|Table set up June 2014 at Farmer's Market|
At whatever event I am attending, I love meeting the new people. Taking the time to discuss the flavors I have on the table, letting them sample and giving ideas on how to use. Yes, I am a people person. All the long hours in the kitchen, I find myself talking in my mind a lot. I carry on quite lengthy conversations! LOL It isn't easy being the one woman show but all it takes is one compliment from a "stranger". The one that takes the second to acknowledge my hard work and to say "Hey, I really love your jam" or "My family loves to use your jam on (fill in the blank)". Knowing that I provide a quality, delicious product for others to enjoy in their homes is an awesome feeling.
I have a passion for creating jams and jellies. I focus on jams because I prefer chunks of fruit smothering my crunchy peanut butter sandwiches. Oh my goodness, in my minds eye I see now a freshly baked, butter biscuit with a nice piece of strawberry or a whole crushed blueberry intermingling with melting butter. OR ahh even better, blackberries spooned across the scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, reminding me of the joys of summer. After a few days "off", I find myself looking forward to the feeling of accomplishment while hand crushing the berries, mixing in the sugar and pectin and cooking until just right to jar. And then anxiously anticipating the "pings" of the lids, as they cool on the counter.
|One of my favorites...Carrot Cake Jam |
ready for the canner.