Wet, cool fall has decided to officially arrive in northern Michigan after making a brief appearance then quickly running away for the blazing hills for about two weeks. It’s actually quite a relief because I don’t have the guilt of not playing in the backyard when I’ve got a mountain of indoor projects that I’d like to tackle. Funny how that works, isn’t it? After a trip to the grocery store and long enough at our local children’s museum, we’re settled back in our nest while the rain coats the windows outside. It feels good. Looks like this weekend will be chilly and rainy too and I’m looking forward to lots of indoor (nesting) projects like figuring out what I want to do with this surprise bounty of October tomatoes. I’m starting with about six pints of salsa and then moving on to tomato jam if I have some tomatoes left. Any other ideas, lovelies?
What fun things do you have planned for your weekend? Are you looking forward to a lazy weekend in your nest? I hope you have a wonderful weekend! Bundling up in northern Michigan…
I’m so grateful that December is here and we’ve got enough snow to make it feel festive! Nothing like a little dusting of snow to make me get a little squirrely with my holiday creations. How ’bout you? This year, I’m planning on making pomegranate jelly, spiced nuts, peppermint bark and maybe some orangettes. Maybe. They’re a lot of work, but they’re so beautiful and delicious. I’ve also got a bunch of green tomato jam and green tomato chutney to wrap with pretty papers and twine.
Dear readers, you might also love this list of 40 Yummy Presents that you can make and share with friends, family, your hairdresser, therapist, dog sitter, child’s teacher… I don’t know about you, but I don’t have the cash or the consumer inclination to give much STUFF this year. How will you be celebrating the spirit of giving without giving too much stuff?
Happy December to you and thanks for clicking in on me today. I’m glad you’re here.
Thanks, Internet, and thanks, Food in Jars. My life has so very much been enriched because of this tomato jam. Who knew?! I was perusing the Internet for ideas of what else to do with all this $%^&*@#$#$%^&**!! (lovely) deluge of brandywine tomatoes and stumbled upon this recipe for tomato jam. It is SO GOOD. I mean, really really good. Spicy, sweet, but not too sweet, just plain delicious. We had it with some cream cheese on crackers. It is a fantastic use of five pounds of fresh tomatoes. Did I mention that this stuff is really good? Have you ever had such a thing? It reminds me of a pepper jelly, but richer, fresher and a bit more complex. Can you say “stocking stuffer” ?!