13.6.11

Abundance And Apricot Preserve


For it is in giving that we receive

Our friends the K's have an abundantly fruitful apricot tree
They were kind enough to share several bag of apricots with us
One of Dr. J's patients has a pecan tree and he shared some nuts with us

My friend S brought us these sunflowers
What a great reminder to share abundance with others
I decided to make some apricot preserve
I pitted about 2 lbs of  apricots
Because their skin is so thin they do not necessarily need to be blanched and peeled as do peaches
I added the juice of half a lemon as well as some zest from the peel
I melted about 2 cups of white sugar in about an inch of water covering the bottom of the pot
Once the sugar dissolved I added the apricots, lemon juice and zest
Then I simmered it on low, while stirring for about an hour
Near the end I used a potato masher to help break up the apricots
I then let it cool and put it into jars
This type of preserve is considered a freezer preserve
I kept one jar in the fridge for immediate consumption and it will be good for about a month
The other ones are in the freezer and can be taken out and used as needed

What abundance have you shared 
or have others shared with you recently?

32 comments:

mr. pineapple man said...

I love the color!! I wish I had a friend like yours...and a mom like you :)

Kristin H said...

What lovely neighbors and friends. Made me want to sit at your table and just relax to the scent of apricots...

jeanette from everton terrace said...

My mouth is watering. I haven't had an apricot in ages! What have I shared is a good question to ask myself every single day I think. Hmmmm...

mermaid gallery said...

wonderful!...the flavors of summer should be preserved and cherished...it's so fleeting for us in Canada. Apricots won't be ready here for a couple more months and my mouth is watering already!

Bossy Betty said...

I could stare at these pictures all day! They are wonderful. Lovely that you shared this abundance with us!

Elisa said...

apricots bring special memories of my paternal grandfather and growing up in Mexico..

I didn't realize that it was so easy to make apricot jam. Can't wait to see what you will prepare with the pecans!

Mama Gone Green said...

So colorful!

Superblondeep said...

mmmm yummy....

Mo Pie, Please said...

Mmm, my mouth is watering over this deliciousness. Once we get a garden going, we're going to spoil our friends and fmily rotten with produce (fresh, not rotten). Right now we don't have much to give out but we are always inviting friends over for a home cooked meal! And yesterday I went into my favorite flower shop to browse and went to buy a single garden rose - they gave it to me for free!!

Ninjagaiden78 said...

I LOVE sunflowers.

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Kellys Art Journaling/ Sharing The Journey said...

What great blessings you have received. I love apricot preserve. My mom used to make it when I was a little girl, we would pick the apricots off the tree and she would make the preserve. Awesome. I have never seen what a pecan looks like in its shell, thanks for sharing this. God has blessed me by my art, just the process of creating it... so I like to give out prints to people who have told me they were touched by it.
Have a great day

cpcable said...

Yum! And what wonderful friends and family you have! As soon as we have some bounty we will definitely heed your reminder to pass it along!

Wilhelmine said...

Helli, thank`s for nice comments on my blogg, I am so glad I found your blogg. I will definitly come back and read more on this lovely website. Have a nice week, from Wilhelmine in Norway.

Erin {pughs' news} said...

Those apricots are work of art! Love the light through those jars...

dotblogg said...

yummy!!:))
last thing I shared were cookies with strawberry pieces and almonds. I always bake/cook more to share with others;)
have a beautiful week!
J.

Nat said...

Love apricot preserve! Yours looks delicious :-)

la petite coquine said...

What a wonderful post, and a beautiful perspective! John and I have been feeling so thankful lately, too!

Alexa said...

Oh that looks just about perfect for summer!
xo
Alexa
theshortandthesweetofit.com

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos and that looks so darn yummy! Now please....

Nuit said...

omg great post! that looks super yummy! xo

Ashley said...

fresh apricots?! WHHATTT?! I need neighbors like that :)!

liza said...

I LOVE apricot preserves. Fresh, homemade, with abundance from a neighbor would be the best kind!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

Wow you're so fortunate to have such great friends! Looks delish :)

Jennifer said...

Oh gosh, how yummy! I love apricots!

Clair said...

Yellow-love this happy color.
Clair

Nikki said...

I want your friends! What will you do with the pecans??

Brissa said...

that looks absolutely delicious. what a blessing to have such wonderful, giving friends. can't wait to see what you do with the pecans!

sheba said...

apricot is my absolute fave flavour of preserves/jam!

we've shared all of indio's baby clothes with friends who have a new set of twins. feels so good to let go of stuff.

Shari said...

Yum! I was just thinking of making this with the kids this summer. Guess I'd better go find some jars!

Heather Taylor said...

Oh man, I need you to come over and make me some delicious apricot jam too. Incredible looking stuff. My roomies and I are always sharing lemons with each to make fresh lemonade with- we have a few dozen on hand at all times.

Pet said...

There is nothing but what you give. Thanks for sharing the apricots.

Art For Little Hands said...

Those apricots are reminding me of my childhood. How beautiful they are!

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