Friday, July 27, 2012

Crack(er)ing Up

While I’m ordinarily one of the last ones to finish my Daring Bakers’ challenges, this time I was among the first.  There was a possibility I would be returning to full-time employment in July so I wanted to do my challenge baking while I knew I would have time.  Unfortunately, that meant baking while the thermometer hovered somewhere around 104°F.  But the motivation was there, so I went with it.  By the time I was done, Satan would have felt at home in our kitchen.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012


With the abundance of produce right now, I've gone slightly majorly overboard with making jams and jellies this month.  As if I didn't already have enough, I canned 24 more jars today.  The shelf I have designated for my preserves is not going to be able to withstand the weight of all of these jars (more than 50).  I mentioned previously that some will be gifted to friends.  And I've also decided to gift some to one of you.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Jamming and Canning

Saturday was National Can-It-Forward Day.  While I am a canning enthusiast, this isn’t something that I sign up for or, realistically, to which I pay much heed.  For the last two years, however, it seems like I end up canning on Can-It-Forward Day without premeditation. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

July Garden Update

A couple of days ago I received a comment on June Garden Update that made me smile.  Within this comment, the author professed to a "black thumb" and indicated that, given my container garden, I would now "have someone to gloat over".  Beyond that fact that it's not really my style, it's very easy to resist any temptation to gloat.  This is why: