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Strawberry Freezer Jam

It is that time to preserve what we grew.  Here is my favorite way to preserve my strawberries.  Psst… and it’s really easy!
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These are some of the strawberries that I have been picking from my garden.
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I prefer to blend my strawberries, not crush them.  I am not fond of chunks.  I am pretty sure that this is NOT recommended, but I have had good luck for the last couple of years with this method.
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Next, I added the pectin.  Then the sugar.
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Once it was completely mixed and clump-free I poured the jam into the freezer jars.
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Here is the final product.  I let it set up for a while then into the freezer.  It will stay in the freezer for a year.

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Happenings at my Home

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For Mothers Day, I made my Mom this bag.  It was my first non-dress/nightgown.  I lined it with    lime green.  I think it turned out great.  I am going to have to make myself one too!

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Addison wanted a garden of her own.  So here it is, there are two of these raised planters.  There is one on each side of her playhouse.  She has pink flowers and red/green peppers growing right now.

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My garden has been changed over to raised beds this year as well.  In this picture I have spinach, lettuce, and arugula.  So far I am loving the beds.

So far I have sowed/planted

lettuce                   arugula

spinach                  bok choy

carrots                   onions

potatoes                garlic

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The Strawberries are flowering.

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Mommy and Addi’s watering cans.

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The Crabapple looks beautiful.

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Spring is calling my name

Spring is calling my name…and this is how I know

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Addi Kay and I took a trip to the back yard.  I looked for new growth and she went to her sand box and “planted seeds”.

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Succulents are making a comeback in my yard.

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The Pussy Willow Tree is beginning to bloom

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And…all of the bulbs have emerged

*sigh and smile*

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Pumpkins Galore

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted anything.  My computer has been out of service for a while.  I am back now and ready to tell you about my pumpkins.

I had a good tun out of pumpkins and gourds this year.  Not as many as last year, but that was intentional.  Last year was a bit overkill.  This year I planted a variety of gourds and pumpkins.  I am already ready for spring so I can start over again.  The large one was 80 pounds.  I was hoping for over 85 because my biggest last year was that big.

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What’s been going on at my home…

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This was a sewing project that I was working on.  I am NOT a sewer, I am still learning.  I ripped it apart many times.  I would like to thank everyone that was on-call, ready for me to call with my questions.  I had a lot of people who are ready every time I take on a sewing project.  Though it looks like an easy project, it was a little challenging for me.  I am so happy to have it done though.  Addi Kay will have a pretty dress for next spring!!!

 

 

 

 

 

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This was the pumpkin that I thought was gong to break my 85 lb. record.  As you can see it is already changing colors and NOT 85 lbs. if I had to take a guess.  Now I am focusing on others that are large.  They are still growing and have a little longer to do so.  Maybe they will break a record?

 

 

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These are some carrots that I had pulled for my neighbors.  I had no luck with carrots last year, so I am pretty excited to be doing good in the carrot department this year.

 

 

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This is my Addi Kay with some of our peppers.  I have had some issues with blossom end rot on the peppers and tomatoes, but these ones were fine.

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My Garden

I thought I would give everyone an update on my garden as of today.  We have been having storms lately (thunder, lightening, wind & rain).  I have read that other gardens have been traumatized by them, but somehow mine has come out just fine. 

 I am currently trying to figure out what additive my plants are needing now.  I am having a little trouble with blossom end rot.  I noticed it a little on my tomatoes, but mostly with my peppers.  About a month ago I dug holes next to each of my tomatoes and placed banana peels in them.  I think they really liked that. 

The corn is doing well, nothing exciting to report on it yet.
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The tomatoes are loving the heat and see to be doing very well.  Just waiting on RED ones.
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The peppers are going crazy, but I need to address the blossom end rot with them.  I have a lot of flowers on the banana peppers but no peppers yet.  All the others have been producing.

The potatoes are popping out of the ground, some still green.  I just keep covering them up.  I think between the storms and the hens they have had a little help finding their way out of the soil.
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The carrots are doing great.  I pull one every once in a while just to see.
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Pumpkins are taking off.  I have quite a few.  A couple are turning already.  My JUMBO one that I have been waiting on is finally getting big.  Wasn’t the plant that I thought it was going to be though.  Oh well!  As long as I get one HUGE one, I am happy.

The gourds, like the pumpkins are doing great.
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The strawberries took a bit of a hiatus, but are on their way back, I think I will have some that need to be picked today.

The snap peas have just started producing.  I just picked my first 3 this morning.

Cucumbers are good.  Picked my first lemon cucumber today.

The onions are getting bigger.

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THE Pumpkin

Last year was good for me when it came to pumpkins.  I had a ton of gourds and pumpkins.  This year I have not planted quite so many, but still have high hopes for getting the one.  Last year I not only had a lot of them but, I also had a HUGE pumpkin.  85 lbs. to be exact.  It took 3 of us to get it on the bathroom scale.  I just had to know how big that thing was.  I have never been so proud of something I have grown.  I loved it when people would comment about it or ask if I bought it.

Some of the many pumpkin/gourds from last year
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The 85 lb.er.  I have to say the picture doesn’t do it justice
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And… this years plant that will give me a even bigger one (I hope).

I have more plants, but I have a feeling about this one.  LOL
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