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Juniper’s Candy


I’m a day late, and always a dollar short. But better late than never right?

Today is the perfect day for JESUS … HE IS RISEN. Happy Easter everyone!

I’ve often wondered what the little bluish berries are on the tree in our front yard. I never thought too much about them until recently. We have to plan our resources and use what we have accordingly. Here today, gone tomorrow right? In Maine there are weeds that make an excellent side dish to pork chops or chicken. My grandmother could make dandelion greens taste so good. And fiddleheads are my favorite weed treat.

I did a little research and found that the juniper berries are actually used to flavor pork, venison, rabbit and duck. I’m so excited about this and can’t wait to actually try them. I’m going to make some fig chutney and try them in that. I will be happy to share my recipe if it comes out good.

With the times we live in I implore you to take a look around in your yard. What resources are there that you never imagined using?  With the internet at our fingertips research is only a few clicks away. Do it now because like toilet paper, you never know when it might not be available.




Welcome to the A-Z Blogging Challenge. This year I think it will bring a lot more people together with the epidemic going on right. Being quarantined means more people will flock to the web looking for things to do. This is a great way to meet new people. Maybe you will read something new, find a new hobby, or just be entertained by some random musings. Whatever the case may be, stay safe, drink plenty of liquids and enjoy the trip.

Ice Cream

ICE CREAM

1 can fat-free sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. salt
½ cup preserves, peach, strawberry, pear, or blueberry (optional)

Combine condensed milk, salt, preserves and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl. Mix well and set aside. In large bowl (use a large metal bowl that you have chilled in the freezer with the beaters for about 20 minutes) beat heavy cream until stiff peaks form when beaters are lifted out of mixture (about 5 minutes). Gently fold in peach mixture. Pour into a shallow 1½ quart metal pan. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze. After two hours or when edges start to harden, gently stir ice cream; spoon into air tight container and freeze for two – three more hours. Serve in waffle bowls with your favorite toppings. Keeps in freezer for up to one week…unless you are an ice cream-a-holic.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT:

87% of Americans have ice cream in their freezer at any given time.
An average American eats 48 pints of ice cream in a year.
A cow gives enough milk to make 2 gallons of ice cream a day.
Vanilla is the number one flavor people choose for ice cream.
Sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia is the real word for “Brain Freeze” which happens when ice cream touches the roof of your mouth which sends messages to your brain that signal heat loss causing the massive headache. Hold your tongue to the roof of your mouth which will warm the sensors and get your brain out of panic mode.

Links to Previous A-Z Challenge Posts:

Anderson Stew

Bruschetta

Chocolate Filled Peanut Butter Cookies

Dumplings

Elephant Stew

Funny Bone Cup Cakes

Grasshopper Pie

Hand-Me-Down Salad

Welcome to the 2018 A-Z Blogging challenge. This will be my fourth year. Every year I take on the challenge with hopes of disciplining myself to keep writing throughout the year as much, if not more than just through the monthly challenge. (It certainly is a challenge.) Some years are better than others. Some I just lose track of time. This year I have decided to put my favorite hobbies together. A recipe that is tried and true as well as some thoughtful insight. Please note some of these recipes have been shared before, however they have gone through years of testing and this is the perfected recipe. I really hope one of my recipes or “Food for Thought” inspires you to do something great. Enjoy the read and the photos, try the recipe, share your thoughts or comments, and most of all, have FUN with the challenge this month!

Cheers,

Anderson Stew

 

Welcome to the 2018 A-Z Blogging challenge.  This will be my fourth year I take on the challenge with hopes of disciplining myself to keep writing throughout the year as much, if not more than just through the monthly challenge. (It certainly is a challenge.)  Some years are better than others.  Some I just lose track of time.  This year I have decided to put my favorite hobbies together. A recipe that is tried and true as well as some thoughtful insight.  Please note some of these recipes have been shared before, however they have gone through years of testing and this is the perfected recipe.  I really hope one of my recipes or “Food for Thought” quotes inspires you to do something great.  Enjoy the read, try the recipe and photos, share your thoughts and have fun with the challenge this month!

ANDERSON STEW
2/3 cup dry cranberry beans
2/3 cup dry black beans
10 oz. beer
1 packet chicken flavored Ramen noodle seasoning
2 cups chicken broth
1 tbsp. butter
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, chopped
4 medium carrots, peeled and sliced
2 smoked sausages
½ lb. hickory smoked grilled chicken
½ cup uncooked rice
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ tsp. garlic salt
½ tsp. chili powder
¾ tsp. cumin

Cover beans by an inch with water and bring to a boil.  Boil for five minutes and turn off heat.  Let stand for one hour.  Drain and rinse beans. In large Dutch oven, sauté onions and celery in butter until onions are golden (about 10 minutes).  Pour in beer and add Ramen noodle seasoning; stir until dissolved and well blended. Add chicken broth, carrots, beans, rice, Italian seasoning, garlic salt, chili powder and cumin.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 1½ hours, stirring frequently. Add sausage and chicken and cook for 1 hour, or to desired thickness. Serve with your favorite biscuit or rolls.

Food For Thought:  Soup is for the soul what stew is for the appetite.  When we are sick we crave soup to make us feel better.  When we are hungry we need a stew to fill our belly.  There is no wrong way to make a stew. Want it thicker, add ¼-½ cup of instant potatoes.

Cheers,

Books by Crackerberries

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Blackhorse 2015

A regime of conspiracy, racketeering, and treason within the United States Military. The US Military is no longer what it used to be. After supervising military intelligence on Blue Duck Island Army Base, Sergeant First Class Jon Hunter is less than a month away from retiring to his hometown of Winston-Wisdom. Before he can enjoy his plans of fishing and skiing Sergeant Hunter has one more mission.

 

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Flowers for Elizabeth (under review)

A mother and daughter’s rocky relationship is put to the test in this poignant tale. Find out what happens when the grandmother babysits for young Elizabeth. She just wanted to help her G’ammy in the garden.

 

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Mildred the Strawberry Moose

What happens when a group of forest animals come together and help a fellow member in need?  Find out in this whimsical children’s bedtime story. Filled with pictures and lots of favorite forest creatures.

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Canning with Crackerberries

The best thing about walking into a kitchen is the smell coming from the pot on the stove. Here you’ll find a collection of old-time canning and preserving recipes from pickles to jams.

 

If you are interested in any of these books, just click on the book and you will be directed to the appropriate online purchasing page.

Cheers.