Happiness Is Like Jam

One of the bestest yummies in the planet is homemade strawberry freezer jam....and summer = strawberries!  So this past weekend we made a batch to share....

Happiness Is Like Spreading Jam

...all it took was two cups of strawberries, four cups of sugar and some pectin....and alot of helpers....

 Gracie and Camille smash'in strawberries....

 ...we didn't count the sugar calories ...
 Stirring the yummy stuff!

 More Smash'in!

 Gracie filling the jars...and snitching some...


 Ready to share...

One of the best ways to use freezer jam is to use it as a base for the strawberries in a strawberry we had to make some with the left over berries.  This recipe for shortcakes is super easy in your processor and is the perfect balance between salt and sweet and is super moist.

Strawberry Shortcake

1 quart strawberries, hulled and quartered
1 cup of sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 tablespoons butter, cold and cubed
  • 2/3 cup vanilla soy milk, plus 1/4 cup
  • Sweetened whipped cream
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a medium mixing bowl, toss the strawberries and 1/2 cup sugar together. Set aside until time to serve.
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse together flour, baking powder, salt and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Then pulse in the cold butter cubes until a coarse meal is formed. Turn the flour mixture out into a large mixing bowl and make a well in the center. Pour in 2/3 cup vanilla soy milk and gently mix it in with a rubber spatula or fork, be careful not to over mix the dough or the biscuits will be tough.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and fold it over itself a couple of times until it just holds together. Pat the dough out to 3/4-inch thickness and cut out 8 round 3-inch biscuits.
Transfer the biscuits to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush the tops of each biscuit with the remaining vanilla soy milk and sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon sugar. Bake in a preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until the biscuits have risen and are a light golden brown.
Remove from the oven and let cool slightly. Split each biscuit, spoon some strawberries on the bottom piece, then whipped cream and top with the other biscuit half. Garnish with fresh mint and more strawberries.

We were in yummy heaven enjoying this day of jam and shortcake....and for you I have added this pattern to my etsy shop at a 25% discount for the month of August.  It is super easy and has such a sweet message!  I hope you find some berries soon and enjoy a few before they are gone.  

I am going to make some strawberry-blueberry jam and strawberry-mango jam this week!
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Springville Museum of Art Quilt Show

 Every year the Springville Museum of Art hosts a fabulous quilt show that features quilts that are handmade from artists all over the country.  The museum is located at 126 South 400 East in Springville, UT and can be found online at   I took my daughter and had a wonderful afternoon looking at some pretty incredible quilts and came away a little inspired. 

Springville Museum of Art

There were over 250 quilts of all sizes and styles.  I wanted to post a few of my favorites.  It's interesting to me that when you see hundreds of quilts in one place and you decide which ones are your can tell what quilt you should make next!  I loved the dark black and bright quilts.  Especially one that was made with gorgeous hand dyed wool.  

So here are a few of my favorites.....

If you are in Utah anytime from now through August 30th you should stop into the Springville Museum of Art and enjoy the beautiful quilts.  After grab lunch at the Trolley on Main Street and enjoy a great salad!  I love Springville and really enjoyed my day at the museum.
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Summer Sale

It is the middle of summer which means it is time for the summer clearance sale!  All summer patterns are 50% off until August 13TH at    
 Angels From Above

 Flowers In A Row

 Pleasant Words

 Bee Loving Bee Kind

 Ring Around The Posies

 Flowers Tall Flowers Small

 Meet Me In The Garden

 Summer Wool Sampler

Scatter Seeds Of Kindness

 A Weed Is A Flower

Sunshine and Flowers

This sale is my way of clearing out space for my fall and winter patterns appliques are almost done and will be posted soon!  I have lots of little pumpkin and Santa helpers now....and they are busy at work to get them done before the pumpkins turn orange! I love fall...but am so happy we have a few more weeks of summer to swim, camp, and play in the sun.  I hope you find a summer pattern that you would like to stitch before the leaves turn!

Happy Stitching....Abby
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Captive Queen

A couple of weeks ago I had some time off of work and wanted to find a good summer I could get lost in.  I love historical fiction and had several books that I was given for Christmas that were gathering dust on my shelf waiting for my to pick them up and crack their covers.

Captive Queen By Alison Weir

I decided to start the one I was least wanting to read which was Captive Queen by Alison Weir.  It is the story of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Queen of two countries and mother or three kings, a woman of great power, grace, forgiveness, and passion.  I loved this book...actually I love Alison Weir's writing.  After you read one of her books you feel like you have learned something while being transported back to another time.

Eleanor has inspired me to look at trials and unkindness, patience and forgiveness, grace and strength.  There are some racie parts which may bug a few people....but it made her human to me.  

As you know I love family history and have spent a few years researching different family lines and I have several lines traced back to the time period of Eleanor which got me curious to see if there were any of my ancestors in England or Normandy during this time. 

Dunham Massey

As it turned out one of my ancestors, Hamon De Mascey III was one of the Lords who supported the rebellion against King Henry II with Queen Eleanor, Duke Richard and the Young King Henry.  This was the rebellion which Queen Elanor was imprisoned by her husband for 16 years... Sir Hamon was fined and let go...but she spent a fourth of her life being held captive by her husband.

I was a fascinating find and a great summer read.  I will for sure be more patient and forgiving....more kind to those around me and more resolute in the things I believe in after reading her story.  

If you have a great summer read, please share....I am looking for a new one!

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God Bless America

We have had  fabulous fourth of of our favorite weekends here in Utah as there is so much to do and see.  We went to see balloons lift off...fireworks beyond galore...the grand parade...and our family BBQ!  I was searching for the best dessert I could make and created a Strawberry Lemonade Cake and made Oven Fried die for!

Strawberry Lemonade Cake

1 White Cake Mix 
1 Can Frozen Lemonade
1 Large Box Strawberry Jello
3 Egg Whites
Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Butter, Softened
4 Cups Powdered Sugar
1/4 teaspoon Lemon Extract
1 Large Tub of Cool-whip
Strawberry Preserves
Fresh Strawberries, Washed and Dried
Fresh Blueberries, Washed and Dried

Make cake batter according to directions substituting water for lemonade.  Make the lemonade with half the water to make it strong.  This will give your cake batter a wonderful lemon flavor.  Bake according to instructions on mix using two 8-9 inch rounds.  Make sure you spray the pan with plenty of non-stick spray and place a wax paper circle in the bottom before baking.

While the cake was baking prepare the jello with using hot water and not the cold.  The jello should be thick and strong as the lemonade was.  Once the cakes are done...poke holes in the cake using a fork....poke all over.  Pour the strawberry jello over the cake and chill in refrigerator for one to two hours.
Wash and slice the strawberries.  Wash the blueberries and pat dry.  

Make the frosting by whipping the butter, powdered sugar, lemon extract together...add a little milk to make a creamy frosting.  Fold in cool whip to make the frosting extra light.  

Place one of the cakes on a cake stand and spread a think layer of the lemon cream frosting across the top and layer with strawberry preserves.  Place top cake on the cream and preserves and frost the rest of the cake with the remaining lemon cream frosting.  After you are finished frosting in fridge to keep it cool. 

 Just before serving garnish with fresh strawberries and blueberries. We garnished ours with sparklers to make it extra festive for the Fourth of July.  It was so delicious.... the perfect dessert for picnic on a hot day!

The cold and delish!

I am sending along a free pattern for the month of July...God Bless America...Land That I Love.  If you are a follower of my blog send me an email at   with your email address and I will send you a digital pattern to make your own July angel!

God Bless America...Land That I Love

  American Beauties!

 Mikey pretty excited about the parade....

 Gracie gets her fist glimpse of Ariel!

 Camillie and Mikey

 Neal and Adam (and Ads asleep :)

Gracie so excited to see the princesses!

I loved seeing the parade through the children's eyes...the princesses and waves, the drums, and all the was so fun!  I hope you had a super fun weekend and send me an email to get a new pattern for the month of July and a really yummy dessert for your next picnic!

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