Sunday, July 24, 2011


I spent 3 hours in a raspberry field yesterday picking LOTS of berries!!

My 3 hours yielded me 6 half-flats which I brought home and promptly processed.  Out of it, I got:

6 jars of syrup
8 jars of jam
2 dozen muffins
1 buckle
1/2 flat frozen
1/2 flat fresh for eating all day
A partial sunburn and
2 very sore feet


 This year I decided to top my jars with something pretty.  I used 6"x6" scrapbook paper squares in coordinating colors and then tied them on with a piece of twine. 
 I wrapped the twine around once and tied a square knot and then around again to the opposite side and finished with another square knot (so that there are two on each side). Then I clipped the ends.  I think they turned out so pretty!!  I can't wait to do Blackberries now!!

 In addition, while it is easy to find a recipe for jam, I also wanted to make some syrup to use on crepes, pancakes, waffles, etc.  One of our local berry farms, called "Barbies Berries", has a great recipe that can be made and used immediately, frozen or canned in jars for future use.  It can be used for any type of berry.  Here's the is simple and yummy!!


2 cups berry juice*

Boil, then add:
1 3/4 cups sugar
1/4 cup light corn syrup

Boil 1 minute.
Pour into bottles and can in warm bath like jelly or freeze. 
Keep opened or thawed berry syrup on the refrigerator.

*To make berry juice, boil berries until soft,
then strain through cheesecloth to remove seeds. 

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  1. Hi Alexandrea, I would say you have some tasty treats among your art. I am visiting from MM and was intrigued by your blog name. Keep producing that art.
    I am a new follower. Ginger :)

  2. I am grabbing your button for my sidebar. Ginger :)

  3. Oh yum!! All your hard work certainly paid off. I'll bet it's all delicious! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hello! I'm visiting from MM. Your raspberry preserves look delicious. I love they way you added the scrapbook paper to the top. I just redid a cabinet that I want to use as a jelly cupboard. I'm link #47.

  5. Thanks so much for the visit & for following. I'm following you also too!

  6. Hi! i'm your newest follower! I would love it if you stopped by and became mine! Very yummy!


  7. Hi- I'm your daughter. Can we please open a raspberry jam so that I can make a delicious sandwhich? Thank you!
    P.S.- They are very cute!

  8. Hi Alexandra, This is a charming and inspirational post. I'm thinking we can do some of this with our blackberry harvest....I love the way you 'canned' them. So pretty!

    I'm your newest follower; #17.

  9. Yummy!! I love your presentation! Beautiful!


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