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Blog Entry 55: Blueberry Jam!

A few weeks back I went shopping (like I always do) and came across an amazing deal, 2lb containers of blueberries for $3.99 each! Well, I just could not pass that up and bought 6lbs (3 containers). At first I thought, mmm blueberry pies, but since I am trying to lose a little weight and the fact that a pie does not last very long in this house, I started to realize that I should probably do something else with them.

Hmm what to make, what to make… *Light bulb above head goes off*
Blueberry Jam!

Here is what I used to make mine:

6lbs of fresh blueberries
6 cups of sugar
1 tbsp vanilla (I add this to almost ALL my jams)
2 packages Pectin *

14 Jars (12 250ml each and 2 500ml)
Cooking pot
Spoon**
Water Bathing Canning supplies

Yup its that simple.

First wash all your blueberries and put them in your cooking pot like so:

 

This is the “brand” of blueberries I used:

Next you need to mash them, I used a potato masher, some people find this easier once they are cooked, its really up to you:

Now add in your vanilla and pectin and cook the snot out of it. *Note on the Pectin: I used two boxes at once, it turned out fine but the pectin box says to only use one box, so if you don’t want to risk it, cut this blueberry jam in half (ie 3lbs berries, 1/2 table spoon vanilla and 3 cups sugar).

Here is what it will look like AFTER you add in the sugar (before adding the sugar it wont be super liquified):

Once you get that back to a rolling boil you will need to skim off the foam like bubbles and jar. Following the jarring you with need to water bath it. Each area in the world is different for the amount of time needed to bath it, I did 10 mins.

** Wooden spoons: I like to use wooden spoons for Jams and Jellies but be warned this is what your spoon will look like after your done and it has been wash in just soapy water:

I took this jam to a Pagan Potluck two days after I made it and it was a huge hit, so I must be doing something right.
While I made the jam my youngest was up and getting into things. Here is how he “helps” make Jam.

 

I also wanted to write up a little review of a guinea pig product I am currently using. Its called Oxbow Orchard Grass Hay.

I have a pig who hate timothy hay, local famers hay or store bought, he hates it. Since he wont eat hay he was having digestive issues. I tried this hay and he loves it. I now only use this hay for all my pigs! I want to say, the smell, AMAZING! Its so soft too!

You can buy it in 15 oz, 40 oz, 9lbs, 25lbs and 50lbs online (Chinchilla.ca has all sizes) or in stores. Some stores (at least here) will usually only have the 15 oz bags. Prices for these bags usually run $6.00 to $7.00 a bag. I like buying online because I can get bigger amounts at cheaper prices (and yes that is with shipping).

All 4 of the pigs give this product many wheeks.

Only one word of caution, PetSmart does in deed sell this BUT they also sell pets, so if you can’t find it anywhere else, buy it online.

Odin here says : “This is the best hay EVER!”

Categories: Cooking, Guinea Pig, Home made, House Wife Life, schimpf pigs | Leave a comment

Blog Entry 1: New Beginnings

Welcome everyone.

Today marks the first day of my new blog. I have two others, one about my pets by my pets and one about products my pets have tired and what I thought of them. Thinking about how much work I did around the house made me also think about making a blog to talk about the daily life of a mother and wife.

So let me start off with a simple introduction. My name is Erin, I’m a mother of three kids who are currently 5 and under. I’m a stay at home mom or as I like to call is a Domestic Goddess. I have 5 guinea pigs, 2 ferrets and 3 goldfish. I not the best at writing but I do try my best.

 When people ask what I do, they always seemed shock when I tell them I am a stay at home mom, like this is some kind of illness or something.

“Oh god shes a SAHM! Back away slowly!!”

Others will give me looks as if I am suppressing woman’s rights but not working out of the home.

“Who does she think she is? We aren’t in the 1930’s anymore.”

The fact of the matter is, I most days enjoy being a domestic goddess. Don’t get me wrong, there are good days and bad days. Most are good days but having three smart children does keep me on my feet. When one isn’t making a mess or getting into something its one of the other two.

But running around after kids is not all I do in a day. I love to cook, and do so usually 6 days of the week. I take one day off and let hubby cook or order something in. I hope as time goes on to post photo how tos of some of the things I cook for the family. I don’t often use a recipe, making things up as I go is the fun part. But when I do use one and post about it, always look for mention of what book or URL I got it from so you can make it too!

I also clean up A LOT! Everyone in my house seems to think that little magical fairies come during the day or at night and clean the house. Well dear readers, I am going to tell you the truth. I am that magical cleaning fairy. Like most houses my house is unorganized, cluttered and messy! Yes I am sad to say that no matter what I do I am never happy with the way my house looks. Lots of my friends tell me my house is so much more organized than theirs, truth is it might or might not be true. For me, its too messy.

Over the last few months I have been self teaching myself how to sew. This is a totally new path and hobby for me. So far my guinea pigs and ferrets are enjoying most of the things I make. This past Christmas I made my niece and nephew sock monkey’s. I plan to post about that soon, as it was a huge challenge but one I over came and they both turned out GREAT, in my opinion.

If you think that all that isn’t enough for one person let me tell you I also pen pal and scrapbook. I know what your thinking, oh you email people. WRONG! I take that weird thing called a pen and put it to another weird thing called paper. I have many people in Canada, USA, UK and many other places that I write to at least once a month. Its a lot of fun.

Scrapbook is frustrating! It really is, do you have any idea how many times I have ended up with glue stick all over me? Or spelled something wrong and had to start all over? Way to many times, that’s how many. Once the page is finished I do have to say its well worth it. 
Well I must end this for now in fear that I have totally lost all hope of return readers or followers. But if on the off chance I haven’t please stay tuned for more ramblings of The Daily House Wife.
Categories: Cooking, House Wife Life, House Wife Life Children Scrapbook, Penpal, Sewing | 2 Comments

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