Homemade Strawberry Syrup Recipe & Canning Instructions

Last week, we headed south to my parents’ house in Central Missouri. We needed to help out with my ailing grandpa while my parents attended a wedding in Colorado. But I was also motivated by my dad’s garden. He has the most gorgeous strawberry patch this year and I L.O.V.E. fresh strawberries! I was surprised to find there so many strawberries that we couldn’t eat them all, and so this Homemade Strawberry Syrup recipe came to be to keep the berries from going to waste.

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Using the strawberries from his patch, we made the most delicious Strawberry Syrup you can imagine, and today I’m sharing with you how to make your own! But first, the back story on getting to the strawberries is in order…

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Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf

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Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf - great recipe to double or quadruple for the freezer. Early spring might be the busiest time of the year for me. With multiple kids playing ball, working hard to plant my garden, and the basic clean up after winter, I need quick menu options to fed my family or our diet goes downhill in a hurry. This Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf has long been a staple at my house. It comes together quickly and freezes well. I love having a loaf in my freezer for super busy days! It makes meal time a snap. And best of all, it’s a delicious way to sneak in some healthy spinach AND use up the surplus in my garden.
Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf Recipe IngredientsALDI is my top local grocery store choice. I am encouraged every time I go there by more and more organic options. I love that I can get in and out of the store in a hurry. And they have such reasonable prices! Feeding four hungry kids is expensive and ALDI helps me keep the grocery budget manageable.  I buy a lot of my groceries in bulk, but ALDI fills the gap when I need fresh fruit and other ingredients.

Spinach Mozzarella Meatloaf

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How to Make Homemade 12 Grain Bread

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Continuing with my Earth Month Challenge this week – I’m moving to food. Today, I’m showing your how to make a delicious, homemade 12 Grain Bread. Bread is often a source of hidden ingredients (potassium bromate, trans fats, monoglycerides, diglycerides, BHA, high fructose corn syrup, coloring, soy lecithin – to name a few). Since I’d rather not feed my family these ingredients, I’ve learned over the years to bake my own super yummy bread. Another bonus – baking my bread is also lot cheaper than buying it from the store!

How to Bake 5 Loaves of 10-Grain Bread in Under 2 Hours and a Wondermix Giveaway

One way that I keep my costs down is to grind my own flour. I buy wheat berries in bulk from Azure Standard and make my own flour for pennies on the dollar. Because I don’t have a lot of time, and I have six hungry people to feed, I need to bake a lot of bread very quickly. Using the right equipment, I’m able to grind my own flour AND bake five loaves of yummy bread in under two hours – from start to finish, including clean up time. That’s not all active time either. The bread rises for half an hour and also bakes for half an hour.

How to Make Homemade 12 Grain Bread and WonderMix GiveawayI grew up eating what I call REAL BREAD in Germany. Bread that crunches. Bread that’s made with whole ingredients. Bread that has flavor. We used to joke that American Bread was plastic compared to the German bread we bought from bakeries. You know what plastic bread I’m talking about, right? After I got married and started cooking for my husband and then later my kids, there weren’t many great bread options for me. The good bread that I could find was seriously expensive and out of my price range. After meeting a woman who ground her own flour and baked her own delicious bread in 2003, I think, I was hooked. And I have been grinding my own flour and baking my own bread ever since.
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March Meal Plan & 7, 30 Minute Tasks for Filling the Freezer

It’s March! It’s March! That means spring is coming. Here’s another month’s worth of recipe ideas plus seven more 30-minute tasks for filling the freezer! I hope you are enjoying these posts. I know they are really helping me stay on track.

March Meal Plan with recipe ideas for the entire month and 7, 30-minute tasks for filling the freezer #mealplan #menu #recipes #freezercooking

Monthly Meal Plan & 7, 30 Minute Tasks for Filling the Freezer

Recap from February’s Plan:

While I’ve always tried to cook some meals in huge batches to end up with extra for the freezer, planning my menu in this manner is relatively new for me. I explained the hows and whys in January’s Meal Plan if you need a recap. February’s plan worked pretty well for me. However, I did not end up with eggrolls for the freezer, nor did I make a double batch of the Spinach Enchiladas {though I did make them and I thought they were very good – the rest of the family wasn’t convinced!}. I did end up frozen, pre-cooked bacon, bacon wrapped egg muffins, more cooked beans, chili, beef barley soup, and a couple extra meals of Parmesan Garlic Chicken in my freezer!! This month, I am changing my Friday  category to be crockpot meals instead of pizza as Fridays are pretty crazy days for me and the homemade pizza just isn’t happening on that day. I’m also changing out one other day that wasn’t working so well, either – Souper Saturday. While I knew my family wasn’t huge on soup, I had hoped to convert them. Didn’t happen, so we’ll try something else this month.

Monthly Menu Ideas

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