Friday, June 19, 2009


I didn't post anything yesterday, because I thought I had nothing to say. But that's ok, cause I have stuff to write about today.

We went (me, mom & monsters) berry picking. They were $1.46 a pound. I have gotten them cheaper in the store but this was a great experience for the monsters. Mouthy monster could be heard over the whole strawberry patch "Can they have some white on them or this one is squishy". Mind you that Mouthy is only 5 and this was her first time doing something like this. I was able to get 33 pounds. Not to bad of a haul. We were out there for about an hour. I didn't realize that the U-pick was open a week ago. If I would have we would have gone then. These plants were fairly picked over.

Dear brother came over bearing steaks. So that is what we had for dinner. Then while the fire was blazing I proceeded to clean the berries, as we sat around the table talking. Teenage monster was nice enough to take them in the house and rinse them for me. They went into the fridge to spend the night.

So today I am looking for a recipe for strawberry syrup. And whatever else catches my fancy. I also have to get a lemon today. I am going to make peach ambrosia jam. I got this recipe from one of the email groups I belong to.

Peach Ambrosia Jam
Makes about 10 Cups

12 large peaches, blanched, peeled, pitted and diced
2 medium size oranges
1 lemon
sugar equal to amount of measured fruit
1 cup maraschino cherries, drained and sliced

1. Put the oranges and lemon with skins on through the food processor.
2. Mix with the peaches.
3. Measure fruit mixture.
4. Match with an equal amount of sugar.
5. Put into a heavy saucepan.
6. Bring to a boil.
7. Reduce the heat.
8. Cook until thick, stirring frequently to prevent sticking.
9. Add the cherries during the last five minutes of cooking.
10. Skim off foam.
11. Ladle into hot, sterilized jars and seal.
Process 10 minutes water bath

Lots to do today!

Gotta Run