How appropriate that the next block in My Scrappy Vintage Kitchen celebrates the making of jams and preserves because last weekend I was hard at work preparing jars of strawberry jam to use now and some to store for later.
Mid to late winter is peak strawberry season in the tropics and they are very inexpensive so I always make luscious and rich strawberry jam, sometimes plain and other times with apple and vanilla bean.
And of course I bake scones to serve with our first jam for the season.
Of course once you begin to bake you tend to keep on going, right?
The jam and scones were quickly joined by date muffins and rock cakes so my dear husband was quite a happy chap all weekend...
Today Rosie came over for the morning to stitch but before we took out needle and thread we feasted on cappuccinos, scones, strawberry jam and whipped cream. It's her birthday tomorrow so a slight indulgence was in order and we had the best of times! Amid the laughter, food, coffee and sewing I forgot to take any photos...next time I shall remember.
This afternoon I finally put the binding on my completed Scrappy Vintage Kitchen wall quilt and it's so pretty. Now I just need to consider where it shall hang and once I do a few photos will be shared.
For now though, you're only up to block 4 and I must not run away with myself because it's not till October that the final stitchery is shared and I'm sure you're getting excited about finishing your own wall quilt.
The complete pattern for My Scrappy Vintage Kitchen quilt is HERE in my Etsy Shop
If you missed the posts for Blocks 1, 2 and 3 go to the My Scrappy Vintage Kitchen page.
I've previously shared my strawberry and apple jam recipe on the blog but in case you missed it, I'll share this yummy treat again. The recipe is for a quick jam and only makes a single jar, but I tripled the recipe last weekend and made a larger amount without any alteration to the steps apart from needing an extra ten minutes to cook the mixture down. I also added a teaspoon of vanilla bean paste - oh my, delicious!
I must apologise for not sharing the scheduled Gentle Art of Domesticity study this past Tuesday.
Monday was a big day of housework, grocery shopping, planting lettuce and herbs, and preparing soups; Tuesday I was out with Blossom helping her and the little ones do their big grocery shop and running a few other errands; Wednesday was more gardening, catch-up sewing, washing and the dreaded vacuum/mop duo chore; and today I spent the morning with my best friend and the afternoon finishing my wall quilt before watering the garden, cooking a stew and pruning plants which needed a trim.
Oh, and then I wrote today's pattern for Jam & Apples and here I am blogging about it.
The weeks fill up quickly these days and though I have a desire and many good intentions to stay on track with the book study I've come to realise that this cooler season in our tropical climate requires a lot more outside work than when the heat and humidity climb high again and many more daylight hours are spent in the air conditioning.
So I shall have the next instalment of The Gentle Art of Domesticity next week on Tuesday, which actually works better for me because then I don't have the book study and the Scrappy Vintage Kitchen stitch-along in the same week. Should have thought of that before, right? Ha ha! Live and learn.
Have a wonderful day wherever you reside in our precious Earth, and may the Lord's favour fall mightily over your home and fill every corner with peace, laughter, wonder and family.