Eating In // Canned Peaches

This summer I had my first experience with canning peaches. My Grandma had done it many times with her mother. Since it had been a while since she did it, and me being a novice, we went through a bit of trial and error. Ultimately the method came back to her. It is pretty simple but does require some equipment you may not have lying around. Another item to note is that we packed ours in simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar) but that part is optional. If you don't want the added sugar then you can simply use water. When I asked my Grandma how these peaches are meant to be eaten she replied with "over biscuits with the syrup on top :)". I will say, it is worth the trouble because come January, I am going to be loving these summer peaches. 

  • 1 canning kit ( includes pot and utensils) 
  • 7, 1 quart jars 
  • 1/2 bushel of fresh peaches- we used Monroe peaches from SC
  • 5 1/2 cups of sugar 
  • 5 1/2 cups of water  
  • lemon juice or citric acid powder to keep the peaches from turning brown 

1. The first step is to peel, pit and cut the peaches. We went about this by boiling the peaches in a pot for 30 seconds and then shocking them in ice water. You don't have to do this. You can just peel them  but it does soften the skin and make them much easier to peel. Once peeled, cut them in half and place in a water bath with lemon juice or citric acid to keep them fresh looking. 
2. This part was the trickiest part of the whole deal- placing the peaches cut side down into the jar. This is the best way to fit the most peaches in as possible. We used a fork to gently coerce them into going cut side down because they really just wanted to go in the other way. You can probably see the impatience written all over my face ;)
3. Pour about 1.5 cups of the simple syrup into each jar. To make the syrup, simply boil equal parts sugar and water for about 5 minutes. You want to leave a 1/2 inch from the top.
 4.  Remove the air bubbles using this little tool that should have come with you canning kit. 
5. Boil the lids so they are nice and hot. 
 6. Wipe the tops of the jars with a cloth. Make sure they are clean and dry so that the lids adhere.

7. Using the magnet tool in your kit, grab the hot lids and top all of the jars. Screw on the ring very tightly over the top.
8. Place the jars into the canning pot that is filled about halfway with boiling water. The jars should be covered completely with water. If you don't have enough then simply add more boiling water to the top. If you water cools down and is no longer boiling, bring it back up to a boil and cooked the cans for 30 minutes.
9. After cooking for 30 minutes, remove from the pot and place in an area where they can be undisturbed for 12 hrs at least. As time goes by you should be able to hear the lids sealing- music to your ears.

DIY // Watercolor Party Cloth

Usually when you are throwing a party there is little time to even consider taking on a large project like hand dyeing a table cloth / backdrop. So here is my tip, do this project first, and then throw a party just to use it! Problem solved. It would also make a beautiful ceremony back drop for a wedding or a one-of- a kind set of bed sheets. We love to make things versatile for you here on Goldmine. We used these lovely blue shades but you can truly use whatever colors you want. It's a simple project with a big pay off. Have fun :) 

  • 1 white sheet, table cloth, or large piece of fabric ( we used a sheet) 
  • 2-3 shades of blue acrylic ink  
  • 2-3 plastic squirt bottles (depending on how many colors you are using) 
  • drop cloth (optional) 
*You may want to do this project outside as it can be very messy. If you are doing it inside, I recommend using a drop cloth. 
1.Pour about 1 tablespoon of each shade of ink in their respective squirt bottles and fill one of the squirt bottles with just water. Add about 1/2 cup of water to the ink bottles. This dilutes the color. You can make it as light or as intense as you want. I chose to have one of the blues stay quite intense while the other was more pale. There's room to tinker with the shades and intensities. 
2. Lay your cloth over drop cloth (if using) and begin to spray the ink all over your sheet. Spray heavier in some areas and then lighter in others. After spraying the ink on, I used the plain water to spritz in areas I thought the color was too strong. This part is very fun and experimental. In the end, you just want the whole cloth to be sprayed with the two colors of ink and for it to look like you've painted a picture using watercolor. 
3. Because I am impatient, I folded the cloth up (like I was going to put it in the linen closet) and I poured the inky water between each fold. I let it soak in and it created a very nice watercolor effect. 
4. You will need to rinse the cloth out, this can be done using a water hose or washing machine. The ink is very color fast and won't fade much. After you've rinsed it, toss it in the dryer or let it air dry in the sun. 

DIY by: Megan Forbes
Photos by: Christina Hussey

Playlist 13 | Summertime

Here's a little summer playlist for your enjoyment. Listen to it for free over on Spotify!
Click here to stream.

01 | 40' - Franz Ferdinand
02 | Inside Out - Spoon
03 | Something in the Night - Bruce Springsteen
04 | Beach - Mew
05 | Summer Mood - Best Coast
06 | I Can't Pretend - The Drums
07 | Let Him Run Wild - The Beach Boys
08 | Gypsy - Gardens & Villa
09 | Tin Man - Future Islands
10 | 7/4 (Shoreline) - Broken Social Scene
11 | Judy is a Punk - Ramones
12 | Let Her Dance - The Bobby Fuller Four
13 | Everything Hits at Once - Spoon
14 | Still Crazy After All These Years - Paul Simon
15 | Don't Play No Game That I Can't Win (featuring Santigold) - Beastie Boys
16 | Either Way - Wilco
17 | Deadbeat Summer - Neon Indian
18 | New Beat - Toro Y Moi
19 | Turn A Square - The Shins
20 | I've Been Waiting For Her - Mac Demarco
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