• July 2005
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Visit to the pet store

Today the kids & I went to our favorite pet supply store to buy food & a new toy for Dobby. While there, we looked around at the birds. We saw a 9 year old African Gray. He was so pretty & could say lots of words. At first, we had our backs to him & heard a voice say, “Well.” When we turned around & were looking to see which bird said it, he said, “WHAT?” very loudly. It was hilarious. Then he said, “Brotha,” and “Okay.” He sang a few tunes, actually sang the notes like da da da da.. or tweet.. instead of whistling.

I’d have loved to have brought him home to be Dobby’s new brother.. but one bird in a huge cage is enough.

The Gig

The Gig

Today, I made jelly

for the first time. I made jalapeno jelly with red & green peppers. A lady at work makes jalapeno jelly & brings it to have as a snack sometimes with cream cheese & crackers. It’s quite addictive.

I’ve been thinking of making gift baskets for the holiday season for family & friends and thought jalapeno jelly would be a nice addition. If this batch turns out, I’ll have to make more soon before all the summer canning supplies are hard to find.

The process was pretty easy, albiet very smelly. Apple cider vinegar mixed with peppers & sugar creates a VERY strong odor. Chopping jalapeno peppers with rubber kitchen gloves on is time consuming. The bell peppers were much easier since I didn’t have to use gloves for that part. I was surprised that so few ingredients were needed. Only sugar, pectin, peppers and apple cider vinegar. The entire process from chopping to finish took about 2 hours. I wound up with eight pint sized jars. They’re lined up in my window sill. I feel like such a happy homemaker. LOL