Evening used to be Daddy-Fluff time, but now that my Floof is in Kindergarten all day, I’m having to elbow my way into this so-called Daddy-Fluff time. After the second day of school, I brought out the big guns.
Me: Fluffs? Want to do a craft with me?
Daddy: We’re playing Minecraft.
Me: Well, I’m just going to start making these jam hats here on the kitchen table. You can help if you want, Fluff.
Daddy: Maybe some other time, Mom. We’re playing Minecraft. That’s sort of a craft. A mine-craft.
Fluffy: (Tossing down her controller and bounding over) You play, Daddy. I’m gonna do a craft with Mommy.
Me: Awww yeah! Look who just got owned by jam hats!
Daddy: I didn’t see that coming.
I vowed not to spend any money on these things, and that’s the story of how I found this awesome pajama fabric in my craft boxes. I meant to use twine, but I couldn’t find my twine after the move, so ribbon it was. Does this slightly steampunk jam hat remind you of a certain advent calendar? No relation.
Of course, Fluffy wanted to make the pink one. It came out looking ready to dance with one of the Pontipee brothers at a barn-raising.
The only note on making these is that it works best if you use an elastic to hold the 6-7in circle on the jar before tying a ribbon on it.
This morning I made some more raspberry jam with this recipe. I think I even improved on the first batch. Instead of boiling all the berries, I boiled 3 cups, added 4 cups sugar, boiled that. Then during the last minute of the 4-minute beating, I added the other 1 cup fresh mashed berries and about 2 tablespoons of passion fruit concentrate.
My first thought on tasting it was, “Dang! This isn’t going to last long. I’m going to have to hide this stuff from Kent.” You think I’m kidding? Cherry butter from Cox Farms comes but once a year, so I hide a case of it and mete it out over the course of the year.