Apple & Elderberry JellyThis weeks Weekly Photo Challenge is: Achievement & this is what they said:Have you just run 26.2 miles, finished a long-term project, or met a personal goal? This week, show us an achievement....more
Try as I might, I've never been able to make enough jam in one season to outlast the yearand my kids' appetites. Prepping several batches of all our favorite typesStrawberry, Blueberry, Wild Black Raspberry and Cherryeach year has become a family tradition, almost as much as eating a dollop of home canned jam on everything from vanilla ice cream to Sunday morning wafflesand I'm honestly not sure which is more beloved. ...more
A strange thing happens to me every summer. I do not lust after beaches, nor do I long to lounge in the shade. Instead, I feel an irrepressible urge to troll antiques shops. I bring home patterns for dresses that went out of style a half-century ago (and subsequently Google sewing machine prices and reviews). I buy delicate lace gloves adorned with tiny pearls at the wrists, gloves that could never fit my gangly fingers. I scour the shelves looking for butter paddles and pie birds. I listen to Bing Crosby and wish I had more friends my age to invite over for cocktail parties with canapes and sherry and wonder why I can't find chartreuse for beautiful old drinks with gin. ...more
Alas, peach season is almost over. I've really enjoyed the local peaches at our farmer's market this year. They've been sweet, juicy, and just down right delicious. Fortunately, there is a way to keep those peaches around through the winter. Homemade Peach Chutney is the perfect solution, and way less boring than plain old canned peaches....more
I am sure many of us are finding ourselves with a surplus amount of fresh produce. As home gardens, Framer's markets, and CSA boxes are currently overflowing with lovely looking fresh fruit and vegetables, my thoughts normally turn to preserving them for use later in the year.
My solution to all this surplus produce is preserving – making jams, jellies, chutneys and preserves is something we have gotten used to doing every year. Although it’s just the three of us, our consumption on these items is rather high.
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