We enjoyed Jam Day. It's simple, and slightly old fashioned, but a nice look at family traditions, and how even a small family of two, can become a large, happy, boisterous group when joined together with grandparents, uncles, aunts, and cousins.
I was a little disappointed there wasn't a recipe for strawberry jam at the back of the book, or for "Granpap's world famous biscuits", made by the boy and his grandfather to serve with their jam in the story. If any story needs a go-along recipe, this is one.
Joan D'Amico offers a semi-child friendly recipe for strawberry freezer jam, with a simple explanation of pectin, and how it helps to transform fruit, and sugar into "delicious jams and jellies" in The Science Chef.
We opted for an even easier microwave recipe (click here for the recipe) again this year, skipping the pectin, and the stove top, and thanks to a lack of planning on my part...
...but the jam turned out fine even without the lemon juice, proving once again, when it comes to science - even kitchen science - research should always be followed, and verified by experimentation.
Since we didn't have any of "Granpap's world famous biscuits" to serve with our jam, I whipped up a batch of strawberry muffins (using the Best ever Muffin recipe from Allrecipes.com with a teaspoon of vanilla and a cup of sliced strawberries added in).
Then it was off to the library to pick up a few picture books, this time with recipes, before strawberry season passes us by. Now we're looking forward to some good reading, as well as a strawberry cake...
...and a couple of batches of strawberry shortcake.
It's great to be a homeschooler.
Linked with What My Child is Reading at Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns.