Monday, June 23, 2014

some one on one

How was your weekend?  Ours was quiet and even (dare I say) blissful. For the first time in forever, I had no deadlines, no where I had to be, and nothing that I had to be doing.  Drew spent Friday and Saturday in Santa Barbara at a LAX tourney, and the girls and I spent time eating grilled cheese sandwiches, and talking and laughing, and it was so very nice.  With Drew and Sierra in summer school, I've been taking advantage of that one on one time with Gentry. Last week we had a breakfast date (with this cinnamon roll on steroids)..
  and then we made strawberry and raspberry freezer jam.  Gentry even made the last two batches herself.
By the way, if you've never made freezer jam, don't be afraid to try.  I just use the recipe on the sure-jell box and it is so easy.  If you've never made it before, start by just doing a couple of batches for practice.  One little tip…don't double the batch….the consistency won't be right.  But, if you want to mass produce (like we did) you can (after a little practice) make multiple batches at the same time.  We made sixteen jars in about four hours. I literally had four pans going with the pectin at the same time,  and four large bowls for mixing the sugar.  It was a fun project.  Gentry loved making her jam, and I felt like a good mom teaching her how.   I love those days.

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