Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Grape Jelly and a Book Review

I finally got around to picking some of the grapes.  I can't believe the birds didn't go with them?

For the recipe I use from the Certo Light Pectin requires 5lbs of grapes and two cups of water, which I boil for ten minutes.

I then strain the grapes, in my case I line a sieve with a paper coffee filter and drain it through that.

You need 6 1/2 cups of juice to 4 1/2 cups of sugar and a package of pectin.  That will make around 4 pints of jelly.
I had some at lunch time on scones and it was yummy.  Still have more grapes on the vine, but I think I may let the birdies have them, as we are not big fans of grape jelly.

"Wings of a Dream," by Anne Mateer

Rebekah Hendricks dreams of a life far beyond her family's farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promises adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he's the man she's meant to marry.

While she waits for the end of the Great War and Arthur's return, her mother's sister falls ill. Rebekah seizes the opportunity to travel to Texas to care for Aunt Adabelle, sure that her glamorous and exciting life is about to start.

But the Spanish flu epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt's sickness, Arthur's indecisiveness, and four children who have no one else to care for them, Rebekah discovers she must choose between her desire to escape the type of life she's always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.

Great book, with a leading character you can't help but love.  Rebekah is forced to grow up very fast when she has to look after four children.  Her desire for adventure in the big city is put on hold.  She has a couple of potential "beau's" in her life and you don't know until close to the end who will win her heart.

This is Anne's first book and a great on at that.  I will be reading any other books she decides to write.  Also loved the blouse the model was wearing in the cover photo!!

Stars out of 5: 4.5, I would like to know what happens next.  Great book to have in your library at home.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


Kaisievic said...

That grape jelly looks goooood! Wish I had some for my scones!
Thx for the book review, too - I will look out for it for my kindle.
Hugs, Kaye xoxox

Boyett-Brinkley said...

The jelly looks divine! The book looks good too, am going see if it available for my ereader. Have a beautiful day!

Jane and Chris said...

I wonder why the birds left them alone? I know the birds like them dried up and shrivelled on the vines, there is more sugar in them , and that is what they must like...a sugar rush!
Jane x

~Carla~ said...

The jelly looks so good!! You could make some for Christmas gifts to use up some of the rest?

DeniseinVA said...

Enjoyed the book review and your grape jelly looks fantastic.

Rose said...

The jelly looks tempting...always love the feeling I get when I have canned/accomplished something.

The book sounds good...will have to check my library.

Haddock said...

I will pick one bottle :-)

Carletta said...

Hi Gill,
I love grape jelly. We have a grape vine we inherited with this house but the grapes aren't very good. Yours look delicious.
Love that little fox below. I've only seen a couple in the wild in my life. While I'd love seeing one it might be scary having him around all the time.

I'm catching up with this week's comments and wanted to thank you for your visit.