Stairs, Painted

There's nothing really challenging about painting stairs. They're flat, they're arranged in front of you, no ladders needed.

Primed and ready for a coat of paint

I just made it a little harder on myself by deciding to make grape jam at the same time. (A friend brought me an enormous box of grapes from her own vines.)

The primer coat went on very nicely, in between my stripping a bazillion grapes off the stems and cleaning them, and then slipping all the skins off.

Painted, one coat

The top coat was even faster, as top coats are.

I am still going to put yet another coat of paint on there, as soon as the heat wave that started when I took out a can of paint dies down. But they're looking pretty good.

Grape jam

As is the jam. Once again I made more jam than really makes sense, and all I have left are pint jars (which I normally consider a bit large for jam). We will just have to cope.

posted by ayse on 09/20/11


Oh how can I relate! I made over 50 jars of strawberry (freezer) jam... who needs that much jam?! Guess what I'll be giving out for Christmas to *everyone*? haha

Do you have to take the skins off if it's jam?

You don't necessarily have to take the skins off. The first batch I slipped skins off, cooked the pulp, de-seeded, then cooked everything together. The second batch I just cooked everything together then put it through the food mill. Both were good but the second batch was a lot easier to do. I had to improvise the recipe since all I had were grape jelly recipes.

Sarah, there is no such thing as "too much" strawberry jam. My mother passed away in the fall of 2008, and we're still eating her last batch of strawberry freezer jam! Awesome stuff.

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