Homemade Strawberry Freezer Jam

I am a jam snob… Anyone else? I have a really hard time eating most jams but homemade freezer jam is my favorite… And really the only kind of jam I will eat.  

Homemade White Bread

I wanted to share how I make my freezer jam, even if it’s almost like the recipe on the pectin bottle. You can use frozen fruit (just thaw before) or fresh fruit to make the jam.

Homemade Freezer Jam
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 cups prepared fruit
  2. 6 tsp lemon juice (use only with blueberries, peaches, & cherries)
  3. 3 Tbsp pectin
  4. 3 cups sugar
Instructions
  1. Prepare fruit. Then combine fruit and lemon juice (if required) in a large pot.
  2. Gradually stir in pectin and bring mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Add sugar, stir to dissolve. Then bring mixture to a full rolling boil, boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and add to hot jars.
Notes
  1. DO NOT double batch!!!
Adapted from Ball Jam Recipe
Adapted from Ball Jam Recipe
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First I blend up my fruit because I do not like chunks. But if you do, you could just smash your fruit. 

Freezer Jam

After the fruit is blended, I put it into a large pot. 

Homemade Strawberry Jam

Next gradually stir in the pectin and bring that mixture to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.

Pectin

Add the sugar, stir until dissolved and return mixture to a rolling boil. Boil for 1 minute making sure you stir constantly, then remove from heat.

Freezer Jam Recipe

If using glass jars, place the jar into the microwave and microwave for 1 minute (this is just to warm the glass, you could probably skip this  but it is prevent the jar from breaking). Then remove the jar and pour the jam into the jar. 

Strawberry Freezer Jam

Let the jam cool before placing into the freezer. My jam does not last more than 3 months but I would use it within 1 year. 

Homemade Freezer Jam

Anyone else have a favorite jam?

Updating Outlet & Light Switches

Happy Wednesday everyone!! Today’s post is one of those boring posts but makes a huge difference in a home. And because it’s an easy way to update your home I wanted to share. When we moved into our home, we replaced all the outlet and light covers but we left the switches. And they were all different colors: off-white, black, and brown. We wanted to wait to replace the switches until we redid the electrical in our home but with that not happen anytime soon. I decided it was time to change them out. Here is a great tutorial on how to switch out a light switch

Here is one of our old light switches…

replacing old light switch

And after I connected the new light switch, it already looks better.

update light switch

Then the finished product!

new light switch

I still have a couple more switches to change out but things are looking so much better. Anyone else need to update their light switches?

Re-Mudding Backsplash Wall

Today we are back in the kitchen talking about our backsplash wall. Where we left off last time our kitchen looked like this after removing our laminate backsplash

re-mud kitchen backsplash-2

And today it looks like this…

DIY kitchen backsplash

It looks a lot better now but it took a little bit of work to get to this point. First thing was patching all the holes, really just evening everything out. I used sheet-rock mud and a taping knife to apply a little coat of mud to the wall.

UPDATE: After finishing the backsplash, I had some bubbling on the paint after removing the painters tape. I asked my dad about it and he suggested to prime the wall before adding any new mud. So paint the wall with primer first, then mud, and then you will prime it again…

re-mud kitchen backsplash

Applying mud to wall, don’t mind my painting/working pants…

re-mud kitchen backsplash-3

After a 24 hour dry time (mine was longer because I had some really big holes), I took a 300 grit sandpaper and sanded the whole area. This can make a little bit of a mess so have your vacuum on hand.

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re-mud kitchen backsplash-5

After cleaning the wall with the vacuum, I applied another light coat of mud.

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Then I smoothed the mud out with the tapping knife and lightly sanded after it dried.  

re-mud kitchen backsplash-8

I did have to apply a third coat right below the window, I had some really big holes…

remove laminate backsplash

Here is what our backsplash looks like now, don’t mind the cabinets they are getting their own makeover…

remove laminate backsplash

Anyone else wanting to redo their backsplash? What is your favorite type of backsplash?

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Easy Envelope Pillow

Now that we have two colorful chairs (here & here) in our living room, we wanted to tie everything together with our couch. And the way that we are doing this is using the extra fabric from our chairs to create pillows. I know there are lots of tutorials on how to make an envelope pillow: like here & here. So I will just be sharing how I created 4 pillows within a couple of hours.

sew envelope pillow

First I cut my fabric. I am using a 16″ pillow form, so I cut my fabric 17″x38″.

Then I folded the short ends 1/2″ then folded again 5/8″, pressing and top-stitching into place.

envelope pillow

envelope pillow-2

Next I folded my fabric (making sure right sides of the fabric was together), giving it a 4″ overlap and pined in place. Looked like this:

envelope pillow-3

After I sewed a 1/2″ seam along the unfinished edges.

envelope pillow-4

Then I clipped the corners to give the pillow a crisp point.

envelope pillow-5

I then turned the fabric right side out and inserted the pillow forms. And here are my pillows.

Pillow Tutorial

Envelope pillow tutorial

Do you want to update your living room decor with pillows? Believe me when I say its easy….

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