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Fruit + Sugar = Jam October 14, 2010

Posted by Sarah in apron, Cherries, fruit, hand made, home made, homemade jam, jam, preserving, strawberries.
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Nothing makes me feel quite so housewifely than making jam whilst wearing a frock and one of Nana’s apron.

It’s a beautiful thing to make something your grandmother used to make, wearing something she most likely wore while she made it.

The jams that I have made thus far:

Strawberry
Strawberry and Vanilla Bean
Blackberry
Raspberry
Cherry (with splashes of Brandy and Marsala)

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The blockade September 29, 2010

Posted by Sarah in business, christmas, food, fruit, hand made, home made, homemade jam, jam, preserving, strawberries.
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The 212 glass jam jars I ordered arrived about an hour ago, and I already have two pots of Strawberry Jam bubbling away.

(Just in case you were wondering what I’m going to be spending the next few months doing)

Right now they’re making quite an excellent blockade for our front door.  I’ll have to work our a better place to put them before the Mr gets home tonight.

I’ll be selling jars full of Jam and Relish this holiday season – stay tuned for more information!

Keeping busy March 2, 2010

Posted by Sarah in art, blanket, buttons, Craft, draft snake, embroidery, fabric, home made, homemade jam, markets, recycle, refashion, sewing, snake, strawberries, whale.
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This weekend I’ll be at the Surry Hills Markets selling, among other things, these sweet little whale softies.  If you’re in Sydney this weekend come and visit me!

I’ll also be selling my handmade soaps, jams, draft snakes, and even some handmade picnic blankets.  Wish me luck!

Frocktober day 19 October 19, 2009

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, Frocktober, Fundraising, newtown, strawberries.
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I headed to the Domain to meet Joh for lunch today.  It’s a beautiful sunny Frocktober day here in Sydney, not that you’d know it in our cold sunless house!

Today’s dress doesn’t get much wear, but it is fun when I do wear it.  I decided that the tights were necessary just in case the wind turned on me.  Luckily my modesty was protected for another day :)PA190006

I need to give this dress a bit of TLC, the straps need re-sewing, and a little red waist sash would help the look I think.

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Remember, if you would like to support the Australian Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation during the month of Frocktober you can.  Click here to donate.

My registration number is 539381.  (you can put the registration number in the final page of your paypal payment).

Homemade Strawberry jam September 1, 2009

Posted by Sarah in bread, butter, food, fruit, home made, jam, preserving, strawberries, thrifty.
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I snapped up some bargain strawberries at the supermarket yesterday.  They were perfectly ripe, so i decided to make them into jam.

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I checked out my trusty old copy of the Edmonds Cookbook to see what they said about the ratio of sugar to fruit.  Usually I work on a 1:1 ratio, but this time I used 1.140 kgs of strawberries to 1kg of sugar.  The instructions on how to actually make the jam cracked me up – such matter of fact language.  I especially like the sentence “The juice of 1 or 2 lemons added just before taking jam off element is an improvement.”  It sounds like this particular author didn’t really care for strawberry jam very much at all!

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When I took  my jam jars out of the cupboard and the very first one that I took out of the box just happened to be an old Strawberry Jam jar from last year.  It was meant to be.

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I love this old preserving pan!  It’s almost identical to the one that Mum uses, I have so many childhood memories of a pot of marmalade bubbling away on the stovetop.  My sister actually found this one for me through her work – and I brought it to Australia with me.

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And these are the lovely jars of ruby coloured jam.  I can’t wait to pop open one of these to go with some homemade bread and butter later in the year.  Yum!

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