Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Today was just peachy. After lots of dreaming, talking, thinking, reading, supply buying, and encouraging - I got up this morning and jumped right into making jam. It was every bit of fun that I thought it would be and maybe even a little bit more.
The fruit really was at its peak this morning. I pretty much knew it would be. I got out my supplies and ingredients. Read over the instructions and hints I've received here then just jumped right in.
With no radio or television to distract me, I enjoyed every aspect of the process -the feel of juice running through my fingers, the sound as the knife sliced through the fruit, the aroma of peach floating through the kitchen, seeing the color become more intense as the process went along, and the chance to lick the spoon after the last jar was filled.
Here's the first batch - ready to cook.Getting juicier and juicier all the time. Almost ready.
The first jar.
Twelve jars of yummy golden goodness, right on my counter top.
And a bit left over that wouldn't fit into the jars, poured carefully into a bowl to become topping for waffles - tonight's dinner. I wouldn't have done it without the encouragement and helpful hints from all of you. Thank you . . . today was just peachy.

31 comments:

Kairle said...

WAY TO GO!!! I've got some plums on my tree that will be ready to be made into jam in a couple of weeks or so. I've lived in this house for over three years and have never used the plums to make jam. But this is the year!!!

Susie said...

Glad you enjoyed the whole process! They look yummy and will remind you of summer every time you open a jar!
xo

paula, the quilter said...

Congratulations! Isn't the color just divine? I would love to have some fabric in that peachy color with just a touch of blush.

Diane said...

Sounds like you were fully "in the moment" as you worked. The jam looks yummy.

Rabbit Stitchings said...

Oh yummmmy that looks good...

What time is dinner also that sounds wonderful as well :O)

Carole said...

Oh... they do look delicious! Gosh you bring back such memories. If you have pears I have this amazing canning recipe "Pears in Amaratto" or would that be "des poires a l'amaratto"! lol When I lived in Montreal my landlord had a pear tree that the branches extended to my back balcony. He said I could have as many as I wanted! Yea, canning was a hobbie! Thanks for sharing!

Judy said...

Oh they look so good, although me and peach don't care for one another. but they still look good. Good days work!

I'm a raspberry gal all the way!

Connie W said...

Libby, The jars look so pretty lined up there. Step-daughter makes peach jam and has gifted us with some from time to time and I enjoy every bit until the jar is empty. There's nothing like it. Yours will be so wonderful when you get to eat it!

KCQuilter said...

Yay for Libby! They look awesomely delicious!

Patti said...

Marvelous Libby! I never made peach jam. I bet it tastes devine. I love peaches!

dot said...

Looks good. There is nothing better in the jam/jelly department than homemade. You will never want store bought again.

Meredith said...

Ta Da! I knew you could do it.

joyce said...

It looks sooo delicious!

Quilt Memories said...

How devine!!!!!! They look wonderful and I know the aroma in your house was great!!!I also knew they would turn out fantastic!! I bet you are a good cook, so anything you "cook" would be YUMMY!

meggie said...

Well Done! That looks fabulous. So glad you enjoyed making it.

Darlene said...

This is just an echo-------------

YUMMY!

:-)

Carol said...

I can smell it all the way to Florida...if you wake up this morning and only find 11 jars you know I was there in the night :)

Sonnja said...

Oh..... they do look delicious!
Kind Regards,

Sonnja

ann said...

Your jam looks awsome. I posted about making peach jam last week too. We are really enjoying ours although, I would love to save it all for the winter.

Katie said...

Ummm. You got it all - look, smell, feel and taste. I had some raspberries from CA on my cereal this morning. Really good, too.

Beth said...

Looks yummy. I made plum jelly a few years back, only mine was in the kind of jars where you just pour melted parafin wax over the top and put it in the fridge. Lots of work but tasty.

McIrish Annie said...

I am drooling all over my keyboard and can smell those peaches!

Knot Garden said...

The way you describe the process makes it sound like a wonderful morning's work. It looks lovely as well, you must be really pleased with it. I bet it tastes as good as it looks.

Guðrún said...

The jam looks yummy from over here. Congratulations on your flower, it looks very nice on your wall.

Dawn said...

Oh my gosh! It looks soooo good! I LOVE peaches!

Nancy said...

One of my absolbloominlutely favorite things is to make a batch of jam and at the end, collapse from exhaution into the comfy chair and then listen to the "ping!" sounds as the jar lids seal down. Your jam is gorgeous. I've not made any in a couple of years. Perhaps next week . . . .

Doreen said...

Hello Libby. I am tagging you with the "Kindness Matters" award. Please go my blog and retrieve your banner for display and also, please tag 5 to 7 of your friends. Thank you.

Doreen

Peggy said...

The jam looks so yummy! I am proud of you...and I'm wishing I was at your house eating waffles with jam...sigh.

gwen said...

Maybe we could start a jam swap! I would not mind being your recipient. Glad you trusted yourself and had a go. Take care.

Chookyblue said...

yummy yummy.........

Jeanne said...

What a beautiful sight - all those yummy jars of jam! Congratulations! I knew you could do it.