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  • Citrus Smash Jam | Hitchhiking to Heaven

    Citrus Smash Jam

    It’s not the first time I’ve had to do this. A few days before leaving town at the peak of citrus season and one or two of my trees are still laden…

  • pickled-figs-in-jars

    Pickled Black Mission Figs

    I started making fruit preserves about ten years ago when I lived in a little house in Berkeley with five different fruit trees in a postage-stamp yard — plum, lemon, apple, persimmon, and…

  • 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…

  • Vashon Island In The Fog || Hitchhiking to Heaven

    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

    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…