Sunday, May 1, 2011

May 2011 Friendship Gifts

Well, Easter has come and gone. All the Easter bunnies have been safely tucked away until next year and all the jelly beans have been consumed! Even with my obsession over the Royal Wedding, I found the time to put the decorations away. This is my kitchen hutch now...dressed for Spring.

Earlier this week, I decided to make Strawberry Preserves for my Royal Wedding 'Royal Tea'. While in Walmart to purchase the needed ingredients, I found some cute canning jar tops with cute little strawberry-motif gift labels. It was then I remembered I needed to come up with something fast for my May 'Friendship Gifts'!

As y'all know, I always have 'Friendship Gifts' on hand to give to visitors to my home. They are also great to use when I'm invited to someone else's hostess gifts. And sometimes, I just give them as a 'happy'.

Here I am...modeling the latest edition to my 'Hostess Apron' collection. It's a darling strawberry-motif apron with lime green ric-rac trim. I'm wearing my pearls and sippin' Chardonnay from my wine goblet with a lime-green monogram:) I found this darlin' apron at the Spring Festival in Mt. Dora, Florida last month. The vendor was Pig And Company and you can visit them online at their Etsy store here.

I love the little red gingham tops of the canning jars and the strawberry-motif gift labels, "From the kitchen of...Miss Janice".

Recipe for Miss Janice's Strawberry Preserves:

2 qts. strawberries
5 cups sugar

Place 2 qts strawberries in a pot with 2 cups of sugar. Cook the mix on high heat for 5 minutes. Add 3 cups of sugar and cook on high heat for 10 minutes. Remove the mix and let it stand {covered} for 24 hours. Can and seal!

The strawberry preserves were delicious with my British scones I prepared on Friday morning for the wedding:) I'm visiting my Royal Family in Georgia this week and will be taking some jars of the preserves to them. It's an easy and quick recipe to prepare y'all!

Remember, try to do something special for someone else everyday!


Simply Sara said...

I love homemade strawberry preserves, so yummy. Have you ever had dewberry preserves?? They are delish too!! That is such a nice have gifts for visitors, but if I want the visitors to come back, I don't want to make the food, lol....just kidding.

highheeledlife said...

This is fabulous!!! I love how you always make things so easy for us.This is a quick recipe and those jars are so darling. Loving the apron.

Your post on the Royal Wedding and tea .... was truly a royal treat and Miss Coco looked adorable in her pjs.

Wishing you a wonderful week.. HHL

preppy little dress AKA "PLD" said...

That simple, I might have to make some! I love strawberries! Thanks for sharing!

Lori said...

Well. . .now ya went an did it!! Got me on a strawberry preserves kick!! Love them but never made them. The recipe looks so easy, I must try it.


bevy said...

That looks like just about the easier recipe ever! And strawberries are perfect right now... Yummy!

Suburban Princess said...

The jars are adorable! You always find the cutest stuff!

Anonymous said...

My aunt always used to make homemade preserves and they were so good. I'm going to try this recipe, thank you! xox

Mrs. Kindergarten...aka...Madame Spoiled said...

I plan on taking your recipe and putting it to good use with my daughter and two of her girlfriends next Saturday night. We will be making this at a sleepover and the girls will do all the work, then they will be taking home a jar Sunday for Mother's Day! Thanks for always sharing Miss Janice! I am looking forward to doing this with the girls so very much.

Mrs. Kindergarten

Girl in Carolina said...

Oh my, strawberry preserves are my FAVORITE thing ever! And your apron is absolutely darling!

eas said...

Oh I love making preserves! Did you buy the strawberries at the market or at strawberry field?I always feel like I need to pick them up at a farm but alas there are none in Scottsdale AZ! Beautiful friendship gifts!

Muffy said...

You are an inspiraton, Miss Janice! Love this month's gifts-- always love your friendship gifts!!!

Kathleen said...

What a nice gift. We have Strawberry season here in mid June. I always say I am going to preserve some, but we eat them all!
Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I haven't seen you in a long time, it was great to hear from you!

Have fun with your family!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Hi Janice!
This sounds yummy!