How to Make and Can Tomato Sauce- Waterbath and Pressure Canning

If you’re anything like me, any time you purchase something ready made from the store, you wonder if you can make it at home. (Can I get an amen I’m not the only one who has these thoughts?)How to make and can tomato sauce. Love the instructions for using the water bath or the pressure canner. A girl can never have to many canning recipes!

So if you ever opened a jar of store bought tomato sauce and thought, “how can I make tomato sauce at home” then you’re going to love today’s post. And if you ever wondered how to make your own cream soups for recipes instead of the condensed chemical filled ones from the store, then you’ll love my processed replacement make your own cream of soup replacement. Now that’s a whole lotta foodie love happening.

You might think organic tomato sauce isn’t too expensive to purchase from the store, but all of the tomato sauce in my neck of the woods from store, even organic, is in metal cans. And we all know tomatoes are a bit acid, which means the bad chemicals in the metal cans is leached out at a higher rate than regular vegetables. You can read Why You Should Never Use Canned Tomatoes here.

So what’s a person to do? Make their own tomato sauce of course. And I’ve got just the homemade tomato sauce recipe for you, with canning instructions for both the water bath and the pressure canner. Yep, because a girl can never have too many options or canning recipes. Right?! Continue reading

Podcast #33 Make Homemade Jams and Jellies Like a Pro

Learning how to make homemade jams and jellies like a pro is easy and great way to preserve your summer harvest of fruits, berries, and even peppers. Jams can be made both savory and sweet.Podcast on making homemade jams and jellies like a pro. Love the tips for using low sugar or honey and how to avoid using store bough pectin.  Love the test for making sure your jam will set once cooled. And knowing which berries to add acid too for shelf stable, priceless!

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How to Smoke Cheese at Home

Learning how to smoke cheese at home is a bit easier than I thought it would be. When something tastes so delicious I often think it’s way more complicated than it actually is. I love cheese, but when you add in the smokey goodness…. well, let’s just say I’ve been known to eat an entire wedge of smoked Gouda all by myself. In one sitting.How to smoke cheese at home

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Do Natural Insect Repellents Work? + a Recipe

Do natural insect repellents work? I used to wonder that same thing. We live in the lovely Pacific Northwest, and though we don’t have Alaska size mosquitoes, we’ve got our fair share.Do natural insect repellents work? I had no idea what was in the commercial stuff. This is the only spray we'll use from here on out. And it only costs $1.28 to make!

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Grandma’s Heavenly Chocolate Mayo Cupcakes & Caramel Frosting

My great-grandmother passed down many things in our family, and though I never knew her, I still think of the woman she was whenever I use her recipes or sieve when making applesauce, raspberry jelly, and blackberry syrup. I know she was a God fearing woman and an excellent baker. I wonder if she had any idea her legacy would live on in my home.Make this easy homemade chocolate may cake with no cook caramel frosting that's been passed down in our family for over 4 generations. No dairy and so moist you won't believe it doesn't have any dairy.

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Honey Whole Wheat Buttermilk Sandwich Bread

Are you ready for the best ever sandwich bread? Funny story, I’d been making homemade sourdough bread for my son’s lunches at school. Every night he came home with an empty lunch box, good sign, right?Honey Wheat Buttermilk Sandwich bread recipe. This melts in your mouth and is so light, you'd think it was made with regular white flour. My husband thanked me for making this bread it was soo good.

I thought so until one of the ladies from our church who works in his lunch room pulled me aside one Sunday. Continue reading

Homemade Chocolate Caramel Covered Marshmallows with Sea Salt

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Just the name alone has me drooling. Chocolate…caramel…covered…marshmallows… and sea salt. Say it really slow with me. Your mouth is watering, isn’t it?

Homemade Chocolate Caramel  Covered Sea Salt Marshmallows Recipe here http://melissaknorris.com/2014/02/04/homemade-chocolate-caramel-covered-marshmallows-sea-salt/ These are so easy and best part gluten and gmo free! Perfect for the kids to help make.

I wanted to make something fun for the kids (okay, and me and my husband, too) for Valentine’s Day. Continue reading

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Bars Recipe Gluten Free Dessert

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I came up with this recipe when I was going through sugar and gluten withdrawals. Going without dairy didn’t phase me much, but the no sweets rule was killing me while my husband went on our strict detox diet.Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Gluten Free Bars These ooey gooey are the perfect thing for your chocolate fix with no guilt, because they're dairy free, gluten free, and processed sugar free! Recipe here  http://melissaknorris.com/?p=3354 Repin

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Simple Life Sunday #2 Featuring DIY Honey Lip Balm

Welcome to the Simple Life Sunday. I hope you enjoyed all of the great articles we featured last week. I truly wish I could highlight each one for you, but I promised to share my favorites with you and I couldn’t pick just one…. so I’m sharing two. Simple Life Sundays A Blog Hop Tons of articles devoted to homemaking, homesteading, recipes, livestock, DIY, devotions, and all aspects of living the simple life www.MelissaKNorris.com

One of the reasons I’m so excited for this hop is because it’s truly my hope and intention that my articles and writing inspire you closer to Jesus. Serving Him is my life’s goal and this is one of the ways I hope to serve you. Continue reading