Sunday, July 12, 2009

Relaxing weekend?

Well, I told myself I was going to relax this weekend after my busy July 4th in La Crosse. But instead of relaxing, I went a little crazy in the kitchen.

On Friday night, I stayed up until midnight making apricot jam. I loaded up on apricots at our local grocery store. Apricot jam is my husband's favorite, so I wanted to learn how to make it at home.

It was surprisingly easy to make -- now that I have a little practice. I placed the apricots in boiling water for 30 seconds to loosen up the peels. Then I plunged the fruit in a bowl of ice-water to stop them from cooking. The peels came off easily, and the apricots were ripe and easy to cut and mash. I used a recipe from the "175 Best Jams, Jellies, Marmalades and Other Soft Spreads" book, which I received as a promotional freebie at work.

The jam looks great, although I have to admit I haven't tasted it yet. We're still finishing up a jar of the peach jam I made last weekend. My husband is loving the peach jam; he actually likes that it's a little softer than the jam you buy in the store.

Of course, to go along with all this homemade jam, I made my favorite white dinner rolls. They look great right out of the oven.

I was on my feet all day on Saturday, working in the kitchen. But it was one of the best weekends I've had in a while. I'm at peace at home.

1 comment:

  1. One of my favorite jams is Apricot. Sure looks good. Nice and pretty and really tasty.
    The rolls look great also, Hope you all ate some warm with the Apricot jelly. Yum!


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