happy 4th!

today i made strawberry jam with one of my daughters. i thought i would post the recipe here, just in case you, like me, have a ton of strawberries at home (mine are from a u-pick place, but maybe next year i can have home grown!):

4 cups strawberries

4 cups sugar

1 TBSP lemon juice

1 TBSP pectin

mush up strawberries or dice finely, then add sugar. pour in lemon juice and pectin. bring to a boil, then simmer for 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. when finished, skim foam off top of mizture.

pour into hot sterilized jars and process in water bath canner.

this recipe made just shy of 3 pints- not great for the work involved, but i was told never to multiply a strawberry jam recipe or it will fail. last year, i did 4x whatever recipe i was using, and although it tasted great, i think the texture was a bit off… so, our jam is a work in progress- but i didn’t want to leave you hanging…

on other fronts: nothing.

we had people stop by on the way home from the parade today, and a few drive-by-and-wave people (sigh of relief!), but nothing noteworthy. our tomatoes and squash seem to be loving the heat, so that is kind of cool- i’m always relieved and somewhat baffled when i see the plants doing well, since i’m not exactly a master gardener… maybe my husband has some garden mojo i don’t know about???

anyway, off to make supper. enjoy yours! -julie