Tuesday, June 21, 2011

27 going on 65

Yep. Today's my birthday. Yay!

27 is a weird age. I'll pause while you gasp and say "She's only 27?!".

Yes, yes I know... I swear I'm an old lady in a young-ish body. I'm far from the days of being fresh-faced and barely in my 20's. I've been out of high school & college long enough to forget the names and faces of people I saw everyday for many years. And then I can see the big 3-0 in the not-so-distant future and that is something I am not too excited about... but I'll conquer it when I get there. It's 3 years off.. That's enough time for me to wrap my head around that number. Although, not like it matters since I have to stop & seriously think about how old I am now. Wait... I'm.... (counting on fingers.... toes...), oh yeah. 27.

So last night, getting ready to go to bed and Hubby asks if I want my present. How can I say no!? But it cracks me up how both him & Sonny cannot wait until the day of whatever gift giving occasion to give us ladies our gifts. Here's the loot I made out with:

That's right folks. I'm going canning! I love scrap-booking, sewing, painting, cooking, and now I'm sure I'm about to add canning to that list. I also got a membership to AARP & two tennis balls. I'm not quite ready to put the tennis balls on my walker, but I can preserve (pun intended. Har dee har har!) them for a few years...

Hubby got me a case of the normal pint-sized jars, but then picked up these little guys because they are cuter. I love that man. He knows me so well. Of course I'd pick up both the practical and cute things!

The pièce de résistance - Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff. We went to bed around 11pm, and didn't go to sleep until around 1am because I was flipping through this gorgeous book thinking of all the awesome stuff I can make & the recipes I can tweak. I am seriously the oldest 27 year old I know... ha! Getting excited and reading into the wee hours of the morning about canning preserves and making jam. Hey, it's what floats my boat, and it's my birthday. I will can if I want to.

Have you preserved anything? Got any tricks for the beginning canner? Maybe I'll do the Can-Can while I can.


  1. Happy Birthday! I felt like such a nerd when I started canning last year but it wasn't that hard and ended up being a lot of fun! I started easy, with salsa, pineapple and pear syrup and some freezer jams. I am hoping the cucumbers in my garden do well this year because I want to add pickling to the list! Happy canning!

    And my pantry door is hollow too! Dan had to get a certain type of screw to make sure it would hold. And I'm only putting lighter things on the rack - but so far, so good!

  2. Happy Birthday!!
    that is such a thoughtful gift!!
    I have been dying to try canning. I cant wait to see your post about it, maybe I can learn something.


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