Getting ready for summer with Strawberry Jam!

Show of hands…who is ready for Spring?  If I didn’t need to type, I would have both hands in the air. Today it was a balmy 15°F and the roads were decent!  Total win!  Bring on any day there isn’t white-knuckle driving. It’s so cold and snowy that I don’t want to do anything.  It’s what I don’t like the most about this time of year; I’m constantly just wishing the time away for warmer weather/blue skies/sunshine/flip flops.  Ok..I have ugly feet and don’t even need to be in flip flops; but maybe few days without the heavy boots.  Is that too much to ask?

In preparation for the big season change, we’ve upped our gym time.  I need to be bikini ready!  HAHAHAHAHA!!! I’ve never worn a bikini.  EVER.  But for real, we have increased our time at the big Y. Not for the bikini I will never wear, but just to emphasize it as a part of the healthy lifestyle I’m trying to teach Autumn.  She’s so focused on her weight, and not on the big picture. I’m trying to get it in her head, that strong is the new thin.  I’m trying to change her focus to being healthy. She’s at an age where everything is changing; her body, her weight, her attitude. I’m hoping that if I push healthy now, we can get her into some good habits. Seriously, who am I kidding?  I need to reestablish mine! And oh yes, Ms. Autumn has permission now to be in the adult cardio area.  We were working out side by side just the other day on the elliptical and the girl was kicking my ass!  A few more months of that, and she will be ready for the soccer season.

And since it’s almost summer, here’s a picture of Ms. Autumn berry picking last year. We {I} make strawberry jam. The cherries we eat straight out of the box.  They don’t even make it to a recipe! Thankfully, we are lucky enough to have a farm just down the road from us that we go to every summer. And in the fall for apples.


I love love love berry picking! I don’t know why I find it so much fun. Probably for the strawberry jam baby!!  YUM!  I use the recipe straight from the Ball Blue Book.  This recipe is so good!  The ol’ man LOVES it. Considering when he eats PB&J, he eats 2 or 3 sandwiches at a time, it seems to work out well. If you can’t wait until summer, Sam’s Club has the big pack on sale for under $4. Just an FYI.  Summer, Summer, Summertime…(the tune just went in through your head, admit it)

Strawberry Jam

  • 2 quarts strawberries
  • 6 Tbsp Ball classic pectin
  • 1/4 C Lemon Juice
  • 7 C sugar
  1. Wash strawberries, drain. Remove stems.  Crush strawberries one layer at a time.
  2. Combine strawberries, pectin, and lemon juice in a large saucepot.  Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved.
  4. Return to a rolling boil.  Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  5. Remove from heat.  Skim foam if necessary.
  6. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Adjust two-piece caps.
  7. Process 10 minutes, in a boiling-water canner.
  8. Listen for the “Ping, Ping, Ping”


3 thoughts on “Getting ready for summer with Strawberry Jam!

  1. Ema Jones February 26, 2015 / 1:25 am

    Homemade jams are in their purest form and have a unique flavor of their own! Isn’t it?

      • Ema Jones March 2, 2015 / 2:06 am

        Absolutely! They add a lot to picnic sandwiches..

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