• Limequat Honey Syrup || Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Preserves

    Limequat Honey Syrup

    I made a sunny limequat syrup during a wild storm. A branches breaking, fences falling down, water blowing sideways kind of storm. I took the limequats off the tree when I heard the weather was…

  • Vashon Island In The Fog || Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Travel

    On Vashon

    Friday I was on a flight from Oakland to Seattle, tucked into a middle seat between strangers. On my left was a young woman moving to the Pacific Northwest to stay; this…

  • Learn to Prune a Fruit Tree
    Garden

    Grow a Little Fruit Tree

    I’ve been looking forward to the publication of Grow a Little Fruit Tree for a year and a half, ever since I took a pruning class with its author, Ann Ralph. When I signed up…

  • Meyer Lemon Marmalade || Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Preserves

    Meyer Lemon Marmalade

    If my friends know me for any one preserve, this is it. For a long time, this recipe for Meyer Lemon Marmalade was available only in an eBook I published in 2011. Sometime last…

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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
    Preserves

    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…