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  • Speaking of Silence | Hitchhiking to Heaven

    Speaking of Silence

    The silence spoke loudly of silence, and the rivers kept speaking, of rivers, of boulders and air.
    (Jane Hirshfield, “On The Fifth Day”)

  • Plum Strawberry Jam | Hitchhiking to Heaven
    Preserves, Sketch

    Plum Strawberry Jam

    I felt ready for flavors other than citrus and there were no fruit jams in the pantry. This is one of the times I’m happiest to have a storage freezer.

  • Citrus Smash Jam | Hitchhiking to Heaven

    Citrus Smash Jam

    In these moments of too much citrus fruit and too little time, the easiest, most satisfying thing I’ve learned to make is mixed, whole-fruit jam.

  • Low sugar peach jam made with Pomona's Pectin

    Low-Sugar Peach Jam

    For almost ten years, I’ve had my eye on a beautiful little peach tree that graces the front yard of a house down the street. July has always meant at least one…

  • What to do with blackberries you've picked

    What to Do With Blackberries

    The past couple years have been terrible for blackberry picking here. The drought hit California hard and the berries suffered badly. In the patch I love, they fried before they were even…

  • Morning glories on the back fence


    It’s one of those things that happens sometimes. You want something. You try for it and try for it, and you fail. You give up. (Or perhaps some less defeated word. You surrender. Let it go.) Then when you’re not looking, it moves into your house.

  • Wild Alaskan Blueberries for Blueberry Raspberry Jam With Pomona's Pectin
    Preserves, Travel

    Blueberry Raspberry Jam

    Now that I’ve (mostly) given up sugar, I make fewer preserves with it. By my count, I’ve made a sugared preserve just three times in the past year: fifty tiny jars of quince apple…

  • Apricot Apple Butter Honey Sweetened Sugar Free
    Preserves, Travel

    Apricot Apple Honey Butter

    Stewart and I are turning over a new leaf. (Leaves are so light you would think it would be easy to flip one, but it’s not always, is it?) He travels a ton…

  • Limequat Honey Syrup || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    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…