Thursday, June 11, 2009

Flashback and Foodie Friday ~Strawberries

Seems that all I've been up to doing the past few weeks are Flashbacks!! Lucky for me I have plenty of material. I am so thankful I got a monster external hard drive earlier this year. I can't emphasize enough the need to back up your precious pictures. I did lose a month of stuff in my hard drive crash, but most can be recreated from other sources so I'm back in business!

Stawberries are beginning to ripen here and I pulled my first a couple of nights ago. A little sugar and whipped cream and I was set (and in strawberry heaven).

I am waging war against slugs though who seem to love my strawberries as much as I do!

My flashback is to June of 2006 when I made some yummy jam. It has the freshest taste even in the middle of winter when the strawberries are a dim memory.

Strawberry Freezer Jam
This is the recipe from the Sure Jell box

4 cups prepared fruit (buy about 4 pt. fully ripe strawberries)
3 cups sugar, measured into separate bowl
1 box SURE.JELL For Less or No Sugar Needed Recipes Premium Fruit Pectin
1 cup water

Rinse clean plastic containers and lids with boiling water. Dry thoroughly.Crush strawberries thoroughly, one layer at a time. Measure exactly 4 cups crushed strawberries into large bowl. Mix sugar and pectin in large saucepan. Stir in water. Bring to boil on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat. Add strawberries; stir 1 minute or until well blended. Fill all containers immediately to within 1/2 inch of tops. Wipe off top edges of containers; immediately cover with lids. Let stand at room temperature 24 hours. Jam is now ready to use. Store in refrigerator up to 3 weeks or freeze extra containers up to 1 year. Thaw in refrigerator before using.

Here's what was happening in my yard back then.

Hardy geranium 'Summer Skies"

And Mt. Rainier was getting ready for summer.

If you have a Flashback of any kind that you'd like to share please put your link below and check out there other flashback's while you're at it!

I'd like to put a plug in my for friend Debbie's Kick Off to Summer BBQ Event.

Join a group of friendly and funny ladies for this Kick-off to Summer! All are welcome, start digging for your favorite grilling recipes! Mr. Linky will be up and running on June 13 so you can post your photos and recipes. Visit her blog Mountain Breaths to learn more.

Also this will be my entry for Foodie Friday, the weekly event put on by Design's by Gollum.
Go check out all of the great posts.


imjacobsmom said...

My strawberry plants have taken a beating by the energizer bunnies that have consumed much of my garden this year. I will have to go picking for this recipe. I have made this before and I can attest that it truly is delish! ~ Robyn

Rhonda @ Shellbelle's Tiki Hut said...

This sound nice, easy and delicious! Your geraniums are beautiful!

Foley said...

You make me wish I had a strawberry patch!

Love the photo of your geranium with the rain pretty.

Joyce said...

I have never made any jams or jelly and not sure why?

Jayne said...

Suzy, that cup/saucer is just too cute. I'm in strawberry heaven here too. The season s much too short in my opinion! Always love your flowers and Mt. Rainier.

Mary said...

I, too, love your photo of strawberries in that cup and saucer. Unique and beautiful. I'm so glad to meet someone else who makes freezer jam. Yours looks delicious.

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

I have never made strawberry jam...but I love I am going to try...thank to you! I am copying the instruction now.... Happy Foodie Friday! Have a great weekend ~ Susan

Elizabeth said...

I love the picture of the strawberries in the tea cup! The red color all over the photo really pops - my mouth is watering!

Debbie at Mountain Breaths said...

Suzy, how great that you have your own strawberry patch. I go down the street, and pick and pay :-) I have never seen such a perfect tea cup and saucer for strawberries. Perfect! I enjoy seeing your garden flowers and love the shots of Mt. Rainier.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love the cup and saucer you used for the strawberries, Suzy! So cute! Lucky you to have your own strawberry patch and what a glorious view of Mt. Ranier.

Kathleen said...

And look at that red cup and saucer!
The jam looks great, hope I get to make some this year. we have had so much rain the berries are rotting!

Gollum said...

Canning is one of my simple pleasures--it's soothing and edible. LOL Your flowers are gorgeous, too, and the view...a little bit of heaven.
XX 00

Dishesdone said...

Your strawberries look great! I can understand the slugs wanting a taste, but gross :) and Kathleen complains about dogs? LOL!

The jam and berries look amazing! I missed flashing back this week. Last day of work and I took a really long nap! Can I flashback a flashback? I'm back with ya next week, Suzy!

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