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Things I Love Thursday {Wine Jelly}

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Welcome to Things I Love Thursday (TILT) – a weekly roundup of things I’ve found on the internet that I love! Be sure to stop over at Kimi Who and read her post. She’s pretty much the coolest chick and my blog BFF! Just a few reminders – you can write your post on any day, it doesn’t have to be Thursday! We love looking through everyone’s posts and seeing what we’ve missed this week on the internet. Use the hashtag #TILT and tag us (@WhoisKimi and @TheNerdyFoxBlog on Twitter. @KimiWho and @TheNerdyFoxBlog on Instagram)  Make sure you get that button on your post and link up with us! Tag me (@thenerdyfoxblog) in your TILT tweet and I’ll retweet you! (Or share it on Facebook if you tag me!)

 

 

I gotta tell you guys something…. Moscoto jelly is a thing. So is Sangria jelly. Yes, they’re real. They’re delicious and I cannot get enough of them. My friend, that I haven’t actually met yet, makes them and has a kickstarter going on right now to help her secure a kitchen so she can move out of what is called a cottage license. Right now she can’t sell to resturants, online, wholesale… anything like that. I know she’s posted about it on various websites and spreading the word about her kickstarter. 

 

 

This kickstarter would cover the cost of licensing, the provision of a state certified kitchen, employees to help her get everything done, business insurance, supplies, ingredients, travel costs for potential clients.  Plus she’d be able to get into awesome larger farmer’s markets like Pepper Place market. (THE DREAM!) 

She has 8 days left on the kickstarter and is only at $4,315 out of $25,000 – click here for the link 

The jellies I’ve tried are 

-Moscoto – This one had a really great flavor. It was the first one I tasted and I was pleasantly surprised that it was just like the wine. 

-Sangria – By far my favorite one. It is yummy and has the best flavor. I seriously could just eat this one out of the jar by the spoonful. It’s SO GOOD!

– Pinot Grigio – I’m not a huge fan of Pinot Grigio wine normally. This jelly had a light wine flavor. 

-Chardonnay – I just have had a small taste of this one because I’m saving it for some recipes that I want to try. It also has a light wine flavor like the Pinot Grigio. 

They’re all delicious! My favorites are Sangria and Moscoto (of course, those are my favorite wines, too!) and I’ve eaten spoonfuls of them plain. I’ve stalked her blog and found some great recipes to try with them this weekend. Let me tell you guys, you don’t even know how yummy these are. Um, Hello – Chardonnay Jelly Vinaigrette, anyone?? Yum. 

So far I’ve had them with cream cheese and wheat thins. I can’t wait to try some new things with these jellies and get more. I’m seriously obsessed with them. 

Follow Sasha on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and her Blog — and of course, PLEASE support her kickstarter. It’s so worth it.

 

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Recipe: Fresh Salsa

Happy Cinco De Mayo! One tradition I have every year is to drink Margaritas and make fresh salsa. This is my personal favorite salsa recipe!
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If you try this recipe, let me know what you think! Do you have any Cinco De Mayo Traditions?

Guest Post: Toasted Quinoa and Black Bean Salad

I’m Kendra and I blog over at Open Spaces, but today I’m very excited to be guest posting here for the lovely Heather. Here in Colorado the weather is finally warming up and it has me all excited to start cooking up some fresh salads. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite spring time salads, it is great for a lunch or as a side dish.
You need: 
1 cucumber
1 cup halved cherry tomatoes
3 green onions
2 tbs cilantro
1 can black beans
1 cup Quinoa
1 lime
2 tbs toasted sesame oil
Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions: 
Mix together 2 tbs lime juice, 2 tsp lime zest, toasted sesame oil and salt & pepper.
Cook Quinoa, I chose to use my rice cooker which made this process very very easy.
You just cook it like you would white rice (2 cups water, 1 cup Quinoa). Also make sure to
rinse your Quinoa prior to cooking it (rinse about 3 times in a fine mesh strainer).
Once Quinoa is cooked, lay flat on a cookie sheet, place in a preheated oven (350 degrees)
and toast until golden. Stir occasionally.
Once Quinoa is toasted mix it in with the dressing until it soaks it all up. Then add
chopped veggies and chill in refrigerator  The flavors only get better the longer it sits.
Hope you like it and feel free to stop over and say hello 🙂

 

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Blackberry Sage Jam Recipe

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Blackberry Sage Jam

 

I spent the day yesterday making soap and canning jam! I took some pictures of the jam as it was being made (it’s a little harder to do that with soap. One of these days I’ll remember to do it though!)

 

 

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Cooking it

 

 

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Stirring!

 

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Filling the cute little half pints

 

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Waterbath

 

Blackberries have been so cheap that it was definitely time to make some jam with them. Jams are so easy to make plus they’re so pretty!

 

Here is the recipe:

 

Blackberry Sage Jam Recipe:

 

Sterilize jars and warm lids.

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Wash and drain berries. Place in a pot and smash them! (this is the best part) add the remaining ingredients and let set for 10 minutes or until the sugar is dissolved. Then, you cook on high until it reaches a rolling boil. Turn it down to medium heat and cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly.

 

Fill your jars and wipe off the rims before placing lids on them. Water bath for 10 minutes – may need to be longer at a higher altitude.

This recipe made 12 half pints.

 

Tips:

  • When removing the jars from the water bath, don’t tip the jars to get the water off the lids. It breaks the seal/causes the lids to not seal properly.
  • Always sterilize extra jars in case you end up with extra!

 

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My Favorite Warm Holiday Drink Recipes

I love warm Holiday drinks. It’s nice to curl up with a book and sip on something warm!  I thought I’d share a couple of my favorites with you guys.

If you’re lucky enough to have family that just came from Germany, you can get Gluhwein in a bottle and all you have to do is heat it up. If not, I have a recipe for you! Also, those mugs are from the holiday markets in Germany. They’re super cute!

Crock Pot Hot Apple Cider

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 1-2 oranges sliced

Place spices in a spice bag. Combine all ingredients in crock pot and stir until brown sugar is dissolved. Cook on low for 1.5 – 2 hours.  Enjoy!

Gluhwein (German Hot Mulled Wine)
The beauty of Gluhwein is that you can tailor it to your taste. The amount of sugar you add is proportional to the quality of wine. The worse the wine, the more sugar you’re going to add. I start with about 1/2 to 1 cup of sugar and go from there. Some people use lemons instead of oranges. Some people like cardamom and some people like to add star anise. It’s all delicious and I usually go off of what I have in my house at the time.

  •  1 bottle dry red wine
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 sliced orange

Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan and cook over medium low heat until hot. Be careful to not let it boil! Drink and Enjoy!

Also, I love when Chanel lets me take pictures of her. She’s the prettiest girl.
Do you have a favorite holiday drink? Let me know in the comments!

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