You see, there was this strawberry…
And I couldn’t very well just leave it sitting there, looking at me, could I? Not when there was pectin in the cupboard and, next to that, a box of shiny new mason jar lids. I just had to give in to fate, tie on my trusty apron, and drag the bread machine out of hiding.
Yes, I said “bread machine.” Does yours have a Jam cycle? Mine does, and I think it’s so nifty! The absolute best bread machine cookbook in the whole world has an entire chapter devoted to making jam, my favorite of which is Strawberry. The recipes make small batches – two or three cups – which is usually plenty for us. They keep for 2 months in the fridge, or longer if you freeze them (which I have yet to try).
I got two jars of jam out of this batch and decided they would be just perfect for Father’s Day gifts for the Grandpas. (It’s a good thing I have strawberry-picking plans this coming week, or I might just have been reluctant to give away the whole batch of jam.)
I kind of made a mess making the jam, and I know I should have cleaned it up right away, but the weather was hot & sticky yesterday and I just couldn’t face it. Today would have been a great day to scrape the leftover goo out of the bread machine pan, except that I didn’t really want to. I had something else in mind for today.
(Oh, why can I never find a spot to stand that has decent lighting? It’s a bit frustrating. Anyway…)
The waistband came out a bit wonky, but since I never tuck in my shirts, nobody will ever know. I also initially made the A-line waaaaay too wide and triangular, so I took that in a bit on the sides. And then, for some reason it just called out to me to be outlined in black, so I ran right out and got myself some bias tape. I’ve never finished a skirt hem that way before, but I like it. I think it works. I have another sheet that I may do the same way, but in white.
Now, please wish me luck getting in the mood to clean that kitchen tomorrow. If I don’t, I could be back here with another 2 or 3 procrastination projects to show off, and we just can’t have that!