August 11, 2010

Random Stuff

"For YHVH shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of YHVH; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody."
Isaiah 51:3

My family had made this verse into a song awhile back so that we could remember it better. I've had it stuck in my head off and on this past week. It also happens to be amid the past few Torah Portions...Maybe that's why it was stuck in my head... :-)

An aquaintance has been giving us the pears from their orchard, so today we made something called "Carrot Cake Jam." It is basically pears, shredded carrots, and pineapple with some spices. Oh, is it good! Here is the recipe:

Carrot Cake Jam
Makes about 6 (8 oz) half pints
You will need:

 1-1/2 cups finely grated peeled carrots
 1-1/2 cups chopped cored peeled pears
 1-3/4 cups chopped pineapple, including juice
 3 Tbsp lemon juice
 1 tsp ground cinnamon
 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
 1/2 tsp ground cloves
 1 (1.75 oz) pkg Ball® Original Fruit Pectin
 6-1/2 cups sugar
 6 (8 oz) half pint glass preserving jars with lids and bands


1.) PREPARE boiling water canner. Heat jars and lids in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Set bands aside.
2.) COMBINE carrots, pears, pineapple with juice, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a 6- or 8-quart saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil over high heat, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, cover and boil gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and whisk in pectin until dissolved. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring frequently.
3.) ADD sugar all at once and return to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil hard for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary.
4.) LADLE hot jam into hot jars leaving 1/4 inch headspace. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Apply band and adjust until fit is fingertip tight.
5.) PROCESS in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Remove jars and cool. Check lids for seal after 24 hours. Lid should not flex up and down when center is pressed.

You can get this and other recipes off of Ball's Canning Website:

Ya'll don't forget to look for the new moon tonight!

Which picture looks best, Top or Bottom? I couldn't decide.


  1. Hey Kally!!!

    I like the bottom picture :)

    Hope you're well! Think of you guys all the time. <3

  2. Kally,

    The top picture is my favorite of the two. It looks more like a greeting card. Those things are prickly, BTW! ;D



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