Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Rewards of a Busy Day

It's a good feeling to have something to show for a busy day. I had the privilege of staying home today; no carrying anybody anywhere, no errands to run, no groceries to buy. I love spending a day at home, and it's especially rewarding when I have something to show for my busyness.

I started out the day by doing a few cleaning chores and helping Taylor with his (home)school work. I was down to my last jar of jelly, so after lunch I started with my jelly making joys. I've mentioned before that my favorite breakfast is buttered toast with my home-made Cinnamon Apple Jelly and a cup (or two...or four) of good coffee. So I pulled out the ingredients for the jelly....



It's really easy and pretty fast to make. I pour 7 cups of unsweetened bottled apple juice into a large kettle, then add a pkg. of powdered fruit pectin, and 2 teaspoons of butter. I bring that to a full rolling boil on high heat while stirring constantly. Then I stir in 1 cup of red-hot cinnamon candies until they dissolve. Next, I stir in 9 cups of sugar and return the mixture to a full rolling boil. It boils for 1 minute, while I stir constantly. Lastly, I remove the kettle from the heat; skim off the foam and pour into hot sterilized jars, cap them, and process in a boiling-water bath for 5 minutes. And, voila! Breakfast jelly for many happy mornings.



It really didn't take long to make the jelly at all. I had enough time left over before having to start supper to practice a few piano pieces. Then, after supper, I finished up a project I started yesterday...making pink Peonies. I found the instructions in the April 12 issue of First magazine. The only materials needed are tissue paper, which I found at the local Dollar General...



... some florist wire, and hair spray.



I was very pleased with the finished project. They're the new centerpiece for my living room coffee table. They're much easier to make than the coffee filter roses I made a couple of years ago.



Throw in a walk with my sweet hubby and some fun time with my sons and it was a very good day! A day I am thankful for.

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13 comments:

  1. You had a busy day! I love those paper peonies! I also love the ones that grow in the garden! Where did you find the instructions? Thanks for sharing.

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  2. HOW CUTE, I LOVE THE FLOWERS, I'LL HAVE TO TRY THEM.
    lOVE,DEBBIE

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  3. Love the flowers - they are so pretty and cheery!

    xo
    Claudia

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  4. Love the ease of your jelly recipe. And it looks beautiful. Do you give them as gifts?

    Thanks for visiting!
    Leann

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  5. Sherry, my coffee filter roses are a snap to make, honey! And they last longer than tissue paper I would think. Come over and look or if you need help, just holler. Truly, e a s y!!

    xoxo,
    Connie

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  6. Anne, the instructions for the flowers are in the April 12 issue of "First" magazine. Thanks for the sweet comments.

    Sherry

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  7. Leann,
    I have given some of my jelly as gifts, but I mostly squirrel it away for me. :)

    Sherry

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  8. Connie,
    I'll be over to check out your roses as soon as I get a chance. Thanks for the invite!

    Sherry

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  9. your tissue paper peonies are perfect! Just in time for some spring color
    Thanks for visiting my blog
    (~~)
    Julie

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  10. Saw your post on Made by you Mondays. I am hosting a canning blog party the week of August 23-27th. We will be having lots of tips, recipes, linky parties, give-a-ways and more. Hope you can stop by for a Latte' and link up this tasty jam!!

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  11. Laura Aldridge8/28/10, 1:59 PM

    Thanks for the easy Cinnamon Apple Jam recipe. I made it and it is by far the best I have had! Can't wait to share it with friends and family!

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  12. That jelly is so pretty! It reminds me of the red hots and applesauce my mom used to make.

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  13. Mmmm, thanks for the jelly recipe. I'm gonna try it!

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