One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Baking with Homemade Ingredients and Real Magazines

I don't subscribe to many magazines, but I do utilize my local library.   Just before the library closed for the holidays, I picked up a few of my favorites.  I also picked up one that I typically don't read - Ladie's Home Journal.

In this particular issue, I found another unique recipe, and one worth trying. Luckily, the recipes are also on-line, so I don't have to type it out, and I can direct you to the correct source.

Fruit Jam Crumble Bars
(Adapted from Ina Garten's Raspberry Crumble Bars)

I used the idea of Ina Garten's recipe, but utilized my home canned pear jam and homemade granola.  I initially wanted to use my canned wild black raspberry jam, but we ate it all.

I did not have sliced almonds and could have used more of the crust mixture, for the topping, but these were wonderful.  It was almost like eating pie with your fingers.

I used an 8 oz. jar of jam also, even though her recipe calls for a 10-12 oz jar.

And of course, my ultimate goal is to some day, use my own homemade butter.

Here is the link to the recipe for the granola.  It was in our local newspaper, and submitted by another writer who belongs to my Christian Writer's group. 

It was also one of the homemade gifts I gave this past Christmas.

Good Morning Granola

We are taking a trip to the library today.  They closed their doors just prior to Christmas and are opening them again today. 



onesimplefarmgirl2 said...

You have the new Mary Jane Farm. I shall have to go to Chapters to pick my copy up.Its too expensive to subscribe to here in Canada. I didn't buy the last two because I didn't care for the content. The one your showing looks good though. We are eating out the freezer and pantry. Did groceries yesterday and refuled fruits and a few items. Came to $66.00!! Friuts are expensive this time of the year. Snowing and cold here(-21C)-5F this morning. Can't get the house warm, so must keep moving.

Kristina said...

We are having a hard time keeping the house cold here too. Yes, fruit is horribly priced this time of year. Especially organic apples.

nancy said...

I really like a lot of Ina Garten's recipes, looks good! I gave up on Mary Jane's Farm magazine and cancelled it early. WAY TOO MANY ADS. Very disappointing :(

Candy C. said...

The bars look yummy! What a nice stash of magazines to go through. I have never looked at Ladies Home Journal.

Kristina said...

I couldn't renew my subscription to MJF magazine due to cutting back on expenses, so I rely on the last few issues and also get them at the library. I agree that there are an abundance of ads in it too. I do subscribe to Backwoods Home Magazine, as it is extremely helpful in self sufficiency and doesn't contain too many ads. I also subscribe to a writer magazine, but both of these magazines are not found in the library either. I tried to interloan them, from other libraries, and I could not get them timely. Some times, I am lucky to get magazines passed to me from my Mother too.

onesimplefarmgirl2 said...

I found MJF to have too many ads as well for items I can't get in Canada as is. I like the magazine but lately have found little in them. I had a subscription to Hobby Home Farm which I love and spread around to friends, but like you cutting expenses meant this magazine. I get Mother Earth and Permeculture from the library for the same reasons you like Back woods.Something to be said for having the written words in your hands and not on the screen.

Sam I Am...... said...

I love Ina Garten's recipes except for the ones that are fancy/smancy and call for expensive items from a gourmet store...LOL! But she does many simple things with fresh ingredients and makes them mouth-watering! Thanks for the link to the recipe and the granola one too!