Homemade Strawberry Jam & Free Jam Labels

A couple of weeks ago I shared with you this Strawberry Jam that I made using Ball’s Fresh Tech Jam Maker.  Today I want to share with you the recipe that I used and give you some free Jam Labels for your own use.


I usually just use the recipe in my Pectin Box, but used Ball’s Strawberry Jam Recipe and we are really enjoying it.


Strawberry Jam Recipe

*recipe from Ball Canning

You will need:

2 2/3 cups crushed strawberries (about three 1-lb containers)

3 Tbsp Ball® RealFruit® Classic Pectin
1/2 tsp butter or margarine
3 1/3 cups granulated sugar


  1. WASH strawberries in cool, running water and drain. Remove stems and hulls. Crush berries one layer at a time using a potato masher. Measure required quantity of crushed berries and remaining ingredients for your recipe; set aside.
  2. SPRINKLE pectin evenly over bottom of the Pot fitted with the Stirrer. Add crushed strawberries evenly over pectin. Add butter/margarine to help reduce foaming.
  3. PRESS jam button – the cook time will automatically default to 21 minutes. Press enter.
  4. WAIT 4 minutes for appliance to sound 4 short beeps indicating that it is time to add sugar. Add sugar gradually while Stirrer continues running. Place the Glass Lid on the Pot.
  5. THE APPLIANCE will continue to automatically stir your ingredients while it cooks. Stay within earshot of the Jam & Jelly Maker, the appliance will beep again at the end of the process signaling jam cooking is complete. Press cancel, unplug the appliance and immediately remove Glass Lid.
  6. REMOVE Stirrer using a pot holder. Skim foam, if necessary, from top of jam.
  7. PRESERVE jam immediately, using 1 of the 3 ways listed here.


If you don’t have a Jam Maker, you can still make this jam and use your stove.  Ball also has many other great Jam and Jelly recipes.


I am sharing the fun Strawberry Jam Labels with you, and decided to make some other labels too.  I figure we are all probably making other Jams and Jellies that we want to add some pretty labels too as well.


Click on the link below to access the free Jam labels.

{Homemade Jam Labels}

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What kind of Jam have you made this year?  What is your favorite Jam/Jelly?


Caramel Apples Gift Kit–12 Fall Printables


It’s time again for another monthly Printable Blog Hop. If you are new here, every month 11 other bloggers and I join together to bring you a 12 themed FREE Printables for your use. This months theme is Fall. I LOVE everything about Fall. One thing that screams Fall to me are Caramel Apples. We like to try and make them at least once each fall and it has become a fun family tradition. I thought it would be fun to make a Caramel Apples Gift Kit so that we could share the love with other families. Don’t you think that would be a fun gift to get? It has almost all the supplies needed to make some Caramel Apples including some fun toppings and the homemade Caramel Recipe, which is super delicious and not that difficult to make.


I simply took a white gift bag and filled it with 8-10 apples…I used 4 Fuji and 4 Granny Smith (some of my family are fans of the tart apples and some prefer the sweeter). Just use your favorite variety of apples in your Caramel Apples Gift Kit. Then I filled the bag with some fun toppings. Toppings could include crushed Oreos, Chocolate Chips, M&M’s, Nuts, etc. Then be sure to include some sticks. I used some longer sucker sticks, but you could also use wooden popsicle or craft sticks. The other ingredients are things that most households might already have on hand so you can include those at your own discretion.


It really is that simple. Then simply print out the FREE printables I have provided for you.

To download the Caramel Apples Gift Kit, click here:

{Caramel Apples Gift Kit}


Interested in seeing what the other gals are sharing this month? You can check their sites and their free printables out below! Happy Fall Y’all!


#1) {The Dating Divas} – Make your man feel loved this fall by decorating the bedroom with all the reasons why you ‘fall’ for him!

#2) {Somewhat Simple} – This 8×10 paint-by-number-style deer art print is perfect for adding just a simple touch of autumn to your decor.

#3) {Whipperberry} – A stylish apple printable for your fall decor!

#4) {Crafting Chicks} – Fall Fun Charts–keep track of all your favorite fun activities you want to do this fall (like a summer fun chart) and check them off when you’re done!

#5) {Tatertots & Jello} – Adorable Fall Scrolly Cake or Pie Topper Printables. Plus the recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Macadamia Nut Streusel topping.

#6) {L’il Luna} – A super cute and easy Fall Cookies in a Jar gift with free tag/recipe!

#7) {My Sister’s Suitcase} – Printable Tags/Wraps for giving yummy fall treats and breads as gifts!

#8) {I Heart Nap Time} – An adorable gift tag perfect for any gift giving this fall season!

#9) {The 36th Avenue} – Pumpkin Cookie Recipe and Free Printables. A super cute little gift!

#10) {Paging Supermom} – This series of mod Apple Prints is perfect for your fall mantle or frame and give to a teacher or neighbor.

#11) {The TomKat Studio} – A free printable fall art print perfect for framing!

#12) {The Idea Room} – Caramel Apples Gift Kits are a fun and festive gift for friends, family and/or teachers this fall.


If you missed our past Printable Blog Hops, you can check out our past Printable Blog Hops below:

12 FREE Spring Themed Printables {Homemade Lemonade Gift Kit}

12 FREE Cinco de Mayo Printables

12 FREE 4th of July Themed Printables

12 FREE Summer Printables

12 FREE Back-to-School Themed Printables {Homework Notepad}

Peanut Butter Fingers Recipe

We were recently discussing the joys of school lunch back in the day (a few…okay…several years ago) with some friends.  We all had fond memories of the Peanut Butter Fingers that our school always served with the French Dip Sandwiches.


So, in honor of those memories, I decided we needed to let the kids taste just how yummy these Peanut Butter Fingers really were.  My sweet Grandma was a lunch lady when I was growing up.  Unfortunately she was not the lunch lady at my school, or I might have gotten away with a second Peanut Butter Finger!


I swear this recipe I have is the real deal from my Grandma!  They taste just like the ones we had in elementary school…and the chocolate frosting is the BEST chocolate frosting ever {in my humble opinion :)} !!


Try them and let me know what you think!  Either way…if you LOVE Peanut Butter and Chocolate as much as I do…I think you will enjoy these!

Looking for more recipes that involve Peanut Butter and Chocolate? You might want to check out these past recipes I have shared!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Peanut Butter Cup Cake


Peanut Butter Fingers


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp. salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 and 1/2 cups oatmeal
  • 1 and 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter
    1/2 cup butter
  • 6 Tbsp. milk
  • 4 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 4 cups powdered sugar


  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a mixer until creamy and well incorporated.
  2. Spread out in a jelly roll pan and bake for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Do not over bake them or they will dry out..
  3. Let sit for 3 minutes. Whip up the cup of peanut butter and spread over still warm cookie layer. The peanut butter should melt and spread easily.
  4. Set aside and let cool.
  5. Make the frosting by melting the butter in a saucepan on low heat. Remove from stove and add the other ingredients and mix with electric beaters until fluffy.


Do you remember school lunch as a kid? 

What were some of your favorites?

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Let’s talk about cookies. I am a fan. Always have been, always will be. I usually prefer my cookies to be homemade. They just taste better to me. I am a fan of chocolate chips in my cookies…LOTS of chocolate chips. They make me happy!

But…if I were to buy a cookie…I would prefer to buy myself a cookie from our local Mrs. Fields Cookies. These Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies are one of the closet recipes we have found to Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chip Cookies. And this my friends is a good thing!

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Even though I can’t eat these anymore…my kids can. Back to school always means Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies at my house. It was a tradition in my home growing up that I have carried through into my own home.


It has been a while since we made this particular recipe because we have been making the World’s Best Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies or our Chocolate Chip Pudding Cookies.


So, when the kids started back to school last week, I whipped up some of these delicious Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies.


They were a big hit. My husband wondered why we hadn’t been making these more often. (Probably because I don’t like to torture myself with having them in the house when I can’t eat any) Smile


But I survived and only cheated with one tiny little cookie…and with the kids and their friends, they were gone in no time. Make some for yourself and let me know what you think.


Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies


  • 2 cups butter
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 5 cups rolled oats (measure 5 cups then blend in blender into fine flour)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 24 oz. chocolate chips
  • one 8 oz. Hershey’s Bar


  1. Cream together butter, sugars, eggs and vanilla.
  2. Mix in the dry ingredients.
  3. Add chocolate chips and grate the Hershey Chocolate Bar into the cookie dough.
  4. Roll into small balls onto greased cookie sheet.
  5. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.

Fresh Peach Popsicle Recipe

Today I thought I would share with you a super yummy Fresh Peach Popsicle Recipe since I have been so obsessed with fresh peaches right now.


Peaches are abundant right now in Utah, where I live and I am simply obsessed with eating them right now. It has also been blazing hot here and that calls for a delicious COLD treat.

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Luckily, these are pretty healthy so you can eat a lot of these treats without the negative side effects or the guilt that comes along sometimes when you eat a treat.

You can use either fresh peaches or frozen peaches and the recipe should turn out super tasty. We used fresh treats for this particular batch of peach popsicles, but in a pinch, the frozen peaches work just as good.

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Fresh Peach Popsicle Recipe

Fresh Peach Popsicle Recipe


  • 1 1/4 pounds ripe peaches, (3-4 medium), halved and pitted
  • · Juice of 1 lemon
  • · 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • · 1/8 cup sugar, or to taste
  • · 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Coarsely chop peaches in a food processor. Transfer 1 cup of the chunky peaches to a medium bowl. Add lemon juice, orange juice and sugar to taste (depending on the sweetness of the peaches) to the food processor. Puree until smooth. Add to the bowl with the chunky peaches and stir in vanilla.
  2. Divide the mixture in about twelve freezer-pop molds (or small paper cups). Freeze until beginning to set, about 1 hour. Insert frozen-treat sticks and freeze until completely firm, about 1 hour more.


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Sooo yummy! The kids LOVE when we make these and I LOVE that there are no hidden preservatives or corn syrup (which I am allergic too).  These are a great way to stay cool and enjoy the last and fleeting days of summer.

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And who doesn’t love a good treat?  Did you see the Peach Slush Recipe that I shared earlier?  It is super tasty as well.

Strawberry Jam & Ball Jam Maker giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on by me on behalf of Ball Canning.  I was given one Jam Maker to review.  All opinions and statements are mine.

Fall is in the air people…and this makes me a bit giddy.  The kids are back in school and the last couple of days have been rainy and cool here.  So what was a gal to do?  Make some Strawberry Jam.


I was recently contacted by Ball to see if I would be interested in reviewing and giving away one of their Jam Makers.  I love making Jam and usually make some every fall for my family.  So, of course I was intrigued in testing this Jam Maker out.


I have to say that I was super pleased with the design of the Jam Maker and how easy it was to use.  It really couldn’t be any simpler and I thought it worked extremely well.  There are three different ways you can choose to prepare your Jam or Jelly…

1. to use immediately and store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks

2.  to freeze as a freezer jam

3.  to cook and then prepare in a canner so that you can store in on a shelf for later use


I decided to go with the third option and see how well it worked for making Jam that I could save for later use.   The Jam Maker cooked the Jam till it was piping hot and I prepared my jars as directed.


The Jam took 21 minutes to cook and then filled two 16 oz. Ball Blue Heritage Vintage Jars perfectly.  I then finished cooking them in a canner bath.  The Jam jars sealed perfectly.


The Jam Maker really made it so simple and easy.  I am excited to make some other Jams with it and am thinking that Peach Jam is next on my list.

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The Jam Maker does not make a large batch, but was perfect for making a smaller batch of Jam.  I think it would be perfect for someone who is new to canning and may be nervous to learn how on their own.  You really can’t make a mistake with this Jam Maker.  It takes all the guess work out of the jamming process.

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And?  The Jam tastes so much better than the store bought versions…Like SO much better!

Well…Guess what?  One lucky Idea Room Reader is also going to get a chance to win their very own Ball Jam Maker!!

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How?  Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter Box below.

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Be sure to come back as I will be sharing the fun Strawberry Jam labels I made later on in another post and if you follow me on Instagram (@theidearoom), we will be having a simultaneous BONUS giveaway…you might want to check it out…just saying!

Update 9.15.2013–You can download the Strawberry Jam Labels now along with Labels for Peach, Raspberry, and Grape Jams/Jellies.

{Jam Labels}

And since we are talking Jam…what type of Jam or Jelly is your favorite?

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*Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on by me on behalf of Ball Canning.  I was given one Jam Maker to review.  All opinions and statements are mine.

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**Fine Print: Giveaway ends at 11:59pm (MST) on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 . One winner will be chosen and given a Ball Jam Maker.  Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S.A. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the Rafflecopter form above. Winner will be chosen using random.org. and will be notified via email within 48 hours of the giveaway closing time. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.


Peach Slush Recipe

I am OBSESSED with fresh peaches right now…are you? There are in peak season right now here in Utah and they are super delicious and juicy this year.  We can’t seem to get enough.

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The temperatures have also been record heat breaking.  The abundance of peaches and the abundance of heat has me craving something peachy AND something that is going to cool us off.  So, why not combine the two for a delicious treat?

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The recipe calls for fresh peaches, but you can use frozen peaches in a pinch and it should turn out just as tasty.  We like to buy the big bags of frozen peaches at COSTCO that we use in our smoothies.

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You can serve this Peach Slush as either a dish, like an ice cream or serve it with a straw as a slush style!  We like to do both.  I love this recipe because I have become very limited with the treats I can eat due to my food allergies. A healthy recipe that tastes great is a win-win in my book!

Peach Slush Recipe

Peach Slush Recipe


  • 2 Fresh Peaches
  • 1/8 cup Water
  • 1 tsp. Fresh Lime Juice


  1. Peel peaches by pouring boiling water over the peaches for 30 sec. or peel with a paring knife.
  2. Chop peaches into chunks and put in a blender or food processor.
  3. Add Water and Lime Juice and blend until smooth in consistency.
  4. Pour into a 9x13 pan and freeze in freezer for one to two hours.
  5. Stir a few times so that it does not freeze into a solid block.
  6. Stir and whip it up with a fork so it has a nice slushy consistency.
  7. Serve immediately in a cold dish.
  8. Makes 2 smaller servings.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.  As always, I would love to hear what you think of this if you end up making it.

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And…just for fun…if you were give a choice, would you choose a fruity or non-fruity (it’s a word ;) treat?

Zucchini Bread Recipe

As promised, here is the zucchini bread recipe we love to use for making Zucchini Bread.  A few days ago I shared with you are version of Chocolate Zucchini Bundt Cake if you missed it.  If you are like us…your garden tends to be overrun with zucchini and you need to have some great recipes to help you use it all up.


We have tried a few different recipes out there and we tend to keep coming back to this one.  One of the main reasons I love this zucchini bread recipe is the replacement of applesauce for the oil.



Zucchini Bread Recipe

Zucchini Bread Recipe


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil OR 1 cup applesauce + 1/2 cup extra flour
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 cup shredded zucchini
  • 3 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp. nutmeg


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Beat three eggs together in mixer.
  3. Add in applesauce (oil), sugar and vanilla and beat until it is foamy.
  4. Mix in the rest of the ingredients.
  5. Grease and flour loaf pans.
  6. Pour batter into two regular size loaf pans or 3 mini loaf pans.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until a clean toothpick inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.

As always…I would love to know if you end up making it and what you think!  And…I have one more Zucchini Recipe to share with you here later.  So be sure to check back if you are interested.


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

I love summer for several reasons.  One of the top reasons would have to be having my kids home and being able to spend unscheduled time with them enjoying the sun and the outdoors.  Another reason is that I LOVE all the fresh produce.  We have a garden…albeit…a very small one.  Even though it is small, I love using the food it produces.  We always grow zucchini and it seems to always be an abundant producer.


So we always need to find creative and delicious ways to use it all up.  One of my family’s favorite ways to eat zucchini is to eat it in this Chocolate Zucchini Cake.  I know…eating vegetables has never been so delicious…and chocolatey!


This is my mother-in-laws delicious recipe and since we are in the peak season for zucchini production around here…and I have 4 ripe zucchini’s sitting on my counter as I type this…I though there might be some of you out there who may be interested in finding creative ways to use your zucchini supply!


Chocolate Zucchini Cake

Chocolate Zucchini Cake


  • 1 and 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Butter
  • 1/2 cup Oil (we like Coconut Oil)
  • 2 and 1/2 cup Flour
  • 4 Tbsp. Cocoa
  • 1 tsp. Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground Cloves
  • a dash of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Milk with 1 Tbsp. Lemon Juice
  • 2 cups grated Zucchini
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts (optional)
  • 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips (optional---but who would NOT want them?)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Beat together oil, butter, eggs, and sugar till creamy.
  3. Then gradually add the other ingredients one at a time will mixing between each addition.
  4. Pour mix into a greased AND floured bundt pan.
  5. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 30-40 minutes. (When using Coconut Oil the cooking time may need to be increased another 10 minutes).
  6. Test with a toothpick inserted in center. When toothpick comes out clean the cake should be done!
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I have been using Coconut Oil in my recipes now instead of other liquid oils and I am LOVING the change.  My kids don’t even notice a difference, but I have noticed that it tends to make the texture a little bit more dense.  I also notice that I have to bake this longer than the recipe calls for.  So I baked it for about 10 minutes longer before it was set and ready to come out of the oven.

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I hope you enjoy this recipe.  As usual, I would love to hear if you end up making it.  This one tends to be a crowd pleaser.

I also plan to share our recipe for our regular Zucchini Bread here soon.  We love it too and we make it with applesauce instead of oil…so it is a healthier, yummier version.  So be sure to remember to check back in for that recipe.

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As a side note…we also shred our zucchini’s while they are fresh and then throw 2 cups of shredded zucchini into Ziploc Freezer Bags and then freeze them.  This way we have access to fresh shredded zucchini well into the the winter months.  Just pull it out the night before and let it defrost in the fridge before you use it.  This is a great way to spread out the zucchini goodness all year long!

Coconut Lime Sorbet Recipe

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Summer here has been hot and muggy.  Eating cold treats has been necessary for survival.  So we have been experimenting with some fun and different ice cold treats.  One of my favorites has been this Coconut Sorbet with Fresh Lime.

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Doesn’t that looks amazing?  Even though I made it…I would have to agree with you!


This just takes a few easy to find ingredients and is best to make in an ice cream maker.  The flavor is amazing! If you like Key Lime Pie, you are going to love this.

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Coconut Lime Sorbet Recipe Card

{click on the image above to download a copy of the Coconut Lime Sorbet recipe card}

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Ours was ready in about an hour.  We used a full 1/2 cup of lime juice since we LOVE lime at our house.  If you want a little bit less lime and more coconut, adjust your lime juice accordingly.

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The sorbet has a great texture but melts really fast.  As you can see in the pictures it got all melt-y goodness…but that might have also been because I was photographing these photos outside on an almost 100 degree day.  But the clean-up was worth it!  Sometimes my job has some real perks!

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Thanks so much for having me over Brooke!  If you love Coconut and Lime together…you might also be interested in this Coconut Lime Sugar Scrub Recipe I shared earlier over at The Idea Room.  I would love to have you stop on over!