I made strawberry preserves today.
Gorgeous, aren't they! And they smelled so good cooking - sweet and tangy at the same time. I followed the Ball Preserving Book recipe exactly but I'm not sure the preserves are going to "jell" enough. They haven't yet so I'm a little worried. I haven't made jelly in a couple of years and it seems to me that the last time I made blackberry jelly it didn't jell very good either. I bought a whole flat of these berries - they were some of the best I've had in a long time. I didn't keep them all but took some to friends. These jars are from 2 quarts and I also put 2 quarts in the freezer.
About six weeks ago I read that if you cut the bottom of Romaine lettuce when you were making your salad, then planted it, you would grow more lettuce. So I tried it.
It grew, and grew, and grew. Today I "harvested"! Alas, it was bitter and not tasty at all. What causes that? I bought some plants that are growing nicely in my little garden so I sure hope they're better than these.
Several years ago my mother's best friend gave me some of her peonies. She would be about 90 now if she were still living. These peonies were her mother's and maybe her grandmother's before her so I have no idea just how long they've been passed around. Aren't they beautiful?
I love flowers that have been shared by our mothers and grandmothers and neighbors and friends. The connection between women that this sharing highlights is awe inspiring to me.