"Getting rid of everything that doesn’t matter allows you to remember who you are. Simplicity doesn’t change who you are, it brings you back to who you are."

Monday, November 10, 2014

J is For...Jack O'Lanterns? Jam? Jars?

Last month SM bought four beautiful mum's and three huge pumpkins to decorate our front stoop for Fall.

The mum's are past bloom now and I really need to plant them.  I said as much to SM as we were heading out the other day.

"But what are you going to do with the pumpkins?"  He asked.  "I thought you were going to turn them into Jack O'Lanterns for Halloween."

"I'll keep them around for a while yet.  Thanksgiving is coming up after all.  What I really want to do is save the seeds.  Since these are NC pumpkins maybe they'll grow in our garden since nothing else will."  I replied.

I spent some time rearranging our upright freezer the other day and came across some strawberries from 2013. 

Hm.  There were four bags of berries from 2013 and only two from 2014.  I really needed to use the older berries up.

The easiest thing to do is cook them down and make a jam.  Not a true jam since I can't put sugar in it.  I use Splenda instead.  I suppose it's more of a stewed fruit but since I needed a "J" for todays post...Well...

I can call it jam if I want to.

And then we come to jars.  I used to have a ton of them but gave a bunch of them away so that now I have a manageable amount.

Jars are beautiful to me.

Empty or full it doesn't matter.  Jars are like jewelry for your house. 

They display beautiful colors and shapes. 

A window to a different world, if you will.


  1. I a jar lover too. So useful and beautiful at the same time. Happy jamming!

  2. You can call it anything you want! That's not a bad idea, since I also found some 'hidden' strawberries in the freezer. Those are very nice pumpkins - well worth seed-saving.

  3. I call myself a jar hoarder. I can't help it and I have them stored in every nook & cranny, until I get my pantry built.