Pickles, Jam & Hot Days, Oh My!

This weekend has been absolutely ridiculous, in such a good way. It felt like a beautiful fall day, even though it’s only early August. Early August also means plenty of produce coming to fruition in the garden, and wild berries in the fields. From the tomatoes, to the peppers, to the blackberries – it’s all coming in.

This plethora of produce means only one thing: canning! I had quarts and quarts of wild blackberries that the Fiance and I have picked over the last couple weeks (with more to come), as well as some Maine blueberries my Dad gave us. Add in some super clearance strawberries which were just begging to be jammed and I was off. Add in some zucchini and cucumbers and that makes for a lot of canning in one weekend! The following was made:

  • 6 Jars Blackberry-Strawberry Jam
  • 5 Jars Blackberry-Blueberry Nutmeg Jam
  • 7 Jars Dill Pickles (cucumber)
  • 7 Jars Bread & Butter Pickles (Zucchini)

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! Fall is right around the corner, and there is nothing like it for me here in Maine. Have a great week everyone!

Happy Homesteading,


2 thoughts on “Pickles, Jam & Hot Days, Oh My!

  1. I found your blog while searching out how to make dill relish. I planted my first garden this year and I plan to do my first preserving next weekend. Today is the perfect day. All the negative seemed to blow off me with the gentle fall wind and I felt just about perfect as I walked with my Lab, Ella. Thanks for putting together this website, it reflects exactly how I feel today and how I’d love to feel every day: fresh and true. My life at the moment seems similar to yours, working on a new life with my wonderful boyfriend, making our house a home, getting back to simplicity and reality as mother nature intended. Complete with, of course, bumps in the road and reminders that others are not so fortunate. Thanks for being real, the world needs more of that. Best wishes.

    1. Thank you, Angela! That is so sweet and kind of you. I have a goofy grin on my face now. I’m glad you found the blog. I always try to keep it real, and writing the blog helps bring me back into the “now” so to say and away from the “to do list” in my head. It sounds like you have a wonderful thing going with the lab, the boyfriend, and the homesteading. It’s all pretty wonderful. I appreciate your kind remarks and hope you continue to follow! Best of luck on your relish 🙂 In case you’re curious, we’ve already been eating down the bread and butter pickles from this post – and they are Scrumptulescent (in the words of Will Ferrell).


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