From left: Freezer jam, slow cooker with water bath and slow cooker only.
Here in southcentral Pennsylvania, it is strawberry season!
We went picking on Saturday because it was overcast and not too terribly hot. The kids are to the age where they are helpful with picking — and not just picking to eat. They are understanding the concept of why we are picking and what these berries will become when we take them home.
They are understanding that a bit of work from them now will yield lots of yummy strawberry treats all year long.
But I am still on the quest for strawberry jam that is thicker than syrup and will hold up when spooned out. So you get to learn from my quest, and hopefully you will find a method that will work for your family.
Posted in Food, How I Pinch a Penny, Money smart, Uncategorized
Tagged freezer jam, How I Pinch a Penny, how to make freezer jam, how to make jam, how to make jelly, jam in a crockpot, jam in a slow cooker, jelly, Sarah Mock, strawberry jam
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Gifts are fun. They remind us who in our lives really knows what we love and took the time to buy it for us. Sometimes, the gifter shows us something we normally wouldn’t choose, but learn to love. Among fashionistas, this usually means discovering a new designer or becoming obsessed with a style we previously passed over.
This week, the Fashion Panel shares a special accessory that they can’t get enough of, but didn’t buy themselves.
What is a favorite fashion item someone else bought you?
Posted in accessories, Beauty Question, clothing, Fashion, jewelry, Style, Uncategorized
Tagged arthur and daughters, fashion tip, hilary arthur, Miss Peanutty, Miss Ruth's Time Bomb, Q&A fashion, Smart Fashion Panel
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I’d never been to the Gettysburg Battlefield until last summer.
Sure, I’d driven past the iconic wooden fences on my way to the wineries with my parents.
I’d even caught a glimpse of the centuries-old farmhouses on my way to visit my best friend from college.
But when I stepped out of photographer Kate Penn’s car for our Smart cover photo shoot, I was in awe.
It was a hot, beautiful day and the sun gleamed off Robert E. Lee atop the Virginia Monument.
We sweated and scoped out our surroundings while we waited for Kristy Coscia and her children.
Photo courtesy of Sweet Flour Bake Shop
The end of the school year is upon us.
Parents are busy selecting gifts to show appreciation to their child’s teacher.
This week, we will review the guidelines and etiquette of teacher gifting.
Posted in Family, Manners Matter
Tagged end of school gifts, etiquette, gydance, gymanners, heidi thomas, ideas for teacher gifts, manners, teacher gifts, what not to get for a teacher gift, what to spend on a teacher gift
Parsley! Quite a bit, actually, but only about a third of my plant’s growth so far.
One of the things I struggle with most in container gardening is giving my plants enough water. The soil in the containers dries out fast, and when we have a slew of 90-degree days, I worry.
But the recent soaking rains have been great for my plants: On Monday, I harvested the first cuts of parsley. (I also forced co-foodie and locavore Miss Reciplease! to smell it as I headed back to my desk, of course.) I’m pretty excited to see how I can work it into dinner this week.
Posted in Container garden chronicles, Do-It-Yourself, Food, Garden, Gardening, Green living, Home and garden, Local Food
Tagged cherry tomatoes, container garden chronicles, container gardening, harvest, parsley, rain, sarah chain, Smart, Smart magazine, Swiss chard
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Make way for a few new Wiggles
To kick off their 21st season, The Wiggles have announced three new cast members. The first-ever female Wiggle, Emma Watkins, will play the Yellow Wiggle. She will be joined by founding member Anthony Field (the Blue Wiggle), Simon Pryce (the Red Wiggle) and Lachlan Gillespie (the Purple Wiggle).
The group will take the stage with Dorothy the Dinosaur, Captain Feathersword, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus at the Hershey Theater for shows at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Aug. 18.
Tickets are $19, $25.50, $40.50 and $77 (tax and applicable fees apply) and are available at Hershey Theatre Box Office. They can be charged by phone at 717-534-3405 and purchased online at www.HersheyEntertainment.com.
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Tagged Anthony Field, Captain Feathersword, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Emma Watkins, Henry the Octopus, hershey theater, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, The Wiggles, Wags the Dog
Photo courtesy of Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Calling all preschoolers.
See “Sofia the First” and “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” live on stage. The characters from the top-performing cable kids’ programs will appear at the Hershey Theater Nov. 9.
“Children everywhere are falling in love with Sofia and Jake, and we are thrilled to bring these popular Disney Junior characters to the stage for the first time ever,” said producer Alana Feld in a press release.
Ah, the weekend. Take a break this morning, grab a cup of coffee and catch up with Smart:
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Tagged boot camp, maescapes, modern family, rain garden, Smart, Smart magazine, strawberry basil cocktail, summer hairstyles