22 July 2009

A Busy Couple of Days

This has been quite a busy week for us.  We made jars and jars of apricot/pineapple jam, blueberry jam, and zucchini cake and bread. Our garden is being very generous this year with zucchini!!  The children were dumping jam on pancakes this morning and on their zucchini bread. They love to smear it on crepes, french toast, and muffins.  I hope I made enough!!  The zucchini cake is at it's best when the wheat is freshly ground making it light and fluffy.  I managed to salvage about 1/2 gallon cream from my milk batch and made a huge bowl of butter which is perfect topped on warm zucchini bread.

Apricot Pineapple Jam

5 cups crushed apricots

1 can crushed pineapple

5 cups sugar

1 box sure jell

Stir in fruit and sure jell, cook to boiling, then add sugar and boil one more minute.  Freeze or bottle

Blueberry Jam

9 cups crushed berries

5 cups sugar

heat until thick and pour into jars and seal or freeze


Chad and Jessica's Family said...

Wow, so busy. GREAT pics!!! I wish I knew how to can things...... Youre so welcome for the cookbook. I love that one too!!!!! Hope you enjoy the recipes,

Karies place said...


By the way BIG apology for not thanking for those books. I received them awhile ago. Thanks!

Jeannetta said...

Yum! I love apricot jam, I've never had it with pineapple, I may have to try that.
We went and picked free blueberries yesterday, we came home with TWO five gallon buckets! Wow I've got a job ahead of me!

Chris in FL said...

What a blessing. It looks like its been a good "busy". :)

Ruby said...

That is a great effort, Tricia and gang.
And all very yummy looking!

Cinnamon said...

Oh can I come over? Everything looks so yummy :-)

To answer your question about mint leaves. I had a post on it but don't know where it is so I'll answer you here. You cut the stems at the bottom, gather up about 5 or 6 sticks, tie them with a string, hang them upside down for about 10 days then gently remove the leaves, stuff into a ziploc and freeze. Simply and leaves your kitchen smellin' yummy~


Kathy said...

It all looks so good, bread and jam, yum!

TeresaL said...

It looks YUMMY! And I'm impressed!

Becca said...

How do you do all that you do??? It looks wonderful!!!

L.H. said...

Mmmmm...the jams sound good! I think this might be right up my husbands alley. Perhaps we will try one!

busymomof10 said...

"For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands; happy shalt thou be, and and it shall be well with thee. Thy wife shall be a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house, thy children like olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord." -- Psalm 128:2-4