Sunday, July 29, 2012

Mrs. Wages and fresh Boysenberry freezer jam

Last year I saw a post from Mrs Wages asking for people who would be willing to sample their products and write reviews. Mrs Wages is a maker of canning supplies. I jumped at the chance and sent a message right away! I didn't hear back and was disappointed, but months later realized there was a message from them in my "other" messages on Facebook! I didn't even know that folder existed. I replied, but at that point it was too late. I was delighted to receive an email about it this year and said YES right away! I got a lovely package a few weeks later with pectin, freezer jam mix, guacamole mix, spiced peach mix and salsa mix! I will posting my experience with them all!

Here we go! I went to my local farmer's market  and found some lovely Boysenberries. I picked up 3 pints and came home to make some freezer jam.

Mmmmm....look how pretty these are!

All washed and ready to go!

I smooshed them all up with my potato masher thingy
I got almost exactly 4 cups which is what the package calls for! 
I  mixed the package of freezer jam mix
and 1 1/2 cup sugar and then added the mashed berries in.

I mixed it all together for 3 minutes.....

Then spooned it into those little plastic containers.
 I got 6 containers, 8 ounces each.

Here they are! After sitting 30 minutes they are all nice and set! They're in the 
freezer right now just waiting for a little late night toast snack or a yummy
lunch PB and J! YUM! 

Stay tuned! I've got some cherries to make some jam with! 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Lunch Bag

I made this adorable little lunch bag the other day and I am in love with it! It was a very quick and easy sew, even with putting in the zipper and using Insul Brite for insulation. I used Erin's pattern from her blog Dog Under my Desk! Check out her blog and her adorable little doggies! She has a pattern for a dog tie!! Jacque has one!

Ok, back to the pattern! I know, I know...I made it exactly like the pattern picture but I assure you I made this bag! It's a nice size to hold a drink and a few containers of food. Making it out of all cotton makes it washable, which is really nice. There are so many possibilities for fabric! Who doesn't want to carry around an adorable lunch bag?! I definitely need to make one for myself!