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Peach Freezer Jam

Hello everyone, I’m so excited to be back in the blogging world! I had a super busy summer and unfortunately my blog took the back burner.  I’ll do my best to give you a brief recap without getting too long-winded! So let’s rewind to May when it all started– I finally made my way across the stage and graduated from university with my Bachelor’s Degree finishing off with a Psychology major and a Gerontology minor. It felt pretty great to wrap up my degree and make the transition into what I like to call, “the real world”.

Just after graduation I started a new job and I have to admit, I was a little sad to give up my part-time job. It was a big step and I was nervous to venture into a more professional role but I am so happy that I did! I never would have guessed that working for a financial institution would be the first career path that I would take but I must say, I’m really enjoying it. I really do feel like the possibilities for my career are endless and I’m excited to see where this journey takes me.

Although I’ve had a busy few months, there have been exciting projects along the way that I can’t wait to share with all of you! How about we start with this delicious peach freezer jam recipe?

peach basket

Growing up my Nan always made delicious peach freezer jam and I thought I’d never be able to master it on my own. Turns out, it’s only half as hard as I thought it was ;)

peaches

All you need is a few baskets of peaches, some mason jars and this magical powder called instant PECTIN! You shouldn’t have any issues finding it at your local grocery store. Here’s the Club House brand that I used:

Garden Fare

Club House No Cook Freezer Jam

This peach freezer jam is great because it doesn’t involve sterilizing and canning, it’s as simple as mixing up the fruit with the garden fare and sugar and pouring it into your freezer-safe jars.

Mason Jars

 


Ingredients:
4 cups finely chopped peaches
1 1/2 sugar
1 package gelling powder


Directions:
Boil water and drop peaches into water for 2-3 minutes to loosen skin. Let the peaches cool and gently peel skin off.  Mash peaches with  masher or place in a food processor until you have roughly 3 1/2 cups of peach puree.

Gently stir in sugar with peach puree and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Slowly sprinkle gelling powder a little at a time into the peach mixture while stirring for 3 minutes. Allow to stand for 5 minutes then gently stir again for 1 minute.

Pour jam into jars leaving 1 inch head space and seal tightly.


Notes: 

Jam is ready to eat right away, no standing time is required. If stored in refrigerator use within 6 weeks or store in freezer for up to one year.


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Crochet Clutch Pattern

 This winter we have been creating quite the collection of crochet projects for the first time ever! It’s such a great feeling to start and finish a project, isn’t it? Thanks to Pinterest and other wonderful bloggers we have been able to find so many cute, free patterns. These two clutch patterns are a couple of our favourites and we hope you like them, too! 

Fiber Flux..Adventures in Stitching has been so kind to share this adorable chevron clutch that can be used as a purse, a pencil case or for storing crochet hooks in. It’s an easy pattern to follow and was really fun to make! 

crochet clutch

If you’re interested in attempting this cute crochet clutch pattern you can find the pattern HERE :)

Chevron clutch

This crochet clutch pattern was designed by Amy from The Stitchin Mommy and it’s another favourite of mine! It is a simple pattern to follow and can be used as a phone case or a utility case. So many options, really! :) 

pink clutch

If you think this crochet clutch is as cute as we think it is and you want to give it a try you can find the pattern HERE :) 

Pink Clutch 2

We hope you enjoy these cute crochet patterns and if you are interested in more free patterns feel free to check out our Free Crochet Bag Patterns and our Beach Bag Pattern

Happy crocheting, friends!

Brittany xx

 

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Chunky Crochet Infinity Scarf

Hello everyone, in honor of national crochet month I have decided to share my favourite chunky crochet infinity scarf! This pattern is so incredibly easy to make if you have any crocheting experience at all, so if you have been thinking about attempting an easy project this one may just be it! This pattern was designed by Ami from All About Ami, I definitely recommend checking out her collection of cute free patterns! :) 

Me

I experimented with the pattern a little bit so I will give you the patterns for both versions that I made. The original pattern is quite large and chunky, which I love, but I also made a slightly smaller version as well. In this picture I am wearing the original chunky pattern, but the gray and variegated scarves are both the smaller ones. The pattern is the same except for the number of chains you do at the beginning. If you want to make the large version then you start by chaining 27, if you want to do a slightly thinner version I started by chaining 18. Both patterns are 63 rows, I just altered the thickness for my own personal preference. 

chunky 2

First I bought myself a few balls of Softee Chunky yarn. I’ve been obsessed with gray lately and my winter jacket is black so I thought it would be a safe colour. I also found gorgeous variegated yarn with the purple and teal that I couldn’t resist!

chunky 4

 To begin you will need a 9 mm crochet hook and any chunky yarn of your choice. 

1. Chain 27
2. Double crochet in the third chain from the hook, skipping one until the end of the row
3. Chain 2, turn work and double crochet in the spaces of the previous row with chain 1’s in between

Each row should contain 14 double crochets, keeping in mind that the first chain 2 always counts as one double crochet.

 4. Continue this pattern until desired length or 63 rows. 

Chunky Infinity Scarf

I made one chunky crochet infinity scarf with an initial chain of 22 with 66 rows another one with an initial chain of 27 with 63 rows and the gray and variegated scarves in this post have an initial chain of 18 and 63 rows. 

chunky 3

This pattern is so easy to make that you can really experiment with it quite easily to get your desired thickness and length. I have a few different versions and I love all of them. I love their chunkiness with the combination of soft yarn. I want one in every colour! 

I hope you have enjoyed this pattern as much as I have! I know mom and I have had to make a bunch of them because all of our friends wanted one, too! So I guess this is your informal warning that you may have to make more than one if your friends find out about it ;) 

Happy crocheting, friends! 

Brittany xx 

You can find me linked up here: Sweet Haute, The Grits Blog, Lamberts Lately, Beyond The Picket Fence, Krafty Cards Etc., Beauty Under 10

 

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