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How to Make Strawberry Jam January 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — stephres @ 5:43 am

Ok, besides sewing, my other big obsession is the food network. I have learned so much and tried so many different things I never would have watching the shows. Unfortunately, my adventurous spirit has not rubbed off on the kids. So if you have picky eaters, do NOT tell them you made this jam. Let them think it is store-bought until they try and love it. I made that mistake and had to bribe Megan to try it.

This is taken from an Ina Garten recipe found HERE, but I changed it a little to work for me.

Take one pint of rinsed strawberries and halve them and throw them into the food processor. This step is optional and I do it because my picky kids don’t like “chunky” jam. If you don’t mind pieces of fruit in it, just cut up the strawberries.


Pulse until smooth.


Throw in a pot with a tablespoon of orange juice and a half cup of sugar. Warm it up until the sugar dissolves.

Dice about 1/3 of an apple and throw it in. Have the rest for a snack.

Continue to simmer until it reaches some 220 degrees. Oh wait, I don’t have a candy thermometer so I don’t really know. I just let it simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes, depending on whether or not I’ve forgotten about it or not. You will want to occasionally skim off some of the pink stuff floating around the edges.


Take off and put in a container to cool. One pint of strawberries will make you about this much jam, plenty for pb&j sandwiches for a couple of weeks. It is also delicious on toast.


I promise you, once you try it, you will never buy jelly from the store again. Besides tasting so much better, it doesn’t have all the preservatives and corn syrup in it. Please let me know if you try it!


ps thanks to everyone who has given me encouragement on starting this blog. I really appreciate it!


Gymboree Fun January 28, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — stephres @ 1:38 am

When Jacob was little, I had quite the Gymboree addiction, which I tried very hard to quit by the time baby girl Megan was born. Luckily there was a Target close by when she was little so I managed not to spend an arm and a leg clothing her (for the most part) and she was always dressed very cute. Now, thanks to my sewing buddies, I have discovered the joys of Gymboree again. It is a lot more fun buying one or two pieces and sewing matching bottoms. Plus they fit, which doesn’t happen with store bought clothes.

I love the zebra heart line they had and probably bought more than I needed to (we only get cold enough to wear a sweater for like 4 weeks out of the year):




I felt pretty good after these, even though the zebra was a little wonky. They were not anywhere as fancy as some of the pieces sold on ebay and etsy, but they worked for Megan and she liked them. So with my Gymbucks in hand, I headed back the store to get something cute for spring.



Man, does she get a lot of compliments on her hippy jeans! If only people knew how easy they are; so much simplier than a twirl skirt with miles of ruffle. Last year I donated an outfit to the silent auction at the kids’ school, I am thinking I should donate some hippy jeans!

Now the question is, can I restrain myself from entering the store until the summer stuff comes out? Really, the kid doesn’t need any more clothes!


Note: I know my pictures suck. I am so jealous of those who take beautiful artistic pictures. I was never much of an artist and you can really tell here. So, please give me any pointers if you can!