SO! I think it is safe to say that the strawberry jam was a hit! I didn't want to say one way or the other until I received some kind of feedback from family/friends, but yesterday I did receive my grandma's stamp of approval! Now, I am hooked and have plans to make a couple of small batches of blackberry and peach jam.
Then, later this summer I will take on salsa, pasta sauce, pizza sauce, and green beans. I REALLY want to can pickles but think I will save that for next year.
After some thought, I have decided to start planning Tom and I's meals for the whole week. SO, I will now try to post each week (sometime before Monday) the dinners I plan to cook for the week. I think this will make grocery shopping faster and more efficient and will hopefully help Tom and I to drop the marriage pounds we've both accumulated during our first (ALMOST 3) years of marriage :) I was inspired by my friend, Tera as well as this website.
I worked in the garden with my mother-in-law, Patty, for most of the day yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed all the physical labor of weeding. My heirloom tomatoes are doing quite well. I think I am the most excited for them as well as the carrots. Their tops are growing much faster than I expected! The zucchini (of course) is gigantic and we will probably be sneaking zucchini into all kinds of meals to eat it all.
This past week I devoted myself to organizing and a little redecorating. I used all things I already had with the exclusion of one purchase: a new bed frame with a headboard! I love the difference it makes in our room...I now feel like I have a place to go for a quiet, relaxed place. I am slowly decorating our room in yellows and grays and love the results so far! I painted our two side tables and a three-tier stand that I use for plants a beautiful yellow color. It is called "Fresh Pineapple" but is much more creamy than you would imagine when you think of real pineapples.
I also started 3 new scarf projects. My friend, Marcia taught me how to knit with colors in a really neat way and I am very excited to be knitting something other than washcloths at the moment. I DO love washcloths though and have plans for at least 8 different patterns I want to attempt.
Well, for us, summer is fully in effect and I am really liking it :)
More with my menu plans later...