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Sunday, January 9, 2011

Orange Marmalade

The canning process I have learned
 today can lead to drinking....

This was my vision of how this beautiful
 Sunday afternoon would go.
My two sweet children gathered around the kitchen table
next to me, peeling oranges and learning how to
make their own orange marmalade. 
Telling me tales about their school week and friends. 
 They would have so much fun...so much in fact
that they would give me lots of hugs and kisses and
tell me no one has a better mother than them!

not even close to how it all went down

It started out okay enough. 
While I was getting everything washed and ready
out they went to play with the husband. 

I get everything all set....so I go outside to get them
Where i'm quickly informed by my two sweet children that
they are having to much fun to come inside right now.
Would it be alright if I started without them?
...minor set back but not a problem.

Once all the fruit has been peeled and chopped
I quickly realize two things

1.  The kids are never coming inside for our
magical marmalade memories
2.  All my canning equipment has gone missing

Fast forward to the pot of fruit and sugar boiling over
all onto the inside and outside of the stove.
I clean that mess up

the biggest stock pot I have isn't deep enough
for the water to cover the jars.

That's it I give up...
the marmalade can just kiss my.....

Out comes the wine
A little etsy retail therapy
thank you to my friend
Linda at

But don't worry...every story has a knight in shining armor and a fairy tale ending...right

In walks sweet husband,
he sees what is going on and says to me...I can fix this!
Good luck I tell him....let me know how that turns out
.....as I pour glass number 2

Twenty minutes later my caped hero
emerges from the kitchen with
6 perfectly processed jars of Orange Marmalade
Yes girls...I married well!!!

I don't know how he did it...but this afternoon he is my hero.

I'm thinking however at this point I had better just go grab glass
number 3...because now i'm having visions of
the children and I gathered around the table
making lovely scones to go with our marmalade....
I must be out of of my mind!

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend


Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

I am laughing right now! I also imagine picture perfect events with my children and they more often than not do not go as I had planned. Your hubby finished your canning? That is amazing!

Bring Pretty Back said...

HILARIOUS! That's my kinda canning - drinking wine while hubby does the work! Perfect! Scones...STOP!
Have a pretty day!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

OH my gosh...this is SO funny...glad I could help, I'm sure the wine did, too LOL! The marmalade looks fabulous...and scones!

licha20 said...

I'm laughing with you!!!!So FUNNY!!!!

Lizzy said...

You have got one of the sweetest, bestest husbands out there, Miss Amy! Oranges and other foodstuffs - $10, Canning jars & lids - $20, picture of husband's face as he's trying not to laugh in the kitchen as he cans - Priceless!!

Anonymous said...

Just found your blog through sixty fifth avenue. That's a great way to make marmalade. I came to see your glass house.


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