Saturday, June 16, 2012

Gma's words: "Put some dirt on those beans"

My grandmother always said, "those beans need some dirt". Over the years of gardening I've come to learn that grandma knows best. She explains things in layman's terms not technical terms, which I like. She doesn't always give you the reason for it but you know she knows what she's talking about. So if your growing green beans, put some dirt on those beans. Just take your hoe and pile up the dirt around the base of the plant. You'll be amazed how fast they will grow. Grandma knows best!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Plum Preserves and Memories Preserved

Our little plum tree was very good to us this year. We have picked 50lbs of plums in the past 2 weeks. The plums are not very big, because I did not thin them like I was suppose to. It's so hard to choose the "right" one and destroy the "other" ones. I'll try my hardest next year to thin them so we'll have big plums. They were still delicious and sweet.

We had lots of fun with my mom and grandma this weekend making plum preserves. Our first batch turned out really nice, but our second batch was a little thick. The only difference, we added the sugar first then the pectin to the first batch. The directions call for the pectin first then the sugar. Maybe they should change the directions, just a suggestion.

Homemade preserves, jams and jellies are so much fun and so easy to make. Plus it saves lots of money at the grocery store.  I use my homemade jams for Christmas gifts. Pair a jar up with some homemade bread and Christmas gifts are ready and yummy.

We made 29 half pint jars of plum preserves. Total spent $17.84, not including jars. Jars are pricy but once you buy them their yours and the cost of making and preserving goes down. Final cost = $1.55 a jar. Memories preserved = Priceless!

Thank you Jesus for blessing my family!!