Friday, September 12, 2014

The Best Jam I have ever made, with Recipe

I had bought some peaches from this place that delivers to my building. 
Usually the produce is pretty good, but this time the Peaches were bruised. 
They hung out on my counter for a while, til I figured out a game plan. 
They became very ripe.
Then I thought....Hmmmmm Jam??

I used a RealFruit Instant Pectin envelope and away I went.
SUPER EASY. No cooking involved. The recipe is on the back. 

Chop your peaches: 1 2/3 cup or so.

Put the peaches, 1 Tblsp Lemon Juice and 2/3 cup sugar in a bowl. 
Let stand 10 minutes.
Add pectin and stir for 3 minutes. 

Ladle into jars and let stand for 30 minutes- then enjoy!!!

It was the best Jam I have ever had. 

I should go look for more peaches....

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Recipe: Cherry Jam

After accruing an abundance of Not So Sweet Cherries I decided to make so jam.
I figure there's enough sugar in jam that it should be OK. =) 

I just used the recipe from the Ball Jar of RealFruit Classic Pectin

Super Easy!
Mrs Jennifer's son said "That was the best Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich EVER"
She had made him a sandwich for lunch using I would say it was a smash hit =)
So much so, she had a bunch of cherries. She pitted them for me and I made more!

Now, I did not make it so it was shelf stable. 
I made it to be consumed right away.
If you make this to be preserved on the shelf- read the instructions on the jar. 

The recipe is on the actual Jar of Pectin.
I used 
2 cups Cherries (pitted, washed and chopped)
3 tsp Lemon Juice
 1 1/2 Tblsp Pectin 
1 Cup of Sugar

Combine Cherries and Lemon Juice in large sauce pan. Bring to a rolling boil. Stir constantly.
Add entire amount of sugar, keep stirring until dissolved. Return mixture to a rolling boil. Let boil for a full minute- KEEP STIRRING. 
Remove from heat, skim any foam, if necessary. 
Ladle into jars, let set on counter til room temp, then refrigerate.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Recipe: Cherry Chocolate Chip muffins

I ended up buying some cherries that weren't as sweet as I would have liked...
I hated to throw them out so I made muffins! (And Jam, but that's for another day) 

I got this recipe from 
(click the recipe name to link there)
The Notes state that she got it from

Since my cherries weren't as sweet, 
I cooked them down with some sugar to try to help them out a little. 

They were pretty enjoyable! Everyone at work loved them. 
Brandy at work said "I LOVE these and I don't usually like things with fake cherries"
I said "well, that's because they are real cherries" 


  • 2 cup flour
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup halved maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • In a small bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. In another bowl, whisk the egg, milk, oil and extract. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. (Remember to use caution when mixing muffins as over-stirring can make tough muffins). Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.
  • Fill paper lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack.
  • Makes 2 dozen.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Recipe: PB and Banana Cookies

Someone at work sent me this recipe!
So between Mrs Jennifer and I, I was able to make them. 

We didn't have quick cooking oats, so she gave me her regular oats.
I googled a substitute and found that if I pulse regular oats, it works the same

They were a little dry for me, but she and her kiddos enjoyed them!