Jonesville Riverfest Triathlon Photo Gallery

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Jonesville Riverfest begins with a triathlon on Friday night. 2 person teams combine skills for a run, bike ride, and canoe race. We stopped for corn dogs between the run and bike legs of the race and missed photos of the lead bikers. But we made it to the finish to see the elementary school teacher finish in first place.

Published in: on May 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Flower Power

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Raker’s Acres in Litchfield Michigan hosted a plant sale to raise funds for the America in Bloom project. Lots of beautiful flowers to choose. Hundreds of local residents agreed.

Published in: on May 15, 2012 at 7:48 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sauder Village Quilt Show

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Sauder Village in Archbold Ohio hosts an annual Quilt Show that goes through May 6 this year. My wife, Lori Venturini, is a quilter who has found much inspiration in attending this event. Over 400 quilts on display show many different  styles and designs. Some quilts are very simple, some extremely complicated, some are colorful, all were works of art. Sauder Village is just an hour away from Munro House in Jonesville MI and is a pleasant day trip to enjoy the show or to attend the working 19th century village.

Published in: on May 4, 2012 at 2:59 pm  Leave a Comment  
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How to Make Jam the Easy Way

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Good jam starts with good fruit. I offer fruit for breakfast every morning at Munro House and always have some left over. I combine the leftovers in storage bags and freeze them until I am in a jammin’ mood. My fruit selection is mostly grapes (red, green, and black) along with strawberries and pineapple. I have smaller quantities of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and kiwi. Then I thaw the mixture and put it into a bowl where my Ninja chops it all up to a thick liquid. I save it all in another storage container until I am ready to cook. Here is where it gets easy. I have a Sunbeam brand bread maker. It has a jam setting. I put 12.5 ounces of pureed fruit into the bread maker and add a cup of sugar, a tablespoon of pectin, and a teaspoon of lemon juice. I hit the jam setting and come back in an hour and 5 minutes. Then I pour the liquid into jelly jars and wait for it to cool. Done. It’s a long process to make large quantities of jam, but the method is simple and the finished product is outstanding.

Published in: on May 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm  Comments (1)  
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