Sunday, August 10, 2008

We Be Jammin'

It's that time of year at my mom's house. Apricots are falling from her tree faster than we can pick them, faster than the birds can eat them, and faster than she can give them away. And for possibly the first time in my life I am excited about reaping the bounty of home grown fruit. Brad and I picked several bushels of apricots last week to make freezer jam. Mom's apricots are bright, beautiful, and terribly delicious!With all these apricots I needed some recruits. Fortunately, Liz and Lisa were up for some good old fashioned jam-making. Liz was really getting into her job of washing and pitting.
Lisa was kind enough to offer her beautiful new kitchen for our jam session. We broke it in (or broke it?) by creating a gigantic apricot mess. It was glorious. Epic. And then we cleaned it up.We even made a few batches with all organic ingredients. Yes, we are that hip and progressive. You should take notes if you haven't started already.
The final product was sweet! Literally, sweet, delicious and tastes great with peanut butter on toast or pancakes or even your finger. But I think it tastes better because we made it with our own blood, sweat, and tears. (Note: if I have given you a jar of apricot jam, you should know that absolutely no blood, sweat, or tears actually fell into the jam. We were careful about that.)
Thanks girls for spending an entire evening being domestic with me! I just love it when we get domestic.

13 comments:

Alex Thomas said...

Mmm that jam looks delicious! I like the new blog look as well. I'm glad we were able to see you guys before we left!

{lizzythebotanist} said...

1. love the new blog-you are getting good at those photoshop skills.

2. LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture of you that jess took (the one in your side bar). you seriously look smoking.

3. HATE HATE HATE that picture of me. why can i not just act natural? i always pay for it. now the blogosphere sees it.

4. thanks for the domestic night and for the apricots and for not telling everyone i actually disappeared for two hours in the middle.

5. the jam is good.

Lacy said...

So I want to taste this delicious jam. mmmmm it would have been so good on my pancakes this morning!! I love the pictures of you guys. You are gorgeous.

gina bina said...

Lacy, don't be surprised if you find some jam on your door step one of these days. I have TONS in my freezer just waiting to be gifted to fortunate souls.
...Next time I'm in O-town!

gina bina said...

Oh and Liz, don't even. It's not possible for you to take a bad picture so I don't want to hear it.

Kami said...

I love the new blog design! Looks like fun at Lisa's house. Isn't her kitchen awesome?! They did a great job!

Natlee Lloyd said...

so so jealous! If your mom needs to find more loving homes for her apricots I would more than be willing!

{lizzythebotanist} said...

gina- i'm preparing a post specifically to dispel your belief that i cannot take a bad picture. oh, just you wait! this is going to be good.

gina bina said...

Natty, if you want apricots go over to my moms. She would love you to take some! Seriously...

Jess said...

Liz, I'm with Gina on the fact that you look so cute even when you are trying not to! Not fair! =)... and yes I also agree that Gina is smokin' hot in that picture (and all the time)
G- I've been waiting to make french toast with cool whip and your jam! Can't wait to try it! Now I just need to get to the store so I can pick up some cool whip. I'm not talented enough to make it!

cathy said...

Looks sooo good. Have you always been so domestically talented Gina? Too bad none of it rubbed off on me when I was around you more. I try, but fail quite a bit.

jarv said...

Next time you have a jam party I would love to come. I love to have homemade jam on hand at all times. And I would also be able to find a home for any extra apricots, they are sooooo good!

PackMen and Me said...

Don't tell your Mom, but Brook set me free in the garden yesterday...:)