Before summer is gone and fresh garden tomatoes are unavailable, I wanted to make a batch of this unique Tomato Jam using a recipe from my husbands great-grandmother.
I shared this recipe a couple years ago but thought I'd post again because it is a good way to use summer ripe tomatoes and it is delightful to enjoy the bright taste during winters sometimes dreary days.
Great-Grandmom Gaskill raised six children and kept a garden to help fill the tummies of her large family. Canning summers bounty was just one way she provided wonderful meals on a stretched budget. We like to serve it with crackers and cheese and it makes a nice addition to a cheese board.
Click this link to go to my post with a printable recipe and how-to photos.
Drive to Long Beach Island State Park
Saturday was a beautiful day and our grandson, Jared, went with John and I to LBI. After eating a packed lunch at a picnic table, watching the boats in the bay and scaling the rocks (John and Jared), we walked to Barnegat Lighthouse.
I've walked up the 217 steps of Ol Barney before but that was prior to my hip surgery. After a little deliberation, I decided I was up to the challenge using my new hip. Of course, I held tightly to the hand rails and proceeded with great caution, stopping at different levels to rest briefly. Honestly, I used more arm strength than leg but I made it. I even splurged to purchase the one dollar certificate to prove my ascent.
We have taken other grandchildren to this lovely state park but this was Jared's first visit. The view from the top is quite exciting.
After descending the lighthouse, we drove to a public beach on the south end of the island. One of us was more excited to go onto the beach than the other two. Can you guess who?
My sweetheart and I
Hip replacement update:
Last week I had my 6-week post-op appointment with my surgeon. All restrictions are removed except bending too far with both arms to the side of the replacement and also running and jogging as the pounding of these activities are too harsh and will shorten the life of the prosthesis.
The doctor moved my leg in many positions and was very happy with the results. I was terrified that it would dislocate but he assured me all is good. A few more months and he said I will be great :)
I am still working on walking without limping but getting much better. And, I have a ways to go bending, squatting and other movements that I haven't done all of my adult years. I am retraining muscles that worked a certain way for a long time. I think it is called muscle memory. So, I would still appreciate your prayers for continued recovery.