Sunday, August 1, 2010


It's August...and for the first time in a long time I welcome August with open arms. I have always looked to August as a means to an end of summer. I have to admit, it's been a rough summer for me. I've struggled with the loss of my mom, more than I realize I would. Who would have thought that being a middle age woman, Iwould mourn this loss as deeply as I have. But, I have. Not that anyone would know. Not even my family....but I have.

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!!


peggy said...

Hi Sandra, I love your picture with the beans. I hope I have some this week. And the jam looks so good, I have always used Sure Jel. We also have Certo, both are just liquid pectin. I'll look for your product for next year. Smiles to everyone.

Jen Sue Wild said...

You look awesome in the garden!!
Iam smiling with you this August!! only positive things right!!
Ps I love your attitude.

Jenny said...

So Sorry that you have struggled so much with the loss of your mother. It shows that age has nothing to do with the feelings we have when lose someone so dear to our hearts. May August be a truly happy one for you.

Connie said...

I feel for you! I'm sure that losing your mom is hard, no matter how old you or her are! When you're the RS president, the tragedies in the ward affect you personally. Hang in there, my friend.

I'm so jealous of the beans. I have gorgeous plants and not ONE bean! Not sure what's going on there!

I love raspberry jam. Because I don't grow my raspberries, it can be rather expensive, but I still make some. Yours looks super good!

I hope your August is a little less eventful than your July.

Garden of Egan said...

Love the pictures of your produce. I don't have enough space for raspberries but yours look so yummy.
I'm sorry you've had a tough summer. I'm one of those that doesn't love looking forward to August cuz I don't want summer to end.
Hope things are wonderful this month.
You are in my prayers.

Material Mary said...

You must know that when I am home and working in my little excuse of a garden, I don't look near as pretty as you. Sorry this has been a rough patch for you. Life deals us all kinds of crazy things, but know it will get better and easier and your ability to cope will increase, but we always will have a void--I think it is meant to be that way!

Ann Marie said...

What the crap?
When did I miss the post that you lost your Mother?
I feel sick. So sick.. and so sad that I have had no idea.
I owe ya big.
(( hugs ))

Sorry also about your ward family tragedies. It sounds like a tough summer. It also sounds like you need a good dose of girlfriends. Can't wait for October! :)

That Raspberry jam looks so yummy.
I have NEVER seen that freezer jam recipe. I will have to try it sometime!

Big Hugs sent your way Sandra!
Love ya..

Marilyn said...

Been stalking your blog for a while. So sorry about the loss of your mom. My life has mirrored yours in a way - also our 25th anniversary, I cooked my raspberry jam, and my mom is sliding along the downward slope of dementia and poor health so that I feel we won't have her much longer. I hope your August is amazing!

Laura Lynn said...

Hi! I look forward to August too. I love the Fall months!

I still miss my mom too - every day.
My husband's mom is not doing well either so that is another one we'll go through. Here's to a better season!

Cherie said...

I wish I lived closer to you. It has been kind of a sucky summer for me too and I am trying to make the most of it. We could have sat around snapping beans together and drinking root beer!
I am with you though - SMILE has been my motto - I am kind of bad because I rarely let anyone see that something is bringing me down and I suffer through lots of things alone. Haven't decided whether this is healthy or not but smiling seems to work!
I can imagine that losing your mom would be hard. My mom, seriously is a pain in the butt - I love her but she makes me crazy, but I do know that if she was gone I would be so sad.
I love your attitude and love you too!

Danette said...

You are so wonderful!
I sure wish I had some of that jam in January.
My favorite motto I use, "fake it til' you make it!" Worked for me. Similar to putting a smile on your face even when you really don't feel like it.
Hang in there. Hugs

Shauna said...

I sure do love my sweet friend that lives in CV, yet I never see! My dad has Alzheimer's so here I go for a ride.

Julie Harward said...

You have been busy...I love this kind of jam, it's the best! :D

The Gathering Place said...

My mother passed away over twenty years ago and sometimes I still miss her so much it hurts. I guess a mother's influence is pretty powerful. I know how hard it is when you want to call and tell her something that just happened and then realize that you can't. The hurt does become less and the memories more precious. Hang in there.

Kasey Hunt said...

Recipe looks good!

Heather said...

That jam looks supper yummy! Raspberry is my favorite homemade jam!

Once again, I am so sorry to hear about your mom! I don't think it matters what age you are, it is one of the hardest things we have to go through in this life! I haven't lost a parent yet but I don't look forward to that day! (((Hugs))) to you!

Joy For Your Journey said...

I love raspberry jam!! How lucky for you to have those fresh raspberries.

I am sorry to hear your ward has been dealing with tragedies and especially that your mother passed away. I had a friend tell me once that losing your mother was something you never got over, but rather something you just learned to live with.

My heart goes out to you.

marciea casselman said...

Are those peas I spy in your bowl or beans? I have to admit that I won't grow peas except to eat because it's so much less work to go to the store and buy a bag of peas. Boyd's mom says they are the best bargain ever. I love fresh green beans. There is no way to preserve the fresh out of the garden flavor and I wait for it all year long.

Kristen said...

Sandra - Thanks for imparting some of your wisdom to me. I love your motto on smiling and crying. It's what I need to hear right now. I hope that August looks up for you. And may the Lord continue to comfort you!

Camille said...

the garden harvest is one of the best things about summer! Actually, let me clarify - "eating" the harvest is... not necessarily "harvesting". :)

And you have had a hard summer! I'm still sick about you losing your mom. Hang in there! It can only get better, right?

So is this new cupcakery that you visited called the "temptation"? I heard about it opening in Logan. Yay!!

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I admire your spirit of "good cheer". If I remember right, you are the RS Pres. right now. It sounds like your load has been heavy recently. I hope August will bring lots of sunny days and smiles.
Take care,
Mary Lou

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I admire your spirit of "good cheer". If I remember right, you are the RS Pres. right now. It sounds like your load has been heavy recently. I hope August will bring lots of sunny days and smiles.
Take care,
Mary Lou

Yvonne said...

My one-word resolution for this year is SMILE and I've worked hard at it. (Actually it has been easier than I thought--I love that it has always been in the back of my mind)

Your attitude is fabulous--love your motto.

I think it doesn't matter how old you are when your mom or dad pass away--you mourn and feel that sense of loss for a long time.

Have a wonderful August.

Van said...

First of all I want to say that I really like your motto very much.This motto is inspiring and I like your positive approach for this August month.Your Jam is good.

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Nonna Beach said...

After all you've been through, it is wonderful to hear your great made me very grateful for everything that blesses my life today !

I love your garden produce and jam. It was so hot, then wet then hot again that our tomatoes only gave us 2 months of yummy tomatoes this year. Some years, we have had tomatoes until early October, which I am dreaming about and longing for so I can throw open all the windows and enjoy the fresh, cool air !

Nana said...

I too am enjoying August.

Steve said...

Harsh moments for her after losing her mother than also she manages her life with many struggles.Hope so this August bring her the good days for life.But she look very clam from her working photo in the garden.

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marks said...

It is life and everything in life is beautiful live it with the great joy. I like those beautiful and the memorable moments of life and love to spare with the family. It is so great of you.

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Aaron said...

I like your picture with the beans. I hope to have one this week. And the jam is so good, they always used Clear Jel. Certo also, the two are just the liquid pectin. I will get the product for next year. Everyone smiles.

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jonn said...

I don't accept abundant amplitude for raspberries but castigation attending so yummy. I'm apologetic you've had a boxy summer. I'm one of those that doesn't adulation searching advanced to August cuz I don't wish summer to end. Hope things are admirable this month.
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Mica Johns said...

I feel for you! I'm abiding that accident your mom is hard, no amount how old you or her are! When you're the RS president, the tragedies in the area affect you personally. Hang in there, my friend.
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fentory said...

In this small house to start month of August and July. Months of July hectic demands of family. It is attempt and to realize and sacrifice to the family.

fentory said...

In this small house are garden, Ground. In this family to sacrifice and love to each other and leave together in the family with the house

arrielle p said...

I love your picture with the beans too. Nice motto, like it.

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Life deals us all kinds of crazy things, but it's better and easier, and increases your endurance. This has just happened, and then realize that the pain becomes less, and memories.

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