Jingle Jar, Jingle Jar, Jingle Jar Rock

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Wow, where has the time gone? I can’t believe it is Christmas in just a few days.I guess the old saying is true, ” Time Flies When You Are Having Fun!” I have had a great time this year with all of my wonderful students. We have done everything from canning, making sausages, barbecue classes, fermenting, pressure canning, to baking. With all the interest in how I make my short bread, pie crust and cream puffs, I thought I’d adventure towards the oven. It has been a very yummy year! I have asked students what they would like me to teach next year and have gotten a few answers like, mustard recipes, fermenting, vegetable stock, and more delicious baked goods.

I know this is a super busy time of year, but I just wanted to Thank You for all your support this past year. Some of you have brought friends and family to classes to help my business grow and I appreciate all the support.

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Finally It Fells Like Fall

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What a wonderful summer All In A Jar had with the students that attended classes. Thank you! We had access to a lot of beautiful fruits and vegetables to play with in class. Some people think it is time to put away the canning supplies. But wait… no need to; we have more canning to do. What about all those amazing pears? You can make pears with toasted almonds and almond liqueur, pear ginger jam, hearty chutney or pear halves in simple syrup. So many varieties of apples out there too, what about a spicy apple butter, apple pie filling,  applesauce or apple jelly. For those oranges, how about marmalade or sparkling wine orange jelly or orange vanilla crud. Some other great ideas, persimmon jam or butter, pickled brussels sprouts, cauliflower, onions, carrots and beets. Fall and winter are great times to can, added bonus of warming your home up too. Especially when using your pressure canner because it has a long processing cook-time. With the pressure canner you can be making soups, stews, beans, tuna, and much more. This is a great time to make some homemade sausage for the freezer; cooler days work best when working with meat. Don’t let the cold weather or rain stop you from canning! Homemade canned goods make the best gifts. So get in the kitchen and start canning! The holidays are  coming.
November 29 Saturday is support local small businesses. Please remember our local small businesses when shopping for gifts this holiday season.

All In A Jar offers Gift Certificates.

All In A Jar will be adding to the class calendar in the next few days. Check out what will be offered in January and February. Happy Canning!

All In A Jar offers Gift Certificates.

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All In A Jar is back from British Virgin Islands

 

100_1831 100_1759We started the trip by landing in St. Thomas and took a ferry to the island Tortola to pick up a 44 foot catamaran sailboat. We had two other couples with us. One of the husbands is a captain that take over the boat.We all had our own bedroom and bathroom.  I had two big worries, sunburn and seasickness. I managed not to get sunburn but, a few day out at sea I felt a little under weather. We had two days of rain which added up to ten inches. They are hogging all the rain. We managed to have fun despite the rain. We sailed to the island of Norman and had a wonderful fish dinner and back to the boat for one of my favorite things to do FISHING. The next morning we had fish all around the boat jumping out of the water. That is the morning I caught a 6 foot shark. It was a lot of fun. The group then wanted to go snorkeling. I said I just got a shark out of that water. I will sit here and watch. We move to an other place with great snorkeling  that had caves. They all convinced me to go in the water. With the help of Tom master swimmer I was in the water hyperventilating. He suggested I lay on my back and he would bring me to the fish. I told him I want to see little fish please no big fish. After seeing a few schools of fish I was ready to get in the boat. I caught, clean and eat fish. Not all that excited to swim with them. Off to the next island St. Peter . I got to see my first turtle. The best part was it looked at me.  We had a wonderful lunch beside the pool with the view of the water and  chickens and cats walking around. Off to the little store for shopping need more supplies. We also stop by Virgin Gorda’s The Baths National Park. It was beautiful, The baths are a landscape of building-size boulders, clear saltwater grottoes, and powder-white beaches. The best island of all for me was Anegada. It is the only island that is flat. Fresh fish and miles of empty white beaches. When we where on the island they had a fishing tournament and it was fun to see the fishermen come in to have the fish weighted. The last night back to Tortola. We went to the Sugar Mill restaurant. This is an old sugar mill that has a wonderful restaurant and Inn. The food was amazing.

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Cheers, See you in class