What? Another peach post? We know, we definitely took advantage of peach season around these parts. This is the last one, promise. While we would have had no problem eating every last jar of our Peach Basil Jam , one of our own Quinn has been hassling his mom for a big boy bike. We talked it over and noticed that all our big boys have been a little bit “asky” lately. It got us thinking about how we could teach them a little bit more about work and earning fun things. When we asked them, Dash said he’d like to earn Super Fast Running Shoes, and Hayes was thrilled at the thought of earning yet another “Light-bean A-Queen.”
So while the task at hand surely created more work for us then them, they seemed to grasp the concept and were so thrilled to see neighbors lining up to buy their jam.
We set up the stand for them, brought in a festive peach shaped balloon bouquet and bunting flag, and forced them into some tiny aprons with our Peach Basil Jam brand. We topped all our jars with the downloadable labels, printed onto adhesive paper and tied with green baker’s twine.
The neighbors loved it, Quinn is currently riding a two wheeler around the neighborhood, Dash is running in his new shoes yelling “Super Fast! Super Fast!”, and Hayes had his mom tuck Light-Bean into bed with him last night.
If you’re making the Peach Basil Jam, which we’re certain you are, feel free to download our jam lid label below!
We’re so thrilled to introduce the first in our ongoing series that features children we know you’ll love and mothers who will inspire you. For our inaugural film feature, meet Ann and her two boys, Jude and August. Ann leads a beautiful life and it is evident in all she does that she is a fiercely devoted and loving mother to her boys. And when those boys look at her with stars in their eyes, you can tell they think the world of her too.
Ann owns the Etsy shop institution Lou and Lee, has the most incredible mid-century home with her husband, and always seems to find anything cool or note-worthy months before us.
Taking full advantage of our recently acquired plethora of peaches, we knew making peach jam was essential. While we love the standard flavors, we wanted to try a new flavor profile: Peach Basil. It was a risky move with a delicious pay-off. Full recipe below!
Peach Basil Jam
4 cups of peeled and diced peaches
2 T. lemon juice
1 T. butter
1/2 C. finely chopped basil
1 pkg. powdered pectin
5 1/2 C. granulated sugar
Combine the diced peaches with lemon juice and basil in a large pot. Cover peaches with pectin and mix together. Over high heat, add butter and bring to a boil for one minute. After one minute of a rolling boil, add the granulated sugar and mix into peaches. Bring mixture back to a boil for another minute or so.
Ladle the peach mixture, wipe edges and seal with a canning lid. Let it cool and then refrigerate. Spread over buttered homemade bread, crackers with cream cheese, marinate your favorite protein, use as a chutney, and enjoy!
*no small fries were harmed in the making of this jam. we were right by them every step of the way!*
We’ve found the quickest way to turn a child’s day around is to put up a fort, and this tent could not be easier to assemble. You’ll need an extra large sheet, a yard of rope, 4 long stakes, a hammer to secure them in place.
Here’s how Nicole did it:
Tie your rope to two parallel stable objects, tying it about a foot higher than you want the tent’s ceiling to be. Take your sheet and tie loose knots into each corner and center it over your rope. Pull the corners out and down to the ground as markers so you know where to hammer your stakes into the ground. Once they’ve been hammered far enough that there isn’t any wiggle room, pull your loose knots over the stakes and tie them tight.
Fill your fort with pillows and blankets, maybe a kid or two, and watch the magic happen.