Monday, April 7, 2014

April Showers

Good Evening All,
Rain, rain here tonight. Love the sound of rain on the roof.  It lets my mind drift off in other directions.  Of course, all those directions end back up at one place...canning.  I wish, in one way, that it was easy to do and fast to finish, but then...it wouldn't be worth doing or worth eating. 
 
Since I have been at home doing this as my "job/profession" now for 4 months, I keep saying to myself on the days I feel like I've been ran over with a truck..."This is what you wanted remember?"  And it is what I wanted and still do.
I still have a few different recipes (ok....a lot) to give a try and some great ideas, with help from friends, for grilling jams and jellies this summer. It just never stops!  I have become quite popular around my local area now.  Word of mouth is really get out and many people are finding my flavors delightful and I sure do appreciate the support. 
I think that is why I enjoy it so.  Fun to create a new flavor, try it on something and realize how good it is and then I want to share with everyone so they can serve it to their family and friends. 

Until next time....enjoy life.  Smile, laugh, love.  It all comes and goes so quickly.

A delightful jelly I made with apple peels and cherry juice.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hello and Happy 2014!

Good Evening! 
As this new year started, I gave up my employment outside of the home and have began Joyful Jars as my full time occupation. It is exciting!! 
Lots of new changes for me.  I will NOT compromise the flavor or quality of my wonderful tasting jams but I have decided to go to smooth jars and I have found a logo that I LOVE! So, I will be incorporating it on my labels and marketing etc.
 
I started out the New Year in a new spot.  Country Bits in Cambridge has a nice selection of Joyful Jars for you to purchase.  I have received many kind words and new customers via that store in just the short time I have been there.  
Also, the Locals North End Market in Cambridge is doing quite well. They have a great staff and great lady behind the food counter, Lori, that is inventing new menu items almost daily it seems! Lots of good breakfast foods also.

The deli at the Caldwell Food Center in Caldwell is also incorporating my original recipe, Wrangler Jelly, in the lunch menu.  They have even tried it on steak hoagies and it was a huge hit! 

So, look for the new labels soon!

P.S.  In yesterday's mail I received the letter stating that Joyful Jars was approved to become a partner in Ohio Proud.  A program that serves local business in our great state. When you purchase local products, you not only support that business, you help support the economy of Ohio.


 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Some new recipes for the Holidays!


Merry Christmas Eve Eve! :) 

I have been busy in the kitchen tonight preparing for Christmas Eve fun.  One dip I wanted to try is a tweaked version of something I saw at the store.  Bloody Mary Shrimp Dip

I used one block of soft cream cheese and a half cup of mayo.  I combined those until smooth with a spoon.  I then added a 4 oz jar of my original recipe Bloody Mary Jelly.  Again, combine until smooth.  Add one 7oz can of shrimp, that has been drained, rinsed, drained and then chopped.  I used my Pampered Chef Hand Chopper.  Gently fold the shrimp into the dip.  Chill overnight or 24 hours.

I also have Sausage Balls prepped and ready for the oven.  A nice pork roast with kraut and hot dogs in the crockpot on low.  I have hamburger thawing to make a huge dish of Taco Bake, it doesn't last long around here! And finally I will make another new recipe tweaked with Joyful Jars.

I am using a package of little smokies and a roll of crescents.  I will baste some of the smokies with Hot Berry Mango-ilow and then wrap in a small version of a regular crescent.  The others I will bake as is and use Beer Bomb Butter as a dipping sauce for the smokie rolls.

I hope you all enjoy your Christmas with family and friends and pleasant memories of Christmas's past.  It is a bittersweet time when loved ones are gone and we grow older but remember with a smile and love in your heart. 

Merry Christmas to you all!

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Getting Ready for 2014

Merry Christmas!

As of January 1, 2014 Joyful Jars is my FULL TIME occupation. I am "stepping out in Faith". I never dreamed 16 months ago, I would be doing this. God has laid this in my lap and I have to pursue it to the best of my ability. So thank you all from the bottom of my heart for a your support, encouragement, ideas, creative recipes and friendship. Be ready for more tantalizing tastes to come...my mind is spinning with thoughts !

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Hot Berry Mang-ilow!


New to my line of jalapeno jams...specially named for one of my friends....
HOT BERRY MANG-ILOW!  Strawberry-mango-jalapeno jam.  It has a heat to it but it calms down with the cream cheese.  More on this later...gotta run!

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Jack-o-lantern smiling bright
Witches flying in the night
Ghosts and goblins, cats and bats
Witches with their funny hats
A full moon can't be beat
As we go out to Trick or Treat
 
Remember how fun it was to go trick or treating? Picking out the best costume.  Walking thru fallen leaves on the streets of the little town close to where I grew up. (It could have actually been a "Disney movie" town, as it was founded in the early 1800's.) Passing children from school. Meeting at the firehouse after the siren went off for the night of treating to end. Those were the days when you would receive apples, homemade popcorn balls and "regular size" candy bars!  Flash forward a few decades and I was helping MY daughter pick out her costume.  We drove into a bigger town where she went to school.  She would take her time and not run down the street, like the others, just to get candy.  She even would go up the hill and down the street to those "out of the way" houses, where elderly men and women would anxiously wait to see if a little trick or treat-er would stop by.  Ahhh...memories.
 
I love creating and this time of year is fun to make SODA POP JELLIES.  Yes, they are made from soda pop.  Yes, soda pop is already sweet enough, that is why I reduce the sugar in every recipe! It is so fun to create names and labels for them.  I took the pictures in my back yard on a knob of ground. I loved using the witches hand to "grab" the goodies!
 
Sometimes, you just have to be a little "childish" and have some fun in the kitchen!  If you haven't tried soda pop jelly, you might want to.  I have found some flavors such as root beer and crème soda to keep their taste the best! 
 
Happy Haunting!!!!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

The End of One Season and On to Another....

With the first of September tomorrow, this month brings an end to the farmer's markets I attend.  Easton Farmer's Market will be held just two more Thursdays, the fifth and the twelfth. I had an amazing time each Thursday I was there.  I LOVE the atmosphere.  The water park in the middle of the square with the families playing and relaxing in the lawn. the music that is played to "drown out" the traffic noise.  It makes each evening a fun and different experience.

The New Concord Farmer's Market will hold it's last session on the 28th which is the last Saturday of the month. Lots of time to still get fresh made apple butter, fresh baked goods and fall produce.  Even though we have had some rainy days, the sunny days made up for it and we had lots of people attend and purchase amazing tomatoes, potatoes, rhurbarb, freshly baked pies and some Joyful Jars!

So with the end of Farmer's Market season, so begins Bazaar/Craft Show season.  I have lots of ideas for cute baskets, many themed for the holidays. What is easier than picking up a package ready to give? Fall favorites and Winter themed goodies will be back on the stove for processing.

Speaking of processing, look at those beautiful organic pears I purchased the other week.  Oh they were wonderful and sweet!  They became wonderful Vanilla Pear Butter, Cran-Pear-ry Jam, Pear Jam and a few jars of a special Vanilla Caramel Pear Sauce.  YUMM.
I love using good, local produce that I know hasn't been altered with sprays and etc.  I have had bushels of organic apples, peaches that have turned into delicious flavors of jams and butters.


Back to work.  Spiked Apple Jelly is needing my attention.

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