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Apple Cider Cranberry Sauce Whole Berry or Jellied

Put a new twist on this classic with apple cider cranberry sauce.  This easy recipe can be made in about half an hour on the stove top. My oldest son is a very picky eater.  When he was 7 to 10, he ate 7 different foods.  He was even brand specific as far as most foods were concerned. Imagine my surprise when he ate cranberry sauce at a family Thanksgiving dinner.  I couldn't believe it! When a kid is that much of a picky eater, you let them eat new foods, even if they aren't the healthiest. He's 17-years-old now and eats a few more foods, but he's still a picky eater.  Most canned cranberry sauce is made with high fructose corn syrup, which is typically a no-no in my house.  My younger son has hyperactivity problems with HFCS, and it's not very healthy. So I started making my own cranberry sauce.  It's so easy to  make, I'm not sure why I waited to long to make it. Last year, I put a spin on the classic cranberry sauce and made this apple cide

Easy Rice Pudding Recipe With Cooked Rice Stove Top

How to make an easy rice pudding recipe with cooked rice on the stove top.  This dessert is delicious and creamy without using condensed milk.  When I was a kid, my grandmother always took rice pudding to pot lucks.  She usually did that so she could make it the day before and have it ready to go for Saturday afternoon or for Sunday after church. Her rice pudding was so delicious.  She baked it, and I remember it taking quite a while.  She would cook the rice, then make the pudding and bake that for at least half an hour. Sadly, I don't have her recipe.  I tried to find it after she passed, but the recipes were divided.  I'm not sure who got it, so I don't have her exact recipe. I do remember that she would put it in a pan and put that pan inside a pan of water.  It had eggs in it, so it was more of a custard. It was delicious. I have made baked rice puddings, trying to get her recipe or as close to it as a I can.  Usually when I want rice pudding, it's l

How to Make Dollar Tree Personalized Elves (Without a Heat Press)

How to make Dollar Tree personalized elves without a heat press.  These elves make great gifts, or you can add them to your shop to sell. I volunteer at a nonprofit, and being a nonprofit, they always need more money.  Since I have a Silhouette die cutter and a heat press, I make shirts and other things for them to sell. Last spring, I made personalized Easter Bunnies.  This year, I added personalizes elves.  They are quick and easy to make, and they sell really well. I was trying to figure out how to make without completely squishing them in the heat press.  Then I thought...what about a flat iron? A flat iron works great! How to Make Dollar Tree Personalized Elves These make great little crafts to add to your shop or give as small gifts.  They have a great profit margin if you're selling them. I sell them for $7 for the nonprofit, but most people sell them for $6.  Considering the elf only costs $1, that's a decent markup. Dollar Tree Elves I got my el

How to Cook Perfect Instant Pot Rice

Use your Instant Pot pressure cooker to make perfect rice.  No matter which model you have, you can have perfect rice for a side dish or for dinner in about 30 minutes. I'll admit that I'm not a rice snob.  For years, I made it on the stove top by simmering water and rice for 15 minutes.  It was an easy way to cook it, but the rice was mushy. We were content with our mushy rice mostly because we didn't know any better and partly because I didn't have a rice cooker.  Most people who have a rice cooker love it, but I don't have a big kitchen.  I just can't do one function appliances unless I use it all the time. I got an Instant Pot a few years ago, and I love it.  The first time I tried rice, I knew it was a game changer.  Now it's the only way I make rice. Learn how to cook perfect Instant Pot rice for your dinners. How to Cook Perfect Instant Pot Rice I have the Instant Pot Duo 6 quart model.  The 6 quart is a great size for a family of 5.

Autism or Homeschool Printable Chore Chart Customizable

Use this autism or homeschool printable chore chart to help your kids be more independent and remember all of their chores and class work. We've been learning at home for years, but we were using an online public school.  It was no longer a good fit for us, so we moved to traditional homeschooling this year. It's been a huge stress reliever for all of us.  We were so stressed out all the time.  All we did was work on school or worry about school last year. One nice thing about the online public school is that the lessons were done and there was a daily to do list.  With our new curriculum, we go by time and not the number of lessons. I started out the year with a planner for each kid to mark down their time and for me to assign which assignments to do each day.  I quickly found out that I can't assign assignments by the week because one lesson could take 15 minutes while the next one takes an hour.