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Lemon Marmalade


  • 6 lemons – Meyers are best (about 1.5 pounds total)
  • 4 cups water
  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 t butter


Quarter the lemons and remove the seeds (reserve these) and slice very thinly. Combine the lemons with 4 cups of water. Place the seeds in a cheesecloth bag and add it to the lemons in a nonreactive bowl.   Let mixture stand, covered, on the counter overnight.

img_3914After about 24 hours, throw out the lemon seeds and add the butter and bring the mixture to a boil.  Lower the heat, and simmer, until it has reduced down to about 4 cups. Stir in the sugar and boil, stirring to prevent sticking and scorching, until the mixture passes the cold plate jam test.

Ladle hot marmalade into sterile jars, and steam can for 20 minutes.


Crazy Weather and I Love It!

We are in the middle of our 4th weather event of the season.  The snow from New Year hasn’t finished melting and we had more snow today and freezing rain is predicted for tomorrow.  The odd thing about it is that any snow/ice event in the Willamette Valley is pretty rare – let alone 4 in one winter season.

This morning I drug DH out to the Eastmorland Golf Club to an After Christmas Sale of hand thrown pottery from one of my favorite artists – Debbie Dean.  We left early to get there and back home before the snow.  I found a wonderful bowl and a small platter with a sheep (on the right in the photo) and was pleased to meet the artist who told me the reason the items were seconds – the bowl  has glaze on one side that got a bit too warm and is rougher (like a salt glaze), the plate is just an older piece.


We got home after the snow started, built a fire, made a pot of soup and settled in for a storm, “The Storm of the Century” if you pay attention to the local news.  We did pick up another inch of snow, but the temperatures didn’t get as low as expected so our ice forecast for tomorrow isn’t as dire as they once thought.  We should have ice for a few hours and then plain rain should take over mid morning – if that’s true, school’s will be open and everything back to normal by Monday morning.  Meanwhile, I leave you with the last shot of our beautiful snow……


Hygge House – Kitchen Island


Today’s micro-remodel was quick because I decided to just go after the kitchen island.  It tends to be the place where everyone sets things down when they come home and the catch-all is not making me feel hygge.  I cleared it off, rearranged the pieces that I really like and added an old oak stool for folks to sit a bit while I’m cooking.  Ahhh hygge.443321b8-cdac-4fa4-ad78-333e6ee67f69