Thursday, April 28, 2011

gimme some sugar...

Now I don't know about you, but I find that there is nothing better than a piece of homemade bread - toasted and smothered with homemade mayhaw jelly!

For as long as I can remember my grandmother has had mayhaw trees in her backyard. She picks the fruit and bags it for us. My mom makes juice from the berry's and then from the juice makes an amazing jelly! Last night my sisters and I decided we wanted to get in on this process. Since my mom had mayhaw juice in the freezer already, all we needed was time. And, let me tell you, timing is everything when you're making jelly. (well... timing and SUGAR!)

Please visit this site for proper instructions if you are attempting the jelly making process yourself, but here are a few pictures of our evening activity!
{instructions also come inside that Sure-Jell box}
{there is the juice from the freezer- smart thinking measuring it out ahead of time Mom!}
{to make sure your mason jars and caps are sterile, first wash them in hot water and soap, rinse, and then boil.}
{while your jars are boiling, be sure to make funny faces *note: this is THE most important step}
{measure out your sugar and set to the side. add sure-jell, juice and 1/2 teaspoon of butter to a pot and bring to a boil *the butter prevents foaming}
{Ready-Set-STIRRRRRrrrrrrrr. Keep stirring until you come to a rolling boil- then add the sugar.}
{Once the juice + sugar is boiling, continually stir for exactly one minute- then turn off heat and start pouring juice into jars!}
{Seal your jars with sterile caps and flip them upside down- this helps the seal. If you sterilize and seal properly, these jars can keep forever!}
{Allow 24 hours for the juice to completely turn into jelly. High Fieeeeve! Good Job!!!}

Monday, April 25, 2011

painting with an easter twist...

After Easter lunch on the patio, the ladies decided to paint wooden eggs. Mom wants to make this an Easter (egg) tradition.
Here's mine:
{Tison said, "Am I Spider-Man?" haha- guess I need to practice plaid before next year.}

happy easter!

Don't let the aprons fool Mom made everything but the deviled eggs!!
She's a superwoman in the kitchen.
{That is sweet Rosie enjoying the beautiful weather.}
{So glad to have you home for Easter Les!}
I hope everyone had a blessed Easter Sunday!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

follow friday...

The world of blogs can sometimes be a boggling one to me. I really didn't know blogs exhisted, or at least not about anything I would be interested in, until last spring when my coworker, Lauren, introduced me to a few. Y'all, it was like I had walked into an online library and wanted to read every book on the shelves! What a source of inspiration! I am most certain I have mentioned my favorite blogger rockstar diaries before, but if you haven't checked her out, you should!

Every time I visit her site I feel uplifted.
Here is a video of taza & husband that just warms my heart...SO romantic!

Postcards From Italy from ForYouLoveMe on Vimeo.

{video by For You Love Me}

For clothing inspiration, I love to visit Kendi Everyday. There is such grace and ease to her outfits that is so appealing...not to mention, she tells you where to find everything!
{photo from kendieveryday}

inspires YOU?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

bikes & bbq...

My sister Les is in from Zimbabwe for a few weeks and I can't get enough of her! She has been such a good sport tending my crazy whims. Over the weekend we hopped on some bikes and headed to Hickory Stick singing the soundtrack from Now and Then {LOVE that movie!} I ordered an amazing chopped beef bbq sandwich with a side of ribs :) {I couldn't resist!}
{Now tell me this doesn't make your mouth drool for some potato salad and baked beans!?}

Friday, April 15, 2011


There is nothing more important to me than my family!
I love you beautiful ladies and handsome little man SO MUCH!!

{Hudson is 4 weeks old today. I can't believe it!}

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Y'all Come to the Table...

So, I have been taking cooking classes on Thursday nights for the past few weeks through Y'all Come to the Table, a home-style cooking class for today's modern world! Mrs. Jeanette Mladenka has been a family friend and my mentor for years and I am so happy to see her loving what she is doing...COOKING! We have so much fun in the kitchen. My favorite part is after we complete the cooking phase and sit down around the table together. It has been both a bonding and educational experience!

Friday, April 1, 2011

flower fever...

The weather has been so nice lately that my camera hasn't left my passenger seat,
it's just waiting for the opportunity to snap photos of the blooming spring!

Is it just me, or does this time of year make you want to forget the day job and play outside all day everyday?!
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