Thursday, November 29, 2012

Triple Berry Jam

My mother in law generously gifted me with tons of frozen berries over Thanksgiving weekend. And what's a girl to do with tons of berries? Why, make jam of course! I've only made jam one other time. (You can read about it here.) And let me just say it was the best Strawberry jam in the whole entire world! (In my humble opinion.) 

Anyway, I was scared to attempt jam again since our first batch turned out so wonderfully, but in the spirit of adventure I decided to give it a go. 

I became so absorbed in the jam making process that I forgot to take step by step pictures. I apologize, but for anyone who's ever canned before (during nap time for that matter!!) you can understand how demanding it can be! That's my excuse anyway.

I used the Berry Jam recipe in the Ball Blue Book which called for berries and sugar only. I was a bit skeptical about using a pectin free recipe, but my jam seemed to set fine. I ended up cooking it for a good 30 minutes and decided it was done using the plate test. (Place a blob of jam on a plate and place it in the freezer until it comes to room temp. Swipe your finger through the jam and it should separate completely and come back together slowly.)

I doubled the recipe, which your not supposed to do because it can mess with the chemistry of the gelling process. Oops. Anyway, it turned out fine and the jam is delicious if I do say so myself!  Here's the recipe in case any of you wanna try it out.

Berry Jam

(blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, dewberry, gooseberry, loganberry, raspberry, youngberry)

Yield: about 3 pints

9 cups crushed berries
6 cups sugar

Combine berries and sugar in a large sauce pot. Bring slowly to a boil, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook rapidly to gelling point. As mixture thickens, stir frequently to prevent sticking. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4" head space. Adjust two piece caps. Process 15 minutes in a boiling water canner. Note: If seedless jam is preferred, crushed berries may be heated until soft and pressed through a sieve or food mill; measure pulp and proceed as above. 

*I doubled the recipe which is not recommend and used 2 cups blueberries, 11 cups strawberries and 5 cups blackberries. 

*I processed the half pints for 10 minutes.

*I may or may not be giving these as gifts this year, so those of you who are family members forget you ever read this post. 

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Yarn Along

Welcome to another yarn along where you share what your currently working on and reading. Come join us!

I'm still working on this granny afghan that will be a Christmas present for my niece and I'm currently reading "Born Again Dirt: Farming to the Glory of God." I won this book through a giveaway and so far it's been an interesting read. I've really enjoyed it. 

Also, I finished my Christmas granny afghan! These things take a lot of work, but they are so beautiful and worth it in the end. I'm thinking of a making some granny stockings as well. Wish me luck!!

What have you been working on lately? 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Perfect Pecan Pie

I'm normally in charge of pies for Thanksgiving dinner, but each year I seem to forget what recipe I used the year before. Well this year I can tell you that I've found a pecan pie recipe that I definitely won't forget. It was soooo delicious. The best I've ever tasted. And guess what recipe I used? 

The one on the back of the Karo Syrup bottle. Yup. Sorry healthy folks, but this recipe is a keeper. I thought I'd share it with y'all just in case you'd like to try the deliciousness out for yourself. 
Here goes:

Perfect Pecan Pie

1 cup Karo Light Corn Syrup
3 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups pecans (6 oz)
1 unbaked 9 inch pie crust

Stir the first 5 ingredients thoroughly.
Mix in pecans.
Pour into pie crust.
Bake on center rack of oven for 60-70 minutes.
Cool for two hours.
Serve or store in refrigerator.

*Pie is done when center springs back when pushed.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Christmas Crafting

Christmas crafting and gift making are in full swing around here. Right now I'm working on two granny square afghans. One is a gift and the other one is for us which I'm trying to finish before we put up our Christmas tree! I've set a goal for myself to make four squares per day and so far I've been able to keep up. 

Why did I start such a big project right when I need to be making gifts for everyone else?!? 

Anyway, I'm taking the rest of the week off from blogging due to Thanksgiving and my birthday (which happen to be on the same day this year!). 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Walker is 8 Months Old!

Walker is 8 months old today. Didn't I just write his 7 month post?!? I can't believe it! With the holidays coming up it's gonna go by so fast and he will be a year old before I know it!!

My baby boy still wears size 12 month clothes and size 3 diapers. I think we weighs somewhere between 18 and 19 lbs. He nurses 4 times per day and eats solids 3 times per day. He started some finger foods this month and he loves to feed himself! He does really well with picking up small pieces and getting them into his mouth.

Also, he cut his four upper teeth all in a row. It made for a rough few weeks and he ran a fever and slept a lot one day. I'm glad that's behind us now. 

He sleeps 11-12 hours per night and takes two naps that are anywhere from 45 min - 2 hours. 

He sits up great and has started to push up on all fours a little bit, but I think it will still be a little while before he crawls. 

We gave him a hair cut yesterday with clippers and he never even flinched! I think he looks so cute with shorter hair. :)

I can't wait to celebrate our first Thanksgiving and Christmas as a family of three! I love my baby boy so much!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

What I Wore

It's been awhile since I've participated in What I Wore Wednesday. I decided since I've been talking about dressing more modestly lately it would be good to post a few of my outfits. I know a lot of other women strive to dress modestly and it can be hard to find examples that are feminine and cute. Here is my attempt from this week.

This is what I wore to church on Sunday:
Top: Banana Republic Outlet
Scarf: Wal-Mart
Skirt: Banana Republic (Thrifted)
Boots: Maurice's

And I wore this for a day of errands and cleaning:
Turtle Neck: Target (Thrifted)
Skirt: Old Navy (Thrifted)
Boots: Maurice's

Sorry the pictures aren't that great. They are from my phone. Anyway, I've had a lot of fun wearing mostly skirts the last few weeks. I've found that when I've worn pants I kind of "miss" wearing a skirt. I (and my husband) feel that pants are modest and don't plan on eliminating them from my wardrobe, but I do plan on wearing skirts more since I often feel more feminine and dressed up in them. I hope to post a few examples of longs skirts next week.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Crocheting for Sandy Victims! You can help!

As everyone probably knows, the east coast was hit hard by hurricane Sandy last week. Many people have lost everything and as the temperatures are dropping, they are in need of ways to keep warm throughout the upcoming winter months. 

That's why I was so excited to see Sara from My Merry Messy Life offering a way to help. She is calling all bloggers or shop owners who know how to crochet, knit or sew to help out! All you have to do is commit to make at least one (but hopefully more!) winter weather accessory or blanket and send it to the address below. 

I hope you will PLEASE consider using your talents for good and join in with us as we help our fellow neighbors in need. If you decide to help out you can link your blog or Etsy shop below. I would love for everyone who can to help out!

Please Mail All Items To:

*If you already have an organization or person that you prefer to send items to, we are still more than happy to have you join in our support “party” and link up below. You do not have to send to this address in order to participate!
83 Wayne Street
Jersey City, NJ 07302
The Barrow Mansion is a community center where they are collecting items. They will be able to use and distribute our donations to the charities and organizations with which they are working.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Modesty and Dressing More Femininely

I've been thinking a lot lately about dressing more femininely. I go through phases of wanting to wear skirts more often and it always seems to hit me in the fall. Why is this? I feel like it's so much harder to wear dresses and skirts in the colder months because I can never seem to get the shoes quite right with long skirts. There's a fine line between looking frumpy and cute, don't you think?

Sweater - Gap (Thrifted)
Skirt - Old Navy (Thrifted)
Scarf - Walmart
Shoes - Maurice's

I've also been praying and thinking a lot lately about the issue of modesty. I've always considered myself to be modest compared to most, but God has been challenging me in this area and I feel the need to reevaluate and raise my standards even more. 

What are your thoughts on modesty and dressing femininely?

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