If I could go back in time 10 years, I don't know that I'd change much about my life now. I just know I'd tell younger me a few things. There are three truths I mull over almost daily recently.
1. Never call yourself fat or ugly in high school. That's probably the best I'll ever look.
2. Always always go to college right out of high school. It's so much harder once you're married with kids.
and 3...this is going to sound tright and silly, but time does pass, even if you don't want it to.
When my oldest was born, I remember waking up in the middle of the night and making that trudge from one side of our two bedroom apartment to the other. Lights off, grab the bottle, mix the formula, grab the crying baby, change the diaper, rock and feed, lay baby in bed, sleep two hours, repeat. It was one of the most difficult times of my life- I had to learn to care more about someone else than I did myself. That was so scary and hard and awful. I remember talking to my mom one day about it a few weeks after he was born, and she warned me that soon enough, he would be sleeping through the night. Then eventually, he'd be eating by himself, then potty trained, then, before I could blink, he'd be starting school. I had no idea.
Our son just turned 5 in June, and he is starting kindergarten soon. We homeschool, so that makes the mommy transition a bit easier, I think, but just the thought of him being in....school....makes me a bit weepy. I can't believe my mom was right...time did pass, and it seems like it only took the last 5 years a moment to fly by.
Sunday, July 8, 2012
6 1/2 cups of sugar
2 1/2 cups of water
2 pouches of liquid pectin
2 1/4 cups of frozen concentrated grape juice (a little less than 2 cans)
You will need a water bath pan (it will come with a metal thing that goes on the inside for the jars to sit it. It's extremely important to not let the jars touch the bottom of the pan or each other. They can easily bust!)
You'll also need a jar funnel and a pair of jar lifter tongs...and of course, clean jars and lids.
In addition, you're going to want some clean towels.
Before you ever start cooking the jelly, put the jars in the dishwasher and wash them. The need to be hot, so watch it. You also need to put the lid parts of the jars in a pan, cover them with hot water, and keep it hot over a very low flame. When it gets to the sanitize or drying part, start your cooking!
Only joking...this stuff is HOT!
If you don't plan to store them without refrigeration, you can stop, sit back, and wait for it to cool and eat. If you're like me and want to store these for up to a year, you're going to water bath them.
Friday, July 6, 2012
"What does a kitty cat say?"
"What does a puppy dog say?"
What does....mommy say?"
What is it that I think I'm so tired from? This is sincerely ridiculous, but I'm going to admit that it still didn't really get to me. It wasn't until I begrudgingly began to unload the dishwasher and realized that the dishes weren't properly cleaned that I had a bit of a epiphany. I spent well over an hour on my computer googling why my dishwasher wasn't cleaning correctly. I poured over link after link, product after product, before I finally came to this realization: In the time I spent trying to figure out how to fix it or what to buy that would fix it, I could have washed, rinsed, dried, and put away all the dishes that were dirty and had time to spare. I spend more energy and money trying to find ways to be lazy. It's sad really.
So I prayed a lot and cried a little. And then I, for the first time I can genuinely recall, washed a kitchen full of dishes. By hand. And then I made a delicious dinner. And then, as a family, we washed those dishes. The wonder of drying cups and plates was almost too much for my 5 year old to handle.
I might not be a 1950s housewife just yet, but I'm closer than I was when I got out of bed this morning.