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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Celebrate Ball Home Canning’s Can-It-Forward Day + Giveaway!! #canitforward


When I was little my grandmother used to have a little garden. She lived in a rented house. By today's standards, it would have been a tiny house. It had 2 bedrooms and a small living room and kitchen. The yard was also pretty small but every summer, she would make sure to plant tomatoes. I loved when it was time to pick tomatoes. The first tomatoes were the best. We would pick the tomatoes and would eat them right there in the garden.

They were juicy and sweet. It was messy but fun. The rest of the summer, we would enjoy tomatoes in various ways. We would have tomatoes and mayo sandwiches, tomatoes and onion salad and my grandmother would also make her famous tomato sauce. She allowed us to help by picking the tomatoes. Then she would allow us to squash them. She would then flavor the tomatoes and make the sauce. I remember her putting the sauce into the Ball jars and then into a hot water bath. Then they would seal and then they would be cooled to be put up. It was the best sauce ever and after all the at work, he would make us a spaghetti with a batch of her sauce. It was amazing.

This Friday, July 22nd, the Ball brand will host this year’s sixth annual Can-It-Forward Day! A day to celebrate the joys of fresh preserving, and encourage both new and veteran canners to preserve more. This year, Ball is hosting Can-It-Forward Day entirely online via Facebook Live. Throughout the day, the Ball brand and their expert ambassadors will be demoing a variety of canning recipes and in the true spirit of “canning it forward.” For every engagement received on the videos, whether it be a comment, like or share, the brand donate $1 to a local charity. WOO HOO


This year we started a garden because I wanted to put up tomatoes like I had done the past few years. At our old house we had a giant garden so I was always putting up tomatoes to have fresh sauce in the winter. This year our garden is small and it is not that productive. But there are enough tomatoes to actually use to can. I usually try and follow my grandmother's recipe but I decided to try a recipe from The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving.



It was easy and I suspect the sauce will be delicious. The Tomato Sauce recipe was really basic. Tomatoes, lemon juice, seasoning blend (optional) and salt. I am hoping we get more tomatoes so I can put them up as well. I will start putting more jars up before summer is over. I love this book. It really has some fabulous recipes that will me have delicious veggies in the winter!


In support of Can-It-Forward Day I have a giveaway! The prize is:

· The All New Ball Book of Canning and Preserving: From the makers of the iconic Ball® jars and Ball® canning products comes the first truly comprehensive canning guide created for today's home cooks. This modern handbook boasts more than 200 brand new recipes ranging from jams and jellies to jerkies, pickles, salsas, and more. (Retail value: $22.95)

· Case of Collection Elite Wide Mouth Pint Jars: For the first time, the Ball® brand has introduced a line of never-before released blue colored jars. If you’d like another size or glass color, let us know and we’d be happy to swap out! (Retail value: $8.99/case)

· One $5 off coupon to be used on FreshPreservingStore.com

What a great prize. Let me tell you that the book is pretty amazing. Not only does it walk you through preserving food but also gives you some recipes where you can use your preserved foods! It is really a must have if you love preserving food.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Rules: One entry per person per day. Once a winner is drawn I will contact them and the winner will have 48 hours to reply back before I draw a new winner. Giveaway is open to US residents only who are 18 years of age or older.

Disclosure: I received a sample product for review purposes. No other compensation was given and the opinions in this post are solely mine and are based on my experience with the product. Sponsors are responsible for shipping prizes unless otherwise stated. I am not responsible if sponsors do not fulfill prize. Please allow 6-8 weeks for delivery of any prizes.

143 comments:

  1. I've canned apple butter & different types of jellies/jams.

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  2. Oh yes! Pickled okra, pickled eggs, the list goes on! This is really a neat prize!

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  3. Nope, I have never canned food, but my mom did for many years while I was growing up. I would do it with a book like this to walk me through the process and offer great recipes!

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  4. Vera Wilson

    I love to can. So pretty setting in cabinet and so yummy!!

    snoopysnop1 at yahoo dot com

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  5. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/756188707858690048

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  6. never have canned in my life. thankyou, ken pohl19@comcast.net

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  7. We can all the time. You name it, we've canned it, lol.

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  8. We can every year. Salsa, pickles, pickled string beans and jams.

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  9. https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/756296574427365376

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  10. I have helped a friend can food, but not by myself.

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  11. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/756302961706426368

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  12. I've been canning for a few years now. I was originally inspired by an abundance of apples on the trees around the property we're renting, so I learned to can applesauce, apple butter, apple jelly, and spiced apples. Since then, I've branched out into other jams and jellies, but I have yet to try tomato sauce or relishes.

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  13. I never have but my mom and grandmother did.

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  14. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/756571989897248769

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  15. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/756661189053190144

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  16. yes every yr i do summer in wv is very bountiful gotta do something with it all n oh its soo yummy!!

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  17. I have, I do. this time of year I do it a lot!
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  18. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/756903693383905280
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  19. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/757012269268082688

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  20. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/757105923781300224

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  21. I've canned lots of stuff, used to compete at the county fair.

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  22. tweeted 7/23 -- https://twitter.com/tinawoo21/status/757110331462131712

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  23. I have tried canning before.

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  24. I have canned spaghetti sauce and salsa. I'd like to learn more!

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  25. I have canned jams! Trisha Burgess

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  26. I've canned a few times with my mom. We usually do pickles (varieties) and tomatoes. It can be fun...although I'm only an apprentice :)

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  27. Yes, I have canned in the past, but it has been a long time!

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  28. I tweeted https://mobile.twitter.com/saverang/status/757334154916696064

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  29. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/757377319375953921

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  30. https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/757405391898681344

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  31. Yes, I canned for the first time 2 years ago and I love it.

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  32. tweet https://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/757424391818928128

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  33. Yes I have canned green beans with my granny.

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  34. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/757469877850341376
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  35. When I was younger, I canned everything! Now I occasionally can a few tomatoes, and recently canned our apricots we just picked.

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  36. I have never canned food before but would love to.

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  37. When I was a kid, my parents canned a lot of stuff from the garden.

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  38. I can food every year. I do vegetables and jams.

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  39. https://twitter.com/clc408/status/757598203432824833

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  40. I can every year, I buy a bushel of peaches and can them, so much better than store bought.

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  41. I've canned salsa with my dad. I have alot of cucumbers in the garden that are going to need canned

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  42. No, never canned before. nathankyle1707@yahoo.com

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  43. tweet https://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/757622116846043136

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  44. I have not, but I really want to learn how to. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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  45. I tweeted the giveaway https://twitter.com/upstatmissy2/status/757629119588921344

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  46. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/757653081676849152
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  47. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/757681515765587969

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  48. I never have, but I really want to learn and start canning. I think it would be a great way to save some money.

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  49. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/757720884031418368

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  50. I canned strawberry jam a few times.

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  51. Yes I canned pickles. My sister cans everything.

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  52. 7/25 tweet
    https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/757769437416153088

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  53. Yes indeed. I learned from my Mom who did a lot of canning.

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  54. I did a few jars of salsa years ago and this year we made 80 jars of jelly (a few jars were jam).

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  55. https://twitter.com/sweetums82/status/757914519658266624

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  56. we started canning this year!! we made a TON of pickles!

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  57. I have canned tomatoes...I have to admit, pressure canners scare me a bit..I have heard stories of the lid shooting off and into the ceiling...I am sure the lid was not on properly, but maybe when life settles down a bit, I may try it.

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  58. My husband is actually the master canner! He is a great chef :)

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  59. I haven't tried, but am interested.

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  60. I have been wanting to try canning. I just always think it is going to be difficult.

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  61. tweet https://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/757983963470188544

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  62. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/757997447863992320

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  63. my grandmother use to can strawberry jam--it was delicious and my favorite

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  64. YEARS AGO WITH MY GREAT GRAMS AND JUST STARTED IT BACK UP BOUT A MONTH AGO LOVE THE COLORED JARS

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  65. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/758078039481647104

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  66. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/758106009881698304

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  67. https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/758135734045904896 7/26

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  68. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/758177372860456960
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  69. tweet https://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/758289457392955392

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  70. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/758367395677364224

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  71. Once or twice with my mother-in-law.

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  72. Tweeted https://mobile.twitter.com/saverang/status/758385703327633409

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  73. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/758420514712854529

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  74. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/758454209197080577

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  75. https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/758509612278702080

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  76. I've never canned food but would like to give it a try. Thanks.
    partymix25(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  77. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/758728097831288832

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  78. I have canned my own jams and jellies.

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  79. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/758804934171037697

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  80. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/758810546464444416

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  81. tweet https://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/758821506231087108

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  82. 7/28
    https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/758856749138841601

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  83. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/758907433938931712
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  84. I can food like beans, tomatoes, etc every summer to gear up my family of 6 for winter

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  85. tweet https://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/759074362158751745

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  86. My mom and dad are divorced but I have helped both of them do it before. amysmeltzer21521 at yahoo dot com

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  87. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/759136645211889664

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  88. https://twitter.com/tatzgrrly/status/759153698744467456

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  89. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/759161508857192448

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  90. 7/29 tweet
    https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/759223344214466560

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  91. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/759271756318253056
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  92. No, I never have and winning this will finally get me to do it.

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  93. I can lots of vegetables every year with my mother in law.

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  94. I've canned tomatoes and jellies using food from my garden.

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  95. I posted a tweet: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/759435257821233152.

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  96. tweet https://twitter.com/jjak2003/status/759444811866710016

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  97. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/759539897191452673

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  98. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/759540291481243648

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  99. https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/759582416587649024

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  100. I have never canned food but I'd like too

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  101. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/759639141197897729
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  102. I have, I learned how from my grandmother.

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  103. I have not canned foods but am looking forward to trying it.

    rtrexel@gmail.com

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  104. i haven't ever canned food before but i want to learn.

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  105. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/759833853875793920

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  106. I have canned before blackberry jelly.

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  107. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/759893588473970688

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  108. I haven't canned yet, but my momma was a big canner! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

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  109. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/759914519556521988
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  110. I have never canned anything before but my sister has made preserves
    crazyweirdo33@yahoo.com

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  111. I canned last year for the first time.

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  112. https://twitter.com/krazekatlady/status/760107612306219011

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  113. Yes I can every chance I get. Spaghetti sauce, soups, meats, pickles, beets, veges everything. The county I live in has a cannery that offers memberships. It helps to have a kitchen with all the supplies and the inspiration of other canners. Lots of fun!

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  114. Yes I have made all sorts of goodies

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  115. i have canned plum jam twice and it is fun and tasty! :) would love to have this! :)

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  116. https://twitter.com/mrsshukra/status/760170289179131904

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  117. No I have never tried to can any type of food before but would like to start.

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  118. I have helped my dad and step mom make jam (i only had the wash and cut of the tops of strawberry job). But I have a huge garden full of tomatoes and I need this because my goal is to make my own sauce!!

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  119. No, I have never canned before but I would like to do it one day.

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  120. Tweet; https://twitter.com/pricousins/status/760217882366271488

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  121. I have never canned anything before, but my aunt makes mango jam every summer after they fall off the mango tree.

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  122. Daily tweet. https://twitter.com/DarkMysticNight/status/760230656156631040

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  123. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/760237046535446532

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  124. I haven't yet. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  125. https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/760323272118591489

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  126. https://twitter.com/AnnaZed/status/760357828854816768
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  127. https://twitter.com/DEBIJOT/status/760624939821137922

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  128. https://twitter.com/blessed_nc_mom/status/760679668068548609

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  129. I've never canned anything yet

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