Strawberry Jam

First, let me say this is not a Paleo recipe.  I tried making no sugar jams last summer and did not like any of them.  Personal preference I guess.  I did use organic cane sugar instead of white sugar.  It’s what I had on hand as it’s what we use day to day.  I also cut back on the sugar a bit.

Second, all the credit for this amazing strawberry jam recipe goes to the Pioneer Woman.

 

We usually love to go and pick our own berries at one of the local farms but this year the farm we usually  pick at had closed.  I didn’t want to miss out on the strawberry season so I grabbed a box from a road side stand.

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Look at those beauties.  So fresh. So red. So delicious.  It was so hard to not eat them all before we made the jam.

For the summer my son has to do a list of things before he can have screen time.  One of those things is help someone in the family.  So he got recruited to help me with jam and we had a blast.  He helped cut all the strawberries.

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He loved the mashing of the strawberries.

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He help with every part.  He stirred the strawberries and the sugar together and when it was time to scoop it into the jars he did all the scooping.  IMG_6898

It was such a fun and easy project to do together.  It only took us about 2 hours total start to finish including the water bathing.  I love taking my favorite tastes of summer and preserving them to have to eat through out the winter.

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Never Too Old

I’m going to take a little trip down memory lane in this post. Life is constantly changing and while I super excited and inspired by the changes currently taking place, I think it’s good to remember where you have been.

30 years ago my family and I moved to a small town in Iowa.  26 years ago we moved into this house.  This house is beautiful inside and out.  Though she needs a bit of work in this particular picture. IMG_6142 (1)

I “grew up” in this house.  I say that even though we moved there either my freshman or sophomore year of high school.  It went through my teenage years with me.  And those were some years.  As I walked through the house one last time I was flooded with memories.

IMG_6472  The attic.  It was much nicer back in the day when it was my room. If those walls could talk.

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I was blessed to have my best friend live next door to me for a while. I used to sit on this window seat and she’d sit on her couch by the window and we’d talk on the phone.
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Then there is this beautiful staircase where many a family picture was taken.  I remember putting my wedding dress on and walking down to show my family.  The archway that welcomed so many as they walked in our front door.  The room where I had my first kiss with the man I would end up marrying.IMG_6481

 

And the last picture I have for you.  The kitchen that Adam and I remolded a bit together.  Again, as in my other posts more Adam than me.  But I did chip off all of the plaster covering the brick wall.  I love exposed brick.

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Why am I sharing this walk down memory lane with you? Well about a 3 months ago my parents sold this house.  And it got me thinking about the past, the future, change and living your dreams.

They have always been adventurous, my parents.  My dad maybe more so then my mom.  Though,  in spite of dealing with anxiety/depression issues due to a genetic disorder she is a carrier of, she has always been up for whatever adventure he could dream up.  She may want to let her fear and anxiety keep her from these adventures but she doesn’t.  She puts her trust in God and goes.  My dad has always had a dream of living in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana and so at 77 and 72 they are working at making this dream come true and that inspires me.

What dreams have you been putting on the back burner?  What have you wanted to do forever but have thought impossible?  What is holding you back from achieving your dreams?

My parents have taught me a lot over my 42 years but one of the best lessons is don’t let fear hold you back.  It can be crippling.  I’ve seen my mom work through it time and time again.  Be brave! Be bold! Have faith and go for it.  You are never too old to make your dreams come true!

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