Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Two Fabulous Last Minute Christmas Gifts

This past year, we completed several reviews that turned into favorites and made our top ten list of reviews. Two of those vendors came out with new products just in time for the holidays...just in case you want to add it to your list! I might or might not have added it to mine! ;-)

The first is the long awaited Brinkman Adventures Season 3. The Brinkman Adventures are audio drama missionary stories featuring a large, adventurous family. This volume includes stories about Bible smugglers, Alaskan glacial hikes, and an escape from a Taliban prison. If you need a refresher about the Brinkmans, read my review from last April.

The Brinkman Adventures CD sells for $25 for a set of 4 CD's, or $17 for an mp3 download. They are also offering free shipping of the CD sets if you purchase for Christmas, through this weekend. 

Also, we raved about Clued In Kids and the fun treasure hunts that we reviewed in October. They came out with a new printable treasure hunt that can easily be downloaded for Christmas. The cost is $5.99 and it comes all ready to be printed and set up. It is called All About Jesus and has a lot of fun filled Christmas activities. 

 If you are still looking for a few last minute gifts, I would highly recommend these!

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Christmas Sale at Veritas Press

This past year we reviewed a self-paced history program from Veritas Press, and LOVED it! In fact, we are still using it, finishing off the entire program, even though the review has been already been written.

I wanted to pass along a tremendous sale that Veritas Press is having for Christmas. If you were considering trying out a Veritas Press program in your home school, this would be a great time to purchase. Program start dates can even be deferred until next fall - so you can even get a head start on next year's curriculum.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Sugar Plum Spice Jelly

This is a simple recipe I created to make a sweet Christmas jelly for homemade gift giving. One of my daughters described it as "hitting every type of taste bud in your mouth". I think that's pretty accurate. It's sweet with a tinge of fruity zest. We have really enjoyed it and I hope you will too!

You will need 5 small 8oz jelly jars with lids. Wash and sanitize your jars before starting, and then boil them in your canner so they are hot before adding jelly.

While your jars are getting nice and hot in the canner, boil 3 cups of water to make your sugar plum spice base.

This is a small batch jelly. It will make you 5 jelly jars with some extra to leave out for sampling. And you will want to sample....believe me!

I have to make several batches to ensure having enough to give away and satisfy my family too!

This jelly can be made gluten and dairy free as well.


1 box of Celestial Seasonings Sugar Plum Spice Tea
3 cups water
1/2 cup unsweetened apple or cranberry juice
5 cups sugar
2 tsp. butter (can safely be omitted to make the recipe dairy free)*
1 3oz. pouch of liquid pectin


Boil 3 cups of water. When bubbling, remove from heat, add the contents of one box of Sugar Plum Spice Tea, cover and let steep for 20 minutes.

Remove and discard tea bags. Use the tea for a base, and mix in juice and sugar. Stir well.

Set up hot jars on your workspace, ready to be filled when the jelly is done boiling.

Bring mixture to a boil and allow it to boil hard for about 2-3 minutes. Add butter and liquid pectin. Stir well. Stir continuously. When it gets back to a rolling boil, again allow it to boil for about 1 minute, then remove from heat.

Working quickly, use a ladle and canning funnel to fill jars, leaving 1/2" headspace. Use a long, slender tool, such as a butter knife, to carefully stir jelly, removing air bubbles. Wipe the heads of the jars clean with a damp cloth, then seal with lids and bands. (always helps to warm your lids before sealing - you want every part of the jar to be hot)

Place the sealed jars in the hot water bath canner, and boil for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set out to cool. Check lids for proper seal before storing.

Jelly may take up to a month to set, so make it early if you are planning on giving it away for Christmas. 

It is delicious on toast, english muffins, and quick breads.

*Butter is used to eliminate the foam that this jelly produces. If you omit the butter, take a moment to skim the foam off the top of the pot of jelly before pouring it into jars.

This recipe is the property of my blog - you are free to share - but please credit this blog post when doing so.  Thank you!!

Copyright 2012-2014 - "Be The One" -  All rights are reserved. No text, photos, or content may be reproduced without direct permission from the author.

This recipe has been shared at "Try A New Recipe Tuesday" with Lisa Boyle.

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