Part 2 on “More Than a Soldier”, by Irene Onorato

Susan Karsten here! Following is my Amazon review of the novel, More Than a Soldier: Hank and Cindy! What a darling couple they make…too bad the road to true love holds so many obstacles. The past rears its head for both hero and heroine in this rollicking, delightful, scary, action-packed, and realistic romance. The romance […]

Grape Juice Recipe – for canning

To make the juice: In clean, sterile hot jars, place 1 Cup cleaned, de-stemmed grapes 1/2 – 1 Cup sugar Hot-boiling water to within 1/2 inch of top Put on lids and rings, and process for 10 minutes.   To use, strain, into a pitcher. It’s been a while since I made this, but I […]

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce ~ RECIPE

pumpkin coconut caramel sauce YIELD: about 3 cups (700 ml) dairy, egg, soy, oil and gluten free, vegan INGREDIENTS: 1 can (13.5 ounces, or 400 ml) full-fat coconut milk 1 cup (225 g) packed brown sugar 1 cup (245 g) pumpkin puree 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice pinch […]

Chocolate Sauce for Ice Cream – Home Made Gift #4 in a series

Recipe: This was a recipe originally from a TV chef called “The Mystery Chef”, and it is soooo ggggoooooddd. Coffee-Hot Fudge Sauce 3/4 C mini semi-sweet choc. chips 1/4 C butter 2/3 C sugar 4 t instant coffee crystals 1 5-oz. can of evaporated milk Place chocolate and butter in small pan over low heat, […]

Home Made Caramel Sauce – A Great Gift #3 in a series

Another super-easy, yet gourmet-delicious ice cream sauce recipe. Great for a small gift. 1 C packed brown sugar 1/4 C evap. milk 2T Butter 2T corn syrup In a saucepan, combine all ingredients. Mix well. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until heated through. Do not Boil! That’s it!! Everything you probably already have in […]

Butterscotch Sauce – Home Made Gift #2 in a series

The Recipe is super-simple. Makes a nice hostess gift, or Christmas gift for a favorite friend or relative. 8 T (1 stick) Butter 1 C brown sugar 1/2 C cream or evap. milk 1/4 t salt Cook the ingredients together in a double boiler or small pan over low heat until smooth and well-blended. How […]

Cranberry Caramel Sauce – Perfect for Gifting #1 in a series

Melt 1.5 Cups sugar with a pinch of salt in a skillet over medium heat without stirring for 4 minutes, then swirl until dark amber, 4 more minutes. Add a 14 oz. can of jellied cranberry sauce and 1/2 Cup of water, whisk until syrupy, 4 minutes. Add 2 t vanilla extract and 4 T […]

Cold Turkey Magic with leftovers, by Susan Karsten

From the Nov. Taste of Home Magazine, a VERY SIMPLE recipe caught my eye.  I think you’ll like this recipe*. Crispy Mashed Potato, Turkey, & Stuffing Patties 2 eggs lightly beaten 2 T finely chopped onion 1/4 t pepper 2 C leftover mashed potatoes 2 C leftover chopped cooked turkey 2 C leftover stuffing 2 T […]

Non-fat Powdered Milk – a Pantry Godsend

Don’t you sometimes cringe when you are running out of milk and your recipe calls for 1.5 Cups, and you know that will mean no milk for breakfast? It’s so easy to keep powdered milk on hand for cooking use. I have lots of information in this post to help you know the proportions of […]

Thrifty tip for Chocolate Chips, by Susan Karsten

Who hasn’t had the experience of running out of chocolate chips? No matter how many packages/bags you seem to buy, they are gone in a flash. My tip is that you can use half as many chips in most recipes if you use mini-chips. Same product, just smaller, and they seem to go further – […]