Lately: Bikes and Bakery

Saturday, August 16, 2014

// Just a few pictures of what has been going on lately while I'm down by the beach:)
Along with sitting in the sand, I've been doing a ton of bike riding and cinnamon roll eating.
I have a really awesome new blog post coming up soon, but I'm having a little technical difficulties with the program I'm using... hopefully it will be up in the near future!!



My Berry Picking and Jamming Experience

Monday, August 4, 2014

So as many of you know, I went berry picking a little bit ago. I have never really gone before and I was really excited. We went up to the pick-your-own farm in upstate New York called Alstede Farms (I highly suggest it if your ever up that way!). 

BERRY PICKING TIP: I did not know this but, THERE WILL BE A TON OF BUGS. Like bees, beetles, those annoying little fly things... all trying to attack you while you are picking the berries. Funny story, for some reason all the bugs just liked to land on me.. not anyone else... just me. At one point a giant beetle landed on my back.. I screamed... and ended up dropping the ENTIRE basket of blueberries on the ground :/
Thank goodness my mom came with me or we wouldn't of had any jam:)
but besides that, it was so much fun.

We didn't really pick that much because it took forever to get that one pint of blueberries:)
so we cheated a little.. and bought the rest of the blueberries for the jam (oops)

Then my little sis helped mash up the berries before we put it in jars.

To make jam you basically need three things: fruit, sugar, and SureJell (which is the stuff that sets the jam)
I used the recipe on the inside of the SureJell box, and it worked pretty well!
But, if your going to make jam or jelly make sure you get the low or reduced sugar version of SureJell, because if you use the regular version it will be very very sweet.

I also made peach jam, which was so delicious also:)

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