Sunday, December 17, 2006

Weekends are for parties!

Last night Amy had her bestie's birthday party to go to, so while I had a few hours up my sleeve, I canned another 5kgs (about 11lbs) of apricots. I would have made more jam, but I was low on sugar, and now that the fruit is in jars, if I want to make jam later I can. Here you see the 12 jars, they're 1 litre jars, which is about 1 quart. I still have about one more kg of apricots, but I think we'll keep them for eating. Our apricot and peach trees have quite a bit of fruit too, but they're still ripening. It's been a bumper year for stone fruit!

Today was Marty's work Xmas picnic. We had a great day in a park which is quite close to the quilt store. It was super fun, with a huge adventure playground for the kids, tennis courts, lots of shady grass and BBQ's. We all had a wonderful shared lunch, and after lunch, one of the bosses disappeared ... and magically, Santa arrived! There were wonderful gifts for all the kids, and then as it was a hot day, water pistol and water balloon fun! Such a great afternoon.

We then had to race home, as Amy has her friends over this evening for her belated birthday party. We'd had the celebration already with family, but this is the night where her friends come over and have fun. I'm manning the kitchen and helping them out, and leaving them to the run of the lounge and dining room. I've included a picture of a few of the 'lolly bags' I made last night after I finished canning. We wanted to make them a little special, so they're actually plastic tumblers, filled with sweets, and I purchased some fabric flowers on wire and wrapped them around the tumbler, like a potted plant, and they're finished with cellophane and curling ribbon. A fun idea and a nice treat to take home.

I have no plans for tomorrow at this stage, and to be honest, I'm looking forward to having a little down time. I can quilt, and the kids can relax a bit.

7 comments:

Screen Door said...

Sounds like you've earned the down time...curl up with a book...

Cynthia said...

what cute lollies bags. I'm sure they were a hit with Amy and her friends.

Where did you get all the apricots from? Mum use to make apricot and nectarine jam when we had fruit trees. But she isn't getting much fruit from them any more.

joyce said...

Down time is good, especially this time of year. Those apricots look delicious, especially here in the snow when fresh fruit is only a fond memory!

Ali Honey said...

Tassie you have been a really busy Mum, making yummy jam and bottled fruit as well as taking kids parties in your stride. Do enjoy your kids every minute you can as they are so soon grown up (when I look back ). Don't forget to look after yourself too! Hugs from NZ.

ForestJane said...

"Tassie's canning yummy jam." Sounds like a tongue twister to me!

And I think after hosting a kid party, you deserve a day with nothing to do but quilt... and well, clean house, and cook meals and... lol

The Carolina Quilter said...

You are so creative and the apricot jam looks beautiful and delicious!

Dawn said...

Oh baby, all that canned fruit looks sooo good! And what cute take home treats!

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