Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Our kids have been watching Master Chef this summer. They are absolutely adorable...they keep saying I should go on the show, and cook my best meals. I know better. I am no "master chef," I cook to stay alive. Of course, if I am going to cook it better taste good, but I can't say that cooking is a passion of mine.
However, this summer has seriously cramped my creative style. I have had very little time to do anything that could be described as creative. Unless you call cleaning and entertaining children a creative outlet. So, when my kids challenged me to be like the Master Chef's and make them eggs benedict, I did it. The kids loved it, and it was good for me to try my hand at something new, and actually succeed.
Want to try, here is the recipe.
Monday, August 8, 2011
It's that season. School season, oh yea, and summer too. Long ago in my Michigan days I would go to the Upick strawberry patch and spend the day picking berries with my babies on my back. Then I would go home, wash the berries, then take the stems off the berries, then make the jam.
It was a long process. But the results were so great, I had to do it. It was one of my favorite jobs as a mother. Providing homemade jam has always been a "need" in our family, and I love that our kids appreciate the difference between real jam and store bought jam.
But, things are different now. First, I live in the desert. Second, my time for making jam has seriously eroded. Who knew having 4 kids could completely eat up all free time?
What's the solution? In true Sarah fashion, I make jam the easiest way possible.
Step 1- buy the bags of berries from Costco (frozen berries)
this time it was 2 bags of strawberry and 1 bag of mixed berries..
why? because strawberries are cheaper, but the mixed berries are fabulous
Step 2- Defrost the berries by sticking them on an outside table for an hour. This may take longer if you live anywhere reasonable.
Step 3- Blend up the berries. We used a handmixer in one big bowl. It took about 5 minutes. Maybe.
Step 4- Using the freezer jam pectin from ball (shown in picture above), make jam by mixing packet with 1 1/2 cups sugar and 4 cups of fruit. Stir for 3 minutes and you are done.
No cooking! Nothing could be simpler or better!
Saving time never tasted so delicious!