Christmas Decorations and Christmas Jam

Hi Guys! Well, I got round to putting up the Christmas tree last weekend, and then made some little tweaks during the week. The first thing was to make a simple wreath and decorate my porch a little. We have lots of fir trees surrounding our house, so I cut a few fronds, grabbed a few Christmas balls and berries and got to work

The first step was to pour myself a glass of wine

Using a wreath base I bought at the dollar store, I cut the leaves to size

and weaved them into the base

attaching the strays using garden twine (bought at the dollar store)

And then I added some Christmas balls and berries and hung it on the front door

I also added some Christmas balls, leaves and berries to a wooden crate creating a pretty Christmas feel to the porch.

I spent a lovely afternoon decorating the Christmas tree. I didn’t think it would fit in our tiny house, but we found the perfect spot for it in the living room

While I was on a roll (it may have had something to do with the wine 🙂 ), I added some Christmassy things to a tray on my dining room table

Today, I finished off with a Yule Log hubby made from a branch outside

Today was a grey day with bits of rain on and off

which made it a perfect day to make Christmas Jam. Christmas jam is cranberry/strawberry jam. Cranberries are in season this time of the year. Adding strawberries to it decreases the tartness of the cranberries. It’s much easier than we thought it was. We got the recipe from here, except we bought powdered pectin instead of liquid pectin which means you have to add it to the sugar at the beginning, instead of at the end.

First of all, we sterilized the jars in a pot of boiling water

and put the lids in another pot of water to warm up (not boil)

Next, we put the fruit (we used frozen) into another pot

and mashed it up with an immersion blender. The recipe suggests we blend it in a food processor, but mine is too small for that.

Next comes the sugar

Lots of sugar

Add the pectin

Mix it all up

More blending

Taste

And then bring to a full rolling boil

and boil for one minute then set aside to cool for 5 minutes

Skim the foam off the top

Ladle the jam into the jars

Wipe jar rims clean and add the hot lids

Process the jars for 10 minutes in a water bath

Set aside and leave to set for 24 hours

These are great for Christmas favours for your family and friends and also to enjoy at home with scones and tea

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

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