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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Swap & Share: Two Pints for Pam | Family Economics

By Sandy


I wrote this post when it was still officially winter, and I had on my jeans, my warm socks and my pink dingle-berry apron from my friend, Anne. And as I was cleaning out my freezer and pulling out Ziploc® bags of frozen strawberries from last years’ crop, I knew I needed to get my jars sterilized and ready to make strawberry jam.


My friend, Pam, and her family were also asking for our usual “swap.” Every year we get a bumper crop of strawberries, from May to October, and I never let any go to waste. Into the freezer they go, if we don’t consume them first or use for fresh smoothies.

bag of strawberries

My son Garrett helped me out in the kitchen.

mixing ingredients

At times it got messy, but I tried to keep my mouth shut and just enjoy being with Garrett and not criticize him

filling jars

And in less than an hour we had beautiful jars on the counter, ready for the tantalizing flavor on toast or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

finished jars

And ready to swap jars with Pam and her family.

Pam's jars

She freezes raspberries and makes delicious raspberry jam in the winter and I make strawberry. We swap two pints for two pints. Oh, and a pint went next door to our neighbors!

Coughlin strawberries

Do you have a friend that you like to swap with? Jam, meals, babysitting, clothing, outdoor equipment – anything to save money, right?

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On Friday, April 9, 2010, Barbara from Madre Minutes wrote

Sandy, You make it sound so easy. I did this with butter, roasted garlic and fresh basil and gave little jars away for Christmas. I told people I had never done it before but they could use the butter on pasta, bread or add it to their veggies. Everyone called me to say it tasted great and it was a huge success. I was glad I had gone to the trouble to make a homemade Christmas basket that year. It was fun and got the entire family involved. Nice work! Barbara

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, Sandy from RE wrote

Thanks Ladies, this was a fun post to write. I love to hear everyone's ideas, too! Thanks for commenting here at SCJ!

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, Elisha from Georgia wrote

Our mommy group swaps around outgrown toys, clothes, etc. It is great to save money, help friends and feel good 'recycling.' Love your blog!

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, wrote

I"ll swap our homemade salsa for some jam! LOL! Love ya Sandy! Kim

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, Stacey at Poofing the Pillows wrote

Hi Sandy! When my kids were little we used to swap baby sitting with friends. We have neighbors that we call and say, "What do you have for dessert?" and they call us too. I know that sounds kind of funny but it's a bonding over dessert thing. :)

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, Tara in Kyiv, Ukraine wrote

We're always on the look out for a like-minded couple to swap babysitting with! Not only does it save money, it's wonderful to have a date night!

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, Cathe Holden wrote

This post has me salivating! Thanks for all your great ideas, as a cooking-challenged "homemaker", I appreciate all you offer on your blog! Can't wait to get my hands on your new book.

On Thursday, April 8, 2010, Amy from Girlfriends Get Real wrote

Yum! One thing that I really want to try to do this year is canning. I hope to garden with my dad and do it together with my girls. I remember doing it as a kid with my grandmother.


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