I am in a mad dash currently. I am speaking at two writers conferences in the next two weeks, so I am up to my neck in preparing workshops, figuring out how to present them online, and learning all the bells and whistles of Zoom.
As. We. All. Are.
So I shall just get the “things” going.
~ One ~
First, let me apologize for repeating myself last week. I knew it was going to happen eventually. And it finally did.
One of last week’s Things was a repeat from an earlier week.
Now I am not going to point fingers –because I would have to point them at myself–but the Peach and Pepper Jam is just, well, The Jam. And I had to share it. Apparently twice. So to save you from my over enthusiasm for all things Peach and Pepper, I have come up with, ahem, a hopefully full proof method for avoiding repeats.
And if you do decide that I am not insane and that Peach and Pepper Jam might be, your, well, jam, here are my notes on the recipe:
Now you will see that this is not a canning recipe, but I tweak it just a bit to make it canning friendly and so can you–even if you haven’t canned all that much. Just up the cider vinegar to 2/3 cup, and then follow the hot water canning instructions on the sheet that comes with the pectin box for “Peach Jam.” Easy Peasy.
And see, I promised I wouldn’t repeat myself, and here I am, repeating myself.
~ Two ~
As we move indoors, (at least those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, thank you for the wonderful reminder from a reader in the Southern parts) I try to find a challenging craft project.
I found this Fall’s challenge by taking on a test knit of this Winden Cardigan for Laura Chau, one of my favorite knitting designers. And while a project might look really, really hard, remember, if you do it one step at a time, one stitch at a time, you will find your way to the finish and learn some things along the way.
Rather like writing a book, one word at a time.
Like that these very complicated looking cables are actually quite easy. What are you going to learn?
~ Three ~
Speaking of Fall, one of my favorite cozy foods is Popovers. Another thing that looks so tricky and yet is just easy peasy. And so good. I love them–you guessed it–with jam. Here is one of my favorite recipes for Popovers.
Photo Credit: King Arthur Baking
~ Four ~
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~ Five ~
Since I know a number of you also write or aspire to write or dream of writing, I thought this week I would share with you a link to a blog post I wrote some time ago, 21 Essential Books on Writing, which is a great place to find a number of books that I’ve loved through the years and I consider some of the best instruction out there.
See a theme here?
Writing, like life, is a craft. Never stop learning.
Have a great week. Learn something new. Then share it.