One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sizzlin' Summer


The 19 - 1/2 pint jars of strawberry jam I canned, are already being opened.  The family loves it.  I just hope I can keep some in stock all winter, as the wild black raspberries are on already.  I'm still watching our mulberries, but they are not ripe yet.

The kitchen has been in over-drive, but not nearly as it will be when tomatoes are in harvest.  A few days I didn't even wear an apron.  It was that hot.

The goats love me when I can.  Especially when they get the strawberry leftovers.  Not much goes in our compost this time of year. 
 

I somehow managed to read an entire book in 2 days.  I am taking my youngest to the library for the summer reading program, and even though I have a ton of books here to read, I brought one home last week.  I never expected to read it either.  


How did I do it?

Well, I read in between making all those batches of strawberry jam, while walking on the treadmill, and taking time on one of the porches.  Of course I had to let the bathroom cleaning go, but eventually it got done.

Now....I just need to fit time in for my writing as well.  And before those tomatoes start filling up my entire kitchen. 


6 comments:

Sandra said...

Strawberry Jam, YUM!
That is on our to do list :)

Winnie Nielsen said...

Beautiful, yummy jams! IT is so rewarding to see jars of favorite jams filling up the pantry. When we were growing up , there was a Mulberry tree in our backyard and of those berries are something else when they get ripe! WhooHoo! My summer reading list is piling up with more books than finished ones!

Liz said...

Getting ready to make strawberry jam tomorrow! I am in the need for a good book. Do you make mulberry jam? We have 2 trees just about ready.

Kristina said...

Liz,
I have never made mulberry jam, so I wanted to give it a try this year. I hope to get enough, before the birds do.

Candy C. said...

You know it's a good book when you read it in two days! :)
The strawberry jam looks delicious, yum!!
I canned some mixed berry jam on Monday, mostly to have for making PB&J Cookies for the Farmer's Market.

EMMA said...

That's a lot of jam. I don't even have enough strawberries to make a pie!
Waiting patiently for our black and red currents to ripen, then jamming I will go.