Yellow Tomato and Basil Jam

These little (not cherry little) yellow gems were labeled as mortgage lifters. They are not. I love them, but it took me awhile to realize that they were not turning red because they were obviously mislabeled, and not that something was wrong with them.

I needed to use them, and so I searched until found this recipe from Mrs. Wages


4 lbs Sungold or other yellow tomatoes

3 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup lemon juice

zest of two lemons, divided

1/4 cup roughly chopped basil


Cut Sungold tomatoes in half, or, if using larger yellow tomatoes, chop them into smallish pieces.

Combine chopped tomatoes with sugar in a large, non-reactive pot and stir. Let sit for at least one hour, or until the tomatoes release their juice.

When ready to cook, prep canning pot and jars and place jam pot over high heat. Add lemon juice and bring to a boil.

Cook at a boil for 30-35, stirring frequently, until the tomatoes have softened and the syrup has gotten thick. Check set with plate test. Once you’re satisfied with the set, remove the pot from the heat and stir in half the lemon zest and chopped basil. Taste and add remaining lemon zest only if you feel the jam requires it.

Pour jam into prepared jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Wipe rims, and apply lids and rings. Process jars in a boiling water bath canner for 10 minutes.

When time is up, remove jars from pot and let them cool on a kitchen towel. When jars are cool enough to handle, remove rings and test seals. Place any unsealed jars in the refrigerator and use promptly. All sealed jars can be stored in a cool, dark place for up to 1 year.

Since my tomatoes weren’t cherry sized, we blanched, peeled, and cored them before chopping into smallish (about the size of a cherry tomato) pieces before cooking them down.

We only used the zest from one lemon, and it was delicious.

If you have any variety of yellow tomatoes and need ideas on how to use them, I recommend this jam!

Sunday Stealing

1. Has anyone ever made fun of your taste in music?

Yes, either it doesn’t fit who they think I am, or because my taste in music is all over the place.

2. Do you have pop-tarts in your house right now?

No. I love the S’mores and Brown Sugar Cinnamon ones though.

3. Does someone owe you over twenty dollars?


4. When was the last time you burned any part of your body?

Yesterday. I bumped my wrist on a hot pan while cooking dinner. It didn’t leave a mark thankfully because it happened fast.

5. What kind of booze did you last take shots of?

I couldn’t even tell you the last time I had a shot. It’s been a lot of years.

6. If you could see any musician live, front row, who would you choose?

That’s a tough one. I’m not a huge fan of concerts and crowds anymore. I also don’t think that I have an actual favorite band.

7. If I gave you ten dollars, what would you spend it on?

Craft supplies, most likely. I’ve been wanting to do some crafting lately.

8. Does / did either of your parents serve in the military?

My dad did.

9. Do you like sour candy?

Yes. Sour Patch kids were one of my favorite movie candies.

10. What do you do to stay awake when you’re tired?

Get up and move around, I guess. Normally I’d just go to bed.

11.Do you wear your shoes around the house?

Usually not, though I’m not anti shoes in house.

12. Is there ever a time that you enjoy cold showers?

When it’s really hot I’ll take a cool, not cold, one.

13. Are you good at filling silence in awkward situations?

Generally not.

14. Any TV shows you sit down weekly to watch?

I watch several shows but not on a schedule.

15. Are you one to sneak food into movie theaters?

I will bring a box of candy, yes.

Go check out more Sunday Stealing posts.

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

Okay. Recipe first, blabbering stories after. When I go to a blog looking for a recipe I don’t necessarily want to scroll forever to find it. So, here’s the recipe and if you want to stay for my random, yet related, rambling, then pull up a chair.

Pickled Cherry Tomatoes

(Modified to use cherry instead of grape tomatoes – From Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving)

2 quarts cherry tomatoes                                     1 tsp Ball Salt for Pickling & Preserving                                  1 cup white wine vinegar                                     1 cup white vinegar 5% acidity                         1 quart water                                                        4 cloves garlic                                                        4 sprigs fresh rosemary                                       Ball Pickle Crisp (optional)
PREP: Wash cherry tomatoes under cold water and drain. Peel garlic. Prick each tomato with a thin metal skewer to help prevent peels from bursting during processing. **I poked it straight through

COOK: Combine salt, vinegars, and water in large saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

FILL: Pack cherry tomatoes into hat jars leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Add 1 clove of garlic and 1 sprig of rosemary to pint jar. Add 1/8 tsp Pickle Crisp if desired. Ladle hot pickling liquid over cherry tomatoes leaving 1/2 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles, and wipe rim of jar. Place lid on jar and add a ring tightened to fingertip tight. Place jar on rack in boiling water canner, and repeat until all jars are filled.

PROCESS: lower the rack into simmering water. Water must be at least 1 inch over jar tops. Adjust heat to medium high, put the cover on the canner, and bring to a rolling boil. Process 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat and remove cover. Let jars cool for 5 minutes. Remove jars from canner and let them cook undisturbed for 12 hours. Check seals, label and store jars.
They’re just so pretty 😍


Hey Twinkle Toes

Let’s talk toes for a minute.

(Cool, nice first post, right?)

Some of my chickens have toenails that get completely out of control. Long and twisty like they’re about to make a witch’s brew. I finally decided enough was enough and enlisted the help of my husband, who is currently mostly confined to the recliner while recovering from knee surgery. I handed him the clippers, the bottle of clotting powder, a washcloth in case someone had super dirty nails, and covered his lap in a towel. The towel was not only to keep the trimmed nail pieces in place, but also because chickens, being chickens, poop everywhere.

Safety trimmers for dogs work great!

I went and grabbed the first lucky lady to get a pedicure, brought her in and sat on the arm of the chair. They all participated fairly well, and they look much better now!

Look at those crazy curly witch nails!
JuJu breaks most of her nails off, so she only needed one or two trimmed.
Snuggles and treats as a reward!