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Post by fluffnstuff on Wed Apr 16, 2014 3:17 pm

Little Girl debated to give Bitsy another bite of bread. Grandfather immediately realized what Little Girl was debating about. He gave Bitsy a small bite of bread and told her that's all the bread she would get that time.
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Post by fiffur on Sat Apr 26, 2014 1:02 pm

Bitsy mewed for more bread but Little Girl was firm about not giving her anymore. "You don't want to upset your tummy eating too much of this all at once do you, you're not used to eating it." Grandfather wasn't too surprised but Mom seemed to be at Little Girls' line of thinking. Bitsy purred loudly. Grandfather decided to slightly change the subject. "What will you girls be cooking next?" Before Mom could answer Little Girl piped up "I want to learn how to make jam!"
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Post by fluffnstuff on Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:14 pm

Mom was stumped at that response. "I haven't done that in years. I don't have all the supplies for it either." said Mom. "I can look at the school library to see if there are any books on how to make jam." said Little Girl. Grandfather thought that might be a good idea if Little Girl is going to learn how to make anything from scratch.
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Post by fiffur on Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:54 pm

Then Grandfather realized that it was nearly berry picking season. "The woods will be full of berries soon, but picking them will be a lot of work." Before anyone could say another word Little Girl said she'd love to go picking berries with Grandfather in the woods. He decided that would be a good time to also tell Little Girl stories of how he used to pick berries with his mom and his brothers and sisters every summer, then they'd all help....mostly by sampling the jam while it cooked.
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Post by fluffnstuff on Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:25 pm

Grandfather indicated that he can teach Little Girl when the berries are ripe enough to pick. Mom decided to make a list of what would be needed to make jam.
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Post by fiffur on Tue May 06, 2014 12:15 pm

Little Girl could hardly wait to go picking berries. So she asked if they could buy a small batch at the store to make their first batch of jam. Mom said she wasn't sure, they'd be pretty expensive yet but they could go look in the marked-down section of the produce department. "Who knows what we'll find in there?"
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Post by fluffnstuff on Thu May 08, 2014 9:15 am

When it came to do grocery shopping, Grandfather decided to let Little Girl be part of picking few things out. Mom gave a dirty look. Grandfather quietly told Mom that if Little Girl picks out few food items, then she would be motivated enough to make something with what she picked out.
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Post by fiffur on Tue May 13, 2014 12:23 pm

He also pointed out she'd be more willing to eat something if she helped cook it....a good way to get her to try new foods. Grandfather reminded her of her own childhood, when she and her siblings were expected to help with everything from shopping to housework, laundry and gardening. Those life lessons were serving her well now in her adulthood. If Little Girl didn't try, how would she learn?
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Post by fluffnstuff on Thu May 15, 2014 1:28 pm

Mom reminded Grandfather that she was the youngest and she had to learn most things by herself. Grandfather then reminded her that she did have some guidance on how to do the basics of some chores.
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Post by fiffur on Tue May 20, 2014 11:53 am

"Your mom and grandmother taught you a lot too, remember? And I know your sister at least tried to." he asked her. "You were quite young but you learned fast."
Mom thought about it a bit. "Maybe I don't remember them teaching me since I was so little?"
"Most likely, but they did teach you." Grandfather replied.
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Post by fluffnstuff on Tue May 20, 2014 4:26 pm

Little Girl looked confused and Grandfather let her know that he can explain later. Little Girl changed the subject by asking, "Have you got everything for the jam yet?" "No, I need to get some jars." Mom answered. Little Girl asked about what was wrong with the jars in the pantry.
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Post by fiffur on Sat May 24, 2014 12:13 pm

Mom had to explain that those jars would only seal once and they had to get the old fashioned reusable kind with the metal bands and lids. Little Girl looked puzzled until she finally took one off the highest shelf and showed her: it was a jar her own grandmother, Little Girls' great-grandmother, had given her long ago. It was very old, a faded blue color, with a few tiny chips on the rim. The jar was from the last batch of preserves her grandmother had ever made. She'd died soon after making them and Mom had saved the jar as a reminder of her.
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Post by fluffnstuff on Sat May 24, 2014 7:02 pm

Little Girl started to wonder out loud about where to get more jars. Mom let Little Girl that there are places nearby to get more jars. Grandfather asked Little Girl about looking for books in the school's library. Little Girl said that she could look next time she was at school.
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Post by fiffur on Sat May 31, 2014 12:52 pm

The next day Little Girl came home with and armload of book from the school library. "Look at all the books I found on jam making and canning. Why do they call it canning when everything is going into a jar?" she asked Mom.
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Post by fluffnstuff on Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:33 pm

This stumped Mom. She admitted she never stopped to put much thought into it, so she was clueless. They started to go through the books and found the answer to Little Girl's question. Mom was surprised to find out how much canning had changed since the last time she did it.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Jun 10, 2014 12:36 pm

They decided they couldn't afford a pressure canner, but would do it the old-fashioned way with the big stockpot they already had, tongs, jars, lids, and boiling water. "Just like great-grandma used to do it." Mom said. Grandfather said with a grin that he'd be glad to be the official taste tester, just like when he was a boy.
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Post by fluffnstuff on Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:12 am

Little Girl thought doing it the old way was too time consuming. Grandpa did acknowledge that the way some things were done now are much easier and less time consuming that when he was a kid. Mom had to agree with Grandpa. Mom even acknowledged that doing canning the old is time consuming.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Jun 13, 2014 12:53 pm

"But didn't you once say that anything worth doing was worth the time it took to do it?" Little Girl asked them. Mom and Grandfather had to both nod their heads yes. Then Mom admitted sometimes if you wanted something to turn out well you had to take your time and not hurry through it. Grandfather added that by taking your time you made sure you did it right the first time and didn't have to waste more time doing it over.
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Post by fluffnstuff on Tue Jun 17, 2014 7:22 pm

Grandfather admitted that he makes the effort in his workshop to combine steps when it's justifiable to make some projects easier. Little Girl looked baffled. Grandfather explained that some steps can be completed easier or take less time when he can do like steps as a group. When he takes measurements for a specific job, he does all the measurements at one time. Then he can do all the cutting at one time. This started to make little more sense to Little Girl.
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Post by fiffur on Tue Jul 01, 2014 12:34 pm

It really started to make sense when Mom reminded her she did basically the same thing when she was sewing new clothes. Laying out all the pattern pieces, cutting them all at once, and assembly-line sewing the pieces together on the old sewing machine. "Imagine how long it would take if I had to do all that by hand!" she remarked. They all agreed to try making some jam that Saturday so they'd have enough time to devote to it without being interrupted.
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Post by fluffnstuff on Sat Jul 05, 2014 5:21 pm

Little Girl wanted to do more research on making jam. Mom started to protest when Grandfather stopped her. Grandfather wanted to Little Girl to do more research if she wanted to. Grandfather told stories of how he learned how to do new things when he was a kid. It always involved asking questions, examine someone's work, having someone to demonstrate, doing it himself etc. That was his version of research. Now with books and using the computer, Little Girl has more resources and she should be allowed to do research something that interests her.
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Post by fiffur on Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:49 pm

Little Girl found an interesting recipe she wanted to try. Pickling cucumbers. Grandfather reminisced about the wonderful pickled vegetables they used to have when he was a kid. So after a quick trip to the farmers market downtown they came back with cauliflower, cucumbers, onions, and red peppers to can as well as fresh dill. Mom looked at all the stuff they brought and asked what the cauliflower was for. Grandfather reminded her pickles could be more than just cucumbers...and pickled cauliflower, red pepper, and onions were a wonderful combination. Didn't she remember seeing just such a combination in jars at the store?
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Post by fluffnstuff on Thu Sep 25, 2014 9:34 am

Grandfather told about his mom pickling almost everything from the garden they had. As it turned out, she had such an imagination that she managed to find ways to make almost all the food from the garden to last through winter. One of the things that his mom figured out to pickle was cauliflower.
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Post by fiffur on Mon Oct 06, 2014 1:09 pm

Little Girl asked Grandfather if pickled cauliflower was good. He said 'YES!" enthusiastically. That made up her mind: she wanted to try to can pickled cauliflower after they made a batch of jam. Mom just looked at Grandfather with a 'you've done it again' look, then smiled. They would be doing more canning than she had planned on.
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Post by fluffnstuff on Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:54 am

Little asked if they could grow cauliflower for the next summer instead of buying it. Grandfather said, "I can do research of where I could get seeds or starter plants during this coming winter. There may be some people I can ask. Growing some food during the summer isn't always easy. There are people who sees having a garden as a hobby."
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