Cilantro Jalapeño Hummus

{Today my friend, Karen is guest posting a recipe for hummus. Karen enjoys hosting a Cooking Club in her self-designed gourmet kitchen.  Enjoy! ~Kathy}

I love hummus after being introduced to it about a year ago. Although I loved it, making it was something that I didn’t think I wanted to tackle just yet because I thought it had to be somewhat involved. As I was looking through recipes the other day I came across this one. I looked through the ingredient list and had everything I needed except the main ingredient, the garbanzo beans. So, I determined in my head, before my cilantro went bad I would attempt to tackle this recipe. To my surprise, this was so easy! And delicious! This was the best hummus I have ever tasted! I loved it so much I shared it with a friend and now, today, am making my second batch.

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Simply Sautéed Chicken

 Healthy. Delicious. Meal. In. Thirty. Minutes. Simple.

Simply Sauteed Chicken with

Four Simple Ingredients:

Fried Apples

Looking for a quick and healthy dessert? Here ya go.

Fried Apples with

Peel a few apples. Cut into fourths and remove core. Slice.

Melt real butter in a ceramic coated skillet over medium heat.

Place the apple slices in the hot butter in a single layer.

Sprinkle with ginger, freshly grated nutmeg, and cinnamon. After about 5 minutes turn the apples.

Sprinkle with a light coating of coconut sugar. Cook for another 5 minutes or so until the sugar dissolves.

Very. very. good.

How to Can Apple Cider

Liquid apples all winter long!

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Canning your own apple cider is alot easier than you might think.

“It’s just like drinking an apple.” ~my friend Dana told me. And was she right!

Dana introduced me to canning apple juice a few years back. She took me and my  youngest daughter to an orchard where we collected ground apples and unharvested apples left on trees. Coolers and coolers full. She gave me directions to the Amish farm that has an apple press. Off we went. He pressed the apples and put the juice into buckets and jugs. We canned it into quart jars and it was a hit with family and friends.
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How to Can Applesauce

Apples!! Apples!! Apples!!

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My favorite food to preserve is apples. My kitchen smells like fall right about now. They are very easy to can and very delicious to eat.

Be forewarned!! Once you can your own applesauce, your family may not go back to store bought. Our daughters will only eat home canned applesauce, preferably chunky applesauce.

I love sinking my teeth into chunky applesauce.

Apples are easy to come by. Maybe you have a friend or neighbor with an apple tree or two who would be willing to share.   And if you’re lucky, you can find an orchard like the one I frequent. A beautiful orchard out in Amish Country. I usually get 3 or 4 bushel with each trip.
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Roasted Red Pepper Soup

If you like tomato soup, give this one a try. Perfect for a brisk fall evening.

Roasted Red Pepper Soup~


Every Child Deserves A Name

It’s been 20 years now and yet it seems like yesterday…

…the most difficult days of my life.

We were expecting our second child. Before we knew what was happening, within the first month it was over. A vapor as recorded in James 4:14. {HINT:Hover over the Bible verse for the NKJV.} Three months later, we found ourselves in the exact same situation. Initially, I had much appreciated support. But shortly thereafter, life surrounding me found it’s new normal. Almost, as if, those two lives never lived within my womb.

I grieved silently for years. Was I the only one who acknowledged their existence?  They were rarely spoken of. And even then, they were referred to as “The Miscarriages.” My arms ache for those little souls.

Memorial for Unborn Children~

Memorial For Unborn Children~ A sculpture by Martin Hudáček

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Homemade Liquid Handsoap

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this easy peasy recipe!!

My hair loves it too. I use henna on my hair and this gentle soap does not strip it.  When I first saw this recipe on Home and Family it actually was for shampoo! I tried it and liked it. I noticed when I used it my hands were soft. So…

I now use it in our liquid handsoap dispenser! Dr. Bronner’s alone in a dispenser tends to clog the pump. But this recipe doesn’t clog. Yay. However, it is much thinner than store-bought chemical laden liquid handsoaps. It shoots out the end of the pump. I tell my first-time users to cup their hands and “catch” it while pumping.

Homemade Handsoap~

Here is the simple recipe:

Equal parts: Aloe Vera Juice, Coconut Milk, and Dr. Bronner’s Liquid Castille Soap.

I generally will use ½ cup each. I store any extra in the refrigerator.

Dr. Bronner’s comes in a variety of scents made with essential oils. We prefer the Almond. I enjoy the Lavender myself but it’s kind of strong scented.  You can also add a few drops of your own essential oils.

I purchase the Aloe Vera Juice and Dr. Bronner’s either from Amazon or a local health food store. And the Coconut Milk in the Amazon link below comes in a 6 pack.  That is too much for our empty nest. Unless you drink alot of it or have a large family, that would last you a long time. I purchase mine one box at a time at Walmart.