Blueberry Fields & DIY Jam

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Tacoma, WA

Yesterday some of my friends and I went to Tacoma’s Blue Berry Park! You can pick blueberries there for free on a plot of land in the middle of the city with acres of blueberry bushes. It’s magical, minus the bee’s or spiders. We all got big bowls full and after I made some jam! Delicious with the fresh rolls I made for our dinner that night. If you’re in the area, you’ll have to stop by this park one day and grab some free blueberries!

Here is the jam recipe I used:

  • 3 pints of blueberries (2 cups)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
  • 1 tablespoon of water
  • Optional: Lemon zest & juice of 1 lemon

In a large saucepan combine blueberries, sugar, lemon zest and juice, vanilla bean paste, and water. Cook over medium/high heat bringing the mixture to a boil for about 5-7 minutes or so. At this point there should be a decent amount of liquid coming from the blueberries. Reduce the heat to low and continue cooking over low heat stirring every few minutes or so to ensure the mixture does not stick to the pot for about 45 minutes. The jam will thicken as it cools. At this point you can either blend it until smooth or leave as is. I like my jam chunky, so I leave as is. Ladle into a mason jar or two and it will last about 3-4 weeks in the fridge! Enjoy this summer treat and comment below to let me know how yours turns out!

Schallert Family

Seattle, WA

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu.

Family is one of the most precious things in this world and the gift of being together is a joy to watch. The Schallert family ventured to Seattle this past week for a family reunion. Four sets of families from across the country from various states came to see each other. It was fun to see old friends, Dianne and Steve, who have been serving in South Africa for a few years with their adorable kids and are now back in Kona, Hawaii. Blessings to you all as you enjoy your family vacation! Thanks for letting me capture some of your day in Sodo. I hope you made fabulous memories together as you explored our beautiful city and State and go back refreshed and full of joy as you celebrated being together.
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Cider Tasting

Port Townsend, WA

Last weekend I went with some of my friends to go cider tasting! Port Townsend is one of my favorite little towns in the Olympic Peninsula and is an easy day trip from the Seattle area. We visited three craft cider makers with tasting rooms unique to the owners. All of them nestled up in the mountains and trees and rested on farms.  Finn River was my favorite with their various flavorful ciders. I’m also a sucker for anything lavender, so their lavender brew was an immediate winner. If you’re a gluten free junkie or just a cider connoisseur, you will definitely have to take a little weekend trip to visit. We also ventured to delightful farmers markets, adorable little shops in rustic buildings and enjoyed delicious food from restaurants over looking the water as you watch the ferries and boats cruise the water. Try and make a summer adventure out to this little town!
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