Blackberry and Blueberry Jam

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Only the ridiculous go blackberry or blueberry picking during 102ºF heat index weather. Right. So, what to do with buckets of plump, sweet berries? Share with family and friends, freeze for future recipes and . . . jam making! Here are two similar and easy recipes for blackberry and blueberry jam. Hope you enjoy!

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BLACKBERRY JAM
8-10 washed and dried 8 ounce canning jars and lids
4 cups crushed blackberries
6 1/2 cups sugar
3 ounces pectin

Wash canning jars and lids by hand or in dishwasher, keep warm. Rinse and drain blackberries.

Measure sugar into a bowl and set aside.

Use a potato masher to crush the blackberries.

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Place crushed blackberries into a stock pot on medium heat, bring to a rolling boil, stirring frequently. Slowly add pectin, while stirring and let boil for one minute.

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Add the sugar, all at once to the pot, while stirring. Let simmer for ten minutes.

Fill canning jars, leaving 1/4″ space at top. Wipe excess off edges of jar. Seal tightly with plate and lid, return to water pot and boil jars ten more minutes. Place jars on a level surface and let cool 24 hours.

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BLUEBERRY JAM
8-10 washed and dried 8 ounce canning jars and lids
4 cups crushed blueberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
5 1/4 cups sugar
3 ounces pectin

Wash the canning jars and lids by hand or in the dishwasher, keep warm. Rinse and drain the blueberries.

Measure sugar into a bowl and set aside.

Use a potato masher to crush the blueberries. Place crushed blueberries into a stock pot on medium heat, add lemon juice and stir. Bring pot to a rolling boil while stirring frequently.

Slowly add the pectin, while stirring, and boil for one minute.

Add sugar, all at once to the pot, while stirring. Let simmer for ten minutes.

Fill canning jars, leaving 1/4″ space at top. Wipe excess off edges of jar. Seal tightly with plate and lid, return to water pot and boil jars for ten more minutes. Place jars on a level surface and cool 24 hours.

Bon appétit!

I spy George picking blueberries

I spy George picking blueberries

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Dog Days of Summer Dog Bed

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When it’s hot outside, you just want to cool off and take it easy.

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Made of scrap lumber and discounted chair pads; our pups, Pearl (rescue beagle), Douley and Phoebe Darling (Boston terrors) absolutely LOVE their new beds!

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How did we make them?

Screw 2X2′ and 2X3′ lengths into a frame, shorter lengths to the inside

Frame A

Screw the 2X2′ support brace in middle of frame, 2″ below lip

Screw the four 12″ feet inside frame, 2″ below lip. The feet act as addition bed supports

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Cut plywood to fit inside frame, on top of feet and support brace – you may need to trim to make it fit

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Drill drain holes in plywood bed, about 3″ apart

Add a patio chair pad, or bedding of choice. The 2″ drop below the lip helps keep the pad in place

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Supplies:

  • 2X6″ pressure treated board, cut in two 3′ lengths (sides)
  • 2X6″ pressure treated board, cut in three 2′ lengths (sides, support brace)
  • 4X4″ pressure treated post, cut in 12″ lengths (feet)
  • 2X3′ pressure treated plywood (bed)
  • outdoor patio chair pad
  • drill, screws

Our pups are so spoiled; they refuse to chase the squirrels!

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Farmhouse Dining Table

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George has an awesome gift: he can look at a photo (“I want it to look just like this”) and in turn, build whatever piece of furniture requested.  This gift came in handy as we helped our son-in-law and daughter paint and decorate their first new home these past few weeks. The one thing our daughter requested was for her dad to build a keepsake farmhouse dining table. 

The table was built from supplies left over from my craft table project, in addition to four traditional maple wood turned legs from Lowe’s and a lot of braces.  :)  

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Brianne and I painted the apron and legs a white chalk paint wash. Later, she applied Minwax Red Mahogany stain and a satin Minwax clear coat to the top.

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Wouldn’t this table look great paired with these half painted chairs? ;)

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Quilt #6: Scrappy 16-Patch Sawtooth Quilt

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In continuing with the plan to sew quilts for my two similar, yet different sisters, (Scrappy 16-Patch Snowball Quilt) I’ve completed a scrappy 16-patch sawtooth for Glenn, sista #2. :)  I used scrap fabrics continuing the saving $ love! For the backing, I used Robert Kaufman Squiggle, Michael Miller Kiss Dot Fog and Moda Tiny Dots White/Gray. I had the batting left over from the first quilt.   

Scrappy 16-Patch Sawtooth

Scrappy 16-Patch Sawtooth

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16-Patch Sawtooth

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16-Patch Sawtooth – — Back with Signature Block

I had fun continuing to learn squiggly “stipple” quilting. Not perfect, but getting better at it.

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After sewing for my sisters, I think I’m really digging ‘scrappy’ quilts.  

Have a good week! – – Joanne

Half Paint Chairs

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I’m in love with my daughter, Brianne’s, dining chairs. This past weekend she updated the hand-me-down chairs using spray paint and stain.

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She Sells Seashells

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As far back as I can remember my extended family (mother’s side) spent summers visiting North Carolina’s barrier islands. Carefree days running barefoot, rolling down sand dunes, poking sticks into sand fiddler holes, peddle-pushers and sun-bleached hair.

CRabbing Cousins, (c)1970

Crabbing Cousins, (c)1970

A few of us met up a week ago, jump-starting another summer. :)  It was lovely: sleeping in, dining alfresco, jacket weather, beachcombing, quiet.  Alas, requisite “progress” has invaded. Yet, there is still a salty beauty: seagulls screaming, waves crashing, relentless sun, hot sand, shady porches. Give me a sun-faded cedar-shingled vintage cottage every day.

Nags Head, NC

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