Tales from the Kitchen

Kitchen table discussions with recipes and ideas for shopping on a budget, cooking for a family, meal planning.

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I'm happily married, mom to four boys and four girls at home, with one in the presence of God. We are slowly working on raising our own food and making much of what we need. I knit, cook, read, pray, think, write, crochet, and I'm trying to sew, too.

Saturday, August 13, 2005


Last night, Rich and I stayed up until 1:00 am making blackberry-lime and blackberry-peach jam. Tonight, we will be getting the juice ready for blackberry syrup (spiced and plain) and tomorrow blackberry vinegar. I've not put up too many jars this year. Usually, I have over a hundred by now, and I only have 40, including the Jumble Jam, Rhubarb Chutney and Bread and Butter Pickles. I plan on making Peach Chutney, Peach Butter, Peach Jelly, Peach Habanero Jelly, Peach Melba Dessert Sauce, Raspberry Syrup, Raspberry Preserves, Crabapple Jelly, Cranberry Chutney, Red Rosemary Jelly, and Corn Relish. We didn't put in a garden this year, so there will be no tomato preserves of any kind, no dill pickles, unless we find pickling cucumbers very inexpensively, no pumpkin preserves. When pears come into season, I may make some Pear Butter, and Ginger Pear Preserves, and put up some Vanilla Pears, but we'll see how much I am able to do when school gets going.


Blogger 2bzy2knit said...

Can you come over to my house and do some cooking? Yummy!

Sunday, August 14, 2005 10:43:00 PM  
Blogger Ranee said...

Probably can't travel, but I'll let you eat with us here! Bring the family. :)

Monday, August 15, 2005 11:42:00 AM  

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