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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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taking out the trash…or lack there of

I need to apologize for my absence.  I fear the void in my garden has left my blog blank.

I don’t think I have realized until now how inspired I am by the warmer months and the anticipation of life and growth.  I really do live for getting outside and being in my garden.

The weather has been warmer this last week (in the 40’s).  I found myself poking around in the backyard yesterday.  As I looked at everything dormant or dead, I thought of how much I hate it… from the lack of bugs for the chickens to eat to not liking guests to even look in the back yard.  I know that everyone’s yard looks just the same in the winter, but I can’t help it.  I envisioned what would be in the garden in the late Spring and where exactly it would go this year.  I could see the piles of compost complete and ready to be added to the garden.  I thought of where I want those raised beds to go when my husbands gets around to building them.

What makes this worse?  The stores, and the fact that they are putting the seed packets out.  I am sure that they do this just to torture me.  In Central Oregon we can’t even start our seeds indoors yet.  Grrr

Okay, enough of my complaining.  On to what I have been able to do this winter.

Being a family of four, we have always used a 65 gallon trash can that was picked up on a weekly basis.  Recently we were able to to downsize to a 35 gallon can.  We could do this because we have been very aware of what can be recycled and making sure it went into that can.  The food scraps that can’t go into the compost or worms are now going to the chickens.  Now our recycling can is larger than our trash can, and it has been working out great.  Not to mention we are saving money!  Yeah!

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Eggs Anyone?

Since the gardening season is over in Central Oregon there is not much going on at my house.  The garden is tilled and awaiting the spring.  The worms are happy and quickly turning their bin.  I have been sewing a lot more lately.  It is more like teaching myself to sew with the expertise of some sewing friends.  My latest project is going to be a quilt.  I will show you it in a couple of years when it is done, LOL.  I am still composting.  Soon I think I will tarp the compost to help keep it a little warmer during the winter.  I don’t know for sure that this works, but I feel like I am doing something productive.  I plan on getting some fresh apples and canning them soon.

…and the chickens…

I was told that if you want your chickens to keep laying during the winter you have to put a heat lamp in with them.  I kept it in mind but only got it in there about 2 1/2 weeks ago.  Through the summer we were getting 3 eggs a day from our 3 lovely ladies.  I noticed that before we got the light in there we were only getting maybe 1 egg on a good day.  So in went the lamp.  It took about a week, but we are up to 2-3 eggs a day.

So… I guess it has been proven.  My girls are laying well again and we will be leaving the lamp in until the nights warm up again.  Today, that seems like a LONG time.

ALSO…

This is the time of year that we shop more than normal.  Lets be sure we are doing our part by taking those reusable bags into the store with us.  Sometimes they are easy to forget, but lets try real hard to not contribute to more plastic bags.

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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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