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Megans Cookin: Jam Exchange and Martha Mondays

Monday, August 17, 2009

Jam Exchange and Martha Mondays

You know I have the best intentions. I plan to get things done. I have oodles to bake, events to enter, Pictures to upload. E-mails to answer, Facebook to update and tweets to tweet. I'm a busy lady. But usually, life has a habit of getting in the way of my plans. School started and my teen entered high school. We had clothes shopping, and the supply list to get, and all the things that you have to get done so the world wont stop revolving.
Ahhh, the life of a teen.

And school starting means I go back to work.

That's why I'm late telling you about

1. The jam exchange

2. Martha Monday.

OK, OK, ... I'm getting to it!

First the jam!

I received my jam from Stephanie's Jam exchange and I was so delighted. I got it from Christie of the The Sandwich Hoss . She sent me 4 half pint jars of jam.

Two were Strawberry Plum and,
one was Blueberry Peach,

and one was...

Peach Jam with Orange and Ginger

You can see the first thought that came to mind.

Brie and jam!

Brie with Peach Jam with Orange and Ginger!


Thank you Christie! I'm going to have to make this stuff. (Here is another dose of that good intention stuff. But I'm gonna make it! Someday. (Sigh)) It would be a great gift. In a basket with a wheel of Brie and some crackers. I know I would love to receive a gift like that!

And now:

Martha Monday!

What is Martha Monday you ask?

Martha Mondays is a group of bloggers, Martha fans, home cooks, crafters, and people who want to cook or craft more, who have joined together to cook or craft the same Martha dish or project. That's it! Just Martha Loving people. This was the brainchild of
Brette from Martha and Me.
This weeks project was to make Old World Map Coaster. I wasn't particularly fond of the old world idea so I went with a fall pattern.

I thought they turned out cute but I still have a few more layers of modPodge to add. I love the inspirational words on them. They also aren't in all there glory because the light was not good. But you get the idea.

I also bought a big wooden K (for Kellie) and a big wooden M (for Megan) that I'm also going to Decoupage. I'll show you when they get done.

On another Martha Monday.

So... stay tuned, OK?

Instructions: You need paper maps (and if you don’t have any you could print some online, or use any other decorated or patterned paper you have), cutting mat, round cork coasters, craft knife, foam paintbrush and ModPodge.

Put the map on the cutting board, face down and cut it out by tracing the coasters with the knife. Brush the ModPodge on one side of the coaster and stick the map onto it. Smooth the map to get rid of bubbles. Put more ModPodge on top of the map and on the sides, brushing it to smooth it out. Let it dry.

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Blogger Coleens Recipes said...

I'd love to join in on the jam exchange, but hubby growls like crazy if I even hint that I want to share his beloved raspberry-red currant jam, sorry!

August 18, 2009 at 2:04 AM  
Blogger Adam said...

I thought that was cheesecake for a second and not brie... but then again, that would of been awesome too, right? :)

August 18, 2009 at 4:22 AM  
Blogger April said...

Your jam looks fantastic!!! Love the coasters too!

August 18, 2009 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Barbara Bakes said...

What a fun first Martha craft - cute! I probably could even have made this one.

August 18, 2009 at 7:11 AM  
Anonymous Nutmeg Nanny said...

You are so crafty and the jam looks super delicious!

August 18, 2009 at 7:35 AM  
Blogger Lyndas recipe box said...

The jam looks wonderful...homemade is so much better than the stuff from the store.

August 18, 2009 at 8:20 AM  
Blogger Mary Bergfeld said...

Your jam looks just delicious.

August 18, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Anonymous MarthaAndMe said...

Your coasters look really great - very elegant. The jam exchange looks amazing too!

August 18, 2009 at 9:07 AM  
Blogger Katrina said...

Lots of fun jam! Welcome back. Sorry you have to start school again. My boys started last week, and I am quite excited about it! ;)

August 18, 2009 at 11:43 AM  
Blogger Ingrid_3Bs said...

I need to learn to make jam so I can join in all the fun!

August 18, 2009 at 1:00 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

Alas, I am not a jam maker (though in my mind I would like to be!). The jam looks scrumptious!! Clever coasters!!

August 18, 2009 at 2:16 PM  
Blogger SpillingBuckets said...

Hey Megan,

I got your jam in the mail yesterday. :-D

It looks great. I am using the grill spices right now as a matter of fact. Just one question... does it contain dill as a seasoning? It looks looks like it might, and I can't really tell. (I ask because I am intolerant of it... and don't want to get sick...)

Can't wait to try the other items, especially the lemon, peach, basil jam. Thanks again!

August 18, 2009 at 3:18 PM  
Blogger Christie said...

Wow, you made my jam look so good! :) I'm so happy to have you as a partner in the exchange! I really want to make your lemony-peach-basil jam. I'm getting a case of peaches next week, so I'm definitely going to try it. And I totally understand the best intentions! I'm a teacher and just started back at work last week, so cooking/blogging/taking pictures has fallen by the wayside, unfortunately.

August 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brie with Peach Jam with Orange and Ginger sounds excellent! Love those coasters - very neat!

August 19, 2009 at 4:28 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Your jam looks great as do your coasters. I like that you went with an autumnal theme. I did a fishing theme for mine :)

August 19, 2009 at 5:24 AM  
Blogger Talita said...

Yummm... I love fruit jam! I like to spread on bread, cake...

August 19, 2009 at 8:53 AM  
Blogger tinyskillet said...

Your coasters turned out cute! I like the pattern you chose.

The jam exchange sounds so awesome! Too bad I've never made jam. The Brie with Peach Jam with Orange and Ginger sounds good. I love ginger. I wonder how rhubarb and ginger would taste?

August 19, 2009 at 4:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brie and jam is heaven!!!

August 20, 2009 at 10:03 AM  
Anonymous Olga said...

Those jams look so cute. What an interesting way to combine strawberries and plums!

August 24, 2009 at 7:15 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

Oh wow - jam + cheese DOES = heaven!!

August 24, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

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