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We are having a bumper crop of blueberries this summer and I still had a few from last year in the freezer so I decided to try out a recipe for canning blueberry pie filling. I omitted the cinnamon because I thought that would make it a little more versatile. We like to stop at the Old Amish Store in Berea, Kentucky when we drive through there and I had some Therm-Flo, which is similar to the Clear Jel listed in the recipe. I have used it for other pie fillings and like the consistency of the finished product.


I made this dessert to try out a jar of the filling and we both agreed that it was worth the effort.


I also tried out a new recipe for pork chops that I had printed out a while back. We both thought they were really good. Actually, we have liked nearly every recipe of hers that I have ever tried. 🙂 So, if you have some pork chops on hand you might want to try this for something different.


We are still in a waiting mode. Our new little granddaughter should be here by early next week, one way or another.

DD Megan was able to see her surgeon this week and has her thyroid surgery scheduled for early in August. She and the children are planning to come here for a visit before then. We would appreciate your prayers for her as there are lots of things that need to be worked out in the next few weeks.

Hope you are having a good week.


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6 Comments on “New recipes”

  1. #1 Ann B.
    on Jul 11th, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    What is Thermflo? Or Clear Jel? Is it similar to SureJel? Seems like it would do about the same thing.

    What with the rain, traveling, and some health issues, as well as being busy with several book projects, I’ve done virtually nothing this year with squash, sweet corn, blueberries, raspberries, etc. Guess I’d better get going before the school year starts!! We have had cantaloupe in several forms.

  2. #2 Marilyn
    on Jul 12th, 2013 at 8:09 am

    The last time we had a considerable quantity of pick-your-own blueberries we had flown to visit our son (about 800 miles from our town). When time to fly back home, I put most of my clothes in a carry on bag and took the berries home in my suitcase. I wonder how airport security would view that these days! We ate so many blueberries that trip that both of us now have an allergy to the things! But your pics make my mouth water and I’d dearly like to have a little taste just now.

  3. #3 Vikki
    on Jul 12th, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I also printed out that pork chop recipe but haven’t tried it yet. I just bought a package of pork chops yesterday and still, so I’ll have to try it. Funny thing is, we had pork chops and zucchini last night too, but with a salad 🙂

  4. #4 Becka
    on Jul 14th, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Vikki, you will have to give the pork chop recipe a try. We both thought it was delicious. 🙂

  5. #5 Becka
    on Jul 14th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    How sad to be allergic to blueberries. Maybe you could try re-introducing them little by little.
    One summer Rob and I taught summer school in China on an island province. At the end of our stay a friend there asked if we could take a gift to her friend who would meet us at the airport in Beijing. We agreed to take the gift only to discover when we arrived for our flight that the “gift” was a bag of four frozen chickens! Believe it or not, no one at the airport thought this was strange and we made our delivery without problems.

  6. #6 Becka
    on Jul 14th, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Ann, Thermflo and Clear Jel are thickeners made from a type of cornstarch which will not separate after canning or freezing. From what I have read if you were to try to can the pie filling with regular cornstarch it would not hold up as well.
    Hope you get to feeling better and are able to fill your larder before school starts up. The summer is fleeting for teachers!

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