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Friday, February 4, 2011

GiveAway! A Tasty Bit of California Sunshine

I'm in a tart and tasty heaven.
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All those meyer lemons I mentioned the other day?  Homegrown in the sweetness of the California sun and hand-delivered by one of my oldest friends?  Well I sliced and diced, steeped and simmered, sweetened and sauced up a whole mess of them into the most glittering jars of marmalade.  Now I know that plenty of people out there are not big fans when it comes to marmalade, that rot-your-teeth-out-in-one-bite business (usually of the smuckers variety - blech), but this, THIS is a whole different beast.
It's sweet, but tart enough to never be cloying, so fresh that you can nearly smell the trees they were grown on, and set to firm texture with perfectly delicate slices of zest.  I think it would be brilliant on scones, smeared over toast with a slice of romano, or just by the spoonful.  I'd never judge you.
And I canned three jars for you, because this sunshine gracing the west coast is too good to not share.
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If you like to be entered into a drawing for a little package of warmth and lemony-deliciousness, all you need to do is leave me a comment below!  Say whatever you like, no rules, no restrictions, just all love for you on this gorgeous Friday!
I'll draw, very randomly, three names next Tuesday morning, February 8th for the three homes these jars are destine to!

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Pucker up baby!

61 comments:

Em in SF said...

I was just thinking how I wished I had some marmalade for my blintzes on Sunday morning...


I think it must be fate, this luscious and lemony lovely lotto you're holding!

Sunny Rising Leather said...

NOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

xoxoxo
A

Zorah said...

Next summer, I will send you a jar of my green tomato jam. It will knock your socks off!

ella said...

sounds tasty! :)

ellaetc(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenna said...

Bottled sunshine! I didn't know the color of my soul until this moment.

mme. bookling said...

What's the point of entering anyway when you won't ever let me win?


:)

UmberDove said...

Oh Mme. Just drive down and I'll serve you all the marmalade you can eat.

Andrea~CrowNology~ said...

Did I metion my favourite taste in the whole world is lemon? And peppermint. But not together. That would be gross. Maybe...?

I would so love a wee bit of your sweet sunshine on this cold, grey coast of mine.
:)
xo
Andrea

Snailentina said...

I'm in love with these photos as much as with the thought of eating your lemony marmalade... This will give me a good excuse to finally take the time to your bread recipe. But seriously, thanks for giving me some sunshine to look at, it's a bit gray around these parts.

Jenn said...

Oh! I'm drooling now.

Emily said...

Oh my gosh, those look AMAZING. The daffodils are just starting to push up but we are still months away from any weather that could foster a meyer lemon. What a welcome sight!

Melissa said...

Mmm... I think I may need the recipe. I'm hoping my trees will have a yummy batch of fruit for me to harvest this year, but we'll see!

NuminosityBeads said...

We could use some nice hot sunshine here in AZ today. freezing!
I would love to have a chance at this delish giveaway!
Xoxo Kim

Trista Anodei said...

Be still my yellow heart.

kerin rose said...

I need some because I am a sourpuss!

Julz said...

Pucker goodness. Yummmm!

:-)

Kathleen said...

Send me your lemons!

xx

cbumpmax said...

Lemoney yumminess count me in.

I found something today that I hope will be yumminess; green chili corn tortillas. My eggs and cheese can't wait to join them for my breakfast tomorrow.

I also may have made a new friend in our new town today. Happiness all around!

Happy Friday!!!

Debra said...

Little jars of sun beams; that's what they look like...

DalaHorse said...

Lemon marmalade cookies....there should be on online recipe for those....i will create! if I'm lucky enough!

Kokie said...

I am so jealous that you can jam this time of year! Sure I can crank up some Billy Joel, but it's not the same as sweating off the heat of mid-July while I scoop various stewed fruits into empty jars. I can just taste it now!

reconstructing sarah said...

my mouth is literally watering.
yum!!!!

!!!!

Jaime/Bella-Bijou Jewellery said...

Long time Lemon Loving Lady here! Please enter me - I'd love a jar of sunshine at my disposal :-)
xo
Jaime

Brenda McGowan said...

I have never had lemon marmalade before, but it looks scrumptious!!
Thanks for the sunshine :).

farmgirl said...

Ummm... If I don't win can I at least have the recipe??? :D
Beautiful jarred sunbeams!

Camlo said...

Need jar of Cali sunshine.. STAT!
And a lemony delicious one at that? Yes please:)

Amy said...

Looks delish!! Love anything lemon!! :)

Warmly,
Amy

kat said...

Whatever lovely ladies! It was -40 for two days here in my neck of the woods! Sunshine in a jar is desperatley needed...and more woollen goods.
Thankfully your beautiful images and words warm my toes.

Cat said...

Oh YUM YUM
how my kitchen would love to hold one of those beauties in her arms!!!
yes Please!


love and light

a mused said...

Uh, I hope I get one of those jars since those freaking delicious lemons came from MY PARENT'S BACKYARD!!!!

Michele said...

Omigosh. You've put summer into a jar!!!

We're having an unusually "warm" day here in Saskatoon where the temps actually went slightly above freezing. I'm sure that the -30C days will return but I'll enjoy the warmer days while they last and I'll start stockpiling cardigans in the meantime!

icitea said...

can't resist, I love lemons!!

le.paradis.found at gmail dot com

firepan54 said...

I love lemons! Even though it is sunny here today, we have SO much snow a burst of lemony freshness would be most welcome.

The Noisy Plume: said...

Just to sow wicked, green seeds of jealousy, I thought I'd let you all know that I don't NEED to enter this contest because Kelly is one of my besters and she's sneaking me contraband marm behind your backs -- this contest is a merely a distraction, something to make you look the other way while the real deal goes down.

Uh huh.

tattooedblogger said...

Bottled sunshine made by the fiercest women I've heard about...crossing my fingers

she said...

oh my. a jar of sparkling sunshine straight from your kitchen. count me in.

Sara said...

Oh my. Goodness. Merely the pictures themselves are captured california sunshine. And on this dismal grey Seattle Saturday ... well. Yum.

Melinda said...

Oh my! Those look incredible!!! I'd say they're too pretty to eat, but I doubt I could resist a taste. :)

Jenny said...

Looks divine. I want to try some!!!! YUMM - 0

resolute twig said...

YUM!
:)

Lizzy Derksen said...

I would feel guilty winning marmalade the week after I won a jadeite tea cup, but I wanted to say that your jars look like jellied gold, and that I am cursing Canadian winter more than ever.

The Village Queen said...

Wow how pretty! Its cold and white here, no sign of yellow anywhere. I could use some interal sun...
Any theres no such thing as too many Cardis, youre so tiny you can have double the amount of most of us in the same space! lol!

Kim said...

Oh, my, that looks wonderful. And I think it would be delicious in my Greek yogurt!

xoxo

calamityjane(t) said...

who could resist an offer like THIS?! anything you put your hand to simply dazzles, sparkly girl!

p.s. wait a minute, TNP-- i saw that. uh huh.

Desiree Fawn said...

Wow! That is QUITE the yellow! So wonderful!

Mum said...

my sentiments exactly, mme. bookling.

poo.

Abigail Jasmine said...

SUNSHINE IN A MASON JAR!!!
YuMM~~~

beth + cody said...

OH! Yes please!
It's been grey and drizzly for, oh, months now up here in the Puget Sound, and I'm not expecting it to end anytime soon.... Please send us some of that California sunshine!!!

Looks amazing. And I promise to consume it while wearing a cardigan.
fingers crossed- B

Cat said...

Lemons on homemade bread, what could be better??

JBentley said...

Just the thing to bring some sun to a cold winter day!!

Illustratornette said...

Looks like golden deliciousness! I would love to try it!

sylvestris said...

Bottled sunshine! As beautiful as I know it must be tasty. Can't resist.

:)
Dorothy

jordan said...

i'm definitely in for some dovely marmalade - my most favourite memory of lemons was making lemonade (no extra sugar needed) from fresh lemons in the backyard of my friend leslie's bach (cottage) in Raglan, New Zealand in March of last year. She also had a grapefruit tree which yielded luscious large sweet gems as well. it was as close to a backyard paradise as i had ever been in. yum.
ps i eat lemons like oranges. i'm in love with all things acidic...

lulu said...

Yay, I made it in time!

Gosh, what a beautifully splendid gift!

Much love

jeremy said...

hook me up!

Taddyporter said...

I want a quilt made of sunshine and it would look just like the magic stuff inside that glass.

Bisquit said...

You are glowing shine-ly, just like your marmalade. Oh how I wish. I am drooling with just the thought. I am ready to smear.

Cheers Dovey,
Biz

marie bell said...

*love* ::
cardigans.
marmalade.
your blog.

sending alaska sunshine love to you....

xx

Artist in the Arctic said...

Oh yes please!! I want to taste that lemony sunshine!

Michele said...

Oh California Fruitness! -37 degrees here and I can just feel the sunshine in these beauties.

I would be honored to be so lucky :-)

kerin rose said...

Kelly, Jillian is causing trouble!