Posted in Cook It Blog It, Farm/Garden, Food, Gardening, tagged canning, farm, farmgirl, farming, Food, freezer jam, garden, Gardening, handmade, jam, jelly, kitchen, preserving, recipe, recipes, strawberries on May 27, 2009|
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Strawberry freezer jam is so easy to make, really economical and AMAZINGLY delicious. It is easier than traditional jams because you don’t actually cook the fruit. However, since it isn’t “preserved” in the traditional sense it is important that you have enough freezer room to store the jam you make. On Monday I made 36 jars of the stuff! 12 jars went into our freezer and 24 are being store in our chest freezer. They can be stored in the freezer for up to a year. When you are ready to eat it you can keep it in the fridge for about three weeks.
Here is what you will need to make 6 – 1/2 pint jars
1 Quart ripe strawberries
4 Cups of Sugar
1 Package Sure-jell fruit pectin
3/4 Cup of water
Remove the green caps from the berries and place the berries into a large bowl. Using a potato masher, crush the berries. Add the sugar and stir. Allow this mixture to sit about 20 minutes. In the meantime you can wash and dry 6 – 1/2 pint canning jars and lids. In a small sauce pan combine Sure-Jell pectin and 3/4 cup of water. Stirring constantly bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1 additional minute. Add the pectin mixture to the fruit mixture and stir well. Pour fruit into jars, cap and let sit on the counter to set about 24 hours. You jam is now ready to freeze. I place 12 jars back into the box they came in and freeze them in the box. This way I don’t have jars rolling out onto my toes and I have a place to store the empty jars when I am done so I can reuse them next year!
I had to purchase jars, berries, pectin and sugar to make my jam. In the end each jar of jam came out to a cost of about $1.55. Next year if I reuse the jars the cost will be even less.
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Posted in Art, art education, art lesson, art project, Musings, teaching art, tagged Art, art show, children, face paint, kids, paint, painting, school, teach, teaching on May 24, 2009|
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This past week was the K-12 Art show for our school. I am the k-12 art teacher. Since our new fine arts building was open this year we were able to host the show in the new Elementary PE gym. It really went well. Each student in grades k-8 submitted a picture for the art show. The only requirement was that the artwork had to be something that was completed during art class. Since I dont see all of the 9-12 graders this section was optional. High School Students were allowed to submit as many pieces as they like.
In conjunction with the Art Show the school also had a k-4 music concert and a k-6 field day on Friday. Each class in the k-6 was scheduled 20 minutes to view the art show and to allow students to get their faces painted. The whole event went really well.
Here are some highlight of the art show.
Kindergarten – The focus in Kindergarten is mostly color and shape. We discuss each of the elements and principles but do not dwell on them. By the second half of the year we combine what we have learned about color and shape to completed guided drawings.
1st Grade – In first grade we continue to work on the basic drawing skills that we started in Kindergarten. We also begin to focus a little bit more on the elements of art and start to conciously incorporate these into our artwork.
2nd Grade – Students in the second grade complete a unit called “Art Around the World” We spend the year studying different cultures and replicating that art. Most of the projects we make are 3-dimensional but here is a small sampling of their 2-D work.
3rd Grade – The third grade focus is the Masters. We spend the year looking at famous artists and mimicking/adapting their styles and creating one of a kind artworks.
4th Grade – Student in the fourth grade spend most of the year learning specifically and in-depth about the elements and principle of art. The last few weeks of school this year we worked on a “Weaving in the Round” project that the students really enjoyed.
5th Grade – 8th Grade – I see the fifth grade through 8th grade on a rotation everyday for 9 weeks. This enables us to get a little more in depth with some projects rather than trying to do projects we can complete in one or two 40 minute class periods. My 5th – 8th graders did a wide variety of drawing and painting projects.
High School – This year I tought two sections of art one and 1 section of advanced art. My art 1 classes focus on the elements and principle of art as well as experiment with a wide variety of art media. My advanced art students this year each developed thier own course of study and focused on projects and media that were of interest to them. The only thing I regret is that I allowed my high school students to take projects home before the end of the year. Many of my students took their very best works home and gave them to family members or hung them in their rooms and didnt want to bring them back for the art show. You can still see they are a very talented group.
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Mixed Greens with Grilled Eggplant and a Balsamic Reduction
1 Bottle of Balsamic Vinegar
¼ cup of Sugar
In a small saucepan combine vinegar and sugar and bring to a boil. Boil until sauce is reduced by half. Pour into a squeeze bottle and refrigerate until chilled.
1 Medium Eggplant
1 ball of fresh mozzarella
1 large package Spring Mix Greens
Salt and Pepper
Preheat broiler on your oven. Slice eggplant into ¼ inch slices. Brush lightly with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and grill until tender. Set aside and top with a slice of fresh mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese is melted and starts to bubble and brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
On a plate arrange mixed greens and flowers and top with a slice of eggplant. Dress lightly with the balsamic reduction and enjoy.
For a heartier meal, add slice grilled or breaded and pan-fried chicken to the salad.
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