Sunday, August 17, 2008

Of peaches and jam

Wow. Making jam is hard work I tell ya. Making this...

Into this...
Takes a while.

It seems so simple when you read the instructions. 4 hours of hard work turned the peaches into scrumptious peach jam. It was lots of fun though (I guess I am sadistic, huh?). I'd never done any canning before. I also have to say I had no idea how much sugar was really in jam. For each 4 cups of crushed peaches you added 7.5 cups of sugar! Holy crap. No wonder jelly and jam are so sweet. We were worried about messing with the recipe since it was our first attempt at making jam. Next time, with smaller batches, we'll mess with it.

I managed to make the blocks for the baby quilt. I am debating whether or not to do more little blocks to get it to the size I want (7 x 8 so I'd have to make 26 more blocks) or just doing borders since I'd like to be done with it this week. I'll stipple quilt it a) since I know how and b) because it's quick. What do you think, more blocks or borders?

5 comments:

Tiffany said...

The quilt is GORGEOUS! I vote for border.

Samantha said...

wow, you guys have been busy! Vegas and NYC? Lucky you! The jam looks delicious. And i vote border, too- the quilt is a stunner!

woman at the well said...

I vote for borders, too. The fabric is beautiful.

daniel said...

blocks.

and a cream or white binding.

really.

Susan said...

I vote for blocks as well. And if you have enough, one of the light blues as binding.

But it would look cute too with a couple of borders to mimic the block design....

That jelly looks good! I remember canning as a kid & it was a very long, hot process. Sadistically, I want to be able to do some next summer. You'll have to give me some pointers :)