Friday, January 24, 2014

Jam vs Jelly

This past weekend my husband and I were shopping at the supermarket. He suggested we buy some jam. We don't buy jam or jelly at the supermarket often. We have been fortunate to have some expert jelly-makers in our contact list.  But nonetheless we opted to take a look at our options.

This led to an indepth discussion/friendly argument as to what is the difference in jelly and jam.

So what is the difference?






According to wikipedia:
 

Jam

Jam typically contains both the juice and flesh of a fruit or vegetable, although some cookbooks define it as a cooked and jelled puree. In the US, the term "jam" refers to a product made of whole fruit cut into pieces or crushed then heated with water and sugar to activate its pectin before being put into containers

  

Jelly

In the U.S. and Canada Jelly refers to a clear or translucent fruit spread made from sweetened fruit (or vegetable) juice and is set by using its naturally occurring pectin, whereas outside North America Jelly refers to a gelatin-based dessert. Additional pectin may be added where the original fruit does not supply enough, for example with grapes. Jelly can be made from sweet, savory or hot ingredients. It is made by a process similar to that used for making jam, with the additional step of filtering out the fruit pulp after the initial heating.
 
 According to wikipedia both of these are variations of "fruit preserves".
 
So it seems the primary difference is the existance of the flesh of the fruit. Simple enough!

In the end we agreed it depends on how you intend to eat the "fruit preservers" but most often we prefer jam. The more complicated decision is which flavor.
 
Which do you prefer?
 
And what is your favorite flavor?

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Denim with a Little Lace

This weekend my daughter was Pinterest inspired by some denim shorts she found.

And of course she challenged me to recreate them. Wish I had tagged the original picture because now I can't find it.

This is how our version turned out.




It was actually easier than I thought. She had the cutoff jeans and we used an old lace curtain.

I cut the lace just a 1/4 inch larger than the area I was covering. Then ironed it flat. You need to use a low heat setting for lace. 

I pinned the lace piece in place and used a hem stitch around the entire outside. 

She loved the finished product and it really didn't take me too much effort.

Anything to keep "the princess" happy! 

SHOW IT OFF Wednesday #12

So I guess I decided to take a little hiatus from blogging recently.  My day job has been so crazy lately. I have however had time to keep up with some of the blogs I enjoy following. And let me just say thank you for not being lazy like me. I am so inspired by your work.

NOW that being said:

Welcome to Show It Off Wednesday!

Thanks to everyone that linked up last week. I really enjoyed seeing all the projects and recipes.

I'm so excited you could join us for this weeks party.

If you aren't currently a follower I would really love to have you as a new follower.


Here's how it works:

     1.  Enter a link to a specific blog post using the Linky Tools below. Feel free to link to anything you have crafted, cooked, sewed or even just good tips.

     2.  Then check out at least one other link on the list and leave a comment and follow the blogger. Be sure to let the blogger know if you are a new follower so they can follow in return. 

     3.  I would love it if you would grab a button from the side bar or below and display it anywhere on your blog.

Please use good linky etiquette. At the very least check out the link that was linked before yours and pin it. Everyone loves to be pinned and you just might make someone's day. I know I'm always excited when someone comments on my projects or takes the time to pin them.

Thanks so much for participating. 



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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SHOW IT OFF Wednesday #11



Welcome to Show It Off Wednesday!

Thanks to everyone that linked up last week. I really enjoyed seeing all the projects and recipes.

This was my favorite from last week's party:

I just love these sunflowers created by Gail over at Purple Hues and Me. They just scream spring.


Clay Pot Sunflowers from Purple Hues and Me



I'm so excited you could join us for this weeks party.

If you aren't currently a follower I would really love to have you as a new follower.


Here's how it works:

     1.  Enter a link to a specific blog post using the Linky Tools below. Feel free to link to anything you have crafted, cooked, sewed or even just good tips.

     2.  Then check out at least one other link on the list and leave a comment and follow the blogger. Be sure to let the blogger know if you are a new follower so they can follow in return. 

     3.  I would love it if you would grab a button from the side bar or below and display it anywhere on your blog.

Please use good linky etiquette. At the very least check out the link that was linked before yours and pin it. Everyone loves to be pinned and you just might make someone's day. I know I'm always excited when someone comments on my projects or takes the time to pin them.

Thanks so much for participating. 



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Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday's Frets - Magazine Inserts



fret

  [fret] (noun): an irritated state of mind; annoyance; vexation.

Friday's Frets are my little rants about something that annoys me, most often without reason. We all have them, those little peeves that you may or may not notice.

My complaint this week are those little postcard size card stock magazine inserts.  You know the ones I am talking about, the advertisements /postcards /coupons that are meticulously maliciously  placed inside every magazine so it opens to a specific page. I understand some brand pays big bucks to make sure the magazine opens to their ad but it is just annoying to me.

They make it almost impossible to flip leisurely through the pages. You must use both hands. One hand is need to maintain order and the other for turning the page. And heaven forbid you need to set the magazine down mid-article to check dinner or turn the volume down on the TV. "WHOOP THERE IT IS" back to page 112 the new skincare ad in a flash. And do I remember what page my article was on....NO.

I know what you are thinking, this could be avoided by tearing them out before even beginning to peruse the magazine. Nope not gonna work! They are smart, those magazine folks. They perforate those things making you think they made it easy for you but really it just leaves enough of the insert to continue directing you to where they want you. 

All in good advertising!!

Happy Friday Everyone