Easy Jam Tart

Well, we made it to the end of August – and while I probably sound like a broken record, I have to say once again that I’m still not entirely sure where the summer went. It seems like just yesterday the weather was turning from winter to summer (we didn’t really have a spring this year), and we started planning our summer activities. Now, we’re beginning to plan for autumn, and the sun is setting earlier, the mornings are getting cooler, and my burning bush has already begun turning red to mark the changing of the seasons.

One of the things I like to do near the end of the preserving season is to take inventory of everything I’ve put up over the summer. While the season is far from over with plenty of tomatoes and stone fruits still to can, as well as apples now coming into season, I like to see the variety of fruit I’ve canned and start thinking about how we’ll put it to good use over the winter. That also means doing a little recipe testing – especially since if something doesn’t turn out, I can always put up an extra batch of jam!

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Hot Peach Jam

Hi there! In case you missed it earlier, I’m spicing things up over at Food Fanatic today with a recipe for Hot Peach Jam. Head over and check it out, and enjoy the rest of your Monday!

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Cast Iron Skillet SunButter Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie

You know what’s a little crazy? How quickly this summer is flying by. I was just tweeting about it the other day, and I’ve been taking comfort in the fact that I’m not the only one wondering where the time went. I even noticed a few stores with pumpkin decorations already on the shelves while I was out running errands one day near the end of July - and while fall is my absolute favorite season, even I thought that was a little too much.

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Blueberry Lemon Jam and Ball FRESHTECH Giveaway!

Do you have yet to begin canning this summer? Or better yet, are you brand new to canning? Well, today is your lucky day! I’ve teamed up with Ball Home Canning, Jarden Home Brands, and Food Fanatic for an exciting giveaway of FreshTECH goodies worth over $600. Head over to get my recipe for Blueberry Lemon Jam and enter to win! Happy Friday!

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Strawberry Rhubarb Pie

Note: This post was originally published exactly 5 years ago on July 5th, 2009 (on another note, I can’t believe I’ve been blogging about food for over 5 years!). I have since revised the recipe and instructions to make this pie even better and simpler than its original version. I hope you enjoy it, and happy baking!

Strawberry rhubarb pie is probably my all-time favorite pie. To me, there’s just something about the perfect combination of tart, spring rhubarb and sweet, summer strawberries that ushers in the first real days of summer. I’ve updated so many things about this recipe over the years that the new recipe bears little resemblance to the old one, and so I wanted to make sure to record the changes here – after all, this is where I keep all of my favorite recipes! Now that strawberry season is in full swing, I hope you’ll give this classic pie a try. And, enjoy the rest of your 4th of July weekend!

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