Blueberry Lemon Jam

I love blueberries…I LOVE LEMONS…and I sooooo like blending the two into a jam. I walked to the farmers market on California & Booth, that is held every Saturday during the summer & fall, and bought three baskets of fresh blueberries and two lemons.

Crush (I use a potato smasher) five (5) cups of blueberries (A raspberry hid in my bunch! The rascal!) and put them and the zest and juice of two large lemons into a large stock pot. Stir in a package of powdered fruit pectin and bring to boil over high heat (keep stirring). Add 5-1/2 cups of sugar all at once and bring to a rolling boil, stir constantly this time around. Boil for 1 minute after bringing the syrup to a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Ladle into prepared hot jelly jars, leaving a 1/4″ head space, wipe rims with a damp paper towel to clean…then add lid and screw band on. Place jars in canner making sure you have 1″ over the top of your jars, bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes (plus any additional minutes per your altitude)…I have to boil for 20 minutes. Remove from heat…leave in canner for about 5 minutes…take out your jars to cool. Then wait for the delightful pinging of the lids! 🙂

This is great on good ole peanut butter sandwiches. On pancakes. Frenchtoast. Scones. You name it!

Blueberry Lemon Jam:

5 cups blueberries (smashed)
zest and juice of 2 lemons
1 package powdered fruit pectin
5-1/2 cups sugar

Makes 6-7 half pints

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I linked this recipe up with Sweets for a Saturday ~ go check out all the cool recipes!

Wednesday Ramblings ~ 17 June 2009 ~ Sparks, Nevada

Just a Smörgåsbord of things today…lots of different pictures of things I took over the weekend.

Let’s start with Lucy-Goosey ~ she is much better, less stressed out, kennel cold over with. She’s a funny, funny, funny kitty. Eats like a horse. Me thinks we’ll have to start rationing out her food!

Leo is a bit blury…he was licking her face.

Hurry up and take my picture…

The Lemon Queen Sunflowers ~ these are part of the Great Sunflower Bee Project. This picture was taken over the weekend, they are over the top of the fence now, taller than me…I’m 5’4″ (no short jokes, please! 😛 )

A close-up of a soon-to-be sunflower.

The Chamomile is blooming…

The Blueberries are still green…

I’ve tomatoes bigger than the plant…had to string the plant up to support the buggers. These are the Siberian Red Heirloom tomatoes that I bought at the UNCE Master Gardener Plant sale in May. My other tomato plants are starting to bloom.


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This is Piggy…our neighbor’s cat that we are feeding for the summer while he’s away on a drill rig in Eastern Nevada. He’s a pretty cool cat…gives one hellacious head-butt.

My yellow onions are growing much faster than the red ones…

We got this cool dude at Goodwill…someone had welded him out of steel. Sorta has a Southwestern Predator look going for him. LOL! Soon he’ll be taking on all of the sunflowers growing around him.

Blooming Roses ~ Lavender ~ and Garden Photos

My garden and roses are blooming…

Me thinks I should probably pinch off the acorn squash and spacemaster cucumber blossoms…I mean really! The blossoms are bigger than the plant itself! I think the plant needs to put it’s energy in making itself grow before letting the veggies set!

Acorn Squash Blossom

Acorn Squash Blossom

Spacemaster Cucumber Blossoms

Spacemaster Cucumber Blossoms

The yellow and red onions are fattening up!

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Blueberries! Plump-up nice and big, wee ones! I’ll have the ice cream waiting for you.

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My lavender is about to burst open! I’ve three big plants like this…and five smaller ones. Both French and English lavender.

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Lavender

My David Austin The Squire roses are blooming nice and big ~ beautiful, no?!

The Squire ~ David Austin Rose

The Squire ~ David Austin Rose

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The Squire

Hansa Rose ~ very pink and very pretty.

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Hansa Rose

I picked up this copper Happy Man at a yard sale for 50 cents ~ my husband calls him Mini Burning Man.

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How Does Your Garden Grow….Sparks, Nevada…early May 2009

How is everyone’s garden out there in northern Nevada?

I’m getting a slower start than I did last year. But I figured I’d wait to finish planting until May 16th, when I get my heirloom tomatoes and whatnot from the UNCE Master Gardener Plant Sale.

Here’s what is poking their heads up so far ~

Garlic and Red & Yellow Onions

Garlic and Red & Yellow Onions

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage

Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage

Red & White Radishes

Red & White Radishes

Heirloom Beets (insides are red and white...like tree rings)

Heirloom Beets (insides are red and white...like tree rings)

Two of the three Horseradish plants are up and about too! I’ll get pictures this weekend. The carrots just woke up.

My blueberry plants are blooming ~

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And here are some pictures of the front yard….looking much better now that we yanked those stupid Junipers out! See all those rocks below? Those are what we pull out of the ground when digging. Lots and lots of river cobbles.

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