Wild Blackberry Jam

This entire post makes me feel like Huckleberry Finn. 

When we heard that there were wild blackberries in the bayou behind our apartments we didn't waste a second. We grabbed some bags and went berry hunting. Half of the park was flooded from one of Houston's famous rainstorms so we had to jump across puddles and carry our poor pup to avoid getting too wet. 

I learned that the key to wild blackberry picking is having a good stick to hold your juicy bags behind you and push the thorns out of the way to reach the best berries.

 It truly doesn't get any more organic than this!

We didn't know what to do with all of our berries at first but then we decided to make jam that very night. By 10pm we had 4 jars of sweet jam and a very messy kitchen.

Ingredients

  • 5 cups berries
  • 7 cups sugar (hey, I said organic, not healthy!)
  • 1 package Pectin

1. Rinse your berries. Wash your jars. Get every pot that you own out.

2. Put your pectin and berries in a large pot and heat on high until they boil.

3. Add all of your sugar at once. Bring everything back to a boil for one minute.

4. Fill your jars with the jam., wipe the rims and screw on the lids.

5. Place your covered jars in another pot of boiling water so that the tops are covered by 1 inch of water.

6. Boil jars for 10 minutes to create a seal.

Let your jam cool in the fridge overnight so that the consistency sets and then enjoy your jam for breakfast!

Round Braided Challah

I have an on-going list of things that I want to learn and get really good at. I want to add so many skills to my life that I don't have time to sit around! My list includes playing the Cello, photography, calligraphy, jazz crooning, publish a novel and become an expert bread maker.

I have been working on the last item on my list lately, which means I've made a lot of bread in the past month! Brioche, artisan, challah, marraqueta and my next recipe is croissant! I want to find the best recipe out there, perfect it and then keep it a coveted secret until I'm a little old lady and every one in my family is trying to bribe the recipe out of my wrinkled hands before I die. Too intense?

These little braided wheels took me forever to figure out, but I love the way they look. I had to draw myself a diagram (right brained!) until I realized how easy they were.

What goals do you have? My list is long but it can definitely keep growing! Follow my

Artisan Bread board on Pinterest

- I try to update the pins of the recipes that I've made with improvements that I find.

10 Summer Favorites

1 // FAVORITE TV
I'm torn between sadness and happiness for the end of Friday Night Lights. We just got into the series this summer and finished all 5 seasons in under a month! I wish it wasn't over but at least they were all on Netflix by the time we found this treasure because no commercials!

2 // FAVORITE RECIPE
As a self-proclaimed bad cook, I'm happy to wash the dishes for my honey while he makes magic happen in the kitchen. This new recipe has been a summer favorite around our house and the friends we shared it with.

3 // FAVORITE BOOK
What started out as a summer-internship-assignment turned into a favorite read! I find myself applying the theories to every day situations and sharing the fun anecdotes with everyone who will listen. It's an oldy but a goody if you want to learn about trends in a changing world.

4 // FAVORITE BLOGGER
Merrick is my new favorite (imaginary) girlfriend. I've been following her blog ever since it was a little site to share her amazing art skills. Now she's wowing the world with her refashion tutorials that inspired my craze this month. You go girl!

5 // FAVORITE PRINT
This quote. It is currently summing up my and my husband's lives right now. Sometimes we have late night talks about throwing reliable jobs out the window and living off our hobbies as we travel the world. Someday my friends, someday.

6 // FAVORITE DIY
I've learned after years of DIYing that the best projects aren't forced. One afternoon I found myself with an ugly giant pickle jar and some gold leaf in my hands. The inspiration simply appeared and now I am in love with these beauties. Everyone needs one in their home!

7 // FAVORITE SHOES
Have. Not. Left. My. Feet. At all this summer. No joke. The heel came off so I glued it back on. The metal plate came unscrewed so I tied it on with string. They're still my go-to shoes and at under $18 I can afford to trash them.


8 // FAVORITE PURCHASE
This is my new baby. My favorite man surprised me by trying to act like he'd ordered a book in the mail. He's horrible at keeping secrets. It's taking some getting-used-to but I love the crisp focus and the soft, beautiful background it creates.

9 // FAVORITE MAKEUP
For a girl with hereditary dark under eyes, this makeup gives me hope.

10 // FAVORITE ARTIST
The colors. The composition. I need this painting above my nomadic couch and I need it now. I love abstract artists because they just get me. Chaos and color means a happy blogger.

What have you been loving this summer? Ready for the transition to fall?