‘j’ is for Janay, Jane, Joe, Joey, Jeremy, Jim, Jimmy, Jennifer, and Jeff…all Sebeck family. That’s just plain crazy. This 4th of July marks 50 years on the Sebeck farm in Uniontown, PA. We’re all headed that way (us by way of New York) for a family reunion. Look for us on the news.
‘j’ is for Janna… better known to you as The Little Blonde One, or L.B.O. She’s 5 ft. with the right shoes on. Janna and I met in college on the way to Freshman orientation. I was intimidating and she was preppy, as far as first-impressions go. We both needed a new roommate second-semester and thus it began. This girl… this girl is incredible. She is a friend, an anchor, an angel, and completely unlike anyone I’ve ever known. One time, on a sad and dreary college weekend, we sat at my parents’ house and watched 9 hours of 90210 reruns. She also majored in biomedical engineering. Whatever. We’ve been friends for nearly 14 years now. She is so many of my favorite memories, and I love her. You are my family, Beautiful. Love always, bff, 2good + 2be = 4gotten, KT. PS: move to Michigan. PPS: Please don’t be mad about your picture.
‘j’ is for jam… as in, strawberry jam. I put up 12.5 pints of freezer jam last week with 1 flat (8 quarts… the little baskets). I use Ball’s no-cook freezer jam pectin, which cost me $1.49 a pack and took half an afternoon’s time. We tried to pick the berries ourselves this year but got rained out. And let’s face it, buying a flat is just easier with a two year-old. Curt, the man I love, helped me do some math on the home-made schtuff: not accounting for the cost of sugar or jars, each pint costs $2.45 to make. Each jar is 25% sugar. Each jar tastes infinitely better than anything you can find in the grocery. This week, I’ll buy another flat and put up another 12 pints or so. These jars will easily get us through another year of jam sandwiches, provided I can keep Curt out of the fridge at 9pm with a spoon in his hand. I realize strawberry is old-fashioned and plain, but look at who you’re talking to. What kind of jam/jelly do you like?
I burned the midnight oil while The Boy was in Tejas this past week. Tomorrow, I’ll have 2 full- aprons and 10 half-aprons in the TexasNorth etsy shop. Stop by and take a peek! [edited to say: Um, let’s make that Wednesday! I forgot I still have to take photos and write descriptions for everything… oops.]