I have no doubt that had we stayed in Bay Village, Ohio, our backyard would have had quite the garden this summer. We probably still wouldn’t have painted those final closet doors… but we would have been growing fruits & veggies (and warding off the deer that used to sleep in the yard).
I suppose we could still make some homemade jam/preserves without actually growing the fruits ourselves, though. My mom makes raspberry jam every… August? (late summer, mom?). She stirs the bubbling red berries in a giant pot all day long (I can still remember the sweet, sticky smell in our kitchen!) I used to help her gather all the mismatched jars she kept in the basement for this very occasion. I found came across this post by Fig & Fauna about canning, and my interest was piqued; I mean, Strawberry Honey Jam? I can’t think of much that wouldn’t go well with…
also, these Strawberry Serrano Pepper Preserves from Honest Fare have looked appealing for quite some time… I used to buy homemade pepper jelly at the farmer’s market back in Ohio throughout the summer.
If you’re like me, though, you may not get your act together to make some jam until after strawberry season… in that case, how about Fig Jam with Lavender, Thyme and Walnuts? This one comes from My New Roots.
I think I’m going to have to call my mom for her raspberry jam instructions. And then buy some fancy cheese and nice bread and have a party. Or perhaps I’ll say I’m having a party but really it’ll just be me and Dave, eating cheese and jam and bread like the song until we’re sick… happy, but a bit sick to our stomachs. But it’ll be worth it. mmm. Pictures to follow. The “friends” came later- just remember.