Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Guess What I Made!

Today started out normal, well, almost.  I went to let out the chickens and noticed there was an egg.  I went on and fed the pigs, and one nicked my finger making it bleed.  I headed back to the chicken coop to recover the egg and saw one of our rabbits hopping around.  It was an "Oh, no!" moment.  The children and I spent a long time chasing that rabbit all over the place, but we could never catch it. The one we were chasing was Jake's rabbit.  I told him to tell the rabbit good-bye in case we were unable to get it back in the pen.  We finally came back in.  I would see it every now and then hopping around.  Later in the day, the children wanted to go check for eggs in the coop.  Alissa came running back in the house yelling that Mickey Mouse, the rabbit, was dead.  Sure enough, I went outside, and the poor, beautiful thing was dead under the car.  Our dog was desperately licking and nudging him trying to make him get up.  The children handled it surprisingly well, considering they cried for two days the last time we lost a rabbit.  They came in the house and wrote about it and have been okay since.

I have been sick, and all the commotion of chasing the rabbit and feeding the pigs took a lot out of me this morning.  After feeding the children breakfast, washing clothes, and feeding the children lunch, I had to take a nap.  After getting up, I decided to tackle a project I have been wanting to do for a long time.  I have put it off for fear of not getting it right and making a mess of things.  Can you guess what it was?  Here is a clue:

Yep!  I decided to conquer my fear and try my hand at making preserves!  I bought strawberries earlier in the week, but I only needed a few of them.  I had just enough leftover to make two jars of preserves.   They didn't turn out clear and pretty, but considering I have never done it, or watched anyone else do it, I was very happy with how they turned out.  If you promise not to laugh, I'll show you a picture.

I told you they weren't pretty, but I'm celebrating anyway!  There was a little left in the pan when I was done, and the children and I couldn't help but try it.

It was SO yummy!

What tips do you have for creating clear preserves?  I could sure use any help you can offer!

Until we meet again, may you be blessed!


  1. You go girl!! Wish I had a slice of that like the kids :)

  2. Come on down, my friend! We'll make some fresh bread and have a slice with the preserves on it! :)

  3. Just now catching up on your blog! Tasty looking jam that you've made, I guess I missed the strawberry season!

  4. Anonymous, strawberries may be gone, but peaches are here! :)

  5. it's just me, your PA friend, for some reason I could only sign in as anon....will email you today!

  6. I thought it might be you, but I wasn't sure. You have been busy as a bee, so you had a great excuse for missing the strawberry season. I look forward to hearing from you later today!