Too many raspberries cordial

Too many raspberries cordial
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Too many raspberries cordial {Recipe}
Here is an idea for all those raspberries spilling out of your fridge.
Too many raspberries cordial
Course Beverage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 1-2 weeks
Servings
pints
Ingredients
  • 2 quarts raspberries fresh is preferred, but frozen will work, too
  • 175 ml vodka 80-100 proof
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 quarts water optional if you want to dilute it
Course Beverage
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Passive Time 1-2 weeks
Servings
pints
Ingredients
  • 2 quarts raspberries fresh is preferred, but frozen will work, too
  • 175 ml vodka 80-100 proof
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 quarts water optional if you want to dilute it
Too many raspberries cordial
Instructions
Day 1
  1. In a very large (6-quart minimum) bowl or pot, dissolve sugar into vodka.
  2. Add berries. Cover and set aside for 1-2 weeks.
Day 7 (or anything up to 14)
  1. Strain out the berries using a single layer of muslin or a several layers of fine cheesecloth. Squeeze all the juice out.
  2. Transfer to storage jars and label. The vodka should take care of the preservation as long as it is strong enough. If you used a lower proof of vodka, you may want to store it in the refrigerator.
  3. Enjoy the boozy berries that are left over, but don't share with the kids.
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Recipe: Too Many Raspberries Cordial

Too many raspberries cordial

As I mentioned on Thankful Thursday a couple of weeks ago, I found myself with more berries than I know what to do with.  I have a lovely cookbook called The Country Kitchen Cookbook that I picked up at my church‘s book sale a few years ago.  It has a recipe for raspberry cordial.  I have made it for a couple of years now.  My first batch came out fantastic.  It was still quite good a full year later.  The batch I made the second year did not work so well.   Continue reading “Recipe: Too Many Raspberries Cordial”

Food stamp budget in action – July 2016

Food stamp budget in action

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that we receive food stamps to supplement our income.  You also probably know that I have particular standards for what food we eat.  There are many examples on the internet about food stamp budget challenges to help people understand what it is like to live on such a budget.  Since this is something I have done every month for nearly 13 years, I thought I would share what a month of food looks like in my house.  According to food stamps we should be able to feed our family on $218.20/week, or $872.80 for four weeks.  Why am I counting four weeks instead of a full month?   Continue reading “Food stamp budget in action – July 2016”

Where to spend your food stamps

where to spend food stamps

Previously, we walked through the factors that determine how much food stamp assistance you receive.  We talked about different types of income, and about deductions, and how much you are expected to contribute to your own grocery budget.  We also previously talked about what kinds of food you can get with your benefits, and how to really make them work hard for you.  So now that you have food stamps, let’s take a look at where you can spend them.

Where not to spend food stamps

As their name implies, food stamps are used to buy food.  That is the simplest way to look at it.  However, not all Continue reading “Where to spend your food stamps”

What can you buy with food stamps?

What can you buy with food stamps

Food stamps are for food, right?  Well, yes, but there are exceptions.  It is generally well known that food stamps are used to buy groceries, but not all food is equally eligible.  There are certain places where you can use them, and places where you cannot, which we will cover in our next post.  Here we will go over some of the things you may never have thought of when planning your grocery budget.

Gardens

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How are food stamps calculated?

Have you ever wondered how food stamps are calculated?  With so many families receiving assistance from the government in the form of food stamps these days, you may have wondered if you or someone you love is eligible.  You may have applied and received a letter of determination with a table of numbers that looked confusing.  I will walk you through the math as done in the state of New Hampshire (where I live) so you can better understand it and use that knowledge to your advantage.

 Disclaimer: This is not a substitute for visiting your local DHHS office. Continue reading “How are food stamps calculated?”