Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Naturel Freezer Jam!

No we have not fallen off the face of the earth.
We have been super busy starting our Naturel Strawberry Freezer Jam company!!! Yipee! (This is not our label, it's just a practice website I made with Photoshop a while ago)
That's right! The freezer jam you all love so much is coming to a grocery store near you! That is our hope and goal. We're starting out with the farmer's market during the summer and expanding from there. It's been a fun and wild adventure. It's been way fun to work with Matthew on it. We make a great team! There are so many things he's good at and has done that I couldn't do. At the same time, there are so many things I'm good at and have done that he couldn't do. It works out perfectly! This has been in the works for a few years, so it's fun to see it come alive and take shape! So the last couple of weeks we bought 2 freezers to store the jam in, 16 cases of apples, 20 cases of strawberries (160 pounds, 160 individual cases), bought over 500 containers with lids, and

I had spring break last week, and for 3 days SOLID I worked on freezer jam. No joke 8am-11 or 12pm. I was tired after all that! My amazing, awesome Mom came and helped those days. I couldn't have done it without her or Matthew! Matthew also helped a number of times. They were lifesavors! We make our own pectin. The trick has been to figure out exactly how we want our pectin to be. I love saying it's made from our own pectin! That means a lot less sugar. But the jam is still so yummy and sweet. It's a lot healthier because we use our own pectin. Only 3 ingredients: Strawberries, pectin (from apples), and sugar. We are solidifying our labels right now and will have them soon. If you want some yummy, delicious, healthy freezer jam, you know where to get it. We'll be happy to sell some to you!

Caribbean Journal

Brittany and I had a great time journaling together while we were on our cruise. Hers is way cute with fun watercolors and drawings. I'm definitely not artistic like that, but I did still want to do a journal of our cruise. I wrote stuff down while we were on our cruise, then while in Honduras, I bought this journal. I then transferred everything into our cruise journal. Once I get some pictures, then I'll put them in too. I was so happy with how it turned out. I just about messed it up at the beginning, but with Matthew's help I was able to make things work out better in the end. Matthew's so good at coming up with good ideas and helping me with my meltdowns - small or big ones. Thank you Matthew!!! I'm so glad I did this! There are already so many things I've forgotten about our cruise, so it's fun to look back and see what we did. I probably wrote too much. That's one of my downfalls when I journal. Who's actually going to want to read it? I'm trying to get better with that. I'm just afraid of missing details. If no one else will read it, I sure will. I love it and am so happy with it! So originally, the rope letters said Roatan (for Roatan, Honduras), but part of the T fell off and got lost. Then some other letters started to fall off. So, I pulled all of them off. Instead of leaving it naked, I switched the letters around to say cruise. It's not perfect, but I liked how it turned out. Hopefully my adhesives will keep the letters on!
This is a Mayan calendar we got in Belize. I love it! Good purchase Matthew!
We also got this map while in Honduras. Also once we get pictures, I'm going to put pictures around it and frame it - Matthew's idea. I'm excited to work on that! Such fun memories! I loved our cruise and am so glad and grateful we got to go. That's all thanks to Matthew. He made it happen. Thanks Love!!!