i finally made jam!
i think i procrastinated so long because the amounts of sugar are shocking and while i enjoy a fair amount of jam i just couldn’t bring myself to sweeten it so. i tried agave syrup in place of sugar a few weeks ago with the strawberry jam but it didn’t pass little A’s “sweet test”. i like it though. After peeking at several recipes and consulting with my mama i came up with a modified version;
1/2 c organic grape juice
3/4c evaporated cane sugar
2 tsp calcium water
2tsp pamona’s pectin
Mash berries, add grape juice and calcium water. Bring to a tumbling boil and boil 2 mins. Add sugar and pectin, stir vigorously and boil another minute. Remove from heat and blend with beaters for 4 mins. (to avoid hot splatters i covered the bowl with parchment and poked the beaters through). The grape juice was to sweeten as well as to make the jam less seedy. My mama uses a full cup of apple juice with 4c berries. Pour hot jam into hot jars ( i heated them on a tray in the oven), seal with hot, dry lids and wait for the pop. all done. i’m out of bread to sample but it’s tasty on wasa crackers.
had a party and we all of us gathered – brothers, sisters, in laws and their folks, uncles, aunts, nephews, niece, cousins, cousins once removed, neighbors, childhood friends…it was an “everyone welcome” party spanning several days at several venues;
i did not take any of these photos. most of them are Leanne’s and my aunt Julia’s. this is a photo of Leanne that Julia took (it’s my favorite!);
now if you want to see the truly ridiculous side of my family check here. (click on HQ to view high res scans)
we spent an awesome day picking and eating the most delicious “duke” blueberries. i have decided that they are the most fun berries to pick and i think my most favorite uncooked berry to eat. they are sooooo good especially with unwhipped whipping cream.
time to pull this book off the shelf again;
with such a delayed start i feel myself holding fast to summer before it is too soon over. little bits that make me smile;
it seems i haven’t much time for words these days.
The sun has been a great big flirt. These were taken mid-June when a sunny day was rare. i think more of these golden days are in the forecast;
unexpectedly, papa showed up in the same place at the same time;
she took so many photos of us this day but i think my favorite of them all is this one i snapped of her. she’s beautiful and my babe looks good on her no?