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{Menu Monday} Canning!

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Good morning!  It’s the last week of July! How did that happen!?  We’ve had alot of fun this summer with trips, visits to the pool and playing with friends.

This summer, I’ve been getting into making whatever I can “homemade.”  I recently made tomato sauce in the crockpot!

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It was so easy.  I cut up about 8 regular tomatoes and tossed them in the crockpot.  I also put 2 cans of diced tomatoes (with the juices) in and then threw in a whole bunch of herbs.  I let it cook for about 8 hours on low and then used an immerision blender.  I poured it into cans and popped it in the freezer.  If I need tomato sauce, I just set it on the counter for the day and it thaws.  SO GOOD!

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My sweet friend Janee has taught me the art of canning.  We made zucchini relish and strawberry jam last week.  It was SOOO much fun and we made ALOT!  Janee is an awesome cook and she’s taught me so much about healthy cooking (although we’ve been known to make some less than healthy food-like snow ice cream!)  We have so much fun cooking together and she is a great teacher!

Here’s the menu for the week!  Have a blessed Monday!

Monday  

Breakfast-  Strawberry Jam toast

Lunch-  Cheesy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Dinner-  Skinny Taco Chicken Chili

Tuesday

Breakfast-  yogurt and blueberries and a smoothie

Lunch- leftover quinoa mac and cheese

Dinner-  Deer steak and veggie side

Wednesday

Breakfast- Cowboy Cake

Lunch-  Black Bean and Sweet Corn Quinoa

Dinner-  Paleo Chicken tenders and homemade fries

Thursday

Breakfast-Cowboy Cake

Lunch-  Creamy Tomato Pasta

Dinner-  Crispy Cheddar Chicken

Friday

Breakfast- Maple and Brown Sugar Oatmeal muffins

Lunch- leftovers

Dinner-  Double Bean Mexican Lasagna

Have any awesome canning recipes?  Share them in the comments!

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  1. I could use some tips on canning! I did it for the first time two summers ago when we had a really good crop in our garden. Mostly tomatoes. Then last year nothing grew at all, and this year, the weather has been so crazy that my cucumbers, zucchini and squash rotted from all the rain, but I’ve got a lot of healthy tomato plants! So I’ll be canning tomatoes!
    I had high hopes of relishes and pickles and jams, but not this summer!

    I’d love a tutorial on the jams and relishes if you ever feel up to that?
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  2. I LOVE to can! I have never thought of making sauce in the crockpot and it sounds like I should only do that for things I put in the freezer but I usually use my trusty Ball Complete Guide to Home Preservation. The things I don’t follow the book for are peaches and applesauce, which I do from memory because I’ve done them every summer I can remember! 🙂 I have a detailed explanation of that here: http://reprezent98201.wordpress.com/eat/canning-peaches/. We also are blessed in the Pacific NW to have awesome peaches so I know not everyone can do this…

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