|My first dinner! Caribbean Chicken|
|Notice the surgical gloves?|
However, I could not decide what to make next. I was the proverbial stand-still. Then came the dilemma of my life. (Not my WHOLE LIFE, just of that moment. But sometimes, those moments feel like lifetimes!)
My grandma makes homemade jelly. It is delicious! I crave, I mean crave her blueberry-rhubarb jelly so much that just typing those words right now made my mouth water. There is nothing better in my world that this jelly with peanut butter, butter, or just bread. Even just on a spoon, really. It's that good.
Recently, my parents' stockpiles dried up. They ran out of said jelly. I was devastated.
Off to the grocery I went. (How did I know I wouldn't find it there?) I have never bought a jar of jelly in my life, I didn't even know where the jelly was! I had to wander up and down isles. Once I found it, I stood in front of the mass jelly jar collection for at least ten minutes. (I probably looked a bit foolish.) I didn't know what to do, which one to pick, what the brand differences were. I examined prices, to see if maybe there would be an obvious difference, surely leading me to the best jelly available. No help.
I left with no jelly.
I went to the health food store, hoping for something, anything, that would resemble homemade.
|Jelly! From MY kitchen!|
On a whim, as I do many things, I decided I would make jelly. With one successful meal under my belt, why couldn't I make jelly? I bought rhubarb and blueberries at the farmer's market and got a big stew pot, sugar, sure-jell, and jelly jars.
Suddenly, I have the vision of enterprise in my head. I will sell my amazing jelly! I will market it and be as famous as Smuckers (the brand I saw the most of in the store)! I shall call it Blissful Jam and it will be an instant hit. I designed a logo and a sticker on the computer and printed them out on stickers to put on the jars of my amazing jelly. Meanwhile, I hadn't even started making it yet...)
I made it. It was good.
Little runny, but good.
|Jessica's son getting the mailed jelly.|
Also, I have made a roast, some homemade soup, a chicken rub, and a chicken-spinach thing. Also, I am learning to make small things, like bbq chicken. Cooking nutritionally is fun and a learning process.