Thursday, August 18, 2011

jam session

There I was all set to make plum jam, when I saw a flat of strawberries at farmer's market.

I added a few ripe nectarines too.

And inspired by summer's continuing bounty, I made some new jam jars and even a lid for an old transferware piece.

I saved the stems for the wild birds.

They seemed to enjoy them

After the jam was canned I took a sea break and got there just in time before the fog bank rolled in. It smelled so fresh and briney.

Passed the wild fennel whose stalks I add to my spagetti sauce.

Time to test the jam.

With strawberry tea and scones. The jam is okay. I can taste the lemon and the nectarine adds a nice sharpness.

The red winged blackbirds in the berry bushes are saying fall will visit soon. So I've got a small listing ready.

Wishing you a lovely weekend in your snug house this weekend. I'm now searching for a strawberry jam tart recipie. I think you know why!




millefeuilles said...

Having just finished your post I am certain we would get on so well were we to live close by.

There are so many details in your writing and pictures which speak to me (yes, I am a lover of details). The strawberry spoon, wild fennel in your pasta sauce, wild strawberry loose leaf tea... and the briney sea air brings back memories of living by the sea in Normandy.

Do you love tea?

Thank you for sharing with us your jam making session.


Mozart's Girl said...

All absolutely gorgeous & mood lifting as ever Julie! Loved the post...we are rainy, grey & distinctly chilly here in England today...this brought a little summer back to me xoxo hugs

A mermaids purse said...

im so in love with your pottery- it really is enchanting and delightful...oh jammy jammy yummy yummy and look at that wonderful spoon ;0)x

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

well, had me at Hello with that new banner...I LOVE that !!! the lady hanging laundry with her donkey ....what more can i say ? and YES !!! i did notice the old fashion clothespins on the top of the plate...very cute !!!

love the strawberry jam...LOVE the little strawberry and pumpkin houses... makes me feel like i am living in the little pumpkin least i can pretend !!!!

sending love,
donkey and l'il teddy

sharon said...

I used to make jam every too I miss it, but you reminded me of those special times! I aore the top you put on the transferware bowl! LOVE IT!!
Enjoy the winding down.

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

Julie you have been so busy! Delicious looking jam and exquisite jam pots too. Love the rugged, sunny scenery pictured. Lesley x

farmlady said...

Oh Julie, You make summer seem such a joy.
Love the photos and I'm ready for the fog to roll in.

Bluebirds and Butterflies said...

Hi there,
I have not been back on the site as my husband's sister is in her last stages of cancer, sadly. Love your posting on your jam....I will have to see what Strawberry Tart/Jam recipes I have. Love the lids you made with the figures on top. Again, so talented. I have not seen any postings on Etsy for your cups, etc. There was one but was marked "please do not buy" and reserved so didn't purchase it. Still would love to get one of your items at some point...probably will order a few before it is over with. Have a wonderful day today! The scenic photos you posted were so nice....(((hugs))) Kim

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Hi Julie, how beautiful is the clothespin plate in your header photo!!! Stunning!

I'm also in love with the pumpkin plate in the last photo. You are so talented. Of course then there's the jam pots and spoons ... and the jam!

Have a wonderful day! Happy creating!

Valerianna said...

The wild birds were probably very grateful! And I always think of summer when I hear the red-winged black birds cause where I live on Cape Cod, the marshes were full of them.

Off to the ocean for a final sale with my father who just sold his boat of 35 years! Lots of memories. I look forward to the briney smell of the sea.....

ParisBreakfasts said...

Here's a classic tarte au fraise for you Julie!
Do you have a scale?
It's in grams/metric..

Oh I want to paint your jam jars!
Oh my :O
I'm in love <3

ParisBreakfasts said...

Ok here it is in US measurements from the NYTimes!!

Bon chance!


Claire said...

If I breathe deeply I can almost smell that wonderful briney, seaside air.

How nice to be able to head over to the coast and enjoy that beautiful view and to pick wild Fennel and add it to your spaghetti............does it get any better Julie?

Your strawberry jam looks delicious and I just love that little strawberry house spoon, sweet as the jam.

I have planted two strawberries and look forward to picking some fruit this SUmmer. The drought along with the dog (who always ate the ripest berries) put paid to our last strawberry patch...........

Sweet chickens in the header pic, another lovely post.......

Enjoy your weekend,

Claire :}

April said...

OH OH OH A San Francisco cookbook!!! And the smell of the I miss it!I love your jam jars and the beautiful lid you created. All the hedgies here are wishing for Fall but the heat and humidity will NOT Budge! But seeing signs of strawberry jam and fog and baking gets us all excited and maybe, just maybe we can spy a little glimpse of Fall.....

Flutterby Patch said...

Hi Julie, I'm not sure which looks more delicious, your jam or your pottery! Both are yummy. The pot lids are a real inspiration. I love the way you've made one for the old piece of transferware.... absolutely brilliant. Eli x

Morwenna Hill said...

A beautiful post as always Julie :) I love making jam, it is such a fantastic way of preserving the bounty of the seasons so that you can enjoy them throughout the year.
Morwenna xoxo

Wish on a Whisker said...

Dear Julie~ Your kitchen must smell heavenly... Your piece with the homemade lid is stunning! I enjoyed my visit! Love~Mandy

PrairieJill said...

Just saw your blog mentioned on Paris Breakfasts, so I had to come over to check it out!

What beautiful pottery!! And the jam - oh, my!! (I love jam!)

Really enjoyed browsing through your blog. I'll be back!

A Brush with Color said...

Your posts just make me smile. The lid on the transferware pot is beautiful, and the jam sounds heavenly. And the walk by the water sounds like perfection.

susan jenkins said...

Love it all but especially the lid on the transfer ware bowl!!

GardenofDaisies said...

Julie, I absolutely love everything you make!!! But I seem to miss all your sales. Every time I look at your etsy shop everything is already sold or on reserve. I guess I need to just order something ahead of time and have it reserved for me. Please let me know how this all works.

Aunt Jenny said...

Oh Julie....just beautiful! Isn't jam making fun?
I miss the sea air. Maybe in the fall I can come out that way. Maybe.
Meanwhile..making raspberry jam tomorrow...bought a whole flat!

Jorgelina said...

Absolutely gorgeous!
A beautiful post.
Happy weekend

Frances said...

Thank you for visiting my random place, Julie. I really do like your designs, and love that you found a way to give a sympathetic contemporary crown to that vintage transferware.


I look forward to seeing more of your posts. Best wishes.

Lori ann said...

another perfect post julie. oh my gosh that platter. i think the one with the clothesline and deer is my favorite one of all. now i will go back and look at each photo a little more closely.
thank you friend for sharing!


Yes. We're jammin out here in NC too. Actually, canning tomatoes:) We elected to freeze the blue berries this year. Thanks for the story:)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

I just love everything about this post. Your pottery being my favorite thing. I made strawberry jam for the first time this year and it didn't set up :( Next year I'll do a few things different.

lilylovekin said...

I really appreciate that you leave the tops of the strawberries for the birds. I'm sure they LOVE it. This week-end we feed chipmunks some cooked corn, it was fun to watch them go for it.

lynne h said...

julie, i am late here... actually i did take a peek last week when i was off traveling - i had my computer with me, but i was without words... it's all so utterly perfect - everything you create! this chicken! she looks like she will peck the strawberry at any minute!! and the top for the transferware piece! it just all makes me smile a very big smile. thank you...


Susy said...

Hello Julie,
your posts are always
small stories, adorable.
I really like the little man that you put
on pot, is delicious, as always very good.
a hug
Suzy x

jone hallmark said...

I await your posts with such anticipation....
....and am never disappointed

thanks for being so delightful, dear Julie.


Helen Philipps said...

I loved this post, with the delightful writing and the delicious fruit and the absolutely gorgeous jam pots...and the strawberry spoon!
Enjoy your strawberry jam, looks delicious.
Helen x

Jody Battaglia said...

Hello Julie...I would love to sit on a chair at your kitchen table and watch you make your tasty treats...I could listen to you talk to your birds...I wouldn't eat much or make much noise.
Have silly "if only" fun, Jody

Barbara said...

Our birds love strawberries and other soft fruit and the blackbirds love apples.

Can just about smell the brine from your description.

millefeuilles said...

Dear Julie,

I am shyly returning to let you know I am hosting a giveaway and I would love you to have a chance to win the gifts if they are of interest to you....

All the best,


Vintage Fairy Tales Rebecka said...

Love your jam session!
I'm happy that I have my own very special spoon;)

dulcy said...

Now that little strawberry spoon is the sweetest thing ever! I have been stopping by,but just now feeling well enough to compose a comment. After reading this I'm craving strawberry jam, but must settle for cherry on my toast this morning. Also, this lovely post is just the mini vacation I need right now! Thanks Julie!

Auntie Bliss said...

Ooo I just savored this post!
I love what you did for the mother has that same piece!
How NICE to live by the sea and I'd LOVE to taste of your sauce with the wild fennel :)

westwood said...

Wow, I need to get eat breakfast now. Mmmm.

art spirit said...

Oh what a delicious post, Julie!
Love that strawberry spoon and all your wonderful new pottery. Enjoying my afternoon tea in my Julie rabbit tea cup!

Anonymous said...

So very delightful! You lead a charmed life, Julie.

Thank you for your kind words over at my little blog. Wishing you a joyful day.

~ Zuzu

annamaria said...

Loved this post Julie! Your jam jars are gorgeous and I am sure your jam is delicious too!I wish I lived close by and could come for tea!!

Barbara said...

You have not posted for a while so hope all is well with you.

ramona said...

Wonderful post, beautiful blog and exquisite pottery!
I have felt entertained and well taken care of as I visit here. Thank you Julie.

bibbitybob said...

Ooh, homemade jam & scones sounds delicious! Your pottery is absolutely gorgeous too x

Theresa said...

Julie your jam looks soooo yummy!!! Plus I have to say I love the fact you made a new lid for a beautiful jar.

vicki said...

Julie - strawberry jam is so delightful! And your jam jars are the perfect compliment to a homemade jam. I love your creations Julie - I'd love to sit with you for a cup of tea and a scone with your homemade jam!


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