Monday, June 27, 2011

Confession: I never opened your gift

It was 17 years ago. I was a new blushing bride. And i did the unthinkable: I lied on a thank you note for a wedding gift.

Someone gave us a gift. I sent them a note thanking them for it. I told them I couldn't wait to use it. It was a lie. I didn't even know what to do with the gift. And so it sat, unopened (tho unwrapped) in the extra bedroom in our first apartment.

My mind was more focused on trying to figure out what to do with the three crockpots, two trifle dishes and three cake dishes that turned into punch bowls. Returned what we could. Regifted the rest to other friends who got married around the same time. My only regret is not keeping a trifle dish for myself.

We moved around several times those first few years of marriage and so that unopened gift in the big brown box was packed up and moved. It moved from Utah to Oregon. Oregon to Washington. Washington back to Oregon. And finally from Oregon to Alabama.

Seventeen years. Unopened.

Every time I looked at that box, it mocked me.

Ha! You're chicken! You're not a good Mormon if you don't know how to use me!

Seventeen years. I have lived this lie that I couldn't wait to use...a Hot Water Bath Canning Pot.

If you've ever seen one of these, you know that it's not a small thing. And it's not something one would normally keep in storage for years, moving states FIVE times. What is even less believable is the fact that the Canning Pot made it on our cross country move when my beloved dehydrator didn't! Why the Canning Pot made it on the truck, I will never know.

I'm at a point in my life where I am trying to conquer my fears and embrace being who I am. And I'll be darned if I let a stupid pot get the better of me. Plus, I got some freebies in the mail that required me to learn to can and do it with some friends.

I dragged out the pot, got some mason jars off freecycle, bought ugly (discounted) fruit at the farmers market (if this was going to be an epic fail, I was not going to be spending big bucks on it!), and decided to give it a whirl.

I'm totally kicking myself now. Canning is not scary. Ridiculously easy, as a matter of fact. So far I've made Pickled Green Beans, peach jam, strawberry jam, berry marmalade and salsa. I plan on doing as much canning as possible over the next few weeks. D has asked that I refrain from going overboard on this (as if I'd EVER go overboard on anything?) but he has his reasons...and I really hope to be able to share those reasons soon.

Leelee has asked that I teach her how to can, with plans to enter the youth canning exhibit at the fair in October.

Be sure to check out the blog later in the week for a canning related give away :) I gotta share the love!


  1. Hahahahaha! Good luck on the canning school project!

  2. I'm impressed it made the move that many times! I'm co-hosting Canning Week on my blog and invite you to come by and link up your recipe! We're having a recipe contest and canning related giveaways all week. I hope you stop by!
    Jen @ Mess Hall to Bistro


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