strawberry jam

30 Pounds of Strawberry Jam for the Husband

The day had not begun auspiciously, but the strawberry harvest waits for no one, especially the beleaguered and befuddled. We had set aside Saturday morning for strawberry picking for the last two weeks. After making a variety of jams, jellies, and marmalade last year with the Food in Jars Mastery Challenge, my husband wanted just…

Peach blossoms backyard orchard culture

A Spring Late in Coming, A Garden Late in Planting

The redbud trees are only just beginning to bloom as the daffodils fade under the tulips. May is peaking around the corner. Spring is very, very late in arriving this year. In some ways, spring’s late arrival is beneficial. I have been rather overwhelmed with working two jobs and sixty hours a week. I feel…