Quick Vanilla Peach Jam : {Shower Favor}

IMG_1690My friend Heather called me a few weeks ago and asked, “Hey friend, do you want to make jam?” Umm YES! I love jam (Apricot and Boysenberry are my fave FYI)…hopefully this doesn’t sound weird but I love it not only because it is delish, but because it is so pretty! Anyway, she wanted to make it as a favor for our friends Karla & Jason’s Baby-Q Shower that she was throwing. What a great idea! Party favors can be so boring…it’s nice to get one you can actually use. (For the record at our wedding we had a boring favor (a C.D.). Yes I got married when they still made C.D.’s). Heather found this recipe on Pinterest for a Peach Freezer Jam.

The Good News: It takes a lot less time to make than normal jam.

The Bad News (Sorta): It stays fresh in the fridge for only about 3 weeks. (But you can keep it in the freezer for a year).

We followed the recipe and only changed it slightly. That’s what I like most about the recipe; You can change it! Add different fruit, different juice flavors, combine fruits, etc. It’s just great to have a jam recipe that doesn’t take long to make! Thanks Recipe Girl!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened white grape
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • One 1.75-ounce package no-sugar-needed fruit pectin (or 3 tablespoons from a jar)
  • 5 to 6 medium peaches, peeled, diced and coarsely pureed in the food processor (3 cups of puree)
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Five 8-ounce freezer-safe glass jelly jars

Directions:

IMG_1467IMG_1463IMG_1468 IMG_1476Put peaches in a pot of boiling water until the skins loosen (about a minute). *NOTE: The longer you leave them in the water the less firm your peaches become and they could break down…..so keep an eye on them.IMG_1477IMG_1479Then transfer peaches to a bowl of ice water for 30 seconds.
IMG_1473IMG_1475Peel skin off the peaches (this is the fun part).
IMG_1484Chop peaches. IMG_1480Puree the peaches roughly. (You don’t want them completely smooth)
IMG_1486IMG_1490Bring grape juice and lemon juice to a boil. Then whisk in the pectin completely and let it boil for 1 minute.
IMG_1491Stir in 3 cups of peach puree, sugar, vanilla extract, and cinnamon. IMG_1495Bring back to a boil and keep at a rolling boil for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.IMG_1498Divide the hot mixture between the jars (ours made more than 5 for some reason and we used tupperware which worked great too), leaving 1/2-inch room at the top of each jar . Place the tops on the jars and let them sit at room temperature until they are completely cooled off (12 to 24 hours). Then refrigerate or freeze!IMG_1504IMG_1911Attach a label or instructions to the jars for a cute favor!

Prime Wine Birthday Party

IMG_4927After having my baby I would be up at all hours of the night needing to feed her. Those middle of the night feedings became what I like to call “Pinterest Time” or “Sleep Pinning.” One of those nights I came across an idea for a wine tasting party and I got so excited! Something that Pinterest is great at is making you want to throw fabulous parties! I sent a text to my good friend Heather who later sent a text to our other good friend Diana and before we knew it we were planning a wine tasting party just for fun! We later realized that the three of our birthdays were not only coming up but were weeks apart from each other. We decided to combine our excitement for the wine tasting party and our birthdays to create the “Prime Wine Party.” (Note: We describe our age and time of life as “Our Prime”. See http://sweetlylemon.com/2013/07/19/30-not-so-dirty-or-flirty/ )

Throwing a party with friends is such a great idea because you can combine your creative strengths, and it is more cost effective and manageable. The party was such a success we know it won’t be the last!

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View More: http://dianarush.pass.us/prime-birthday-partyPhoto courtesy of http://www.dianarush.com/

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IMG_4777The glasses needed two coats of chalkboard paint on the top and bottom. Note that if using chalkboard pens instead of plain chalk the writing dosen’t fully come off!

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IMG_4800The “White Table” featured appetizers that can be best paired with white wines.

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IMG_4810The White Table Appetizers:

Caprese Salad Skewers, Gorgonzola Bruschetta, Prosciutto w/ Cantaloupe Bacon Wrapped Dates, Veggie Plate, GF Pasta Salad, Grilled Chicken & Steak Skewers, Fruit Tray (Apples, pears, grapes, strawberries, cherries), and an olive bar.

IMG_4809The “RedTable” featured appetizers that can be best paired with red wines.

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IMG_4807The Red Table Appetizers:

Grapes, dried apricots, dried dates, walnuts, jams, wide variety of crackers and toasts, variety of dried meats and over 10 different kinds of cheeses.

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IMG_4791The Sweets Table:

This table featured dessert or “Sweet” wines/champagnes, as well as dessert: GF Cupcakes, Strawberries and Vegan Buttercream Dip, Variety of Unique Dark Chocolates, Lemon Macaroons, GF Cookies, Susie Cake Cupcakes, caramels, and salted caramel brownie bites (Click for Recipe)

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IMG_4763Wine bottle ring toss gave the guests something to play with during the night.

Easy Homemade Ring Toss Tutorial: Click Here

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IMG_4962We provided a basket of supplies to make S’mores and some of our guests got really creative with it! For example someone made a S’more with graham crackers, Brie Cheese, and Sea Salt Dark Chocolate.

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IMG_4918At the end of the night there were lots of empty bottles and left over wine! We provided about 6 bottles of red, white, and sweet wines and then asked the guests to bring a bottle to share in lieu of gifts and there was such a variety!