I want to start by apologizing for my lack of blogging for the last week. Lots of changes are happening and my brother and parents finally visited us for the first time in a year and half since we moved to Canada. It was very sweet, and very sad. I guess thats why sometimes I think it’s best that I make regular trips back home. Leaving them is easier than watching them leave- does that make any sense?
Moving on before I become a big baby about this…
Other big news is that we are preparing to move to downtown Vancouver which has been a dream of my husbands for many many years. I think we found a nice balance for both of us in the place we chose. It has a gated court yard with lots of privacy trees and shrubs around creating a park like haven from the opposing streets all while keeping us in the Vancouver atmosphere. We can’t wait, but in the mean time we have lots of packing and prepping to do.
Since we decided to move in the last couple weeks I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking about continuing with our minimalist life style. I’ve really enjoyed the simplicity of shopping and decision making it has instilled in me. Spending the past year and half living out of small drawers and a closet about a fifth of the size I had in Florida has reduced my stress of maintaining a house. Everything has a place and there is no room or time of random non meaningful substance. It’s pretty great. That being said, I will miss the accessibility of the farms and fruit trees in my in-laws yard. Going out in the morning and picking produce is a privilege that I admit I took for granted. Being able to stock up on berries for the winter was a real treat among other perks of living outside of the city. While both lifestyles have their positives and negatives, focusing on the good has been my train of thought for the past week and so far I think I’m winning.
This morning while I was picking kale leaves out of the garden for my husbands smoothie, I glanced over at the crab apple tree. The abundance of little crab apples is astonishing. Little bunches of fruit slowly ripening is such a tease for how impatient I am. I wandered back inside and went to get a bag of the strawberries we picked and froze a couple weeks back and thats when it hit me. Strawberries and crab apple. These berries are the sweetest I’ve ever tasted and the tart crab apples are the perfect touch of sour and tang for jam. Since I can’t always make it to the store during the day, it becomes a challenge to make impromptu recipes and experiment with my ideas. But with the pectin naturally present in apples, I had everything I needed. This recipe will take the fear out of making jam. It’s enough for one small jar and doesn’t require the canning process since it can be made and stored in the fridge right away. Going back to my vision of minimalist living, this recipe allows me to keep a jar of homemade jam, with out the afternoons needed for canning for storing for later.