Wednesday, June 25, 2014

So maybe I don't always hate summer.

Aren't they beautiful? Blueberry Ginger Jam from Food in Jars and Apricot Lavender Jam with honey ... I can't seem to find the recipe I used for the latter.

I am so excited to be making jam this summer. It's something I've wanted to do for a while, and the babies are at a stage where I can take the bit of time I need to do it during the day. I bought some quilted jars and pectin (as yet unused) and have made two small batches. (Small as in there was only enough jam to fill two half-pint jars.) And now I want to make ALL the jams!

Whenever I go into the store now I get so happy walking through the produce aisle to see all the berries and stone fruit. I'd love to get some from local farms, but pick-your-own is kind of out of the question this summer; there are some farms where you can buy them pre-picked, but they're all 20-30 minutes away. So a bit of a commitment to get to. Maybe we'll hit up a farmer's market sometime soon?

Seeing such abundance makes me marvel at how much goodness there is in creation. So much to be thankful for!


  1. I was just now thinking (yet again) how much I hate summer. lol. Those jams do sound delicious, though! And you're right, I do enjoy the fresh produce from the farmer's market and our farm share!

  2. Like you, today I slogged through the back yard feeling just so hot and hating summer. Then I picked some cherry tomatoes and snap peas, and all was reconciled. At least for that moment.

  3. I had plans for many years to learn how to make jam and can things. I had a canning recipe book, I had a box of quilted jars, and a container of pectin waiting for me...I just never got around to it. I finally admitted to myself that it wasn't going to happen anytime soon. I think I *just* gave those jars to Goodwill! Darn. I would have given them to you if I'd known!

  4. all the jam in the world would not make me like summer more :) Glad you found the silver lining!!!