Thursday, July 17, 2014

Apricot Jam

Apricot Jam is one of my favorites! A neighbor offered to let us pick all over her apricots because she didn't want any of them, gasp! Crazy, I know! So we picked a few buckets full and made some freezer jam. They weren't the most flavorful apricots I've had. My grandparents are much better. Although, when mixed with a bunch if sugar they really aren't too bad ;) We made like 70 cups of jam though so Cade and I are set for at least a year.

Jam Recipe

1 and 2/3 cup fruit, puréed and diced
2/3 cup sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp instant pectin 
Mix fruit sugar and lemon juice. Let stand 10 minutes. Add pectin to mixture, ladle into containers and let stand 30 minutes. Store in freezer up to a year. 

*If making a lot of jam, only double or triple the recipe and do additional batches seperately. Combing too many batches will cause the jam not to set.  

Weekender Bag

This is the Amy Butler Weekender Bag I made for my sister-in-law, Anikka, who just had a baby to use as a baby bag. It was such a fun project and overall I think it turned out pretty cute! I am excited to make a few more after I finish a couple other projects I have started. 

The picture is kind of terrible, as I took it last minute while packing my car. I noticed later that the handle came detached as well :( 

The pattern was pretty way to follow and I didn't have too many issues with it. The pattern doesn't include the patchwork though so I browsed blog land for some tips. It really wasn't difficult, mainly just time consuming. I also added some pockets on the inside, which I highly recommend because the bag is huge. now that have made the bag, I also recommend adding Velcro or buttons to the main pockets to keep them closed. I will definitely do that next time.
It's a great bag though and I highly recommend making one. I'll try and take better pictures of the next one I make. 

Triple Date

Over the weekend, Cade and I went to dinner with Chelsea and Will and Elizabeth and Matt. Elizabeth and Chelsea are great friends and my roommates for two years. I love them so much and it was sad to day goodbye to Chelsea and Will, as they are leaving for law school at UCLA. We will miss them. 

We are excited to meet Elizabeth and Matt's baby, Mabel, in August ��
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