Monday, May 24, 2010

I need to be organized, but like it to be pretty

I've been in a crafting and organizing mood lately. I carry a fairly organized purse and often carry a tote bag with some essentials that I can swap out as needed.  There are some examples that I was able to "prettify" with a single quilt square of fabric and a little ribbon.  Clockwise from the top: baby wipe case, 1/2 size binder from Target), embellished file folders, and coupon organizer.
My next goal is make a biby item organizer bag (before my second grandson is born) and to organize a weekday pocket, weekend pocket, and a travel pocket that I can interchange in the same tote.  

I admit that the craft room/ home office/laundry/mud room is out of control.  It's not been easy to design a space where I can craft in peace.  That may be a good project for the hottest days of the summer when I'm stuck in the cool house.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I love my kids

Mother's Day this year was bittersweet.  You see, our son and his fiancee were both out of town and our youngest has just gotten married and left the nest.  We are so blessed to have our two children and the their sweet loved ones now part of our family, but it sure was quiet around the house Mother's Day morning.  I returned form church to a multitude of texts and had a nice lunch with family including my parents, daughter and new son-in-law.  It was a very good day, just not the same as when they were little.
Time flies so fast.  
To those of you with little ones I have this advice; love them with everything in you, teach them the way the should go, encourage their childhood dreams, let them make mistakes, pray that they learn from them, and let them go.

Our son, Tony, and daughter, Emily on her wedding day.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Loquat Jam

My mother has two Loquat trees.  She named them after the boy who lived next door and planted them between the houses.  She calls the one closest to her house her "Jacob Tree".  We've never done a thing with these fruits in the 4-5 years that they've grew there.

This year, determined not to let them go to waste, I decided to try to make jam for the first time.
The process wasn't hard at all!
  • Easily peel, seed, and dice 5 cups of the Loquats
  • While cutting, mix in the juice of a fresh juice of a lemon
  • I sterilized 8 six ounce jars and lids
  • Cook the fruit with about 1/8 cup water
  • Once softened, bring to a boil and add 1/2 tsp. of butter 
  • When the fruit is at ta rolling boil, add the Sure-gel and continue to boil
  • Add 7 cups of sugar and bring it to a rolling boil for one full minute.
  • Ladle the jam in to the hot jars, cap them, and give the jars a simmering water bath for 10 minutes.  
  • What a cool thing to hear the jars ping as they cool and seal!
 This was a great way to spend a couple hours on Mother's day.  i can't wait to share it with the people I love.  I only wish I could carry it on the plane to Dallas next month to share it with my twin sis.