Thursday, July 16, 2009

Blueberry Season...

Oh my. It's blueberry season at Kroger stores. Hopefully you have one near you. Yesterday I bought a 5 lb. box of blueberries for $8.88. I came home and concocted 19 half-pint jars of blueberry jam from that single box. (The jar below is a quarter pint.) I had a little left over, so we drizzled it over our vanilla ice cream last night. I know, it's hard not to be jealous.

If you've never made homemade jam before, this is the year to start. Fruit has been so inexpensive -- at least it has been in our area. There's nothing like having that sweetened fruity goodness waft through your house as you're boiling that sugary brew. It's exhilarating. It intoxicating. It's life-changing. Well almost...

You may be asking yourself why I am in such a jammin' frenzy. The answer is simple. It is the answer to all questions directed toward me this month. It is... "Wedding Planning." Yup, everything I'm doing this month seems to be centered around those two words in one way or another. (You've probably heard, but our youngest is tying the knot next month.) Ok, so here's the deal. My husband and I are hosting a Colorado-style "western" BBQ the night before the wedding. We are having The Rib House cater the food -- baby back ribs, pulled pork, brisket, succulent chicken and the best side dishes you could ever imagine. Oh, and don't let me forget... blackberry, cherry and peach cobbler for dessert...a la mode. I'm salivating just thinking about it. Anyway, the decor for the night is going to have a "western" theme. We're shooting for a relaxed and intimate get together with family, close friends, and the bridal party before all the busy events of the next day. I'll be posting the invitation and a few other ideas for the evening some time in the future -- so cute. Anyway, as a favor we're giving away a jar of jam to each of the guests. I hope that doesn't sound hokey. I think it will be a cute gesture. I just hope everyone "gets it" and that the jars don't crack open in their suitcases on the trip home and ruin their favorite blouse. Maybe I should provide bubble wrap and a seal-lock plastic baggie with each jar...

15 comments:

Kristen said...

That is such a cute idea and it looks yummy too. You'll have to share your jam recipes with us. I've never made jam. Shameful, I know!

Renee said...

OK, I'm changing the name of my blog to WWSD, "What would Suzanne Do?"! You're amazing!!! I love the western theme and the awesome jam guest gifts. If I was closer I would so crash, but alas. What a lucky daughter you have.

I enjoy making jam as well, although I haven't had much time this year. I planted some bushes, but it'll be a while before I get fruit. I'll go and check at my grocery later. Thanks for the heads up!

LOVE, love, love all of it.

Shannon said...

that looks so good. seriously!

Maryam said...

Oh, how delightful. I'm so excited.

Annie of Blue Gables said...

well, I'm changing my name to your last name in hopes you might get confused and invite me to this shindig.
What a fun gesture. I want a jar of jam. I think it is so sweet.
~a

Kristine said...

Blueberry jam?! Wow! So yummy!!! I also think its a cute idea to give a jar of jam at the dinner!

MiaKatia said...

Mmmmm delicious and so cute! If mine breaks in the bottom of my suitcase I will just like it out :)

Chris said...

Suzanne, I love the idea !! The western theme and the jam go so well together and will "jell" nicely! :0) Sorry couldn't resist. One of our sons is getting married in Sept and they want the decorations to be "fallish" and sorta rustic. We are hosting the rehearsal dinner here after the rehersal and I am going to get some bails of hay to sit on and hang cute little votive laterns in the tress.(the dinner qill be outside in the back yard, very casual) Your idea of the jelly has me thinking I might want to do something along those lines. Could I use your idea? You have really had some cute ideas about wedding stuff lately, I have enjoyed reading about all your "goin's on". :) Happy jammin'!

Suzanne said...

Chris - Thanks for the compliments. The jam thing isn't an original idea of mine -- I think it's done occasionally -- especially with parties that have a "western" theme. Love the bails of hay -- wish I could find some for our night.

Becky said...

What a deal on the bluberries! We can get 3 pints for $5 sometimes at the grocery. The BBQ sounds like fun and the food even better! Nice gift of the jam. Finger lickin good time to be had by all I'm sure!

Jean said...

Sounds like a wonderful gettogether! Casual is always so much more fun. I think the jam as a gift is a wonderful idea and I'm sure the guests will too. Am I invited?lol!

randi said...

We had the same sale price here too, so I stocked the freezer with berries for muffins. For some reason my family dislikes blueberry jam. We have plenty of strawberry and raspberry though!

Julie said...

What a beautiful sounding night you have planned, Suzanne! It will be unforgettable, I am sure of that! The jam to use as favors is awesome!!! So sweet and original...and homemade is the best part of all!!! Have a wonderful wedding!

Tolentreasures said...

Sounds like such a nice wedding. I love useful wedding favors. The favor at the last wedding I was at was an ice cream scoop. The girl was a dairy farm girl and loves ice cream and the wedding cake was an ice cream cake. We gave post it notes and pens with the bride and groom names on them for our last daughter and everyone commented on how much they liked that.

Cathy

Raich said...

love the jam facors and loooovvve the invite..looks like so much fun!