Maggie got married…..

Photo by Dennis McDonald

My oldest niece got married this past weekend…..the wedding was down in Cape May, NJ… was beautiful…just like the couple.  It has been so wonderful watching my niece grow and become the gracious and loving person that she is today!  I wish her and her new husband all the blessings the world has to offer…

Photo by Dennis McDonald

We had such a wonderful weekend in Cape May!  I am so glad that the weather was gorgeous….just like the bride!   And I’m so glad we were all there to share it with her!

7 months and 25 pounds later…..

So, I have finally reached the 28 weeks mark!  I’m so excited!  I went for my ultrasound today and they are both head down!  I’m so excited……maybe I’ll get to have a natural labor after all!  The little boy is 2 pounds, 12 ounces and the little girl is 2 pounds 10 ounces!  The little girl (on the left looking out) seems to be the trouble maker…she is always flip flopping around and wiggling.  The boy (on the right looking inward) seems to stay put the whole time.  I just hope they stay the way they are for the next two months!!

Embrace the Camera….

Today, River decided she wanted to bury some treasure….but there was one problem…there were BUGS OUTSIDE!!  She kept asking me why there were bugs outside.  I told her that we were in their home.  She wanted me to tell her the name of each bug….she said that would make her feel better about them.  Of course, I didn’t know the name of I had to make them up!!  Her reactions to the bugs were hilarious….but once she noticed I was taking pictures..she started to giggle and laugh.

Then she decided to start making funny faces and she decided we both needed to make funny faces….

Inspired by Emily….even though she is on vacation….we are still Embracing the Camera….


Our dog, Bean, needed a haircut.  I’m too cheap to bring her to the dog groomer….so I do it myself……and I’m not that good at cutting dog hair.  And she doesn’t like having her hair cut.  And I have no patience to cut her hair…so this is what she ends up with……kinda cute….like a sad hairy pig……the other dog is next…..

Strawberry Jam…take two….

Did I tell you that all the jam we made with my mother-in-law didn’t turn out….it turned into syrup….I guess too many cooks in the kitchen does spoil the brew..or something like that.  Anyway, after our strawberry picking, I knew we had to give the strawberry jam another chance.

It really is incredibly simple.  We went out and bought 2 cases of jelly jars, Certo premium liquid fruit pectin, lemon juice, and sugar.  That’s all you need….except for the fruit!  The whole process only takes about 1/2 hour..but my mother-in-law warned me to never double or triple the recipe.  She said it never comes out…so, to make things quicker, I made a batch, Quinn made a batch, and Tuesday made a batch…all at the same time!

The recipe is inside the Certo box.  First, you have to wash and rinse the strawberries and de-stem them.  Once that is done you measure out 4 cups and start mushing them up.  We realized that putting them in the food processor is much easier and quicker!

Then you add the sugar, all 4 cups!!  That is a lot of sugar!!  Maybe next time I’ll try to cut down on the sugar..but who knows…I guess you don’t mess with a good thing!  After you add the sugar, you start to stir it and let it stand for 10 minutes, stirring every now and then.

Then, you stir the packet of pectin into 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and pour it into the prepared fruit.  Once you do this…you have to stir the bowl constantly for 3 minutes.

Then you are done..except for putting all the fruit into your jelly jars.  You let it sit at room temperature for 24 hours…and if everything went well, it should gelify (not sure if that is a word).  Then you store it in the freezer for up to a year!

So, we made 24 jars of jelly (I made another batch on my own!) for about $30..not bad!!  Hopefully, that will last us until next Strawberry season!