double as really great gifts for grandparents and family members too!

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I also have a TON of ideas saved on my Pinterest… my newest board is Christmas Crafts 2018. Here’s a screenshot of just some of the ideas I’ve found:

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I think we are going to get really busy with crafts so be sure to keep an eye out for lots of pics! If you aren’t feeling crafty or just don’t have time to shop for craft supplies then check out the following links for Amazon deals that can be shipped right to your home and most of them include everything you need to start crafting and keep the kids busy while you finish your shopping!

The neatest Christmas crafting idea I found is this Tree Mendous Ornament Decorating Kit:

I’ve got this (and an extra for a gift) in my Amazon cart right now plus a set of extra ornaments to go with it. Continue reading “Our Favorite DIY Christmas Decorations For Kids in 2018”

Freebie Alert: A Disney Princess Valentine For All of Your Friends

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Look what I just found! And it’s free! Grab yours here but hurry because I don’t know how long this will be available.

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Freebie Alert: Winnie the Pooh Pop-Up Valentine’s Day Card

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Look what I just found! And it’s free! Grab yours here but hurry because I don’t know how long this will be available.

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Valentine’s Day 2018 Roundup

The past couple of weeks have been a bit rough around here. Mr. Awesome was sick and then the internet has been down for a bit. (I’ve been working on this post for a few weeks now but couldn’t post it.) Then my computer died… eek! Thankfully all seems to be better now and I am trying to learn the ins and outs of my new computer.

Valentine’s day is just around the corner so I wanted to share a couple of ideas and deals that I’ve found and some that I have tried out myself. (This post does contain affiliate links.) I’ll update this list if I find any other really good deals too!

Freebies:

Free Valentine’s Day Printable For Kids

DLTK’s Crafts for Kids Valentine’s Day Printables

Coloring Pages at Crayola

You can also check out my previous post here ,which I will be updating soon, for more ideas and activities.


 

 

 

Cute Valentine’s Cards:

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Freebie Alert: 101 Dalmatians Finger Puppets

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Look what I just found! This is so cute! And it’s free! Grab yours here but hurry because I don’t know how long this will be available.

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Precious Moments Sale!

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I know that many of you have been so super busy and may not have had a chance to check out the Precious Moments website that I linked to in our post last week but seriously you need to go check them out right now!

Their After Christmas Sale just started today and it includes almost all of their Christmas items with the exception of most of the Nativity Sets. This is a special sale so you don’t need a coupon code of any sort.

Some of these items are up to 90% off! Here are a few examples of sale items: Continue reading “Precious Moments Sale!”