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Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Got rain? We do, quite alot. We've been needin' it, though, so not complain'; just sayin'. :)
I'm still enjoyin' my bird quartet. Here they are singin' I'll Fly Away as I was putterin' around in the kitchen yesterday.My putterin' produced a few jars of pineapple, cherry & citrus peel marmalade. Unlike the blackberry jam I'd already made, I had to buy all the ingredients since we don't have a pineapple, cherry or orange tree. It's a good time to buy the oranges and pineapple now, anyway. I just used maraschino cherries. I usually wait till wintertime to make jams and such; no sense heating up the kitchen in the summertime. Beth asked for the recipe so I have added it below the picture. I had tweaked a recipe from the Ball Blue Book. The name was a tad mundane so I perked that up a bit, too. Here's my version:Rosy Citrus Marmalade
1 16 ounce jar maraschino cherries, drained (Kroger has 16 oz. size) do not chop
1 fresh pineapple, chopped or 1 can pineapple tidbits (drained & chopped)
2 oranges seeded & peeled, chop the pulp and slice the peels thinly
1 package fruit pectin
2 1/2 cups water
6 cups sugar
1/8 teaspoon baking soda

Combine orange peel, water and baking soda in large kettle. Bring to boiling; reduce heat; and simmer, covered 20 minutes. Add chopped fruit and cherries to peels and return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered 10 minutes.

Stir in fruit pectin and bring to a full boil; stir in sugar. Return to a rolling boil and boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim off foam and stir for a few minutes. Pour into hot sterilized jars, leaving 1/4 inch head space. Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Makes about 6 half pints.

I had started this apron before the trip to Texas and just finished it this week, too. (Have I ever mentioned how difficult it is to get a nice apron picture without a model?)I've been knitting, uh huh, but it will be a week or so before I'm finished with my project.
The next post here will be my 100th and there will be a little giveaway. We'll see you then, Lord willin'. Have a great week, Y'all.

Shared at The Art of Home-making Mondays


  1. Okay, now that I'm back in the canning mode, I need the recipes for those jams!! They look delicious!!

    And what a cute apron--I love polka dots!!

    I think your rain is moving this way with one exception--it's freezing rain and sleet here!! A big mess!!


  2. I would love to sew some aprons. I just love them. But first I'd have to dig out my sewing machine from retirement. It's 40 years old, lol.

  3. What a cute apron - and your little birdies really do look like they are singing to you!!

  4. Why is "99 bottles of root beer on the wall" suddenly going through my head... (Well, you know, gotta have the non-drinker version.)

  5. I love your little quartet. :-)

    The marmalade makes my mouth water. I've got a new box of half-pint jars in the cellar. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe.

    The aprons are so pretty. I'm planning to make one but only if I can find the beautiful bird fabric you made the totes with.

    Have a great week!
    Lesley Ann

  6. Oh, THANK YOU!!!

    I'm already thinking of CHRISTmas next year, and wouldn't these be pretty in a basket with some other little goodies??

    But, I'm definitely going to try it out myself first!

    I was remembering when I took the kids--probably they were 3, 5 and 7 at the time to pick strawberries so I could make preserves.

    I gave them each a basket, put them in a row, and we set to picking. I checked on them about 5 minutes later--the youngest's face was completely red. She only had 2 berries in her basket and was eating the rest.

    And I remember after I made this and tasted it thinking to myself--"Why did ever buy this at a store?"

    Ah, you have started me on a whole new (really restarted) adventure!! Maybe I'll start baking all of my own bread again, too!!

    Thank you so much again!!


  7. Mmmm. the marmalade sound so good. You are right about all of the citrus un the stores right now. Thanks for the recipe. I'll give it a try on Thursday.
    I love the cute apron. My girlfriend has made me a wonderful apron and gave me the pattern. I have never made one yet. After reading your post I really must give it a try!

  8. I'll Fly Away is one of my all time favorite songs! And I can just tell that your quartet is doing a great job at it.

    Can I come up so you can teach me all about the canning of fabulous fruit!!?? Going to print out your recipe. Maybe I can squeeze the ingredients into my budget next grocery shopping trip.

    And I love the apron! It is very cute and the couch is doing a great job modeling it.

    Have a great week!

  9. Oh and what size jars should I use?

    Btw, I'm feeling a little water logged in Georgia too. But I'm with you - not complaining - we needed it.

  10. Oooh I love that apron. Your "Rosy Citrus Marmalade" sounds great. I love all the fun little things you add to your blog.

  11. The recipe looks so yummy (I will probably never make it but I love to read recipes). Your apron is beautiful.

  12. The birds are singing and you are whipping up something yummy in the kitchen!:o) Those little birds are the sweetest things! The apron, just adorable! Congratulations on your upcoming 100th post! I will be back to help you celebrate! You and your family enjoy a beautiful rest of the week!



  13. perfect timing! my hot biscuits
    are ready to come out of the oven!
    great recipe miss marmalade!

  14. I found you over at Beth's blog and I'm coming back! I live in Kansas, but for about 8-10 years, twice a year we went to Bristol, TN for the Nascar races. We stopped a year ago, and I'm going to miss this area!

    So you will be a great way to feel that I'm still there. I copied the marmalade recipe, may just have to make a batch this afternoon.

    I love God and I so enjoy crocheting! Cooking! Friendships/relationships.

    Higher Grounds & Joy Comes In The Morning

  15. I just came over from Beth's. We're kinda neighbors! I live on the other side of the GSM Park in North Carolina... near Fontana Lake and the Village over there.

    I look forward to checking out your blog in the future. Presently, I'm in PA (near Beth's actually) helping my Mom and step Dad.

    When I get back, I'll bake some biscuits for that yummy looking marmalade. I love that stuff!

    Have a blessed day.

  16. Hey girl!

    Happy New Year to you and yours.

    I'm finally checking in on you and am loving the new posts. The Rosy Citrus Marmelade looks very good - I might give it a try.

    The apron is really fun - very retro looking.

    And your birds - oooh the birdies. I got some birdies for my Christmas tree this year but didn't take any photos before packing them away.

    See you around - enjoy January - keep warm!

  17. Your marmalade looks wonderful. I have never made any kind of jelly or jam or marmalade. Is there anything you can't do? amaze me :)

  18. I have never heard of this kind of marmalade... but it sounds great. :)

  19. I can't get enough of "I'll Fly Away" either... That is part of my cleaning songs line up in the kitchen :) Also, I love canning in the cooler weather too. That is what makes marmalade so fun! You don't have to sweat while you are doing it! :) It is a winter jam! Thanks for sharing your fun recipe with us! Have a lovely weekend Toni :)


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