July has been filled with the hectic demands of those not even in my family, and the last week was a struggle as our little ward (church congregation) was smashed with dual tragadies.
We find out we are stronger than we realize when we have to walk blindly into someones life, and attempt to offer them solace....peace....and hope.
But through it all....we smile!! Years ago as I was pulling myself out of my own personal sorrow, my motto was: "Cry when you have to, smile when you can. Just make sure you're smiling more than crying." It got me through, and it will now.
SO...with that, I am ebracing August. I'm going to smile..... Smile..... smile.... Smile..... and it will be a good month.
July brought raspberries galore!! I have literally spent hours in my raspberry patch. And everyday I climbed into that raspberry patch, I was grateful that I would have a little bit of summer in the middle of January. I can't leave you without sharing the EASIEST and I mean EASIEST freezer jam in the world!! This recipe can be used with any fruit......
Pretty, aren't they??? Like I said,
Summer in January.
5 cups mashed fruit
2 cups sugar
3 tblsp. Clear Gel (find at Kitchen Kneads or specialty food store)
1/2 cup Karo syrup
Mash raspberries (fruit), add Karo Syrup
Mix 2 cups sugar and 3 heaping Tblsp. Clear Gel. Slowly add sugar mixture to fruit. MIX THOROUGHLY, put into containers, and freeze!!!
Enjoy your garden.....Enjoy your week!!