Sunday, May 16, 2010

Strawberry jam and composter

After blogging this morning I was just SO tired. Why? I don't know. But, I woke up at 4 and was ready to continue my day. I decided to start tackling the strawberry jam. I had NO idea what I was doing. But in the pectin packages are instructions for jam. I followed them and got them into jars. I decided to go with shelf jam instead of freezer jam this first time around (although the freezer jam is easier). I had to put it in my pressure cooker/canner. I have never used one before. But guess what... I have shelf strawberry jam now made by me! The lids are even sealed and everything! I am so proud of myself. And, it wasn't that hard.

Next thing on my list, Rillz bought me a composter bin from Costco. Some girls are giddy about nice shoes and purses and all I wanted was this composter bin! I have to wipe the drool from my mouth over this big black rotating piece of plastic! haha. Anyways, Rillz put it together for me tonight.

Isn't she a beauty. Won't be clean for long though

Here is my little sugar snap pea plants so far. They are so cute. Yesterday I planted my herbs. I planted Rosemary, chives, cilantro, and parsley. This gardening thing takes patience. I am like a little kid and want results the next day. I am excited to have the time this summer to do all these outdoor things for my house.


Kristi M. said...

Doesn't that make you realize how easy canning really is. It always looks/sounds so complicated until you try it. And the pride you feel afterwards is so worth it.

katy said...

Me and Nat love to can. You either have a really awesome life or you are really good at making it look that way. Seems like you are always having so much fun.

Penny Cluff said...

I know how you feel about your composter. Go to my blog and read Mother of all Composter. Walt made me a great one. It was like being given the best gift in the world. I love that thing. My first batches were put on really poor soil I have right by the house. I only put my compost on it, nothing else, just to see if homemade compost was the "mother gold" everyone raves about. Well, it is. The plants I put there are healthier, vigorous, and already trying to put on vegies. Your jam looks great. I bet your mom is proud of you!

Megan and Greg said...

You are so funny. I didn't even know a composter exiested. I thought it was just something people did on their own. I really want to plant herbs. Home made jam is the BEST!!!