But yesterday, I put my hand to cooking. Because we finally had a nice day here (and by nice I mean, not oppressively hot), I decided to take the kids out blueberry picking. The girls and I went once this season and in an hour, the three of us were able to pick one and a half gallons of blueberries. Yesterday, with five of us, we were able to get less than one gallon. But even so, we had a lot of fun. We had to look a little harder to find the berries and they were much, much smaller, but they were still sweet and delicious.
Last time we picked blueberries, I did what I normally do, which is to just eat them plain. Nothing quite beats a big bowl of fresh blueberries for a snack in my mind! I froze a few, made blueberry pancakes with blueberry syrup, gave away a few, but mostly just ate them, handfuls at a time. But this time I decided to try something I've never done before. I was going to make some jam.
I did all of the stuff and set my jars aside for the 24 hours. Except that about an hour later, I couldn't stand it any more and shook a jar to see if it was setting up. And incredibly, it was! So about twenty minutes later, I went ahead and opened up the jar that was only half full (or half empty?) and stuck in a spoon. And ate the Most Delicious Jam Ever (tm). Okay, so maybe not, but it was good. And we made it (the we is Christopher and me -- he helped me crush up the berries and stir in the sugar). So I had eggs with toast and jam last night. And it was G-E-W-D, gewd.
A couple more of these moments and I might actually want to start cooking for real and I might have to pick up that new dinnerware!
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