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Cherry Jam recipe & Garden Pics!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Happy Thursday!
Cardio kickboxing was awesome on Tuesday. I am definitely not as sore this time compared to after the first class! I have 8 more classes available at the one place. I also have 10 classes at another facility in a different town. By the end of August, I won't have any more bargain deals =( I can't afford to pay for their block deal because I don't have an extra $500! Even if I did the payment plan, I can't afford $150 each month right now. I wish I could force myself to work out more at home! It would cost a lot less. The energy of the class is part of why I like being there.

Last night I walked almost 2 miles in the park. It was a gorgeous night. I wanted to make sure I worked out my legs a bit so hopefully that will help keep the soreness away! We saw some caterpillar nests - those were the only ones I saw this year so far.

I tried making the cherry jam a couple of nights ago. It is pretty tasty! The recipe doesn't call any pectin and no need for hot water to seal the jars - which is why I used this recipe! I had 1.18lbs of tart cherries & that didn't leave me with a lot of jam at the end. But it was definitely worth it to make it! I tried something new, and it turned out great! Next time I will pick a lot more cherries! Next year I want to pick some sweet cherries so I can eat them as a snack =)

Sweet or Tart Cherry Jam Recipe:

The pepper & tomato plants are turning out pretty well! I tried some in organic veggie soil and some in regular veggie soil. The peppers in the non-organic soil seem to be doing better than the organic soil! I figured I would experiment on the soil since this is my first time growing a garden! One hot pepper looks ready to be picked, but it has only been 34 days since I put the plants in the buckets!

The one farm (where I picked strawberries) has cut-your-own-flowers available. I may stop over after work to see what they have. They are 50 cents each, which is pretty reasonable! Usually flowers at the store cost $5-7 for 4 stems and one piece of greenery!

I restarted tracking my food last week. It has been going pretty well. Since I track again, I have been eating less at night after dinner. I want to snack, but then I ask myself if I am actually hungry. I see if it is worth it to eat something or not!

I made some fried snap peas in olive oil the other night with ground pepper & a little salt. They were SO delicious. They weren't soggy at all! I bought them from a local food stand - I love this time of year. Everything is so fresh & tastes great from the farm stands. It is so much cheaper than buying it from the big chain stores!

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