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Easy Mulled Cider Recipe Slow Cooker

How to make an easy mulled cider recipe slow cooker.  This is a great recipe for a crowd, and it can be served from the slow cooker for an easy drink that everyone can enjoy. Last year, I made mulling spices and mulled wine, but I didn't get to the mulled apple cider recipe.  The wine was amazing and made the house smell so good. We don't drink often, so I'm more likely to make this easy mulled cider recipe slow cooker for a gathering.  This way the kids and the non drinkers can have a delicious drink. I like making drinks in a slow cooker because it's hands off after you mix everything together.  You don't need to watch the temperature like on the stove because there's no risk of it burning. You will need to strain this mulled cider, but that's all that you'll have to do to get it ready to serve.  After you strain out the spices, you can put the hot mulled cider right back in the slow cooker for serving.

How to Deep Clean Laundry With Laundry Stripping

 Are your clothes dingy and rough?  Your clothes might have mineral deposits or laundry soap residue on them.  Learn how to deep clean laundry with laundry stripping for softer, brighter clothes. We live on a farm.  That means we have well water, and it also means that we get dirty. Our water isn't horrible.  I've definitely seen worse well water.  We have a whole house sediment filter and some iron. Our iron isn't terrible, but it's enough to make our clothes dingy.  We also have extra minerals in our water that cling to the fabric. I've also noticed that some our clothes are clean.  Because we get dirty working outside, new clothes get demoted to work clothes.  Unlike in our previous lives, we might have the same shirt for several years as a work shirt.  That's a lot of washing, and a lot of time for detergent and minerals to build up on the fabric. I learned how to deep clean laundry with laundry stripping.  I tried it on some clothes, and it really made a bi

Instant Pot Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

Learn how to make an Instant Pot pumpkin spice coffee creamer recipe.  This is an easy recipe, and you'll save money versus buying it in the store.  This recipe is also better for your since it doesn't have preservatives or other questionable ingredients. It's August, which means that it's almost Pumpkin Spice season!  Yes, I agree that it's too early, but I do love me some Pumpkin Spice lattes. I've been making my own coffee creamer for years, but I just discovered that I can make coffee creamer in my Instant Pot.  Seriously, what can this machine not do? I used to make my flavored coffee creamer on the stove, but I really like the Instant Pot method.  I usually make this kind of stuff while I'm taking a small break from homeschooling or working (or both!).   When I make it on the stove, I have to keep checking on it so it doesn't get too hot.  Now I can just dump the ingredients in to the Instant Pot and walk away.  I don't need to babysit it at al

Zucchini Canning Recipe - Faux Zucchini Pineapple

 Do you have more zucchini than you know what to do with?  This zucchini canning recipe is definitely one of the more interesting ones that I've made!  It's a faux zucchini pineapple recipe.  You start with several fresh zucchinis and end up with something that tastes just like canned pineapple. August 8th is national Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day.  My neighbors were safe because I found this faux zucchini pineapple zucchini canning recipe. I was looking for recipes like zucchini relish or perhaps even a zucchini salsa.  Instead, I found what has to be the oddest canning recipe I've ever seen.   I asked my dad about it since his mom canned a lot of foods when he was growing up.  My grandmother lived during the depression, so it sounded like something she would definitely make. He said my grandmother had never made it, but my aunt did make it.  I asked her, and she said it was amazing. So I dug out my water bath canner and grabbed my vegetable peeler

The Best Frozen Sweet Corn Recipe (How to Make Freezer Corn the RIGHT Way)

 How to make the best frozen sweet corn recipe.  Enjoy fresh tasting corn all winter with this easy preserving recipe. Although I do can quite a bit of food to preserve it for the winter, I don't ever can corn.  Instead, we make the best frozen sweet corn recipe.   I wasn't even going to blog how to make freezer corn since it's so easy.  Then I couldn't remember how long to blanch the corn, so I started researching. I was shocked that the top results had a completely different method than what my family used.  To be honest, their method looked easier. Thankfully, I did more research and found out why my family as always stuck with the same method.  I'll get into it in below, but it makes for fresher tasting corn when you get it out of the freezer.

Must Have Canning Supplies (And What You Don't Need to Buy Right Away)

Are you a first time canning?  Here are my must have canning supplies that you'll need to get started.  I also list some items that are nice to have but not necessary to get started. As canning season continues in full swing, many are looking into getting into canning for the first time. However, canning can be a very daunting task, especially for beginners.  Fortunately, information on canning isn’t exactly rare, and it can be an incredibly rewarding experience when done right. My mom didn't can, but my grandmothers did.  I was familiar with the basic process and the must have canning supplies.  I was fortunate in that a lot of canning supplies got passed down to me.  I was given a water bath canner, jars, and several tools that would become invaluable for canning. Following is the ultimate beginners guide on everything you need to start canning like a pro!

DIY Fabric Pumpkin Tutorial (No Sew) Plus SVG File for Cricut, Silhouette

Learn how to make a DIY fabric pumpkin tutorial.  This no sew fall craft is easy for kids or adults to make.  It has a free printable to hand cut the leaves or die cut them with the free SVG file for Silhouette or Cricut.    My taste has changed from orange pumpkins to more neutral colors.  When I decorate in the fall, I like to decorate for the entire fall season and not just Halloween and Thanksgiving. This DIY fabric pumpkin tutorial is no sew.  It's a great way to use up extra fabric that was left over from another project.  You could even use an old shirt, a stained table runner, or other piece of scrap fabric to make it. I used felt to make the leaves, but you can use a green patterned fabric.  I hand cut mine, but I also have an SVG file to make your own with a die cutter.

21 Frozen Dog Treat Recipes

Let your dog cool off with one of these frozen dog treat recipes. With 21 different recipes, you'll find one that your dog will love! Nacho, my chihuahua, is always cold.  He prefers to be under a blanket no matter what time of the year.  Dolphie, however, is a big goofy rottweiler.  He is constantly looking for ways to cool off. Nacho won't turn down a perfectly good treat, even if it is frozen.  Dolphie, however, just loves frozen treats.  He will eat them with peanut butter, fruit, pumpkin, sweet potato, or yogurt.   He does not care. When we are outside in the pool or working, I tie the dogs outside so they can hang out with us.  I'll toss them a frozen dog treat to cool off and have a little snack before dinner time. Here are 21 different frozen dog treat recipes so you can find one that your pup will love. Frozen Dog Treat Recipes Several of these recipes call for yogurt.  I use my  Instant Pot cold start yogurt recipe  because it has a mild flavor.   For more dog tre

Blueberry Air Fryer Bagels With Greek Yogurt

Learn how to make blueberry air fryer bagels with Greek yogurt and no yeast.  These can easily be made as a plain bagel.  I added some chia seeds and flax seeds for some extra fiber and nutrition. When I got my air fryer, I really didn't know what to do with it.  The kids liked using it for fries and nuggets, but I really didn't use it for much else for a long time. Then I started seeing more and more recipes on the Internet, and I started using it for more things.  Now we use it for all kinds of foods, and I prefer the air fryer to turning on the oven, especially during the summer. My kids love blueberry bagels.  I had never made them before, but then I came across an easy way to make bagels in an air fryer.   I played with the recipe and added some chia seeds and flax seeds to sneak in a little bit extra nutrition.  I also added blueberries for their vitamins and minerals and for the taste. These blueberry air fryer bagels with Greek yogurt are easy to make.  My kids are all

Instant Pot Cold Start Yogurt Recipe

Learn how to make Instant Pot cold start yogurt.  This saves money and gives an incredible flavor with about 15 minutes of prep work. I use a lot of yogurt.  We eat it as a breakfast or snack, and I use it in cooking.  I had always wanted to try to make my own, but I didn't want to buy another appliance.   To be honest, making my own yogurt looked complicated.  If it's complicated, it's probably not happening on a regular basis. Then I got my Instant Pot with the yogurt function.  I didn't have to buy a new appliance, so of course I had to try making an Instant Pot cold start yogurt recipe. We like yogurt, but we don't like sour yogurt.  With the Instant Pot, I can make my own to our taste, so I can get a mild yogurt. I only make unflavored yogurt.  We like different flavors, so we can add flavoring by the cup.   I also use the plain yogurt in cooking, so this way I only have to make one batch.  I use the unflavored yogurt in place of sour cream and cream cheese in