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Adopted Motto

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

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Strawberry-Rhubarb Jam ~ Dandelion and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

In 2016 I missed out on getting any strawberries put into the freezer.  Zero.  In 2015, I put up a lot, so we were lucky to have enough for 2 years.  

We are down to the last 3 bags of frozen strawberries and I wanted to use them up before this new season starts.  

I decided to make strawberry-rhubarb jam next.  We also did the taste test on this the same night.  We eat a lot of peanut butter and jelly/jam over summer (when I have zero time to cook).

Now I can't decide on which to gift for Christmas.  Hm.  

We grilled out again.  It was a bit chilly, but the sun was out all day and it got up to 60°F.  I also made dandelion and pumpkin seed pesto pasta dish so the vegetarians had something.  Truthfully, I wanted to taste the pesto myself. 

You can find the recipe here online.  I used 3 somewhat smallish cloves of garlic, so next time I'll be sure to add a bit more.  It was very good!!  The dandelions were not bitter.   A hunger/crowd pleaser for sure.  You could use any pasta or any other dish for the pesto.  I had a box of organic spaghetti noodles that worked perfectly.

It's raining again today.  It'll be a crock pot dinner, so I can attack my rainy day to-do list with gusto.  I need a clean house for a graduation party next month, and I am way behind in getting those dust bunnies to disappear. 

Then again, I need to restock my freezer with homemade noodles too.  Hm.  Tough decision.  Most likely "dust bunnies" will win today.


Susan said...

Oh, yum! I love pesto of any kind - I am going to make this this weekend!

Rain said...

The pasta looks great, and have a 2 year supply of strawberries, that must have been lots of berries! On a rainy day, dust bunnies would grudgingly win out for me :)

Kristina said...

Susan, I am turning into a pesto crazy lady lately. So easy to make and easy way to get my greens (and please everyone too).

Kristina said...

Rain, it's very cold here today too. Brrr!

R's Rue said...


RB said...

Getting somewhat caught up with emails. I got 3 days behind, and that means it takes about 5 days to catch up. Whew!!!
We have storms rolling in, are in a Tornado Watch for the next 24 hours. Then it's suppose to get cold. I have a meaty ham bone left over from last weekend, so I'm going to toss it in the crock pot with celery and carrots, and when the carrots are tender, I'm going to throw in a can of blackeyed peas and serve it over cornbread, and it'll warm up those bones on cold days for a a few days. Yum.
Prayers everyone has a great weekend planned, and a safe one too.
God bless.

Kristina said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Regine.

Kristina said...

RB, black eyed peas over corn bread sounds good with that crock pot of delicious-ness.

Sam I Am...... said...

The pesto looks delish and so does the jam!

Kristina said...

Sam I Am, I am running out of cheese to make pestos, we are enjoying it so much.