Saturday, August 20, 2011

Apricot Jam

When we bought our house almost 3 years ago we didn't really know what we were getting into. The house has been so much work and once it is done we will move on to the yard... which is pretty bad! One great thing about our yard is the different things growing. We have a small peach tree, a lot of grapes, raspberries, walnuts, and apricots. Jon and I did 5 batches of apricot jam and we still had our tree full of fruit. We waited a week and did 5 more batches. We still probably have a another 5 batches growing on the tree that we need to do. (YIKES) It has been fun doing the jam and giving some away. Jon is pretty particular about his apricot jam. His request is that all of the apricots need to be peeled... (ya if you ask any one that makes apricot jam, they think it is crazy) but Jon happily peeled the apricots with me. So we peeled them all and then followed the directions on the pectin box. We have over 70 containers of jam and still more to come. Jon is just hoping one day I will make homemade bread. One day! Here are some pictures of our Jam making experience!

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Every year my mother in law gets sour cherries from Payson. This year I placed my order and she brought me back a 5 gallon bucket full of cherries with the sugar. My mom came over to help me bottle them. She stirred the cherries and then we put them in the bottles and then you just cold pack them. I was amazed at how easy it was. Next year I think I will do 10 gallons. Jon decided he wanted to help too! So here are some pictures of the process and the result!

The deal Jon and I made was that I had to learn how to make his mom's cherry pie if I was going to bottle cherries. I agreed and one day after work we went to his mom's and she taught us how to make her cherry pie! This pie is Jon's. Notice the little hole at the bottom from his finger!

This is my master piece!

The pies were delicious. Now hopefully I can make them right! I am excited to try on my own!
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 5, 2011


Back in May I bought some fun flowers with my mom and sister. I planted them and watered them and then they died and Jon brought them back to life. I was so excited to have these flowers and they have been fun watching all summer. Hopefully next year I will do better at keeping flowers alive!

Park City

A couple weeks ago I was looking on and found a deal for the Park City Peaks Hotel. It came with a one night stay with an upgraded room (ours had a heart shaped tub), 4 ice creams at the gift shop, sparkling cider, a snack which was 2 bags of chips and 2 bottles of water, and some other certificates for a good price. The only catch was you had to stay July 22-25. Jon and I decided to stay the 24th-25th. It was a lot of fun! We went shopping at the Tanger Outlets then after we checked into our hotel and watched tv. We decided to go to old Park City for dinner and to walk around. We took a shuttle that was right across the street of the hotel and went for dinner. We decided to go to a Deli but when we got there they closed... so we went to a pizza place. It was really good! After dinner we took the shuttle back to our hotel however we got on the wrong one so we had to get off and wait for a different one. I would not to good if I had to ride the bus around town! The next morning my mom, sister, grandma, niece, and nephews came to up to go shopping with me because Jon had to work. It was a fun weekend! Here are some pictures!