WOW Me Wednesday!


Easy Peasey – PLUM JAM

My neighbor brought me a ton of plums from her trees – so when you have plums you make plum jam!

This pic is actually from my second batch.  I’d already run the jars from the first batch through the dishwasher and pulled them out HOT before pouring the jam in.  This round I just filled my pot and jars with water and brought them to a boil before pouring in the jam.  Worked perfect.  The blob of yellow in the jam is butter, it’s suppose to help with lessoning the foam once the jams starts to boil.

Ladled the jams into the hot jars, screwed the lids on tight and inverted while I cleaned up.  Don’t leave them inverted too long – they start to set up pretty quickly.

This is what you need:

4-1/2 cups prepared plums (buy about 2-3 lbs. plums)

1/2 cup water

7-1/2 cups sugar

1 pouch Certo Liquid Pectin

Step 1 – Finely chop & pit (unpeeled) plums finely (I used my food processor); place in large saucepan. Stir in water. Bring to boil, stirring frequently.  Simmer on medium-low heat 5 min., stirring frequently.  
  • NOTE: I didn’t have time to get into the “jam” cooking so once I cooked the plums I put them in mason jars and then in the fridge until I was ready to actually make the jam.

Step 2 – When you’re ready to go for it . . . Measure exactly 4 1/2 cups of prepared plums into large pot.  Add sugar & mix well.  Bring to full rolling boil over high heat.  Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Immediately stir in the liquid pectin, bring back to rolling boil and cook 1 more minute stirring constantly.  Then pull from heat and skim off any foam.

Step 3 – Pour immediately into hot sterilized jars, filling to within 1/4 inch of rims.  Cover with lids (I turn them upside down for about 15 min.).  Let stand at room temperature until set.  ENJOY – it is yummy!

Tea Party


This is Ahnalys and she is turning 6!!  Ahnalys and Belle became friends over the summer and Belle was invited to Ahnalys Birthday Tea Party.

And what a tea party it was!  They had hats, gloves and pearls for all the girls.  Scrumptious sandwiches and tasty treats!

Beautiful little girls!  Belle had a blast!

Fire, S’Mores & Friends


Men & fire . . . . reallyyyyy????? Dude can you put the lid on that so you don’t melt my lights hanging overhead????!!!!!!

 Friends, Wine & Appetizers = “Friday Night Flames”

What’s a bonfire without marshmallows??? Whoops – somebody grab the graham crackers!

Loveeee this color!


First – I love this product!!!!! “Color Street” and second, I love this color – Upper East Side!!!  I’ve posted about these before and if you’re tired of doing your own nails and waiting for the polish to dry or you’re tired of spending $$$$ on getting you nails done  . . . check these out!!!

WOW Me Wednesday!


Oh my gosh!  I’m not a fan of “Ranch” dressing – I’m a “1,000 Islands” girl.  I remember when I first tasted “Ranch” back in the day and it never seems to taste like that anymore.  A friend a work was talking about this crazy simple yummy recipe so we made it here at work . . . you will WANT to eat salads everyday just to have THIS “Ranch”!!   Here you go .  .  . you’re welcome, LOL!

1 – package Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix

1 – cup BEST FOODS mayo

1 – cup whole milk

Put it all in a mason jar – stir – thank shake it up.  Let it sit in the fridge for at least 20 minuets to thicken – then grab some lettuce or fries!! Enjoy

New Plumbing – Not F.U.N.


So the shower in the guest bathroom wasn’t working – water was just dribbling out of the shower head.  I was hoping it just needed a new tub spout and new diverter . . . WRONG!

Besides the sheet rock under the panel being bad around the faucets – the whole shower fixture needed to be replaced!

New copper piping, new fittings, new fixure – woohoooo – not how I thought I was going to spend my weekend, lol.

But all done!  So no worries if you coming to visit!!  It’s not pretty (yet) but it works!  😉