So I did not get the kids to rally around the bookshelves yesterday. Sometimes in life, things just don't go the way I plan...so I try not to plan...instead, I did something so HOMEMAKERISH, I surprised myself! I have been reading up on canning and preserving for a while now because I have been wanting to build up my pantry. I want it to feel like I'm in the grocery store, never to be discouraged to cook or bake something because I just don't have the ingredients on hand. There's been an empty spot by the jars of peanut butter, "We need jam!" My abhorrence to fruit set aside, I took a trip to the Ranchers Market, but a ton of "smelly" strawberries, and then begged my daughter to mash them up for me. (I can't even touch them...and to see them getting all squished and juicy made me woozy.) I mixed and cooked , but all the while wished I had a gas mask to wear...do I sound pathetic? I really am. But I had to illustrate the severe sacrifice I made for the fam.