Strawberry Jam and Grape Jelly from Frozen Fruits & Juice!

Cleaning out my freezer is always an adventure. I find items completely forgotten about because they somehow landed in the wrong place. Like a 2 pound bag of small, sweet strawberries picked last June. That was tucked behind containers of farro and freekeh. Hidden between jars of bone broth was a quart jar almost full of grape juice. That had to be from making grape … Continue reading Strawberry Jam and Grape Jelly from Frozen Fruits & Juice!

Blue Cheese Fig Tarts w Homemade Fig Jam

I so enjoy chatting with Matt Swaim, Sonrise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Radio. Today we revisited a popular Bible fruit: figs. Did you know figs were cultivated thousands of years before Christ was born? Sometimes it’s hard to find fresh figs, so I wanted to share a couple recipes using dried figs. The first is a lovely little tart and the second is an … Continue reading Blue Cheese Fig Tarts w Homemade Fig Jam

Black Raspberry Jam: Summer in a Jar!

Our black raspberries are ripening so quick this year.  I have to be vigilant, though, about picking enough for jams. The competition is fierce. The birds enjoy berries and the deer, well, they’re greedy. They munch the leaves and tender stems along with the berries.  After 2 days of picking, I finally have enough for jam. A labor of love. Homemade fruit jams capture summer … Continue reading Black Raspberry Jam: Summer in a Jar!

Refrigerator/Freezer Grape Jam & Jelly

Today Matt Swaim, Sacred Heart Radio Sonrise Morning Show host, and I chatted about grapes. GRAPES (John: 15:5)Grapes are mentioned throughout the Bible and grapes were a staple food.  Mentioned more than any other plant in the entire Bible, the grape vine was very important culturally and economically in biblical times. Because of its centrality in everyday life, it is often used symbolically in Scripture. … Continue reading Refrigerator/Freezer Grape Jam & Jelly

Bramble Berry and Blueberry Jams

Keeping promises. I’m doing just that today by sharing recipes for bramble berry jams, aka red raspberry, black raspberry and blackberry.  I have a patch of black raspberries in the garden, plus some wild ones growing on the hillside nestled in with the wild blackberries.  Why jam and not jelly? I’d need a lot more berries than I have to make jelly, since you have … Continue reading Bramble Berry and Blueberry Jams

DIY Wild Flower Jellies and Jams

Granddaughters Emerson and Ellery Violet jam One thing that has me smiling is how many of you responded with interest for making wild flower jellies and jams.  My guess is while sheltering in place, you’re noticing what Mother Nature has to offer right in your yard.  Like purple violets (leaves make a healing tea)  and dandelions. Red bud blossoms. On my little patch of heaven, … Continue reading DIY Wild Flower Jellies and Jams

Rosie, Linda and Me Fox 19 Morning Show

I recorded a holiday gifts segment with my friends at Fox 19. Here’s my oldest & bestests friends from when I started on Fox a loooong while back. Rosie and Linda were there at the beginning, too! Lovely and talented ladies – they are the brains behind the scenes…. Continue reading Rosie, Linda and Me Fox 19 Morning Show

Strawberry Jam 2 Ways

You’ve heard the phrase “hamming it up”. But have you ever heard the phrase “jamming it up”? Well, that’s what this week was like at my house. So many sun ripened strawberries, some from my plants and most from neighbor, Erin Phillip’s garden. I made more strawberry shrub drinks, strawberry pies, and still had pounds left over. Time to get jammin’! Making jam from the … Continue reading Strawberry Jam 2 Ways