Weekend Giveaway: Tattler Reusable Canning Lids

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Today’s fantastic weekend giveaway is from Simple Bites sponsor, Tattler Reusable Canning Lids, and it’s a good one! One winner will take home a giveaway package of 100 regular lids AND 100 wide mouth lids with reusable rubber rings!

I’d say someone is about to be set for the canning season ahead.

Just because the roadside produce stands are buried in snow doesn’t mean we have to pack away our canning jars and declare the season over. There are still plenty of fun preserving projects to be made during the darker months of the year.

In some ways, canning in January is more enjoyable than during the hectic summer months.  In winter you can choose your recipes with leisure without fear of fruit over-ripening. There is more time for experimentation, and less of the panic that can come with the pressure of putting food up in July.

For your canning inspiration, here’s a round-up of inspiration for home canning in the winter months. From marmalade to chutney, there’s enough recipes to keep you busy until spring.

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How to Cook Apple Pie Steel-Cut Oats in a Slow-Cooker

This week I wholeheartedly embraced the slow-cooker challenge along with dozens of other bloggers. I stewed beans all day, simmered a vegetable stock, and combined ginger, coconut and chicken into a fragrant dinner.

I even used my slow-cooker for breakfast, something I’m going to be doing a whole lot more of, thanks to an ingenious technique discovered via Food 52 for overnight steel-cut oats.

As you’ve read, oatmeal in all its forms is one of my pantry essentials. We use rolled oats in our Overnight Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal, stir steel-cut oats for Brown Butter-Toasted Oatmeal with Roasted Pears, and often cook a pot of quick oats on those hurried Monday mornings.

Of all the varieties of oatmeal, my affections lie with steel-cut oats. However, I am less fond of the 30 or so minutes of cooking time that they require in the morning to reach the perfect creamy, yet toothsome texture. I had tried a few overnight versions, but found that, although convenient, they left the oats with a gummy consistency.

Fortunately, I have come across a completely new method that has – yes, I dare to say it – revolutionized our breakfasts. [Read more…]

Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Parsnips

Written by Shaina of Food for My Family.

If I look outside I’m greeted by a blanket of white. I’ve taken to wearing one of my husband’s sweatshirts around the house just to keep warm, and I’ve pulled out a pair of fingerless gloves to type in so that I retain a bit of feeling in my fingers as I tap on the keys.

I remember when I was younger. I would beg to put snow pants on over my jeans, hastily donning a hat that I didn’t bother to pull over my ears. I’d wear knit gloves that were soaked in minutes, and still, I’d continue packing the snow together, rolling it into balls and simply falling backwards into it, enjoying the split second of weightlessness that came with falling. [Read more…]

Slow-Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken & Vegetables

Given as a wedding present nearly ten years ago, my slow-cooker hasn’t seen nearly enough use. I tend to reach for my cherry red Le Creuset French oven for braising and stewing. However, as our family is growing and appetites are expanding, I can see the practical side of having a large crock pot and keeping it busy.

Still, I could use some help. I’m no seasoned slow-cooker chef, and can count my fails up there with my winning dishes. That is one reason why I was happy to have Kelsey contact me to participate in her week-long Slow-Cooker Challenge.

January is the perfect month to give that slow-cooker a permanent place on the counter top and our challenge is sure to fuel you with plenty of inspiration. Don’t own a crock pot yet? Both The Naptime Chef and my friends at Big Girls, Small Kitchen are giving one away this week! So hurry over and enter.

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Weekend Links & Giveaway Winners

We had our first major snowfall this weekend, making it the perfect time to brew a pot of tea and catch up on some reading. I’m really enjoying Mandi’s book, All In Good Time, and am delighted to announce the winners of my first Bite This Book! giveaway.

Two people will receive a copy of All in Good Time and they are:

Liz who said:

“For me, it will be anything that helps save money. We are on a TIGHT budget as it is and I may be taking a pay cut.”

oneshabbychick who said:

“I was drawn in by the cover hinting at the best time to remodel your kitchen! That is in my future and that’s the first tidbit I would want to look up. Thanks for the chance to win!”

Congratulations to the both of you! You have been notified via email.

A big thank you to all who entered! Remember, if you’re feeling like you need a leg up on getting organized in 2012, you can pick up your own copy of All In Good Time: When to Save, Stock Up, and Schedule Everything for Your Home on Amazon.

Now on to some more weekend reading! Here’s what caught my eye around the web this week…

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