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Driving home from treatment on Friday, we saw a roadside strawberry salesman pawning his products.  Strawberries galore...big  huge, jucie, and tasty for this time of year....  I couldnt resists, and knew we were low on jam so I bought two flats....You know, that's a lot of strawberries for two people.  I didn't realize how much I'd purchased until I started to clean and eat them.  The pile just wasn't going down so I ran to the store and bought 4 boxes of Pectin....made 4 batches and still had a flat left so I ran to the store again...bought the last 4 boxes of Pectin they had.... came home and put up 4 more batches of jam.  We use the jam a lot..on sandwiches, toast and pancakes so I opted to put it into larger containers.  I wanted you to know I did that on purpose so you wouldn't think I was nuts with jam in 2-1/2 cup containers.  Anyway, I still have enough berries left for strawberry short cake and for cereal.  I was upset that the cleaning elf didn't come in overnight and clean up my mess...I had to spend the better part of the morning wiping up sticky, guey messes all over my counters.  That cleaning elf is offically FIRED!  ( I should have done it yesterday but was too pooped to pop.)  Happy Sunday   

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Comment by Debra Miller on April 15, 2013 at 8:46pm
Do you just freeze it? I have only seen canned.
Comment by Marnie/NH on April 15, 2013 at 7:49pm

YUM , I sure can't resist strawberries! I bought some of those huge California ones, they are good but not as good as the ones that will be available to pick later here. Last year we made Jam for my DS too with artificial sweetner, he is diabetic.  He loves it!  Be careful Debbie, don't make yourself too tired.

Comment by Kathryn Benson on April 15, 2013 at 3:35pm

All I can say is, you must be feeling really good for undertaking such a job!  I think you are related to the energizer bunny.  As for me, I'm waiting for the snow to melt, 8 days ago we got 20 new inches of the stuff.  So here it is April and we have the most snow we'd had all year.  Humpf.... As for me, I'm rather proud of myself today, I finally got my finished QoV to the quilt store. Now I'm tackling another UFO and then will start the new valances for my nook.

Comment by Barbara Graham on April 15, 2013 at 10:17am

I just got back from walking the dogs. They are now confined to old towels until all the dirty snow and water frozen to their fur melts and creates more laundry. Fresh strawberries sound like a dream. Putting up that much jam and cleaning the kitchen--too much work. Take it easy. Sorry you had to fire your cleaning elf.

Comment by June Johnson/Wi on April 14, 2013 at 7:57pm

I am jealous!!!  Our roadsides still only have snow; no fruit stands in sight for several months.  The way winter is hanging on this year I wonder if we'll ever see grass much less strawberries again.  It is snowing/sleeting as I type this blog.  It snowed last Thurs and Fri and snow due end of week again.  Last year our golf courses had been open for a month already.  Each day we remind ourselves that this snow is nourishing the ground so we don't have brown grass this summer.  We also remind each other that this is a day the Lord has made and we should rejoice and be glad in it.  I'll be right over for shortcake.

Comment by B J Elder/WA on April 14, 2013 at 6:15pm

Oh YUM!  You hit pay dirt my friend.  How fun. Now take the rest of the night off, you hear?  You have done enough! 

Comment by Barb/WI on April 14, 2013 at 5:17pm

I am absolutely drooling over that picture!  Fresh strawberries sound especially good right now since we just got another fresh blanket of ##@%^#$snow!

That darn cleaning elf!  Good help is hard to find!  I wouldn't share any of the shortcake, or jam with that elf either.

Comment by Shannon, ON on April 14, 2013 at 4:42pm

debbie you are amazing. strawberry jam is my fave too. hmmmm....ours will be in season later.....may have to make some jam. :o) how do you sterilize plastic or is it freezer jam?

Comment by Pam/NY on April 14, 2013 at 4:05pm

That looks so good...can't wait for our local ones to come in...don't get yourself too tired missy.

Comment by Janet/MO on April 14, 2013 at 4:01pm

Wow, Debbie, I am so jealous.  You would think there would be lots of great strawberries to buy here in MO, but that doesn't seem to be the case.  The ones in the store have no flavor and no juice!  Strawberries are my 2nd favorite fruit so I guess I should start planting some.

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