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    Preserves

    Nectarine Jam

    Over the years, I’ve read many lists of tips for bloggers. One tip that stuck with me is “Don’t apologize if you haven’t posted for a while.” I agree. It would feel…

  • Apricot Jam With Almond Extract
    Preserves

    Bee House Apricot Jam

    It’s been a long time since I posted here. So long that I forgot one of the main reasons I started this blog, which was to keep track of jam recipes when…

  • Grapefruit jam or marmalade sweetened with honey
    Preserves

    Grapefruit Honey Jam

    At this time of year, citrus is rolling all over the Internet. Lately, I’ve seen lemons, blood oranges, and lots of kumquats. I thought I’d better get my act together and write up this recipe…

  • Honey Sweetened Apricot Jam | Hitchhiking to Heaven
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    Honey-Sweetened Apricot Jam

    The other day I spent hours working on an apricot thing that turned out terribly. It happens to everyone with a recipe blog: You get what you think is a great idea…

  • Plum Fall | Hitchiking to Heaven
    Garden

    Prune Your Fruit Trees, People!

    A majestic Santa Rosa plum tree cracked and dropped a huge limb in my neighborhood last week, spilling so much unripe fruit over the fence and onto the ground. It was painful…

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    Birds

    Gem & Haiku: Love at Last?

    It’s been exactly a year since I rescued Gem, our fancy red pigeon, from the side of the road. His right wing was both punctured and fractured, most likely from a hawk…

  • Meyer Lemon Honey Mint Jam | Hitchhiking to Heaven
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    Meyer Lemon Jam with Mint and Honey

    My neighbor Joanne got three new hens: Cairo, Dubai, and Pauline. Joanne is getting ready to move and had sworn off new chickens, but when she saw these three babies getting trampled…

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    Garden

    How to Prune a Freeze-Damaged Citrus Tree

    I’m slowly getting better at gardening. Partly, it has to do with simplifying. Instead of trying to grow everything, I’ve been concentrating on what I love most. More than anything else, I…