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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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    Kimpy, I loved hearing about your garden and the jam. I will check out the recipe. I have a garden too which keeps getting bigger and bigger each year. Some of it is in containers and some of it is in the ground. I will compare this year, because I get less sun in the ground than where I put the containers. Trees are so good for shade & the yard but darn it they are not good for gardens.

    I planted lots of strawberries this year and I look forward to making Strawberry Jelly & syrup. I do not like to use the jars that have to pop either. I also freeze my apples from my tree to make stuff with during the winter, but we had a late freeze so no apples this year. Keep us updated on the garden how it goes! I love this time of year all the fresh produce too.


    1729 days ago
    Mmmmm. I love reading your blogs and the pictures. Thanks
    1731 days ago
    Gardening can be such a joy and all that bending and reaching up high is a subtle work-out at the same time too! Love your pics! emoticon
    1732 days ago
    Love the pics! And that jam looks really tasty haha!

    I hope kickboxing is really fun! That's so cool how you vary up your fitness and have so many classes and whatnot available to you. And two miles in the park? That's awesome and sounds quite lovely! If I can get enough bug spray I'm going to have to try that one out for myself!

    Hope you're having a great day today!
    1733 days ago
    Looks wonderful. Love the garden. emoticon emoticon
    1733 days ago
    Love all the pics, the food looks yummy and the rainbow is beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing it.

    1734 days ago
    Yummy Kim - be right over -- Lovely Garden - so when is your Birthday ? We will still do a 5k together - soon!!! Thanks for the visit - get your dress?? Hugs K emoticon
    1734 days ago
  • EG8383
    i'm with you it would be much cheaper to work out at home but I agree that being in a class full of people pushing themselves makes me always push harder and makes it more enjoyable than just me alone at home. Your garden looks great. have a great weekend.
    1734 days ago
    emoticon I have a tart cherry tree but never really do anything with them.
    This year I decided it would be different and making jam is a great idea!
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    1734 days ago
    Keep Sparkin'!!
    1734 days ago
    Wow! I wish I had a green thumb-lol! I am good with plants but not vegetables or fruit..
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    1735 days ago
  • 123ELAINE456
    Awesome Blog. Your Garden Looks Great. Enjoy It God Blessings to You and Everyone. Have a Marvelous Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.
    1735 days ago
    Your plants are looking great! I think I missed a blog - who is the guy in your profile pic ?
    1735 days ago
  • DALID414
    The 'gardening' looks great!
    1735 days ago
  • AEROGIRL1594
    It seems like your garden is doing well! It's good that you're tracking, and that cherry jam definitely looks tasty! Hope all is well!
    1735 days ago
    Ooh tasty lookin!
    1735 days ago
    emoticon Awesome, enjoy your gardening as we do it is so rewarding.
    1735 days ago
    1735 days ago
    That all looks so good!
    1735 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    Love the pictures of your little garden! You are doing great! Maybe you can reward yourself with each workout you do at home - maybe $5 or $10? When you get enough to buy more kickboxing then that's your ultimate reward!
    1735 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    I am going to make strawberry freezer jam this weekend, but I only live 2 1/2 hours from the cherry capital of the world:Traverse City, MIchigan.. maybe I will try that recipe..It looks good.. so do your cute plants..
    Isn't growing your own food, the best??????
    1735 days ago
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