In the Kitchen


I am not ashamed to admit that a portion of my day is spent in an imaginary world. This faux universe would put my Pinterest realm to shame… Since I started writing professionally, I have let the eccentric writer in me not only surface but take rise in the form of a robust imagination. You see, I daily sip tea at a café in France (aka my kitchen table) and feel quite young again with an innocent slip into a 3 inch heel.

In my imaginary world I am also an avid canner and was delighted to see in the Ace circular this week a lovely woman surrounded by the canning supplies she just purchased from her local hardware and home store. What can we suppose, dear readers, that this young domestic woman is thinking as she twists the lids on her new Ball jars?


I would venture to think Mrs. Canning is very satisfied with herself and wondering who on earth is going to eat all those vegetables! If that was my kitchen there would be tomato seeds on the ceiling and I would look like a sweaty beast in a soiled Anthropologie apron. After “investing” in the Ball jars and convincing myself that they would save our family money, the glass jars would transform in a mere 3 months from functional into a DIY project like this one from my friend Danielle over at Finding Silver Pennies:


While I do not see myself becoming a seasoned canner in the near future, I did find some helpful tips on the Ball website like the Freezer-Life Storage Guide and the “I Do” Ball Pinterest Page.

“Canning is a whole world of a thing to do. It requires that you get out of your head. It’s a Zen thing. You cannot be wondering about your inadequacies and how they drove Bob off and be making jelly. You’ll wind up with big, cylindrical jujubes.”
― Debby Bull, Blue Jelly: Love Lost and the Lessons of Canning

Image credit, Ball (featured image, canning supplies and veggies) & Finding Silver Pennies (painted Ball jars)

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