Margarita & Strawberry Daiquiri Jam

Ok…so last night while the pizza was in the oven and I had the Monday Night Football pre-game show on…and a margarita on the rocks in hand ~ I made up the last two jams I had started on Sunday. Let me tell ya…one should probably wait to drink the margarita until after the canning process is in the water bath stage, especially one made by myself. 🙄

Anyhoo ~ the recipes used asked for liquid pectin and I’ve never used that before. So I was a little disheartened when I took the jars out of the water bath and the jams were still very runny looking. 😥 The only thing that made me feel better was the wonderful sound of canning lids tinging and binging away in the kitchen.

This morning as I stumbled to the kitchen to feed the cats I picked up the jars and looked at them…after focusing my eyes I noticed they jelled up…into a gooey gelatinous goopy glop. In other words…kid snot or that slime from that 80’s show You Can’t Do That On Television. 😮 I set it back down and thought I’d better go take a shower first, maybe it’ll look better then. After the shower the verdict was still out…although it didn’t look as bad as it did at 4:30 a.m. in the morning. I’m not sure I like the liquid pectin. I’ll check again after I get home from work. I must say they both smelled great and the licker was very tasty!

UPDATE: Margarita Jam definitely jelled…looks like jello. Strawberry Daiquiri is more jam like.

Jam on the left is the Strawberry Daiquiri and the one on the right is the Margarita Jam.

The Strawberry Daiquiri has crushed strawberries, crushed pineapple, rum, fresh lime juice, sugar and liquid pectin. The Margarita Jam has fresh lime juice, lime zest, tequila, triple sec, water, sugar, and liquid pectin. My margarita was made in my Guinness pint glass with ice, 1/3 full of tequila, margarita mix, a splash of fresh lime juice and a slice of lime…with salt. 😀

Both recipes came from 175 Best Jams, Jellies, and Marmalades by Linda J. Amendt, one of two books I bought earlier in the year when I put my garden in. The other is Canning & Preserving for Dummies ~ GREAT Dill Pickle recipe and Jalapeno Pepper jelly recipe in that one.

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Weekend Ramblings ~ jams, knotting, and a movie

While my husband was down in Carson City helping some friends move, I pulled out the mangos and jalapenos for a jam session! 😉

OMGosh! I made some AWESOME jam, if I say so myself!

I peeled and cut up 8 large mangos; roasted, peeled and diced 10 jalapenos (both green and red, wanted some color) and 2 Hatch green chiles; added some sugar and pectin and boiled away. I got 9 half-pint jars out of the batch with 1/2 cup leftover that I devoured with some Wheat Thins.

Here is the makings for my next batch of jam ~ Margarita Jam! I’ll have to have a shot for good luck. 8)

Smashed 5-1/2 cups of strawberries for another batch of jam I have planned ~ Strawberry Daiquiri jam. Need to get a small bottle of rum for that one. Don’t drink rum, so I do not have any on hand in the house.

I finished the shark’s tooth necklace and started in on another necklace for the other kiddo. Not sure who is getting which one, so I made them both beach themed. I had a 1″ round handmade bead (I can’t remember who made it! I think it’s off of etsy) with a sea turtle…so I knotted 20-pound hemp into a spiral necklace.

Finally saw Wall-E that was showing at the Grand Sierra ($3 movies) yesterday afternoon. I’m hoping that I’m not the only one who was tearing up over that silly little animated robot when he didn’t recognize Eve at first. Sheesh. And I absolutely loved the wee cleaning robot! LOL!

For Today ~ 29 September 2008 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 29 September 2008

Outside My Window…Was pretty dark when I got to work this morning…the sky is orange now with Canada Geese flying in formation…plane contrails criss-crossing the sky..the sun is just hitting the dark grey clouds giving them a red gold lining.

I am thinking… I don’t want to be at work today! I’ve the makings for two batches of jam made up in the frig. DA BILLS! 4-0! Go figure! Hee! 😀 Wonder how many people will be at the Obama/Biden rally on campus tomorrow morning. Glad the Harley Davidsons are all going home (Street Vibrations)…was hard to get to sleep with them revving the engines all night long. Men and their toys…sheesh.

I am thankful for… That we can still make ends meet and pay our bills and still give out cans of food when kiddos come to the door collecting for the needier.

From the kitchen… – JAM! JAM! LIMES. STRAWBERRIES…and some rum and some tequila, and some triple sec…Hee! Am going to make Margarita Jam and Strawberry Daiquiri Jam tonight. I juiced & zest 8 limes for the Margarita jam last night. Sliced and crushed 5-1/2 cups of strawberries. Will pick up a take-n-bake pizza from Papa Murphy’s on the way home…start in on the jams…and listen to Monday Night Football. This Monday is looking to be a very good Monday, indeed!

I am wearing… My brown/white sundress with berks again. Hair up in a ponytail.

I am creating… I made curtains for one of the big windows upstairs (104×58)…we went to Savers yesterday and I found a really nice muslin colored king size sheet for $4 and a pretty queen size sheet (sorta sage green with spicy mustard yellow fleur-de-lys design on it) also for $4. I used the queen sheet to cut out ruffles for the king sheets. Turned out nice for $8.

I am going… …have to get up in a minute and add more paper to the copy machine, class lecture notes are being run and I’m pretty sure it’ll be empty soon.

I am reading… The Twilight series ~ almost finished with the third book.

I am hoping… that the temporary job my husband is working will take him on full-time.

I am hearing… The copy machine and NPR News on my computer.

Around the house… I’m cleaning out one room at a time. I just finished the icebox room (our house was built in 1915 with an ice cold room…has a 10″ thick door) which houses our laundry and my soap making supplies. I’ve down-sized my supplies and it now houses a PANTRY! Imagine that. I’ve room for my canning and other staples. 🙂

One of my favorite things… Watching geese fly in formation.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… Never did get the quilt sandwiched. Big sigh. Guess I’ll keep that on my list to do.

Here is picture thought I’d share with you… My front door yesterday.

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Hmmmm…Was it just me or

was McCain afraid (or more disrespectful, is more like it) to look at Obama tonight?  What’s up with that?  Not once did he look at Obama. He’s stuck on surge and that’s it…it was just awful. Very painful to listen to. 

Once again, as stated before…this registered Republican will be voting for Obama in our early elections here in Nevada.

For all of you in the Reno area…Obama and Biden will be at UNR in the Quad September 30th at 8am.

Barack Obama in Reno
Please join us Tuesday, September 30th, for a rally with Barack Obama in Reno:

Change We Need Rally
with Barack Obama

University of Nevada, Reno
Quad
1664 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89557

Tuesday, September 30th
Doors Open: 8:00 a.m.

The event is free and open to the public; tickets are not required but an RSVP is encouraged. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP using the form to the right.

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Recipes ~ Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa and Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Last night I tried a couple of recipes ~ one of Rocco DiSpirito's recipes from the Biggest Loser.

Grilled Chicken with Warm Mango Salsa.

Click on above for the recipe ~ and below are my adaptations.

Instead of chicken thighs (which I don’t like) I used 4 skinless/boneless chicken breasts. I don’t know what nu-salt is, so I didn’t use salt at all. I peppered the crap out the breasts and then bbq’d them.

Then for the Mango Salsa I used 3/4 of a large red onion, 3 Roma tomatoes, 2 roasted Hatch Green Chiles, 1 large mango, juice and zest of 3 limes, and 1 cup of cilantro.

I only used 2 of the chicken breasts as there are only 2 of us ~ cut them up in strips and piled it onto our plates with the Mango Salsa and served with warm corn tortillas. Both my husband and I LOVED IT! Very tasty!

Leftovers will be used in a salad tonight…will use romaine and spinach and slice the rest of the chicken with mango salsa on top.

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Next was Dutchess' Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I love, love, love Pumpkin ~ so had to try this recipe when Dutchess posted it on her blog.

If you click on the link above, that will take you to her recipe. I added 1/2 cup more pumpkin and 1/4 cup more flour…didn’t have almond extract for some reason (must pick some up as I’ll need it this autumn) so I upped the vanilla. And used pecans instead of walnuts (walnuts hurt my mouth…and pecans taste better!). The chocolate chips I used were Ghirardelli’s 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips.

SORRY FOR THE BLURRY PIC ~

I didn’t know if the cookies spread while baking so I placed them far apart on the cookie tin. FYI ~ they don’t! Pack ’em on that cookie sheet! 😀

Very good cookies! I highly recommend them!

Drying Herbs and Pepper Seeds from the Garden

Well…I putzed out front for the first time in a while ~ pulling weeds and looking at the flowers when lo and behold! When the heck did that Italian Parsley plant get so big?! Holy Moly!

I cut a lot off of it ~ brought a grocery bag full of it to work and hung three bags up to dry. I also cut back my Thyme plant to hang for drying. Basil will be hanging up there pretty soon too.

I’m very happy with how my peppers have be growing in the garden so I’ve cut open a few to harvest their seeds. Also cut open the last of my New Mexican Hatch chile peppers so I can grow them next spring. Along with a pumpkin that grew faster than the rest…

My dad came up last month with a box full of stuffus…inside were 3 boxes of these great little jars. I’m using them to store all my dried herbs and seeds. Below is what I dried last month just to see if it would turn out…

Portola Railroad Museum

I won’t bore you will all of my pictures…here are a sampling of them. I did not know that there were pirates running amok at the rail yard! 🙂 And while hopping from one caboose to another I glanced back at the snow blower and saw the US Flag flying in the the window.