During the past few weeks, my husband and I have canned dozens of strawberry, raspberry and blueberry jam. We really enjoy doing this together. I think Joe's main reason is because he loves to make BIG batches of things with BIG bowls and end up with BIG areas of the counter tops covered with LOTS of filled jars!
I like it because we work well together. We enjoy accomplishing things together as a team. (I'm sure Joe would like to refer to us as a well-oiled machine.)
I like thinking about my Grandma Sarah, and my Great Grandma Amanda - and how they did this same thing for years, to fill their pantries for their families. I like using the same mixing spoons that they once held in their own hands to stir their own batches of jam.
It makes me feel connected to my husband, and it makes me feel connected to the generations of women before me.
I'm going to create a scrapbook page this year, but it's not going to be about the whole process of jam making. It will have a couple of pictures - but my main focus will be telling the story of why I like to can. Why it holds a special place, close to my heart.