Peach Jam in the Summer!

When the peaches are in season in Arkansas . . . The last time I made peach jam was a couple of years ago, I think just after we moved from Little Rock to our current "retirement" home:) This year, the peaches didn't do well because of all of a late freeze and all the rains. But, I'm sharing because some of you may have nice peaches in your area and can make Peach Jam. Our family has always loved peaches, and every year Mama and I freeze them in two cup portions to make cobbler or to just eat in the winter when we can't get fresh ones. And, every year I try to make peach jam. To me, homemade is always better than what you buy in the store, but that's my opinion:) This batch was made from a Peach Jam recipe I found in a Kindle book by … [Read more...]

Gran’s Strawberry Freezer Jam!

Strawberry Season is almost over:( I called Cabot Patch Monday, and the lady said this would be the last week for strawberries. I knew that if I wanted to make any jam, I was going to have to do it today or Friday, but Friday is Mama's Day. When I mentioned to Candace that I thought I would be making Strawberry jam, she said that she likes Gran's Strawberry Freezer Jam the best. So, today I got Gran's recipe, bought the strawberries and other ingredients, and spent my afternoon having a blast making jam! Gran and her Strawberry Freezer Jam . . . Candace and Gran. Gran is her daddy's mother. Candace said Gran always made her Strawberry Freezer Jam every year. One unusual thing that she did was that she would chop the strawberries … [Read more...]

Mama’s Strawberry Fig Preserves

Mama's Strawberry Fig Preserves . .. One of my favorite things to eat on toast or biscuits is Mama's Strawberry Fig Preserves. This recipe was given to Mama by Aunt Clarice, Daddy's oldest sister, many years ago, and it always takes me back to my childhood. The name of the preserves is a bit deceptive because there are no strawberries in it! It is actually made with strawberry gelatin (Jell-O) and mashed figs! But, guess what . . . the figs taste like strawberries! It is surprisingly delicious! Making Mama's Strawberry Fig Preserves . . . When I decided to learn how to can foods a few years ago, I went to Mama's house so she could teach me how to make her Strawberry Fig Preserves. We gathered figs from her trees and mixed them with … [Read more...]

Strawberry Oatmeal Bars . . .Yum!!!

What to do with homemade strawberry preserves . . . I had some homemade strawberry preserves that I needed to use because I didn't can or freeze it. Not knowing what I could make with it, I looked for a recipe and found this one for Strawberry Oatmeal Bars by the Pioneer Woman. Her pictures looked so delicious,  I decided to make them myself. The Strawberry Oatmeal Bars Recipe . . . The Pioneer Woman's recipe for Strawberry Oatmeal Bars is super simple, using ingredients that you probably always have on hand: flour, baking powder, salt, butter, oatmeal and brown sugar. Simple! The only preparation will probably be having the amount of strawberry preserves on hand! I adapted her recipe to use my homemade strawberry preserves by using 1 … [Read more...]