Tuesday, June 26, 2012

canning blueberry jam

Good Morning! 3 days until we leave for beautiful Breckenridge! We are busy doing laundry, finalizing our packing lists, and mailing the last couple of custom maps to their owner before we head Northwest early Friday morning! 

Not long ago we went and picked blueberries, a summer ritual that we look forward to each year. You can see the post here. Last week we decided with all of our remaining blues we would atempt to make blueberry jam! It was a fun process and now we have delicious sweet jam to spread on english muffins, cheese, or anything else we might try! 

1. Rinse 6 cups of fresh blues and let dry on a towel. 

2. Begin boiling your jars to sanitize.

3. Grate 2 teaspoons of lemon rind. 

4. Cruch 3 cups blueberries in a large pot with a potato masher. 

5. Add remaining berries, 3 1/2 cups sugar, 1/4 cup lemon juice and lemon rind. 

6. Bring to a boil and boil for about 20 minutes until it appears that the jam has thickened a bit. 

7. Ladle jam into hot jars. 

ENJOY the fruits of your labor! :) 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Farmer's Market

Our weekly ritual, up early on Saturday, especially on these hot summer days to beat the heat. Destination: Cherry Street Farmer's Market here in Tulsa. We walk the several blocks that have been closed up and set up with tents of goodies galore ~ fresh produce, flowers, plants, eggs, jams and honeys, soap, baskets, pottery, baked goods and occasionally live music ~ oh, and lots of dogs!

We make our purchases which always includes a croissant from one of the vendors. What will it be this week~ almond, chocolate, ham&swiss, apricot or raspberry?? One of the tough decisions we have to make weekly! Next stop is one of several coffee shops where we purchase our iced coffee or chai tea and grab a table outside so we can watch the goings on as we sip and eat our croissant. A great way to start a Saturday!

Monday, June 18, 2012

more maps!

Happy Monday! Hope everyone is having a great start to their week! Looks like it's going to be a warm one today in Tulsa! That's okay though, we will be headed to the beautiful mountains of Breckenridge where the weather is perfect in 12 days! 

ElizaJane has been busy the past several weeks creating custom wedding maps for upcoming weddings all over the U.S. Each map is so unique and a lot of fun to research all of the places that will be included on the map- it's almost like going on a mini vacay as we find out more about the area!

wedding in Maine

wedding in Scottsdale

wedding in Connecticut 

wedding in the Chicago area

Lately, we have also had the opportunity to design some custom maps that are used in other ways other than weddings that we have really enjoyed creating! 

we created this design to be printed on a napkin at the St. Louis Wedding Show that featured The Barn at Chaumette in St. Genevieve, Missouri.

this map was designed for two special little girls who were celebrating their First Communion as well as a Christening and first birthday in the New York area. 

do you remember the giveaway we had several months ago at In This Wonderful Life? The winner of the giveaway had us create a custom map that would be given to her parents for their anniversary. Her parents have had the opportunity to travel and live all around the world and we were able to create a keepsake of all of the places that have been a part of their lives. 

So you see these custom maps are a wonderful unique touch to a wedding but can also be used for so many of life's celebrations and occasions. Hop over to our etsy shop and buy one so we can start creating one for YOU!

Monday, June 11, 2012

Italy Part 3 - Lake Como

The final part of our Italy trip was spent up north at Lake Como. We drove all the way from central Tuscany with a stop in Parma for lunch which naturally included Parmigiano cheese. We got a little lost there, until some friendly locals gave us their map and we finally located the historic center and a spot for lunch.

The drive into Lake Como was breathtaking and a little exciting-hairpin turn after hairpin turn on a very narrow road. With each turn we held our breath that another larger vehicle wouldn't be coming around the bend! We were amazed at the cyclists zipping around the curves-crazy! We stayed in the town of Bellagio at the Hotel Belvedere. As we were close to the border of Switzerland there seemed to be a swiss influence evident. We enjoyed walking the cobblestone streets, gorgeous weather, ferry rides to little towns across the lake and even a late afternoon on the sun deck by the pool.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

custom recipe illustrations

Do you have a recipe card that you pull out of your recipe box over and over again? Or perhaps a recipe that has been passed down in your family and evokes a wonderful memory? It's time to give a place of honor to that worn out, vanilla-stained recipe card! 

I come from a family that loves to bake, cook and gather in the kitchen! We already have a list of recipes that we want to make a piece of art out of that means something special to our family. 

Send us your recipe and ElizaJane will design a piece of art that will be a wonderful keepsake in your kitchen.

Visit our Etsy shop to order one today!