Our Family

How to make freezer corn, Easy Sweet corn recipe for begingers so easy anyone can make it, garden cooking made easy, A Thrifty Mom.com How to make Freezer Corn – Sweet Corn Recipe

I had a friend ask me how to make Freezer Corn so I thought I would share this post again. As you can tell by the photos this post was written and first published several years back.  Look how cute and little my kids are 🙂 But I did update it with some better images of the finished product, feel free to pin them!

008

Growing up in large family, my Mom made sure we knew how to take our produce and can or freeze it.  In doing this we were able to save hundreds of dollars a year.  My Dad is a farmer, he normally grows  corn that is called field corn, which grows VERY tall.  It is grown to chop up, stalks and all to feed to our dairy cows.  But my Dad also grows a few large rows of sweet corn, which my whole family looks forward to every year.  If you have ever had fresh tender sweet corn picked right from the field, it is so yummy.  Nothing like what you buy from the store.

007

This year my Dad picked me a large sack of corn.  It is now time for me to teach my little ones, just as my parents taught me.  So we shucked the corn out on the lawn, to keep the mess outside.  My kids were such good little helpers!  They got the giggles every time one of the ears of corn had lots of corn silk, they would say ” yuck I got a hairy one”

016

After about 30 mins we were able to bring the cleaned corn back into the house to get it ready to cook.

021

In a large pot bring you water up to a boil, then add in your corn.  In my pot I was able to do about 10 at a time.  The corn is cold so it will take a minutes for the water to start to boil again, after it comes back to a boil cook it for 3-5 minutes.

019

After 3-5 mins, take out of the pot and  put in a sink full of ice water.  This will cool the corn down and let you handle it better.

020

After a few minutes in the ice water, take out and put on a towel to drain the water off.

017

Take your knife and run it down the corn cob and cut all the corn off.

018

I then take about 2 1/2 cups of corn, and put it into a quart sized freezer bag.  Try to get out as much of the air as you can, then seal it closed.  They will need to lay flat till they are cooled to room temp. At this point you just need to write the date on it and stack it in your freezer.  I was able to get 21 bags of corn.  This is one of my families favorites, and we look forward to eating it over the next year!

When you get ready to cook it, take it out of the freezer. You can thaw it in the refrigerator the day before, but I do not normally think ahead like that. So I cook it a glass container with a lid on high for 5-7 minutes.  I season it with butter, salt and pepper and sometimes a little bbq sauce.

Update* Now that my family has grown, I put 4 cups into a gallon freezer bag.  This is enough for a side for a larger family.

022It did take some work, but it was FREE and well worth the time.

Watch our recorded Live Facebook video on How to Make Freezer Corn

How to make freezer corn, Easy Sweet corn recipe for begingers so easy anyone can make it, garden cooking made easy, A Thrifty Mom.com

You might also enjoy these posts:

Fastest way to peel a peach, How to peel a peach,#EatingHealthy, #Hacks, #Fruit, #Peaches

How to peel a peach in 10 seconds

IDEAS ON USING & PRESERVING APPLES

Watermelon sticks, perfect for little hands. A finger food perfect for picnics or potlucks #Watermelon, #KitchenTips, #Summer, #Food, #CleanEating, #DIY

Watermelon sticks perfect for little hands

How to make Ice Cream In A Bag

HOW TO FREEZE STRAWBERRIES ~ 5 EASY STEPS.

GARDEN TIPS ~ USE MUFFIN TIN TO CREATE PERFECTLY SPACED HOLES FOR PLANTING

REPLACE A WORN OUT TRAMPOLINE SAFETY PAD WITH POOL NOODLES ~ EASY DIY

How to Peel and cube an avocado in 3 seconds,guacamole made in seconds this this awesome kitchen hack, dice an avocado, fast and easy healthy guacamole recipe, kitchen hacks

How to peel and cube an avocado in 3 seconds

How to keep bugs out of your drink at a BBQ or picnic 

How to peel an egg in 5 seconds or less, Peel an egg with a glass jar, kitchen hack, this is the coolest idea ever I can not wait to try it, Hard Boiled Eggs, Easter Egg

How to peel an egg with a jar in 5 seconds

SHOE MATCHING GAME ~ HELPS KIDS GET THEIR SHOES ON THE CORRECT FOOT

HOW TO GET SHARPIE MARKER OFF YOUR SKIN ~ DIY FASTEST WAY TO REMOVE SHARPIE 

How to shuck and cook corn on the cob quickly, in 3 simple steps. No corn silk will be left, it comes out clean #Corn, #HowToShuckCornQuickly, #CornOnTheCob

HOW TO SHUCK AND COOK CORN QUICKLY ~ 3 EASY STEPS 

Kitchen hacks, Stawberry recipes made easy HOW TO CORE A STRAWBERRY WITH A PLASTIC STRAW, this is such a cool trick and perfect for kids helping in the kitchen .

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!
Disclaimer and Official Rules for Sweepstakes

Leave a Comment: 63 comments

Filed Under: Food Storage, Garden Tips, Hacks, Light Recipes, My Family, Recipes

Tags: , , , ,

Lucky Charms translation to toddlers, funny, real life, my kids only eat the marshmallows grr

Remember when you were a kid and you would say, “Some day when I am older.”  That sentence could have ended with, stay up all night, eat candy for dinner, drive a sports car, lay on the beach all day…. or maybe it ended with, buy Lucky Charms for breakfast and eat them every day for the rest of my life.  As a five year old child, I ended that sentence with, eating Lucky Charms every day.

Let me give you a little bit of history, I am one of 6 kids. We lived on a farm and worked hard together, daily chores were just part of life.  My Mom cooked all our meals, mostly from scratch.  Boxed cereal, bags of chips or things from a carton were not part of our menu.  This was long before organic or gluten free was a trend, instead it was just learning to live off the farm and what it provided.

That being said, once a year at Christmas time each child would get their own box of cereal.  Yes in today’s world kids are asking Santa for the latest Xbox, cell phone or iPad.  I was writing Santa and asking him for a dolly and my very own box of Lucky Charms.  I can tell you as Christmas morning came, I was just as excited about my box of cereal as I was about my toy.  I would get a sharpie marker and write my name on the top of that box, and proudly claim it as my own.

Fast forward a few years… well maybe more than a few, maybe more like 30 years.  I am now an adult, a wife, and a mother.   The question is, have I been true to my 5 year old self… do I happily dance down the stairs each morning, tie on my apron and pour my 5 beautiful children a bowl of Lucky Charms for breakfast?  Not a huge surprise, the answer is NO. Sure they get them every now and then, but only as a treat.

I have FAILED that 5 year old child inside myself…. why you ask. Because every stinking time I buy a box, these little humans that live in my house only eat the marshmallows.  I tell ya if there is a marshmallow inside that box they are going to find it, with lightning speed.  Often to get to those marshmallows they just dump the whole box of cereal out on the floor, or the couch or outside. Don’t get me wrong, we  eat our meals in the kitchen like civilized people… but a box of Lucky Charms turns my kids to heathens that break all the rules.   So as I sit here and eat my bowl of Lucky Charms, that is no longer LUCKY because all the charms are gone, thanks to my children. I tell myself, I can no longer buy Lucky Charms (unless I hide them from my children, and only eat it late at night, in an over sized bowl, with ice cold milk, in front of the TV…. because after all I am an adult now and I can do what I want, sometimes.) Please tell me I am not the only one?

just marshmallows

Pretty sure if my kids send Santa a letter they will be asking for a bag like this, JUST MARSHMALLOWS!  Oh how time changes every thing, lol.

You might also like these fun recipes for Kids!

Fun and Healthy Snacks for kids, Apple mouth with strawberry tonge, Funny lunch ideas, April Fools ideas for kids, Preschool party food, Silly Mouth Apples

Silly Mouth Apple Snack – Fun Snack Ideas for Kids

Fun and Healthy Snacks for kids, Funny lunch ideas, April Fools ideas for kids, Preschool party food, Grape caterpillars

Grape Caterpillars ~ Fun and Healthy Snacks For Kids

How to make Flubber, Flubber recipe. Fun experiments to do with kids. How to make slime #Flubber, #FlubberRecipeHow to make Flubber

Cloud Clay recipe, only need two things to make this NO COOK recipe. The fastest and softest clay you will ever make #Playdough, #Clay, #DIY, #KidsCloud Clay Recipe

*****************************

You can take advantage of FREE Shipping with Prime and get it in two days… remember you can try prime for FREE for 30 days.  

Try Prime for FREE! Looking for More Online Deals?  Click here for more  THRIFTY DEALS. Please note that Amazon priced tend to change often so prices may be higher or lower without notice. This post contains my affiliate links.

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!
Disclaimer and Official Rules for Sweepstakes

Leave a Comment: 0 comments

Filed Under: My Family, Online deals, Our Family, Wordless Wednesday

Tags: , , ,

James Hoyt Baseball, sure did make this cute lil special needs baseball player smile

If you don’t know who James Hoyt is, then you should…. but don’t feel too bad, because I didn’t know who he was either.  Let me tell you a fun little story of how James Hoyt in his first game as a MLB pitcher for the Astros, totally made my son smile!

A few weeks ago I was on an early morning flight to New York City (with a layover in Phoenix).  The night before we had just gotten home from a 2 week road trip with our kids, so I was running on only 4 hours of sleep and I was exhausted.   I had planned to try and sleep most of the plane ride.  My husband had the window, I always get the awkward middle seat.  That is when Marcia sat down next to me in the isle seat. I had never met her before, but after a little bit of “small talk” while others were loading. I could tell that she was just a bubbly, adorable woman. My plans to sleep were put aside and I found myself talking for almost 3 hours to Marcia.

Marcia told me all about her family, her dog, making her own almond milk, growing up in the big city then moving to the west and traveling with her kids.  But when she asked me questions about myself… I could tell she was not asking simply  to just fill our time while stuck on a plane. Instead she was asking about  my family because she was just a “good soul” and kind hearted.

Matthew baseball

She happened to be on that flight to Phoenix to watch her son James Hoyt play his first MLB baseball game.  He grew up here in Boise, and over the years has played for an independent league in Texas and even pitched in Mexico for some time. But he also cleaned boats to earn money… yes he was the guy you would hire to scrape the barnacles off your boat.  Time, and hard work paid off and at age 29 he finally got drafted ( I think that is what it is called, lol) by the Astros and now is a MLB pitcher.  She was so excited to go support her son, and cheer him on.

I then told her about my oldest son Matthew.  Matthew is 14 and has Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.  Long story short he was born missing half his heart and after 14 surgeries he is well enough to be a “normal boy”.  He still only has half a heart, but it is now routed in a way that allows him to stay alive.  Matthew also has seizures and significant learning delays.  He is 14, but is the size and tends to act more like a 6 year old.

Matthew has played special needs baseball the last two years. It is the highlight of his year and he just loves every minute of it.  When you ask him what he wants to be when he grows up, he will tell you, a baseball player.  I told Marcia that Matthew and I will have to look for James, and Matthew would love to watch him pitch.

A few days after I got back from my New York City trip, I get an email from Marcia;

Hi Sarah,

I hope you and your husband had a great time in NYC:-)  Houston was such a fun time!!!  Jimmy gave me a strike ball for Mathew that he pitched during his first outing with the Astros.  Maybe when Jimmy comes home for a visit maybe they can meet each other!!
Have a terrific day and let me know the best way I can get this ball to you all.  I am always running circles around town and could meet you anywhere.

Happy Wednesday!!

 

She went out of her way to bring my son,  my lil Matthew a ball back from a MLB game.  It was signed by James and even had dirt from the game on it.  From his first strike out in the Major League. Who does that…. who goes out of their way for a total stranger just to make a little boy smile? Marcia does, see I told you she was a good soul.  I was so touched by her generosity.   Matthew has the ball in a plastic bag on his dresser, and wants to get a special case so he can display it.  It was one of the first things he wanted to tell his classmates at school about, as he went back to school. He sure felt special that he has his very own ball from a MLB game.

So…. Mr. James Hoyt, I have never met you, I didn’t know your name till about 3 weeks ago, but it will now be a name I will never forget. THANK YOU for making my son smile,  thank you  for making him feel special!  And by the way, you have a pretty amazing Momma, but I am pretty sure you already know that!

Matthew baseball

Matthew at his special needs baseball game.

James Hoyt 

pic from MiLB.com

JamesHoyt

Pictures from his first game on Aug 3, 2016 in the 7th inning and the same day he gave us this ball from this game.

Aug 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher James Hoyt (51) pitches during the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Aug 3, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Astros relief pitcher James Hoyt (51) pitches during the seventh inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Minute Maid Park. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Here it comes—-

james hoyt signed baseball houston astros

James Hoyt 7th inning Houston Astros

Pretty sure he’s telling the catcher that he needs that ball back to give to Matthew.

James Hoyt signed ball Houston Astros

Above three pictures credit from the Houston Chron

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!
Disclaimer and Official Rules for Sweepstakes

Leave a Comment: 0 comments

Filed Under: Heart Stories, My Family, Our Family

Tags: , , , , ,

gameday football banner leading to the front door, superbowl party ideasSports Field Runner (poly w/double-stick tape) Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg)

superbowl table cloth
If you are a football fan then it’s the biggest GAMEDAYof the year! And no matter the team you are cheering for, a good table full of finger foods is where its at!
Game Day Football Tablecover Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg)

New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks GAME DAY Crock-Pot, for the ulimate football party, Superbowl, NFLHamilton Beach 33462 Stay or Go Portable Slow Cooker, 6-Quart 11% off with free shipping options.

  • Clip-tight sealed lid for spill resistance
  • Single clip quickly seals lid onto base to reduce messy spills
  • Bring 6 quarts of hot food to tailgates or parties anytime
  • Hinged lid stays up then easily detaches for dishwasher cleanup
  • Perfect size for a 6 lb. chicken or 4 lb. roast


Burton and Burton Ceramic Football Stadium Chip and Dip Serving Set 42% off

  • Hand painted ceramic chip and dip set
  • Removable football shape dip dish
  • Set measures: 2″H X 12 1/2″W X 9 1/2″
  • Football dish measures: 2″H X 5″W X 3 3/4″D.


Boston Warehouse Touchdown 3-Section Condiment Server

  • 3-Section condiment server; perfect for olives, dips and sauces
  • Each section can hold up to 8-ounces of your favorite snack, sauce or dip
  • Made of durable and long lasting earthenware
  • Dishwasher safe; hand wash recommended
  • Score the winning touchdown with Boston Warehouse’s touchdown 3-section condiment server


Football Large Bowl

gameday toothpicks, superbowl party ideas

 Game Day Football Picks Party Accessory (1 count) (50/Pkg) – Perfect for cupcakes, little smokes, fruit trays and much more.

  • Ideal for eye-catching displays
  • Completely Assembled
  • For Indoor & Outdoor Use.
  • Ready to Use

gameday football banners, superbowl party ideas

Football Whirls Party Accessory (1 count) (5/Pkg)

  • This item is a great value!
  • 5 Per package
  • Football party item
  • Hanging Decorations-Whirls for festive occasions
  • High Quality

Game Day Football Door Cover Party Accessory (1 count) (1/Pkg)

*****************************

You can take advantage of FREE Shipping with Prime and get it in two days… remember you can try prime for FREE for 30 days. Try Prime for FREE!

Looking for More Online Deals?  Click here for more  THRIFTY DEALS. Please note that Amazon priced tend to change often so prices may be higher or lower without notice.

Disclaimer: This post may or may not contain affiliate links.
SUBSCRIBE and never miss a thing!
Disclaimer and Official Rules for Sweepstakes

Leave a Comment: 0 comments

Filed Under: Amazon Deals, Father's Day, Free Shipping, Gifts for Her, Gifts for Him, Gifts for Kids, Guy Stuff Coupons, Online deals

Tags: , , , , , , , ,