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Strawberry Fields Forever

I made this strawberry balsamic jam last week as a test, but was lazy and didn’t go to the trouble of canning until tonight. My poor strawberries have had to endure some vicious heat this week and as much as I can attest to my own tender loving care of them, I’m afraid they are waning.

I spent much of the late part of last summer perfecting variations of my blackberry jam. This year, as I wait for the blackberries down the road to ripen, I’ve had the pleasure of being in charge of our strawberry patch, so this new jam is near and dear to my hands and heart. I know the strawberries won’t last forever, but I’m determined to keep them going as long as possible.

When I actually can a batch of jam, I also like to set aside a wee bit for a personal taste or two as a sort of “quality control”. I found the perfect tiny jar for it too (this I just put straight into the fridge). I call this one, Bals In My Strawberry.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We’ve had a few good days of warm weather and sunshine around here, making me want to get outside and help things grow!

I’ve enjoyed watching things bloom, like the Irises:

and Lilies outside my window:

and these sweet little Columbines:

What really gets me excited about gardening though are things like this:

The strawberries are coming!  I know these berries have been on sale in the grocery stores for over a month now, but seriously, nothing compares to eating your own homegrown strawberries.  I’ve already been fantasizing about things to make, including strawberry jam.  Mmmm, can’t wait!

I’ve also started this year’s parsley (named Rooty Huxtable for obvious reasons):

Soon we’ll also be planting tomatoes, basil and squash!

I also re-started the compost pile over the weekend, so I think my inner farmer has officially been released for the season!