Canning Party

Today friends and family came over and we canned together.  I have never canned salsa, so it was a first for me.  Turned out to be quite easy and a lot of fun.

We read the directions and split up tasks..

Before the party Kyleigh and I made pepper jelly & blueberry lime jam for everyone to try and take home.  I’m still not sure which was my favorite.  So different from each other, but both nummy!!

4 1/2 cups blueberries

1 pkg powdered pectin

5 cups sugar

1 Tbsp grated lime peel

1/3 cup lime juice

Crush blueberries one layer at a time. Combine crushed blueberries and powdered pectin in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Stir in grated lime peel and juice. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.

4 1/2 cups finely chopped green bell pepper (about 4 large)

1/2 cup finely chopped jalapeno pepper (about 4 small)

1 1/4 cups cider vinegar

2 cups sugar

1 cup honey

Combine both peppers and vinegar in a large saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down over high heat, stirring constantly. Add sugar and honey. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boil hard for 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Ladle into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Process filled jars for 10 minutes.

Now you know we are a little loopy, so last night we stayed up and made reversible aprons – too much fun, I will be making more of those for sure!

Get in Hot Water!

Some things in life are simple and make your life easier. However, we do make do with what we have and over look possible solutions to every day chores. Last year for Mother’s day my darling hubby bought me a water heater that is installed under the sink. There is a small faucet for it and it delivers hot, steaming water. What is this used for? Starting with the obvious -instantly hot tea, cocoa, soup …. not so obvious putting hot water in a pot so it is boiling within moments to add pasta to or cleaning something that is stubborn. It is one of those gifts I thought we be nice, but turned out to be something I use almost every day and makes a difference. As it turns out, they aren’t as spendy as you may think. We got ours at Costco and if you are slightly handy, you’re set!

What inspires you?

Since I have been doing well with my weight loss I have been so inspired to get back to sewing.  Of course, I could stick with the usual make stuff for the kids or house but there is something rewarding about wearing something you have made for yourself.

I keep walking by this:

And wanting to create SoMEthiNg!!! I am not sure what.  So, that brings me to my question…what inspires you?  Nature, art, family, magazines?

I am looking forward to spending some time figuring out what my first little project should be!!