Monday, April 15, 2024

Blackberry/ Raspberry Jam and a Sheet Pan Meal

What a beautiful but windy day we had! It was a polka dot kind of morning for crustless quiche, bacon, berries and my newest jam for my sourdough bread.  I received another sourdough starter from another friend, and this one is over 100 years old.  My Civil War sourdough starter that I've kept going for 22 years makes a somewhat sweet dough.  This new one is definitely sour.  I've made pizza and several loaves of bread already.  

I love this Springy teapot with flowers and butterflies!

My April teacup looks so pretty with the teapot and this Blackberry & Raspberry infusion is delicious and the perfect accompaniment for my newest jam creation.  Isn't the tea a beautiful color and will make for a nice iced tea in the summer.

This is my sourdough loaf that I made from my new starter.  It's great with my jam!

Yield: about 8- 8 ounce jars
Author: Kitty
Blackberry/Raspberry Jam

Blackberry/Raspberry Jam

I originally got the blackberry jam recipe from Miz Helen at Full Plate, but I use Certo instead of the boxed pectin. This time I wanted to use both blackberries and raspberries. I put Blaspberry Jam on the labels, trying to tie in the two berries.


  • 2 1/2 cups blackberries
  • 2 1/2 cups raspberries
  • 7 cups sugar
  • 1 pouch of Certo (liquid pectin)
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon butter (reduces the amount of foam)


  1. Mix the sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Wash the berries and crush them with a potato masher in a large dutch oven.
  3. Add the sugar and spices to the berries. Add the butter.
  4. Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Once it reaches a full boil, boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and add the pouch of Certo, and stir.
  5. Return to the heat and bring the mixture to a full boil, stirring constantly and boil for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat and ladle into hot, sterilized jars. Seal with the lid and ring, and process accordingly.

I've made this sheet pan meal twice recently as it's so good!

Yield: 4
Author: Kitty, but adapted from Budget Bytes
Smoked Sausage Cabbage and Potatoes Sheet Pan Meal

Smoked Sausage Cabbage and Potatoes Sheet Pan Meal

This meal is so tasty and easy. I changed up the portions on the dressing. I think this would also be great in a grill pan on the grill in the summer.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon stone ground or whole grain mustard ( I used Honeycup Uniquely Sharp Mustard)
  • 1 small clove garlic, crushed or minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly cracked pepper
  • 1/2 lb smoked sausage ( I used a pepper jack smoked sausage)
  • 1 lb baby red potatoes
  • 1/2 head cabbage
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • parsley, optional


  1. Preheat the oven to 400ยบF. In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, mustard, crushed garlic, salt, and freshly cracked pepper for the vinaigrette. Set the vinaigrette aside.
  2. Slice the smoked sausage into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Wash the potatoes well and slice them into 1/4-inch rounds as well. Place the smoked sausage and potatoes on a large baking sheet and drizzle with 1 Tbsp olive oil. Toss the kielbasa or smoked sausage and potatoes in the oil until they are well coated and the surface of the baking sheet is also covered in oil. Sprinkle a pinch of salt and pepper over top.
  3. Remove any dirty or damaged leaves from the cabbage. Cut the stem off the cabbage, then cut it in half. Reserve one half for a different recipe. Slice the remaining half into 1-inch wide slices. Cut each slice into two pieces. Place the cabbage pieces on the baking sheet with the smoked sausage and potatoes, nestling them down so that they are laying flat on the baking sheet.
  4. Brush the remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil over the surface of the cabbage pieces and add a final pinch of salt and pepper to each.
  5. Roast the smoked sausage, potatoes, and cabbage in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and carefully flip the smoked sausage potatoes, and cabbage pieces. The cabbage may fall apart a bit as it’s flipped. At this point, I drizzled the marinade over the whole thing.
  6. Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cabbage is tender and the edges are slightly brown and crispy. The kielbasa and potato slices should be well browned.
  7. You can garnish with chopped parsley if you wish.


I lined my baking sheet with parchment paper to save with clean up.

My grandson Caiden came back from college to go to his girlfriend's senior prom.  Aren't they cute together?  My daughter Molly made the bouquet and corsage.  She said that Trader Joe's didn't have any baby's breath left because some man had a whole cart full of it, plus other flowers! Molly used some white flowers from her yard. 

Thank you for your visit!  xo

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  1. Love the photos of your babies! And how Rude of that man to take All the baby's breath! You never take all of anything! The flowers still look lovely despite the man...

  2. Oh girlfriend! You are making my mouth water. I'm wild about the berry combo jam! I'm sure it has to be divine. Love the teapot and cup/saucer patterns too! Your Caiden is a handsome dude! What lovely prom pictures! Thanks for sharing the sheet pan recipe too! I'm all in for a smoked sausage/cabbage combo any time! Have a blessed week. XO

  3. Delightful breakfast, Kitty, and pretty tea service. Wow, your starter being over 100 yrs old, and you keeping your other one going 22 years, amazing! I've been eating a lot of fruit with English muffin lately, as opposed to my typical cereal with banana.
    Cauden and his girlfriend make a handsome couple. You and Molly don't even look like mother and grandmother, both of you so youthful-looking!๐Ÿ˜

  4. I so admire your dedication to sour dough Kitty, I have tried to keep a starter going but I just don't seem to have the patience for it. Over 100 years old, that is amazing and interesting that your 2 starters produce breads with different tastes. Your tea pot and cup are just beautiful and I love the polka dot cloth. Your breakfast sounds amazing, yum! The prom goers are adorable~ have a great week!

  5. Kitty, it's wonderful to make and have homemade bread. I love that jam you made. The sausage meal sounds great with the cabbage. Thanks for the recipes. I enjoyed looking at the photos of you, your grandson, and daughter. I hope you have a nice week.

  6. Kitty what a wonderful time for tea in your garden and the sheet pan meal looks so good. Yes, what a handsome must be so proud. Have a great day.

  7. Awl sweet prom pics. They grow too fast! Your brunch food and bread and jam sound fabulous. That tea is such a beautiful color and would be great for St. Valentine's tea, too!

  8. What a pretty setting for spring Kitty, the teapot is perfect. Yum, this post is full of delicious food. The bread looks wonderful and how fun you've kept your sourdough going so long. I love sheet pan meal, sounds delicious. Pretty prom pics. It's sad to go to TJ's and see a few people with several carts of all the pretty flowers! Hope you are enjoying this week.........

  9. I can't believe that sourdough starters can be over 100 years old!

    Your teapot and April teacup are the epitome of spring! I agree that the tea is a fabulous colour!

  10. Your sourdough looks delicious! Sheet pan meals are lovely to prepare and then relax while they cook in the oven.
    A very sweet collection of prom photos. How tiny you look next to your handsome grandson.

  11. Love your breakfast setting and it's been windy here too. Cute prom pictures of Caiden and his girlfriend, and you and Molly. Sheet pan recipes are a favorite here, and smoked sausage with cabbage and potatoes sounds wonderful. Especially with mustard!

  12. I love sourdough bread. My beloved Mother always made it. Your teatime with the lovely teapot and teacup is so inviting. The prom photos are so pretty! Have a wonderful week!

  13. Raspberries are my favorite...and that teapot is just darling!! How pretty! I hope you have a lovely week!

  14. We enjoy sheet pan meals.
    Lovely prom photographs you've shared.

    Happy April days are wished for you.

    All the best Jan

  15. Gorgeous teapot and adorable R.A. teacup, a favorite! Your patio/garden is so inviting and charming. Beautiful photos of your Grand and his girlfriend. Thank you for sharing your delicious recipes. Hugs and blessings.

  16. I’m sorry I’m late visiting Kitty, I saw your post on Monday via my phone and planned to come back and comment on my laptop. Your sheet pan dinner looks delicious and so hearty and the mustard vinaigrette sounds wonderful! I’m amazed to hear that your starter is so old. I’m with Jenna about keeping it alive. Love your pretty tea pot and cup and am glad you’re enjoying your Taylors Blackberry & Raspberry blend. Love the sweet prom photos! Hope you’re having a wonderful week. ♥

  17. That's interesting that you have a sweet sourdough starter, and now a sour one! So you can do both sweet and sour breads - your sourdough bread looks amazing, and paired with the jam, oh yum! I love blackberries and raspberries :) Sheet pan meals are a family favorite around here - and definitely, i use parchment paper or silicon mats for them, sure helps with the cleanup! Sausage always lends such a good flavor with the veggies! Such a beautiful teapot and your grandson pictures are adorable! Many blessings to you dear friend!

  18. Both of these recipes look delicious. Lovely setting, too! Visiting from the Love Your Creativity linkup.

  19. Your jam sounds delightful, Kitty! And the sheet pan meal sounds really good for an easy weeknight meal. I do love cabbage and sausage :) Your grandson and his girlfriend look to cute together and their smiles are so much alike!

  20. Love the jam, just waiting for the blackberry season to pick and then make jam.
    I visited you via Life and Linda. My entries are numbered #125+126.
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  21. That sheet pan meal sounds amazing! I love meals that can all be cooked together like that and still come out so delicious. Your grandson and his girlfriend make a lovely couple! God bless you and your family, dear Kitty!


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