Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Jam Update

Please enjoy my canning post since I haven't been doing much crafting this hot summer.

Made my first batch of jam at the end of May: strawberry.

The only thing that would make them better would be if they came from my garden.  But, unfortunately, we only got about 5 berries from all 6 or 7 of the plants.  Fingers crossed for a bumper crop next summer, though.

A few weeks later I enlisted my husband's help to pick a whole tree's cherries (from a friend's front yard).


The pitting "party" lasted a very-long week.  :-S

But there were so many cherries, I was able to can two batches...


...dry two dehydrator-full batches...

...and Husband made two cobblers.

AND there is still 2+ gallons of pitted cherries in the freezer waiting for the weather to cool off enough to make two more batches of jam.  I think we'll leave the rest for a few more cobblers down the road.  :]

What is everyone else up to?  I've missed blogging & reading about what everyone is up to.  Hope all is well!

End of June (& Parts of May) Review

Perusing Goodwill, Savers, and yard sales... Finished a good read...

...& visited the town where my Grandfather spent his childhood.

Picked a few strawberries from our plants. I'm hoping they will fill in their little patch so I can make jam next year.

Planted wax, green, and soup beans. They came up a little sparse this year. I'm thinking next year will be the year to put in a good order of fresh seeds. Only one soup bean came up out of 12. But the packet was free so it was kind of a shot in the dark if any were still viable.

Saw our first lightening bug in May this year!

Also removed our crumbling picket fence :(I'm hoping we can replace it with a similar but nicer white picket fence later this summer.

Made my first batch of jam at the end of May: strawberry.

For the next two weeks it was cherry fest at our house.

"Fixed up" the front of the yard & house for Memorial Day...



Finished my internship :(

Picked our first produce from the garden: beets!

Attempted a yard sale with a friend.

& attended a wedding to wrap up the month.