Mysterious shroud

What do you hide? Lovely things…

Fruit flavors for me


That wonderful sound

Ping! Makes me smile with relief

The jam is complete


Yes, I like to write haiku…….

And on this rainy day I’m making- surprise surprise!  More jam!  I’m using the same fig recipe from the last post, except I subbed in some banana and strawberries.  And a little juice leftover from soaking raisins.  And a splash of orange juice.

Off to make another batch of peach almond jam!  The fruit won’t wait you know… at least not without turning into a slimy disgusting mess………




In and Out of Jams

September 6, 2009

school shirts

 Today I’m rallying the troops to clean up, get organized, get ready for school starting.  I keep telling them if you just do it quickly and get it over with, then you will have time after to do fun stuff……….but they never listen……..

I went to a yard sale yesterday and got some AMAZING buys.  I bought these cute kitty creamers (at least that’s how I’m going to use them!) for $2.00.  I got them for my church tea next year.

Mom's camera 2077

And these- THESE- cool vintage 1960s-ish chandeliers – $4.00 for the pair!!!! I thought the lady was going to say $40!!!  I was flabbergasted.  She obviously doesn’t know what she had.  I LOVE them.  Even if I have to put candles in the bulb sockets…..and hang them in the screened in porch…………


Well, besides buying scads of crazy stuff, I’ve been making jam too.  So far I made peach almond jam, blueberry cherry jam (because it reminds me of Michigan and Zehnder’s chicken dinner), strawberry fig jam , and I also made up my own concoction of watermelon fig jam.  

For watermelon jam I primarily followed this fig jam recipe but added elements of this one.  So,  I followed the fig recipe mostly, but instead I used 4 c. chopped figs (not overflowing, just 4 c.) and 1 cup watermelon slush (watermelon run through the blender) and didn’t add the extra water.  And I added a bit more pectin to make sure it all gelled. 

This site is great for canning recipes and canning instructions in general.  And of course finding great pick-your-own sites!

And now I’m working on making wild grape jam!!  We have wild grapes growing on our fence- a cheap and easy privacy fence.

wild grapes

They are tiny little things and more sour than you can imagine.  I’m not sure which recipe I’ll use- there is this one with powdered pectin and this one which requires less juice but liquid pectin.  We’ll see- they are in the freezer until I decide.

In the meantime, if you still have access to good peaches, here is the peach almond jam recipe:

Peach Almond Jam


 3 lb. Peaches                                     ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

½ c. almonds, chopped            7 cups sugar (3 lb.)

1 pouch liquid fruit pectin     ¼ t. almond extract

Peel and pit peaches and grind or chop until very fine. Measure 4 cups prepared fruit into a 6- to 8-quart saucepan. Stir in lemon juice and almonds. Thoroughly stir in sugar.
Place over high heat and bring to a full rolling boil and boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and immediately stir in liquid fruit pectin and almond extract. Skim off foam with metal spoon.
Ladle into clean, hot (8-ounce) jelly jars, filling to within one-fourth inch of top. Clean rims of jars and adjust caps, according to manufacturer’s directions. Process 5 minutes in boiling water bath.
This recipe yields about 8 jars.


September is Here

September 1, 2009

Hello all!

I can’t believe August is gone….. school starts next week and Fall is just around the corner.  Today was quite chilly- maybe only in the 70*s.

I’m trying to figure out where to start. Ok- UFDC Doll Convention- amazing, hectic, took a while to figure out, aspects I didn’t like, but it was very good. I learned a lot.  I’d love to say I bought loads of dolls, but that is FAR from the case!  There were SERIOUS dolls and serious doll collectors there- I went to a Theriault’s auction and saw a doll go for $345,000. Plus tax and buyer’s premium….  Yeah……….

I did get a doll I wanted- Sew for Me Toni- a repro by Effanbee, but SO cute.  I have the brunette.

I also bought some vintage Toni patterns- well, 16″ doll patterns.  I’m hoping to make some clothes for a vintage Toni I have and for this new girl too.

doll Simplicity pattern

dollAdvance pattern

I love the Advance pattern- it’s a ‘Learn to Sew” pattern for children.  Anything to make it easier on me!

Here are some of my best photos from the doll show:

1920s boudoir doll

1920s boudoir doll

Beverly Walters doll- modern artist

Beverly Walters doll- modern artist

1950s/60s fashion doll

1950s/60s fashion doll

I need to get to bed- this uploading takes along time!  Angry Chicken and the other mega bloggers must have mega computers…..

I will say that I’m making scarfletts from this pattern by Fig Tree Quilts. Easy peasy gifts!!  I’ll try to take a pic of one of my finished scarfletts- I’m starting with the plain corduroy one, not the pieced and quilted one.

I’ve also been making loads of jam, but I’ll leave that- and the recipes- for the next post.

Here is a coleslaw dressing recipe that I devised MYSELF!!!  Well, I changed a recipe so much I can claim it as mine now, right?  Very simple and cheap compared to buying it pre-made.

Cole Slaw Dressing

  • ½ cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • A couple big pinches of celery salt (which is about 1/8 t.)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Finely minced sweet onion- @ 1 t.
  • Finely shredded carrot- @ 1-2 t.
  • Pre-shredded cabbage slaw (in the salad section of the grocery store)

Whisk all together. Let rest in fridge until chilled. If you like it thicker, add more mayo (and possibly adjust other seasonings as needed).

Toss with slaw to coat and mix well. Refrigerate.


P.S.- Check out the Craft Talk link over on the right side- under “Lovely Places”- it’s a hoot!

Bye for now ~S