Friday, November 7, 2014

Trying to make preserves...again!

What a morning! A couple of weeks ago my friend Nellie brought me another Citron melon. Hating to let it go to waste, I decided to make a few more jars of preserves. This melon was not as pretty as the one that volunteered and grew in my garden...



Anyhow, I put the chunks of melon, the sugar, and the water on the stove to cook until tender. Then covered the pot and let it sit overnight.

Adding the remainder of the sugar and the sliced lemon this morning, I put it back on the burner to boil gently until it became thick. Well folks, it was just about ready to put into the jars when I walked off and stayed away too long. The smell of caramel drifted through the house. 

Remember the pretty yellow citron preserves from last September...


Darn it! Why do I do these things? I poured the caramel looking preserves into two jars. What a difference...



Maybe a bite of this would cure a craving for candy. It is very dark and sticky and chewy. I'll probably end up throwing these out, but not just yet. I need to look at the mess for a day or two! Will I ever learn to "not wander off"!

We had wind and rain last night as a cold front pushed through. I was happy to see the sun come out early this morning. Mr. Goat scratching his head...



Pictures of the same old stuff, but the sun on the trees just looked so pretty...



Better get busy. Poppy should be home soon. His vacation, yep, another one, starts tomorrow. Nine days! Time at the computer will probably be brief at best! 

Thank you for visiting.

Love,
Henny

16 comments:

  1. I did that very thing the other day- left lemon juice in the microwave too long and it burnt. I had walked away to do something..and completely forgot that I was watching it to boil up. Duh..I never learn.

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    1. Every time I say will be the last, but then I walk off and forget something else. Glad I'm not the only one. :)

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  2. Just call it marmalade and no one will think twice!
    Jane x

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  3. Your recipe sounds so intriguing. If I was closer, I'd run over and demand a taste!

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    1. Well I would sure give you a taste, but not a taste of the burnt ones. :)

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  4. I do the same thing all of the time. It is crazy I burn stuff sometimes still in the kitchen but doing things of things for the boys. Oh well it happens to the best of us.

    Love you

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    1. It is so easy to do. There is always so much going on! Love you!

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  5. Those same old photos are always different...light, color, angle.distance!

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    1. That's true. It looks different every day.

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  6. I used to wander off too...I have leaned to sit in the kitchen so I don't have to throw pans or food out:)

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  7. The sun over the trees is beautiful, great photos. What a shame about the preserves. Have a great weekend.

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    1. Thank you. I know, all that sugar and wasted time.

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  8. You should label them as caramelized citron preserves and sell them at that market where you sell the aprons and bonnets. You could add a sign saying that they are difficult to produce and only available this time of year and these are the last two jars! There's nothing like scarcity to pull in the buyers!

    I do the same thing. I turn things up on high (just to get it heated up and going, you understand) then forget about it and come back to blackened remains. Last year I turned the breakfast nook into a little sitting room with a wing back chair, floor lamp and little side table. That way I can sit there and read or knit while my cooking goes on. It sort of works. This burning of stuff has gone on for a long time. On the wall next to my stove I have a cross stitch that I did in the 80's. It shows a frog wearing a frilly apron with a bow in her hair. She is holding a frying pan with smoke billowing out of it and the writing next to her says: Another Day, Another Disaster. Prophetic I suppose.

    Your leaves are beautiful. The ones around here are pretty much gone and we had a hard frost last week so it's time to cut back the perennials and alas start the raking. I raked and shredded leaves for about three and a half hours yesterday afternoon and thought I wasn't going to be able to get out of bed this morning. My back was definitely protesting!

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    1. Those preserves are so over cooked they won't come out of the jar. Pure sticky! I need your frog cross stitch to hang in my kitchen. Your little sitting room sounds perfect. I love changing things like that. Oh gosh, I know how you feel after raking for three and a half hours. That's how I work. ..get started and can't stop. It wears you out!

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