Spiced Bourbon Apple Butter

Barter and trade is probably my favorite method acquiring goods and services. I love how simple it is, and often rewarding, trading one item or lending a hand in exchange for something you need or want!

This spiced bourbon apple butter  wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for trading. My husband listed some paving bricks online for free that we didn’t need, but wanted gone as son as possible, and the woman who took them brought us a big container of apples, picked from her own trees! How sweet!

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Blueberry Mint Jam

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This recipe is simple, easy to make and takes very little time. I developed this recipe while looking for ways to use up the abundance of blueberries we had harvested.

The syrup has the warmth and sweetness of the blueberries, with the refreshing and cooling under tones of mint. This is delicious on waffles, english muffins, toast, shortbread cookies – anything you can think of! Continue reading “Blueberry Mint Jam”

Strawberry Preserves

As I recently shared, my husband and I took our two-year old strawberry picking for the first time. We harvested a little under 30-lbs of strawberries, all from a local farm that offered a relaxing, quiet picking session. The berries were so delicious, bursting with flavor and dripping with sweet juice!

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We enjoyed eating them fresh, often unable to eat just one, and put up four pints of whole strawberries in syrup, to be used for pies, tarts and other fun desserts.  The other recipe that we tried out this year was for strawberry preserves, and we were able to can (5) pints of it. The preserves are sweet and jammy, but still feature the bright freshness of the strawberry, accentuated by the lemon zest.

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