Too Many Irons in the Fire

Tales of a crafty, working mom of four.

Made It (Make It) Monday – Winter Berry Jam 02/09/2009

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If you haven’t mastered the art of canning yet (I haven’t) then this refrigerator jam is for you. I use frozen berries here because fresh are a little pricey in the Midwest this time of year.


  • 18 oz of frozen mixed berries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  • Thaw, rinse, & drain berries.
  • Place a saucer in the freezer for later.
  • Combine berries, sugar, and lemon juice in bowl and mix well. Leave out at room temp. stirring occasionally for two hours.
  • Transfer mixture to saucepan & bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring to prevent burning.
  • Mash to thick puree then reduce to medium heat and gently boil for about 20 minutes or until the mixture starts to thicken & stirring often.
  • Remove from heat to test jam for gelling point. Drop a teaspoon full onto the saucer from the freezer and place back into the freezer for about a minute. Test by pushing the jam with your finger. If it is ready, it will wrinkle on the surface. Cook a few minutes longer if it fails to do this and test again until it gels.
  • When ready, ladle jam into a clean jar. Place in refrigerator when cool. Jam will last about 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Made It Monday – The Ferocious Man Scarf 01/26/2009

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The Ferocious Man Scarf

The Ferocious Man Scarf

I finished several fiber projects this weekend but my pride would have to be this scarf I made for my DH per his request. It is based on 200 by John Brinegar (free pattern). I made it a tad bigger since my DH wanted a scarf that was “bigger than the Doctor Who scarf” that his friend is always waving about. Leave it to men to have scarf envy. It was easy to make and was a great project to do while watching TV on a cold day.

John Brinegar has quite a few patterns on his site, so check them out. I will be making more and already have some queued up.

Crochet makes you look feirce. See? 🙂