This summer I have been trying to make a concerted effort to slow down and enjoy simple pleasures that connect me to friends and family. My mom and I had never made jam before since my grandmother would always make it for us. We realized this summer on a visit to Oregon that we should learn how to continue this tradition. We went to a farm near my grandmother’s house and got a flat of marionberries. Over the course of an evening we made 24 jars of jam and several bottles of syrup. Now that we’re back in California, we’ve already made another batch of blackberry jam!
You may want to consult a recipe as we chose to make our jam with considerably less sugar. Test it out - I just couldn’t imagine using 7 cups of sugar!
- 1 flat of berries (blackberry, marionberry, or raspberry)
- 3 cups sugar
- juice of one lemon
- 1 granny smith apple in 6 pieces
- 1 box of pectin
1.) Buy one box of 8 ounce jars and lids. Wash jars in a dishwasher. Place lids in hot water prior to filling with berry mix.
2.) Rinse berries and place in a bowl with ½ cup sugar. Mix well and let sit. The berries will begin to macerate and you can then pour them into a large pot (5 to 6 quarts). Turn on heat and bring to a boil. Add one box of pectin, lemon juice, and granny smith apple. I let it boil for a bit and the berries naturally broke down. (With the blackberries, I also put them through a food mill as they didn’t break down). Remove apple.
3.) Using a wide-moth sieve, spoon into jars leaving a minimum of ¼ inch space from top of jar. Place lid tightly on jars. Once you are finished filling the jars, boil water in a large pot with water that reaches over 2 inches above the jars. Boil for 10 minutes. Carefully remove jars with jar lifter tongs. Cool jars on a towel on the counter for 12 hours. At that time check the seal (a small circle will indent if sealed).
If you would like more detailed instructions and information on equipment, I found this site helpful!
Summer weather has hit most of the country in full force. Last week when I was road tripping through Oregon we hit some areas that were in the triple digits. Honestly, thats a little too hot for my taste. Since I’m not used to those temperatures I had some wardrobe adjusting to do. This look was my go-to ensemble for most of the trip. Who can go wrong with jean shorts and a sleeveless tunic? It’s the perfect combo. What do you normally wear to beat the heat?
Happy Monday everyone! After taking a much needed week off to enjoy visiting family and friends, relishing the summer days we’ve had here in the Bay Area, making homemade meals at home and just taking a few extra hours to do whatever my heart desired, I’m ready to get back in the swing of things. Usually I’m in the mind set of go, go, go but this summer I’ve had this feeling of unplugging and truly carving out time to do the simplest things – knitting, making jam with my mom, reading – it’s amazing what an hour here can do for your soul. How do all of you find the time to do the things you love?
This week is action packed – I’ll be sharing my latest jam recipe (I’ve already gone through a few jars!), a new layer it post that you’ll be wanting to see if you live in a hot city, a new workspace feature that has me wanting to re-arrange my own workspace and much more.
I hope all of you have a fabulous week ahead!
Photo by Caitlin Flemming of fabric for a current client project
Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday weekend! I took an early start to the holiday weekend with a road trip up to Oregon to visit family and friends. It’s been quite the trip – driving through the mountains, stopping in small towns to antique and winding through farm country. I’m excited to unplug and reconnect with everyone. I hope you are able to do the same!
In the summer months, it’s essential to plan day trips to get out of the San Francisco fog. That’s why I’m constantly looking for places to escape. Fortunately, there are amazing options to choose from that are in close proximity to home. This month I discovered the Bardessono Hotel in Yountville. I had heard fabulous things about the property from friends so when it came time to plan a day trip up to wine country for my Mom’s birthday it was a chance to try it out.
As you enter the property, you are instantly graced with stunning architecture, beautiful gardens, and the friendliest staff. We immediately felt the calm of the atmosphere provided by the quiet sound of fountains and the beauty of nature surrounding us. Our morning was spent pampering ourselves in the top-rated spa where I lost myself in the smells of lavender and jasmine. It was followed by a delicious lunch at Lucy in the quiet gardens. I’ve already tried re-creating the carrot salad I had that was entirely made from their raised vegetable beds in the gardens within the property – I wanted to forage a basket of produce to bring home.
Next time I go back, I’ll definitely spend the night – you can actually have spa services in your room!