Summer Canning 101: Mixed Berry Jam.

We are well into late Summer, the garden is in full bloom and I'm looking ahead to my summer pantry and how I am going to stock it up this year. One of the things I love to celebrate here on heirloomed are the simple crafts of yesterday and keep them around for another generation.

Canning + food preservation is one of those arts, especially here in the South. Today I'm teaming up with my friends at Ball Canning for a little “Canning 101” to show you how incredibly easy and fun it is to can yourself and capture all the flavors of summer in a little jar. 

Ball Mason Jars Canning

If you’ve never tried canning before, not to worry. I’m walking you through all the essential tools you’ll need and a step-by-step recipe for a Mixed Berry Jam that is so delicious and I know you’ll just love (it goes perfectly on a hot Buttermilk Biscuit, too!) I was pretty intimidated before I tried canning for the first time but once I read more about it and tried it for the first time I was hooked.

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Mixed Berry Jam Recipe

MIXED BERRY JAM

Makes approximately 6 (8oz) half pint jars

INGREDIENTS:

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Prepare boiling water canner. Heat jars in simmering water until ready for use. Do not boil. Wash lids in warm soapy water and set bands aside.

2. Combine berries in an 8-quart saucepan. Gradually stir in pectin. Bring mixture to a full rolling boil that cannot be stirred down, over high heat, stirring constantly.

3. Add entire measure of sugar, stirring to dissolve. Return mixture to a full rolling boil. Boilhard 1 minute, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Skim foam, if necessary.

4. Ladle hot jam into a hot jar leaving ¼ inch headspace. Remove air bubbles. Wipe jar rim.Center lid on jar and apply band, adjust to fingertip tight. Place jar in boiling water canner. Repeat until all jars are filled.

5. Process jars 10 minutes, adjusting for altitude. Turn off heat, remove lid, let jars stand 5 minutes. Remove jars and cool 12-24 hours. Check lids for seal, they should not flex when center is pressed.

Mixed berry Jam instructions
 PRO TIP : Use a potato masher for a finer smash!

PRO TIP : Use a potato masher for a finer smash!

Mixed berry jam ingredients
DIY mixed berry jam
 PRO TIP : Save yourself a little mess by filling on a dish cloth or cutting board

PRO TIP : Save yourself a little mess by filling on a dish cloth or cutting board

 PRO TIP : Pay special attention to the instruction's required headspace measurement, this recipe calls for 1/4".

PRO TIP : Pay special attention to the instruction's required headspace measurement, this recipe calls for 1/4".

It really is so fun and easy to can in your own home. If you have any questions, you can always reference the “Canning 101” section on the Ball® website, it will show you a great step-by-step. Just make sure you keep everything sanitized to minimize any chance of compromising and not properly storing your filled jars.

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Mixed berry jam

I like to keep my fruit rather chunky because I prefer more of the jam texture but you can always finely mash and strain your berries for more of a jelly-like texture as well. And, Ball® even has these really cute jar labels over on their site that you can download and print on labels to decorate and customize your own jars.

I’d love to know if you’ve ever canned before or if you’re giving it a try for the first time by sharing with us at #heirloomed and #jamwithball #yesyoucan. And in case you love it as much as I do, pop over here for even more recipes you can try or if you’d rather a hardcopy (like me) Ball® has a great Canning Book.


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Farmhouse Garden : Plan + Prep.

In the second post of my six-part series for The Home Depot, I’m sharing all you need to know to plan and prepare for your own Farmhouse Garden

A garden of any shape or size takes a lot of work, not just at the beginning (but especially at the beginning …) but all the way through the harvest. But proper planning and preparing your space will give your garden the greatest chance for success in being your best garden yet.

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Pop over to The Home Depot blog today to read all my tips, and if you missed the first part in the series, you can click here to read about my inspiration for our Farmhouse Garden too.


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heirloomed Travel : Waco, TX

Today I'm headed a bit further West than my Southern travels tend to take me to a town we've all grown to know and love - Waco, Texas.

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I had the chance to head out to Texas and jumped at the opportunity to spend a quick trip exploring all this sweet town and a few little stop-sign towns surrounding it. Nestled perfectly in the middle of the major cities of Dallas + Austin, I'd say Waco has in the past been known mostly for Baylor University but most recently has been put on the map as a top destination thanks to the sweet couple that is helping to revitalize the city, Chip + Joanna Gaines. So you know the whole Magnolia tour was on the top of my list during my visit.

LANDMARKS :

A few beautiful, notable + historic landmarks you'll want to be sure to visit during your trip to Waco :

  • McLennan County Courthouse - isn't it just so gorgeous and grande? Located right near the downtown strip, the building is ornate inside and out with beautiful marble and stained glass. It was built in 1901.
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  • ALICO Building - nearly every time I searched Waco when pre-planning my trip a shot of this building popped up. It was built in 1911 and is the tallest building in Waco. Used currently as an office building, the architecture and sign have such a great Art Deco-like look to me. You can get a great shot from the parking lot in front of the Courthouse too.
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  • Downtown Waco - of course all my travel guides instruct you to visit the downtown strip or square, this one is no exception. The old brick building lined street has quite a few little shops, restaurants, businesses and historic theatre with the sound of whippoorwills singing to you as you stroll down the streets.
  • The Hippodrome Theatre - opening in 1914, this sweet historic theatre is located right on the strip in downtown Waco and is complete with an old-school flashing marquee sign full of lights. It has had a storied past of renovations and ups and downs but is now entertaining the town with everything from new release movies to classic performances.
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  • Waco Mural - you know I love a good #instagramshot in a small town coupled with classic hand-painted signage so this city mural is one stop you can't miss. It's right on the corner of 5th Avenue and Franklin so be sure to head over to snap your photo and toss in a #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL hashtag while you're at it.
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  • Riverwalk + Suspension Bridge - this landmark has long been on the map for Waco as the bridge was originally constructed in 1870. This is a pretty little area to take a break outside with the kids, have a picnic and grab a few photos.
  • Dr. Pepper Museum - as an Atlantan I'm a Coke lover but this building is oh-so-charming and I bet the classic soda experience of the museum is just as sweet. Right down from the Silos too.
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MAGNOLIA-RELATED :

OK, I know this is probably the reason you're even here in the first place so here's all the good stuff you should do if you're wanting to explore all things Magnolia during your time in Waco.

All I can say as a fangirl of Fixer Upper and a branding lover is that every little detail in regards to Magnolia is flawlessly executed in a way that it just as you'd imagine it to be. I can only imagine that Joanna has had a hand in each and every beautiful detail because it just screams her aesthetic at every turn. Loved it all.

  • Magnolia Table - of course what I love most about the beautiful new restaurant is that it is located inside the old Elite Cafe, a Waco institution. I love the idea of bringing back anything old to a new life and they have done this oh-so-beautifully. Giving homage to the roots of this building, the menu is filled with some of Joanna's best recipes (I also grabbed another copy of her book!) but Heidi and I couldn't resist the Avocado Toast, a hot cup of coffee and of course a pile of biscuits with strawberry butter. I mean. The restaurant is not located right there near the Silo District so plan accordingly, it's a quick Uber ride away.

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  •  Magnolia Market - located right in the Silos District the shop is big and beautiful and brimming with so many great finds. Gifts, home decor, kitchen and lots more. The market baskets are fantastic and it's the place to go if you're looking for a Waco-inspired shirt that you may have seen on the show, along with many other things they use to style the properties they renovate and design. 
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shopping magnolia market in Waco Texas / heirloomed
  • Silos Baking Co - another sweet treat, the Bakery is just a tiny old building right beneath the two towering grain silos in town and had a line literally out the door and around the corner in the morning hours. Everyone is so sweet and helpful and they hand you a little menu checklist so you can be ready to order once you make it to the counter. We may or may not have sampled quite a variety of the cupcakes - all delicious if you ask me!
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silos baking co at magnolia / Waco TX travel guide / heirloomed
  • Magnolia Seed + Supply one of my favorite things to see (unexpectedly so) was this just adorable little garden store in the Silos District. It was brimming with all things any garden lover would love and the grounds surrounding it were filled with so many beds of fresh blooms, but I especially loved the Zinnias. Gardens have my heart and I couldn't resist snagging a "Plant Lady" shirt of my very own. 

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  • Silos Lawn - connecting most of the above is the great lawn here in the district where so many folks gathered to take photos, enjoy a meal and just relax or play yard games. There are a bunch of (super cute) food trucks, perfect for grabbing lunch and a little water spigot to fill up your water bottles too.

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  • Harp Design Co - the shop to visit where you can support woodworker Clint Harp and his wife that are a go-to resource on the show. The shop is in an area of beautiful old homes and a few antique stores too.
  • Tours - there are a number of tours of Waco you can go on, including some where you can see some of the homes that were featured on Fixer Upper. I didn't partake but you'll see what options you have when you're there on site.

DINING :

  • Lula Janes - sweet and cozy and pet-friendly too. Complete with their own garden, pretty much any place that categories their menu with "Breakfast" and "Sweets" is a win in my book.
  • Heritage Creamery - I'm an ice cream lover and this seems to be a must-visit stop in Waco, especially if the kids are joining you on this journey. Perfect place to stop and have a sweet treat on a hot Texas afternoon.
  • Common Grounds - this local coffee shop is just too cute with 'WACO' letters on the outside of the little coffeehouse. The owners even had their home renovated on one of the episodes of Fixer Upper. Great place to get your caffeine fix in the AM.
  • Magnolia Table - of course, a must visit. Go early to avoid lines (and you know I love breakfast) and you can spend any time waiting perusing the little Market shop there at the restaurant. 
  • Health Camp - I spotted this one right next door to Magnolia Table and it's so visually interesting and full of juxtaposition (ie: burgers + ice cream are not what I'd call health food) and I just absolutely love how retro it is.
  • Silos District Food Trucks - aforementioned, it's a great place to catch lunch while visiting the Magnolia sites.  
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ANTIQUES + SHOPPING :

While I did mention the was a quick work trip, I didn't get a bunch of leisurely time to peruse the area for antiques. And I was there on a Sunday/Monday, days in which most great antique shops tend to be closed. But if you love them as much as I do, here's a list for you!

  • Show + Tell Antiques - oh my gracious I am so sad this one was closed during my trip. It kind of reminds me from the exterior of an Addams Family home (but in a good way) and is situated near the Harp Design Co shop and around a few streets of beautiful old homes. I am totally going back, let know how it is!
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  • Savage Finds - stumble upon this little gem right behind the Silos across the train tracks (a very short walk) and loved the Texas vibe. It has some architectural pieces and odds and ends but perfect to stop in and take home a Waco treasure.
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  • Junque in the Trunk - another I wasn't able to make it to but was on my list to visit after some research
  • Roundtop Antiques - OK, not in Waco BUT if you're a vintage lover and planning a future trip and can be flexible Roundtop is close enough to Waco that I'd totally recommend planning your trip around the show which happens twice a year. Otherwise, a drive out there is sure to score you some finds.
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HISTORIC HOMES :

Here are a few gems from Waco that I thought you may enjoy!

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Be sure to also check out my Travel Guide to a few small towns nearby that we hit along the way - McGregor and Lorena, Texas (CLICK HERE).

Hope this has been helpful and I'd love to hear if you've visited Waco and enjoyed it as much as I did. #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL


 

WACO GIVEAWAY

I shopped some fabulous local goods while I visited Waco and you can enter below to win the complete package of items I brought back home with me and sign up for our e-newsletter, including :

  • Magnolia Table coffee mug
  • Magnolia Table cookbook by Joanna Gaines
  • Magnolia Table apron
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heirloomed Travel : McGregor and Lorena, TX

I got the chance to travel out to Waco, Texas and like any of my travels I like to take some time to explore the historic areas around that others may not otherwise notice. It's kind of that nostalgia of a road trip that gets me every time. You know I love visiting and supporting these little town squares and these two are no exception.

Sometimes when there isn't too much going on in a little town it can feel completely abandoned at times and it forces you to explore beyond the main strip you'd normally get sucked into and that was certainly the case in McGregor + Lorena, Texas.

I created a little Small Town Checklist that you can download and print for your next trip - CLICK HERE

 

McGregor, Texas

The town of McGregor was on our roadmap because the Magnolia Inn is located here so I thought it would be fun to check out having watched that episode of Fixer Upper. It's about a 30 minute ride from Waco with not much between except fields and rows of corn, a pleasant drive.

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There was an old theatre that was since abandoned right in the downtown strip, along with a few businesses, shops, a library and a restaurant or two in town. The population of the town sits right around 5,000.

Downtown McGregor Texas / small town travel / heirloomed
downtown McGregor Texas / heirloomed travel
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We wandered beyond the main drag to find a darling little train station that seemed fitting for a movie, the Magnolia Inn we can searching for, and quite a few beautiful historic homes too. McGregor is also home to a SpaceX facility which we didn't venture to but I'm always interested in what Elon has going on.

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And, of course I spotted a few historic homes that I couldn't resist.

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historic home / McGregor texas / fixer upper / heirloomed travel

Lorena, Texas

We happened upon Lorena taking the backroads from our trip to McGregor back to Waco. We had struck out on a few of the towns along the way that never amounted to anything really (I like to take the long way around ...) but this one was just too cute to ignore.

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We got sucked in first by a few historic homes on the way into town from the highway, each felt very farmhouse and unique in it's own way. We then stumbled upon Lorena United Methodist Church that seemed the perfect place for a sweet movie-like wedding ceremony.

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charming rustic white church / Lorena texas / heirloomed travel
Lorena texas church / heirloomed travel

The downtown in Lorena (isn't there a country song about it? I can't put my finger on it ...) was very tiny in comparison to McGregor but seemed to be more filled with two really cute shops and a restaurant or two. The railroad again sat on the edge of town with the water tower rising above it in the background. A vintage truck drove by while we stopped to check out the downtown and it just seemed perfectly fitting.

downtown Lorena texas / heirloomed travel guide

Hope you'll add these to your travels if you're road-tripping it through Texas between Dallas and Austin. Love to know what small towns you love to explore! #HEIRLOOMEDTRAVEL


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Creating a Farmhouse Garden.

If you've been over on our Instagram at all lately you *may* have noticed that we planted an amazing garden this season.  I am so thrilled to have teamed up with my Atlanta friends over at The Home Depot for a six-part garden series and today they're launching the first segment over on their blog (here).

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Like most other areas in my life, I love for my garden to be beautiful, effortless + utilitarian too. I'm calling my approach to this kind of garden a "Farmhouse Garden" because the herbs, vegetables and fruits take you easily from garden to recipe and into the home for entertaining with fresh elements like garden bouquets you can do yourself, right from the yard.

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Pop over to The Home Depot Blog to get the scoop on how to Create a Farmhouse Garden of your very own - CLICK HERE.


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