this is not my original recipe. i borrowed it from kevinandamanda.com, but it absolutely too delicious not to share. really, try it! if you do not love these cookie bars as much as my family did then i am happy to take the leftovers off your hands. oh, and i also gave it a new name just because i was on a sugar high.
a side note: amanda made her chocolate chip cookie bar recipe from scratch + i am just a bit lazier, i used the boxed mix. still just as delish!
gooseberries: strange name, tart fruit, amazingly yummy jam!
i spent saturday afternoon amongst a prickly bush gathering gooseberries for an old fashioned kentucky treat, gooseberry jam. if you have the chance to pick your own, jump on it... or look for them at your local farmers market. the are in season now!
gooseberry jam recipe
gooseberries are naturally high in pectin so all you need is equal amounts of sugar + berries.
1. snip the tails and stems from the gooseberries + rinse under cold water.
2. place the berries into a large pan + enough water to barely cover the berries.
3. bring to a rolling boil then reduce to a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.
4. add sugar + stir constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved.
5. bring the mixture to a rolling boil again + boil for 5 to 10 minutes.
6. check for gelling
7. process in sterilized canning jars.
use it as a pesticide: sprinkle on + around plants rendering them foul-tasting to garden pests.
where have i been? what have i been doing? why haven't i updated my blog in forever?
all of those questions deserve answers, i know. i will be posting my crafty-ness over the next few weeks + hopefully it will dispel the rumors about me being abducted by aliens!
in the meanwhile, check out this earthy wall mural over at renest.