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Peach Jam Recipe

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Peaches

This recipe takes those peaches you’ve been growing (or if you’re here in Maine where peaches have a hard time growing, the ones that are at the grocery store) and turns them into jam. Serve during breakfast, give as a gift or keep stored for the winter.

What you’ll need:

  • 6 pounds peaches
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3½ cups granulated sugar

Directions:

  1. Peel, pit and chop peaches and place in a large saucepan or pot; add lemon juice. Place a metal spoon in the refrigerator to chill (for testing the readiness of the jam later).
  2. Mash peaches and lemon juice using a large spoon or potato masher. Stir in sugar and bring to a boil.
  3. While boiling, continuously stir mixture until the jam thickens and reaches 210-220°F; about 25-30 minutes.
  4. To test for set point, remove saucepan from heat. Dip chilled spoon into jam, and allow jam to run off spoon; jam should slowly fall off spoon in one thickened clump. If it is runny, return jam to medium heat and simmer 2-4 minutes before re-testing. Using large spoon, skim foam from top of jam.
  5. Transfer jam to canning jars and cap with lids. Let cool to room temperature, store (can be refrigerated for up to 3 weeks after opening).

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Weekly Spotlight: Home Decor for your Valentine

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Stained Glass HeartLove One Another Plaque

February 14th is drawing near

and if you’re looking for a romantic gift,

♥ there’s no need to have fear. ♥

Here are five home accents to give you some ideas,

but be sure not to dally; Valentine’s Day soon will be here!

The Offering PrintFolk Art Queen of Hearts Hooked Wool PillowHow Sweet It Is Wood Sign

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Weekly Spotlight: Country Home Accents Under $30

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

A common New Year’s resolution is to spend less and save more when it comes to your budget. So if you are looking to add a little something extra to your country home this winter but don’t want to break the bank, here are five home accents that will cost no more than $30.

Livin' The Dream Wood Sign

$9.95

Shelf sitters make perfect gifts for a loved one or yourself throughout the year, and this Livin’ the Dream Wood Sign is no exception.
Red Gingham Check Salt & Pepper Shakers

Berry Leaf Cluster Stem

It would look great on a mantel or on a counter in your country kitchen next to these Red Gingham Check Salt & Pepper Shakers, featuring chicken-wire designed glass and charming metal tops.

$12.95

A perfect floral arrangement for the winter season may feature pine boughs, pinecones and red berries. Our Berry Leaf Cluster Stem enhances the charm of your floral arrangements,
and will last year after year, bringing color and
brightness to your country home. Moose Birch Thermometer

$14.95

Artist Terry Borsman handcrafts beautiful wooden decor, including this Moose Birch Thermometer, right here in the USA. The hand painted scene enhances the rustic charm of the birch wood, which features an inset thermometer for keeping track of the temperature.

Filigree Heart String Lights

$19.95

String lights aren’t just for the holidays! These metal hearts feature a filigree design for a romantic look in a bedroom, family room or even a bathroom. They are perfect for a little extra mood lighting or for making any space feel warmer.

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