Friday, June 27, 2014

Strawberry Freezer Jam Recipe

As per request here is the jam recipe I used. It is super super easy, yet so delicious!

Strawberry Freezer Jam

4 cups (1000 ml) crushed strawberries, about 2 quarts (2 L)

1 -1/2 cups (375 ml) granulated sugar or SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, granulated

1 pouch (45 g) BERNARDIN® Freezer Jam Pectin

  • Wash and rinse 5 BERNARDIN® Freezer Jars and lids or 250 ml mason jars and closures.
  • Wash, hull and crush strawberries.. Measure 4 cups (1000 ml).
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine Freezer Jam Pectin and sugar or SPLENDA® until well blended. Stir fruit mixture into pectin-sugar mixture; stir 3 minutes.
  • Ladle jam into jars, leaving 1/2 inch (1 cm) headspace. Wipe jar rims removing any residue. Apply lids tightly. Let stand until thickened, about 30 minutes. Refrigerate up to 3 weeks, freeze up to 1 year, or serve right away.

This is the same recipe I used for raspberries as well. It can be used with any berries and some fruit. I love this recipe because it is sweet but not overly sweet. It has 1.5 cups of sugar compared to 7 cups of sugar in this jam! The recipe is on the back of the pectin package.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Williams Park


We went for a picnic BBQ at Williams Park earlier this week. We all had a lot of fun at the park and the creek. Williams park is absolutely beautiful! I foresee a few more picnics here this summer with our new Weber Q!


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Krause Berry Farms - strawberry and raspberry picking

Saturday we went to Krause Berry Farms to pick strawberries. Surprisingly I have never been before, but have been wanting to check it out. I also really wanted to pick strawberries this year to freeze. We had a fun time picking. It is a great place to go with your family. They have a playground, animal area, farm market with a ton of delicious looking goodies and two areas to eat. I can't wait to go back when I'm not detoxing and sample some of the deliciousness! ;)

However by the time we were done in the fields the farm was insanely busy and I mean insane!! We decided to get the kids an ice cream with some friends. We waited 15 minutes in line - we knew it was a long line so fine, that was our decision, but after we ordered we were given a number and had to wait another 15 minutes for our cones! In total we waited a half hour for two child sized cones. This isn't fun with two small children. We had just decided to go home when the ice cream finally arrived. Thank goodness, because two melt downs is not something I wanted to deal with. lol.

We picked 18lbs of strawberries in just under an hour. I also went back Monday with friends to pick raspberries.

 My strawberry processing helper - She stood and washed strawberries one by one for over an hour. 

Freezing strawberries! We froze several bags of strawberries and the rest went to making freezer jam

 My first jar of jam! Freezer jam is SO easy and even more delicious!

 10 jars of strawberry jam later!

This is my first time ever berry picking and making jam since I was a kid.

Monday I picked 12lbs of raspberries (with a lot of help) and also made 5 jars of raspberry freezer jam. We are well stocked.

I'll be going back yet again next week, this time to enjoy the other activities the farm has to offer.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Bacon Bouquet!

Well this is definitely late, but the 'top secret' from this post was a bacon bouquet for Dave for Father's Day! I had alot of fun making them and it was surprisingly quick and easy. 

Dave loved them! What more can a guy want? Bacon? Bouquet? Um, hello!


 We also made daddy his favorite meal...breakfast and specifically an omelet! Only the best for the best! ;)

Here are a few quick steps to make the bouqet.

1.Remove roses from stem/leaves. Leave the stem that pokes through the leaves
2. Roll bacon, one or two strips depending on how big you want them
3.  spear bottom with 2 toothpicks, place on rack
4. bake at 400F for 20-30minutes
5. allow bacon to cool and remove toothpicks from bacon
6. push bacon roses on the the stems nestled between the leaves
7. arrange the bouquet and place in a vase
8. Wow your spouse/partner/dad!!!

Friday, June 20, 2014

It has been a busy couple of weeks. Makayla's last day of school was on Thursday. I feel like we haven't had time to breath in awhile. Every day we are running here or there and gone most of the days. I'm so looking forward to summer! Picnics, parks, waterparks, BBQs, beaches, lakes, boating, camping, friends, games, and sun! Bring on the fun!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Tap Your Sticks

Makayla's school spring concert was on Thursday. Below is her class performing.

Mine is the girl who keeps going the wrong direction! ;)  lol. Apparently she was only there for one practice on the day of. The quality of the video isn't great, as it was compressed when I took it off my phone.

 I think these girls were the cutest ever, but as a mom I'm quite bias!

Friday, June 13, 2014

Best dad hands down!

I've gone a little Pinterest crazy this Father's Day. I am not at all creative, thank goodness for Pinterest! I did one craft today, and two more are prepped for tomorrow!

Do you need a last minute, easy craft for Father's Day? We did this craft today with my girls and the little boy I watch.  It is super easy, cute and I had all the supplies at home. Thanks to one of my besties for the idea! ;)

 I didn't have time to get to the store for letter stickers or ribbon so I made a few changes to use what we had at home.

- Paint (I used finger paint)
- Paintbrush
- Cardstock or thick paper
- Letter Stencils (or stickers)
- Sharpie

I painted each of the kids' hands with a brush. According to Makayla, "it tickles".

Then they stamped their hands on the paper, waited for the paint to dry and I stenciled the letters with a Sharpie.

Here are the finished products: We made three, one isn't pictured.

This works for Grandpa's too! I put this one in a glass frame, but it isn't necessary.

Here is the one my girls did for daddy. Since there are two of them I decided to do one hand print each.

One craft down, two more to go tomorrow! The last one is top secret and I won't be sharing until after Father's Day!

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

I made a few changes to my blog for now. I removed my header photo and background, changed the title and updated photos. This will do until I figure out what I want.

I have several older posts that were never published, just drafted. I will be going back and posting those in the days to come.

See, as promised another blog post within a week ;)

I have a blog?

I want to start blogging again. I also want to totally revamp my blog. New background, new name, new banner....if only I could decide on what to name it. However before I do all that I need to get myself back in to blogging. I am committing for now to try to do one post a week. We'll start there and see what happens. It was something I used to really love. I became busy with being a mom and just never made time for it. I always found it a nice outlet for my thoughts, updates on our lives and to relax in my spare time. What spare time you ask? Yes, that is my problem. Okay, here it goes...expect another post sometime within the next week.