Friday, September 16, 2016

White Dress Shirts

I have tried every brand of little boys white shirts in town. The Tom Sawyer is hands down the best one. My friend Kerry Blad Dorius told me about these awesome shirts and I was able to find them on Amazon. They run a little small so I had to order up a size. They clean better and come out of the dryer without wrinkles. I LOVE THESE THINGS.

Remember to SIZE UP if you get your little man one.                                  


 Both these shirts are straight out of the dryer.  The one on the left is going in the trash, the one on the right is the Tom Sawyer brand we love.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Tart Cherry Pie Filling

When canning season comes I am always excited for those gadgets and recipes that make it easier.  This pie filling is one of the fastest pie fillings I have ever made.  My kids pitted all the cherries because they were all excited to use the NEW pitter.    I have seen these for sale at other places and this is the best price.


We have an Evans Bali Cherry Tree and this is it's 3rd year of fruit.  Birds ate every single cherry the 1st year.  We netted it the 2nd year, HUGE pain.  This year we decided to give scare tape a shot.  Just look at how many juicy cherries there are and the birds have left them alone.  I still can't believe that I have been able to get all my cherries.

 There has been up to 30 bird in the tree next to it, with a dozen underneath the tree.  The scare tape worked because they left the cherries alone.  After my search on the internet I learned that this tape works the best because it makes noise in the wind and the red color frightens the birds.


I have seen dozens cherry pie filling recipes out there.   Due to my limited time the day we were picking cherries I decided to do this and it's a home run!

Tart Cherry Pie Filling

12 Cups of Pie Cherries
3 Cups of Sugar
3/4 Cup of Cornstarch

Heat cherries in a pan till their juices start to run.  While the cherries are heating mix your sugar and cornstarch together in a bowl.  Once the cherries natural juices start to emerge add the sugar and stir.  Continue to stir on medium heat.  Stir for about 2 minutes or until the sugar has dissolved and it's thickened like pie filling.  Now you are done!  I told you it was easy.
*Cornstarch doesn't reheat well.  It turns watery and sorta separates so this is not an acceptable canning recipe.