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Friday, July 22, 2011

{berries for jam}

When Miss Allison from Oopsey Daisy asked me to participate in her Summer Camp series revolving around children's books, I was so excited to be a part of such a fabulous idea!  Reading is a big part of life at our house, and being able to create a project and post from one of our favorite children's books was really, really fun for me.

Here is the post and project I shared with her readers...

One of our family's most-loved books is Jamberry, by Bruce Degen. 

It's nearly impossible to read this only once through per sitting.  The words are utterly charming and delightfully irresistible.  I simply cannot tell you how many times we've read this book!  Every one of my kids loves it, and I have to admit, it's a personal favorite of mine too. I knew it would be the perfect book for this post.

What is this book all about?  Berries, berries for jam! So, what did we make?  Jam, of course!

Freezer jam is super easy to make, and oh so yummy.  In less than an hour you can have your very own homemade jam! It's also a really fun way to get your kids involved in the kitchen and enjoy an afternoon together. When you're done, share some with the people you love.  It makes a great thank you, thinking of you, or a sweet just because.

 I like to use the liquid pectin...all you need is strawberries, sugar, some lemon juice, and the pectin.  I follow the recipe that is included in the box, and it's laid out in an easy to follow step-by-step manner.

I used half-pint jars--a great size for gifts.  If you're making some for your own family, and know you'll go through it faster, you can always use a larger size.

After my jam was ready, I made some fun printables for a lid topper and tag--perfect for giving!

I inserted them into a Word document, sized them to a little smaller than 2 inches, then printed them onto cardstock. I used my trusty 2 inch circle punch to cut out the tags, along with some scrapbook paper. I distressed all the edges using Distress Ink (Vintage Photo). Using double stick tape, I adhered one of the text circles to the top of the lid. For the tag, I taped two circles together--wrong sides together.  One side is the cute scrapbook paper, and the other side tells the recipient what type of jam it is, and how long it is freezer-safe. Tying them on with jute is the perfect touch!

Now you're ready to share...and to eat!

Printable directions:  Right click on desired image, and select save as.  Once saved to your computer, insert into a Word document (or similar) and re-size to a little less than 2 inches if you are using a 2 inch circle punch. (Fonts=smiley monster, rebekah's birthday, gentle redhead and century gothic)


Enjoy! Happy eating and reading!  



Blogger Michelle said...

I'm not crazy! I remembered this was your idea, and came here to find it and save the printables. Now I realize I must have seen it on Oopsey Daisy, which I also check every day. Thanks for sharing--I love the tags!

July 22, 2011 at 8:01 AM  
Blogger Sweeter Hours said...

Aww we loooove this book!

July 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Rob and Toni said...

Cute I love this and I've never made jam...but I want to now...and I want to read this book!

July 22, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Marcie said...

Jamberry was my favorite book as a child! I was delighted to see it here on your blog! :)

July 25, 2011 at 11:12 AM  
Blogger Alison@Oopsey Daisy said...

Such a darling idea, Kierste! Thanks for sharing it on Oopsey Daisy!

August 11, 2011 at 3:36 AM  

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