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09 July 2010 @ 04:27 pm
Weekend at the Ranch: Part Two - The Plums  
This week, I am the queen of fruit and sugar, and have prevailed (mostly) over all I have surveyed.

This is a wild plum thicket.  I have a love/hate relationship with them.

I love the fruit, but don't care for the wasps and thorns that these suckers have all over them.

But oh, baby.  The jam that you can make from these is fantastically wonderful.  Sheer bliss on toast.

I'm not kidding.

First you pick.

You pick.  A LOT.  OF PLUMS.  A lot, a lot, a lot.

They look happy, don't they?  It's because they know the PLUM JAM is coming!

But then we picked and picked and picked...

While my  husband and father-in-law caught bass.  He's a  BIG 'un for our lil' pond.

There are a lot of steps to the process, which you can read about here, but in the end, after a lot of standing and stirring...

And stirring...

You get over a hundred and twenty jars of jam.  And sore feet, and wasp stings, and thorn pricks, and strained muscles.

But it's ALL WORTH IT.

Because of this jam.  It's THAT good.

I'll choose three random people (with one of those random generators to be fair) who comment of this entry, and I'll send you a jar, because I feel the need to spread the jam love.

Comment before Saturday morning at 10 am, central time.

I'll leave you with this.

and this...

and this.  If I could get away with short shorts, hot pink knee socks and cowboy boots, I totally would.  My niece Lillian is a fashion PLATE.
I am:: home
I feel:: busybusy
Leigh: White Collarleigh_adams on July 9th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Oh my gosh, you have *no* idea how much your boys look like my brother when he was their age. Wranglers, plaid shirt, belt buckle, and that blonde hair.

Fun fact: my parents had photo portraits done of my brother and me when we were four (respectively). We're wearing nearly the same outfit (long sleeve button-down shirt, Wranglers, boots, belt buckle, and a cowboy hat), and we're doing the same pose. I'm not gonna lie, we were pretty darn cute.

I don't know what happened to me, but I was a cute little kid. :)

Also, JAM!
Ayla: Amusedabitofayla on July 9th, 2010 09:37 pm (UTC)
Your boys are the epitome of Texas. Right down to the shirts. Are those jeans Wranglers? lol

EEE I'LL BE IN TEXAS SOON!! Why yes, I am excited.
(Anonymous) on July 9th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
plum jam
Well that's just plum dandy! You are AMAZING!!! Is there anything you can't do?! I think not! I'm so glad you're my friend! Delonda
nolankyle on July 10th, 2010 01:17 pm (UTC)
Re: plum jam
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on July 10th, 2010 04:16 pm (UTC)
Re: plum jam
Har dee har har. And directions. And I'm short...
(Anonymous) on July 10th, 2010 12:56 am (UTC)
Plum jelly
My 80-something Aunt Rowena made the best plum jelly in the world. (Well, maybe besides yours.) Her and Uncle Tully's wild plum thicket was in Lubbock. I thought I had had my last jar before I went to glory. Now I have hopes of being one of your winners. I'm not ashamed to grovel; plus I will share with Aunt Rowena when she comes to visit. How can your resist sharing with a darling 80-something lady from Lubbock?
Carrie Leighcarrie_leigh on July 10th, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Re: Plum jelly
I feel like I should know who you are... but I can't figure it out. Anyhow, the Random Thingy Chooser chose you to receive a jar of jam, so if you'll send your address (and your name) to persephone3333@gmail.com, I'll send you a jar of yumminess!
filia_umbrae on July 10th, 2010 01:00 am (UTC)
Ooooh man. That is some delicious looking fruit product right there, yes ma'am. Glad you had a fun (and productive!) vacation!
Katemugglechump on July 10th, 2010 01:33 am (UTC)
Random generated jam would be LOVELY.
Jessica K Malfoy: pretty: hawaiian drummerjessicakmalfoy on July 10th, 2010 01:39 pm (UTC)
Eeee! The boys look so adorably Texan! I love it! Also, the jam looks wonderful...and like a lot of work! Yummmmm
(Anonymous) on July 12th, 2010 03:07 pm (UTC)
I missed the comment deadline cause I was out of town on my yearly girl's trip. Can I still have jar of that beeuuuutiful jam? Just a little one? It is tooo pretty! Love U and Your Jam, Mom