Countdown to the Jam Swap!

Less than two weeks to go until my jam swap! There isn’t much to prepare for, but I’m working on a surprise or two for you all; yes, even those of you who can only attend virtually.
Seems like not that along ago that I put out the invitation and now it’s finally happening! I am really looking forward to this little event and meeting a few of my readers.

I had a great initial response; in fact, so many people said they would come that I started getting a little nervous: was I in over my head? But then the summer wore on, people got busy, and the emails started trickling in…cancellations. I had expected as much, though. Folks have good intentions and big plans, but sometimes life has a way of showing us we can’t do everything!
So now with just days to go until the swap, it’s crunch time and of course people are dropping like flies. I am not worried though, (I just had another person cancel as I am writing this) it’s about quality, not quantity!!
I would have thought most everyone would have their canning all wrapped up by now, but I know of a few invitees that have every intention of tackling it this week! That’s dedication for you!

I’ll be contributing three kinds of fruit preserves: a Raspberry-Vanilla Bean Coulis, Spiced Golden Plum Jam, and Spiced Maple Apple Butter(pictured above). I’m all about the spices, as you can see!

Check back in a few weeks to get the full update from the swap and maybe you’ll be inspired to host one in your area next year.

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. I SOOOOooooo wish that I could be there, it will be amazing I am sure.

  2. Is there going to be a virtual component to the swap? I’ll come if I can come by blog.

  3. It’s a great idea! I hope you have a good turnout.

  4. I just read an article about the process of canning (I knew it was intensive – but whew!), and my hats off to all you!

  5. Much better than a cookie exchange…the preserves just keep on giving while cookies are gone in minutes…at least in our household:D

  6. Ok, ok, I’m gonna take stab at it. Though I can admit I am more than slightly intimidated. Think of it this way, what would you do if you had to groom a dog for a show and you’d never groomed a dog in your life. Yeah, that’s pretty much how I feel!

  7. I would have love to attend. Hope it goes well. Good luck!

  8. I didn’t know about virtual attendance… is that really possible? I’ll send you my tomato peach ketchup Aimee! 🙂

  9. They sound so good, how could folks drop out?

  10. Hi Michelle- wish you could too, honey!

    Hi Lynn- Next year, I promise. I’m getting enough requests, anyway.

    Hi Em- Fingers are crossed.

    Hi culinarywannabe- Well…our ancestors have been doing it for hundreds of years, so what’s the big deal? 🙂

    Hi Val- I’m hoping they will last the winter..

    Hi Mira- You got it in you. Trust me, you’ll surprise yourself.

    Hi Helene- Thanks!

    Hi Gillian- Not this time…but your ketchup sounds amazing!

    Hi blond duck. I’m wondering the same thing! no, seriously, things come up and I totally understand if ppl can’t make it.

  11. i just got a bread machine and it has a jam setting on it. i’ll have to try one of yours. they are really unique.

  12. I am so sad I can’t go, I really wanted to! I even made 3 different types of preserves! But, as you said, life has this way of letting us know that there is just one thing too many on that list of things we want to do. I can’t wait to hear about it though. 🙂

  13. Hard work definitely pays off to such a beautiful product!! Congratulations, you are one of my winners for my book contest. Please email me your address so I can send the book right away! 🙂

  14. Me too, I really wish I was coming. These business trips really don’t respect important things like jam swaps!

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