Friday, March 18, 2011
Homemade Jam and Jelly
I am so fortunate that God has blessed me with a wonderful family of women who like to cook. Just recently my daughter brought me a fresh jar of her homemade Strawberry Jam and my sister-in-law brought me a jar of her homemade blackberry jelly from berries raised on their farm. There is nothing like these frest fruit spreads on hot buttered buscuits accompanied by a steaming cup of coffee to get your morning started just right. Thanks girls, for the wonderful gift. These gifts are not only delicious, but represent a gift of their time. Anything homemade is a gift from the heart. This same sister-in-law frequently surprises my husband, Clark with a homemade blackberry cobbler fresh from the oven - just because she knows he enjoys it so much. If you also like to give gifts of canned goodies, I would like to share my way of really dressing up the jars for your pantry shelves. I make custom labels on my color printer using brown Kraft paper. Then I cut a round jar topper from muslin, burlap or print fabric. On the jars above, I have used muslin and added a small square of print fabric that I stitched to the center of the jar topper. I then tie the topper onto the jar with a peice of jute string. I sometimes leave the circle a little larger than needed to give me plenty of room to tie on the topper. After I tie my string, I can trim a little of the edges off if I need to so the label will show. It doesn't matter if the edges are a little uneven - after all, we are going for the primitive look. I have only found one problem with dressing up your jars in this fashion. I am sometimes reluctant to remove the topper to use the product inside! This is a great way to dress up your jars to give as gifts at holiday time. You can use Christmas fabric and put holiday designs on your labels. Make a few extra for your own pantry shelves.