Coffee, Chaos and Christ

The misadventures of a Mother and business owner.


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Basil Jelly

I tried an amazing new jelly recipe this year.
I always grow basil in the Summer because we love caprese salad. I just love the smell and taste of it. So I thought to myself, I wonder if there is such a thing as basil jelly. We all know how much I like making jams and jellies! So I did some searching online and I found a recipe by Taste of Home and tried it. It turned out wonderfully and it is now a favorite of mine. It is so unexpected and it turned out so pretty. I can’t wait to make more! 
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I have the recipe below or you can find it here  https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/basil-jelly/   
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Process: 15 min.YIELD: 6 half-pints.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 2 cups firmly packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 package (1-3/4 ounces) powdered fruit pectin
  • 3 drops green food coloring, optional
  • 5 cups sugar

Directions

  • 1. In a large saucepan, bring water and basil to a boil. Remove from heat; cover and let stand 10 minutes. Strain and discard basil. Return 3-2/3 cups liquid to the pan. Stir in pectin and, if desired, food coloring. Return to a rolling boil over high heat. Stir in sugar. Boil 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; skim off foam.
  • 2. Ladle hot liquid into hot half-pint jars, leaving 1/4-in. head space. Wipe rims. Center lids on jars; screw on bands until fingertip tight.
  • 3. Place jars into canner with simmering water, ensuring that they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil; process for 15 minutes. Remove jars and cool.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I have! Please let me know if you try it, would love to hear your comments.

Genesis 1:30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so.

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Going big or go home!

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So we stepped out of our comfort zone a little bit and have ramped up our gardening game. We plowed approx 1/4 acre and have planted several different types of pumpkins, cantaloupe, butternut squash and corn. Over 1,000 pumpkin seeds! How unreal is that number? We are going to have tons of pumpkins if most of the plants flourish. So exciting! This is addition to the normal garden we have every year. We will be sitting up a roadside stand to sell the fruits of our labor this fall. They kids are involved and working to earn some money, which they are super excited about. The money part, but not the work part.

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The crazy thing is, we just planted these seeds this week and we already have pumpkin plants popping through the dirt. So exciting and validating to see those little green plants when you have spent so much time and sweat getting everything perfect for them. Now we just need some rain so that we can give our well a little bit of a break.

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I think it is important to teach our children about hard work, that you have to work for the things that you want in life. Nothing is just given to you. These lessons are important so that our kids grow up to be responsible adults.

Genesis 1:29

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food.

 


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Are we turning into urban farmers?

Most of our friends think we are a little nuts, lol, but that is ok. Nothing tastes better than fresh eggs for breakfast, and they are so much better for you. We have 4 full-grown hens that we bought at the NC State Fair last year. Two La Fleche and two Minorca, they are all black with the prettiest feathers. I need to get some good pics of them so that I can post them. About two months ago we bought 6 new chicks and three ducklings. The chicks are a mix of White Leghorn and Rhode Island Red so they should be good layers. The ducks are  Rouen ducks, and well, we bought those because they were so stinkin cute. They are bred for meat but we are just keeping them for pets.

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Yesterday we had to go to Tractor Supply for more chicken feed and of course we couldn’t walk out of there with out some cute little babies, lol. Talk about obsessed, they are just so adorable to me that I have to bring them home. We bought 4 Batam’s and two more ducks. Maybe one day soon we will actually get the chicken coop completed. I think hubby is going to stop taking me a long to the farm supply store, lol.

 

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I am sure there will be many more photos to come. I just love these ladies and gents and they are so fun to photograph.


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Can I just say that I am in love with Kelly Moore Bag’s

I can not wait until I can order my first one, I have been drooling over them for over a year now. My favorite is the Libby in orange. Isn’t it stunning!

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Kelly Moore’s photography is amazing. You should check out her work. I can only hope to be as good as her one day. She also has amazing giveaways on her blog. She is currently doing one for Valentine’s Day. http://kellymoorebag.com/blog/ She is giving away some amazing prizes. Including a Kelly Moore Bag of your choice. If you haven’t entered yet you need to head over and sign up.

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You can shop for them here: http://kellymoorebag.com/?ref=1111 Check them out for yourself, you will fall in love too.


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I started a photography page…

So I have taken the plunge, of sorts, and started a photography website. Not that I think my skills are anywhere close to being good enough, but I take modeling photos of my kids for Boutiques to use on their websites, etc. People are always asking me who their photographer is and for links to their page. So I thought this would help me look more professional. I own Simply Posh Models on Facebook, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Simply-Posh-Models/192345754147823 .

I just purchased the book “Understanding Exposure 3rd Edition/Revised and Updated by Bryan Peterson”. It came highly recommended by some photographers that I admire. I am also hoping to take some classes in the near future.

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The link to my photography blog is www.AngieColemanPhotography.com Be sure to check it out if you get a chance or if you have any interest and let me know what you think.