I love canning!! Seeing all those jars lined up on the table or counter makes me feel like I have accomplished something. When you do laundry, clean the bathroom, or sweep the floor there is a sense of accomplishment for only a few minutes before someone has put something in the hamper, used the bathroom on the floor, or tracked in dirt. Eating the jelly takes longer so I can feel better about myself longer. Cheap therapy!
Yesterday's jelly making was not easy. I tried to cook too many berries in one batch, walked away to answer the phone and let the sticky mess overflow onto the stove, didn't sterilize enough jars and had to risk breaking a jar or two when I threw them into the boiling water, and didn't get the jam quite thick enough. Major stress. This is the first canning after a long winter so maybe I will get it together for next week's jam fest. My husband said he wanted to give his family jam when we visit at Easter. This means I will have to make one or two more batches. His family is big and you cannot leave out anyone. I guess I could tell him to make his own if he wants to start gifting.