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Old Fashioned Raspberry Jam Recipe: Food Network (click for recipe)

There just really is nothing like fresh-picked raspberries thrown in to the pot and cooked up in to yummy raspberry jam!  These are pretty much the last of the berries to be picked this year – there may be a few stragglers for a little nibble here and there.  But they are pretty much done for the season.  I made up a nice double batch of jam to put away for the winter, and to share with a few family and friends.  I have frozen some, for smoothies over the course of the next year till we are able to start the cycle all over again.  

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“raspberry:  n-raspberry [ˈraːzbəri] a type of edible red berry.”  www.thefreedictionary.com

So yesterday I posted a picture of the gorgeous and yummy Salmon Berries that are ripening in the park out back.  This morning I decided to check on my raspberry patch – 50 feet of canes that we’ve planted and nurtured of the last few years.  It’s been so wet, and not much sun lately so I wasn’t expecting to see anything red.  Tons and tons of green berries that are going to provide us with a freezer full of fruit here soon . . . so to my surprise I discovered these two beautiful read delectable’s. They didn’t last long though as my 4yr old Great Nephew happened along and then they were gone!  I’m looking forward to the bounty soon enough . . .  

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“My wish isn’t to mean everything to everyone but something to someone.”  Anonymous

I was trying so hard to get a shot of the little fluffs floating in the air after I blew them off the stem.  I just could not get the timing right!  But I did make my wish . . . 

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“For future reference, Harry, it is raspberry…although of course, if I were a Death Eater, I would have been sure to research my own jam preferences before impersonating myself.”  J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Checking on my raspberry bushes . . . we’ve expanded the row to 50 feet and staked them up to provide support.  I’m expecting a bumper crop this year . . . nothing like raspberries fresh picked!  

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“We can only make ourselves the victim.”  Gillian Anderson

We spent the day cleaning out, weeding and building new supports for the raspberry patch.  We started this patch a few years back, and have kind of neglected it, until this year.  We’ve added on to it . . . making it 50 feet long.  It’s gonna be one awesome raspberry manufacturing machine this year!  There are dangers of working around prickly canes tho – as the photo below shows.  Those canes got me pretty good in several places.  I was thinking that I could place the blame on those darn raspberries . . . those inanimate objects that grow protective thorns for a reason!  Isn’t that what we typically do . . . place the blame for injury or hurt on an external source, instead of taking responsibility for creating the circumstances in the first place??  So easy to do . . . lash out and feel better because “it’s not my fault!”  However, I’ve discovered over the years that taking accountability for my own actions is much simpler and easier in the long run . . . I made the choice to attack those raspberry canes without proper protection to prevent injury.  Those canes were simply doing what they were engineered to do . . . protect themselves!  I subject myself to their abuse, however, because I love what their ultimate offering is . . . delicious and juicy tart little fruits that will appear in the next month or so . . . nothing like fresh berries off the bush,  homemade raspberry jam, or fresh frozen berries to enjoy all year long!

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