#19. Make Gramma’s angel food cake & homemade strawberry jam.
Date accomplished: 6/20/2014
Mom came and spent the day with Sweet Pea & me yesterday. It was absolutely wonderful! I love seeing my mother in Gramma mode. It reminds me of her mom and my time with her. I still think of her all the time, and really really miss her. I wish I could describe how incredible a woman she was, but I know I couldn’t do her justice. She’s been my role model for as long as I can remember. She showed me (and everyone else she knew) what love means. She was our matriarch, our teacher, our confidant. And she made a mean angel food cake!
However, that’s what I’ll be making in Part II of this bucket list item. Yesterday, Mom and I made strawberry jam! Or is it jelly? Probably jam. I haven’t learned the difference yet, though I know there is one.
Yup – just checked the interwebs. Definitely jam.
Anyway, Mom has made this strawberry jam since I was a kid. It’s the same recipe that Gramma used, I believe. It’s your basic Sure-Jell freezer jam recipe. Talk about simple! I’d always been intimidated by jam, for some reason. Now that i know it’s just fruit, sugar, pectin & timing, I’ll not go back to store-bought. Plus it’s waaaaaay more cost-effective to make your own. Next, I’d like to learn to can cherries. That was Mom’s favorite winter-time dessert when we were growing up. She said it’s a bit more difficult, since it involves a pressure cooker. Still, I’m excited! I do need to find a good deal on a pressure cooker soon, though – cherry season won’t last much longer.
Further Up and Further In!