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Help us have some fun, folks?   Our readers have been taking shots at captioning this amusing photo from one of our recent canning class, so I  thought perhaps we should host another GIVEAWAY!

Winner of “Best Caption” will receive a jar of honey or jam made by yours truly.

Contest ends Friday, Oct 21. 

Come on, don’t be shy! CAN you give us your best shot!

Contest is NOW CLOSED…. winner will be announced soon!


  1. Sandra says:

    I think that was salt, not sugar we put in the jam

  2. Nebraska Dave says:

    Hmmmm, what do we do next?

    By the way what were you thinking when this picture was snapped? You can tell us when the winner is announced.

  3. Jessica says:

    “Yep, smells like sage.”

    “Maybe if we put it in anyway, no one will notice. I’d hate to waste it.”

  4. Diane says:

    “Wasn’t that supposed to go in the jar before the lid sealed?”

  5. Janice says:

    “Uh oh… I think they used this for the Strawberry Lemon Balm preserve!”

  6. Angie W says:

    gasp! we forgot the sage in the lemon-sage wine mustard! I knew it was missing something…

  7. Bob says:

    “Call Justin He picked them”

  8. Daedre says:

    Have you seen my wedding ring?

  9. Leslie says:

    Determining the ratios.

  10. Milenda says:

    Hmmm, should we can it, dehydrate it, freeze it on it’s own, add it to water to freeze in ice cube trays, or just use it up in a recipe?

    Beat’s me… I’m not even sure what it is!

  11. Sarah S says:

    ” I thought YOU knew the recipe…….”

  12. elaine nieves says:

    What do you mean “Where’s the recipe card? I thought you had it.”

  13. Monica says:

    “What’s that smell?”

  14. Norman says:

    “You’re right, something in the pile just moved.”

  15. martin johnstone, outer hebrides says:

    I honestly don’t think this is the hairdressing class, we should really say something

  16. Karen says:

    “Kitchen sage, times two.”

  17. Barbara says:

    Wasn’t it supposed to be sage with the parsley, rosemary and thyme?

  18. Ginger says:

    I’m not sure what it is, but if it’s green it’s probably OK.

  19. Chris V says:

    Blueberry-Sage Jam ? … Whoops!

  20. Sue D says:

    How many Ibs did you say were still out there?

  21. Nancy R says:

    Oh my God, what have we done?!

  22. Donna says:

    “I thought I grabbed the Peppermint!”

  23. Jan Jorgensen says:

    Did we give that nice policeman the wrong herb bag?

  24. Michele Langston says:

    “Was that one tableSPOON of sage, or one tableFULL?”

  25. Jan Jorgensen says:

    Is that Blackberry’s poop on that sage? You did wash it right?

  26. Fernando says:

    My caption is:

    “Hmm… Did that canning recipe from grandma really required stinging nettle?”

  27. deborah says:

    umm, how do we get those little bugs off?

  28. deborah says:

    What were we thinking!!!??

  29. Stacy Clark says:

    …and you thought the cabbage was hard to take.

  30. Mark Smith says:

    Do we really know what we are doing?


    I don’t know what do do next, do you?


    I know we are missing something, do you know what it is? Let me think, uhmmm……

  31. Una Walker says:

    “You told them it was, WHAT?!?”

  32. Marilyn says:

    Uh oh! The dill went in the wrong bottles! I wonder what dill pears will taste like?

  33. rich hutchins says:

    when you said you had some good skunk-weed, i thought you meant something else…..

  34. Austin Thomas says:

    “I really wish the sage would stop screaming when we chop it.”

  35. Jim says:

    “Don’t tell Dad, but I think we just picked his prize heirloom herb!”

  36. Ellen says:

    “Oh. My. Goodness.”

    “I’m not calling it goodness this time!”

  37. Ken says:

    Where did that dead mouse go?

  38. Mark G. Rivera says:

    Mom said we can pull-up anything we needed, ” accept the sage ” !

  39. Patricia Behrendsen says:

    A-“Oh my God!”
    A-“Is that sage?”
    J-“Yea. Why?”
    A-“Because if it is, I don’t think we put the right herb in the pot roast for lunch!”
    J-“Oh S..t!”

  40. Mickey Fitch says:

    Dilly beans….more stinky than dilly.

  41. Kevin Clancey says:

    “Now they tell us these were grown for seeds!”

  42. M.E. Colvin says:

    “Oh my, we picked more then we need “

  43. andrea loyko says:

    Oh my goodness Jordanne! That is NOT sage and we just sold 15 jars of jam with it in it!!!

  44. Thaum says:

    “Oh no! Since this isn’t it, Dad must have used it to season all that meatloaf he made for the party tonight!”

  45. J. Craig says:

    Today, on “Cooking with Alzheimer’s…”

  46. Thaum says:

    “We’d better start looking for a new form of natural fertilizer!”

  47. Thaum says:

    “Ummm, do you taste what I smell?”

  48. Thaum says:

    “Ewww! I think one of the goats “watered” the herbs again!”

  49. Joy Denise says:

    I have no good suggestions, but I vote for Karen’s

    “Kitchen sage, times two.”

    Neat play on words and certainly describes you two wise young ladies!

    Have a great day!

  50. Jessy says:

    “We just added this herb to the entire batch?!”
    “This is a diuretic!!”

  51. Rogden says:

    Well… if this is the basil, that explains why the pasta sauce tastes funny.

  52. Sara says:

    “Now where *did* I put the sage?”

    I am constantly forgetting things in front of my own face. That’s what I would be thinking. 😉

  53. Laura @ Laura Williams' Musings says:

    “Well this is a dilly of mess we’re in. That paper clip was right here with the recipe before we made those dilly beans.”

  54. June MacArthur says:

    “What do we call dill pickles when we forgot to include the dill? Sour pickles?”

    I know that green looks like basil, but I couldn’t think of a canned veggie that used basil and I actually did the non-dill trick the first time I made dill pickles. My loving husband ate them anyway.

    • Stacy says:

      What a sweet husband!;D

  55. Wendy says:

    Ooops! What now?

    {PS no need to send the honey :0 I am in South Africa, it was just fun to enter!}

  56. Kelly S. says:

    WHOA…the smell…this must be skunk cabbage!

  57. Candi says:

    Anais, mumbled under her breath: “Did I just do what I think I did? Do you think anyone else will notice?”

    Jordanne, mumbled equally: “Yeah, I’m pretty sure they’re going to notice that you used 4 cups of salt instead of sugar.”

    (That’s a really cute picture, by the way… reminds me of how my sister and I look when we’re in the kitchen together!)

  58. Joy Giles says:

    Do you remember why we brought this?

  59. Deborah Fitch says:

    “So, what was this again?”

  60. Mary Ellen Jacobs says:

    Where did these come from and where do they go? Let’s call Paula Deen!

  61. Dana mmf says:

    “Do you think this is enough sage for the sausage corn bread stuffing?”

  62. Ken Green says:

    Whoa, no more beans for Justin!

  63. Mary says:

    “Oh dear…this is it? How are we gonna fill that order for 100 quarts of pesto sauce?”

  64. Bernice Brightbill says:

    Uh OH! Did we put the Sage mix in the Fruit Jam?

  65. Jeanne says:

    “I can’t believe you wore that! It doesn’t match what we are canning.”

  66. Jason Galicinski says:

    “Oh Jordanne… I think the website’s being attacked again!! I… I just don’t understand why… Why? Why don’t they want the world to know how to can!!!”

  67. Joanne says:

    It’s October already? I need to start storing for winter!

  68. Marco Baldi says:

    Why are the herbs still sitting here, the casserole is in the oven already? Wait a second… what did you do with that poison ivy sample I had !?

  69. Doyle H says:

    Is it just me or did that pile just move?

  70. anita says:

    How much garlic did you put in that sauce?

  71. Linda Colonna says:

    If the sage is here, what did we just stuff in the turkey?

  72. sara f says:

    “uh oh… we brought the herbs alright. but what about the rest?!”

  73. Louis says:

    Let’s tell them Mikey ate it.

  74. Stacy says:

    Uhh Don’t Laugh. I mean it don’t laugh. Those Crazy Cats have taken the tomatoes again. I hope our class doesn’t step on them.
    no don’t laugh it’s not the Lucille Ball show with the grapes. it’s tomatos not soccer kitty. Cat, Ringo, Cassidy…where are the heirloom tomatoes?

  75. petra says:

    Stinkweed…oh no we did it again 😉

  76. Ashley C says:

    ‘Oh dear, did you just add the sage? I already added it.’

  77. Joleen says:

    Are those Blackberry’s teeth marks?

  78. Cassandra says:

    “The stirfry had been served and yet the herbs were still on the counter. Strangely, the catnip was missing…”

  79. Randy says:

    Caption for photo…” I know Bob wants to try this substitute for toilet paper, but I’m allergic to this ! “

  80. jimmy gallop says:

    How are we going to tell dad ? chive soup again.

  81. Valerie Sims says:

    Anais, I appreciate the intention to try unusual greens, but are you sure skunk cabbage is edible?

  82. Cathy Koos Breazeal says:

    “Is that a banana slug??”

  83. Justin says:

    “Are We Putting Up ‘Pot’?”

    I know, I know, I know – I’m not eligible to win a prize but I couldn’t help myself

  84. Barbara A. Baker says:

    Maybe we shouldn’t have added the garlic!

  85. Jody O says:

    Was it chop the basil and mince the oregano, or the other way around????

  86. Todd Smith says:

    Is that my breath or her’s?

  87. Susan says:

    I really can’t think of a good caption, but i just have to tell you that I crack up every time I see this. I’m dying to know what you were really thinking at that moment.

  88. Heather says:

    Remember the canning accident during the last class? You did remember to update the liability insurance, didn’t you? Oh well, what CAN you do?

  89. Patricia Behrendsen says:

    A-“Oh my gosh! Where’s all the sage?”
    J-(mumbling)”Mmmmm…I (chew chew) dunno.”

  90. Tabitha says:

    “CAN you believe it?”

  91. Patricia Behrendsen says:

    J-“I thought we were out of sage.”
    A-“We were.”
    J-“Where’d this come from? And why does it smell?!”
    A-“Justin pulled it out of the compost.”
    J-“Well tell him to put it back!”

  92. gloria says:

    Anais: Oh my gosh………..I forgot the recipe.!!!
    Jordanne: Are you kidding me????????????

  93. Bobbi Powell says:

    “Oh NO, not more BASIL”….;].

  94. Bobbi Powell says:

    “Oh NO, Not MORE Basil!”. ;]

  95. Rita Brown says:

    “Gross, who picked these leaves? This isn’t sage!”
    “I think its lantanna!”

  96. Marv Guida says:

    Oh My…Oh My…this is very serious, how did these Oleander leaves get into the Kitchen??

  97. Cindy says:

    “Do you think it’s legal?…I don’t know, maybe we should smoke it!”

  98. Craeghton Nordahn says:

    ” Er, I think that batch of jam we just made needed a TABLESPOON of this sage;
    ungh, I think we must have added a QUART!”

  99. Bill Bradham says:

    “… and that’s it for the local Pasadena news. After the break: Herbal Emetics – Do They Really Work? More on that coming up later…”

  100. Gary says:

    What is that smell?! Did you fart?

  101. Wrenn says:

    “How on earth did we leave all this out?”
    “I don’t know, but quick open up your apron pocket!”

    Great much fun!

  102. Neva Lott says:

    That’s just not enough to feed 40 people, is it???

  103. grace says:

    Oh dear me! I said BRING cheese, not CUT the cheese!

  104. rich hutchins says:

    oh dear….. No wonder grandma can’t stop laughing! if the sage is here, then I must have cooked your pot in the turkey!

  105. Amanda says:

    The great debate continued: Play it safe with tomato sauce again, or throw caution to the wind and go for that herb jelly!

  106. Laura says:

    What was that last ingredient?

  107. Cyndi says:

    The only thing I really enjoy about canning is wearing pretty aprons!

  108. Joanne says:

    Did you have to scare the skunk into the garden?

  109. Deidre says:

    ” I KNOW we’re supposed to be serving ‘sage bread stuffing’, but we might just have to say it’s ‘bread stuffing!”

  110. Sue says:

    “No, it’s feed a cold, starve a fever…wait, no starve a cold, feed a fever….”

  111. George says:

    “Don’t look now, but the guy holding the camera has his zipper down. You tell him.”

  112. George says:

    “Why is this here and what did we put in that last batch?”

  113. Marcel says:

    Has it come to this: no iPhone, no Can-I-Eat-It app, no dinner?

  114. Melina says:

    Sorry if this is a repeat but I didn’t have the time to read every answer…
    “But where is the OTHER half of the earthworm?”

  115. Julia Baratta says:

    “These apron strings are so tight!”

    or maybe…

    “Tying one on? What was in that canned grape juice?”

    Okay, so I’m being silly…Love the aprons!

  116. Mark says:

    Could of sworn the House Keys were right here!!! Hmmmm…So if this is still here…then…. oops!

  117. Jennifer converse says:

    “Omgawd, Hey…we could make deodorant. ! “

  118. Jarrah says:

    Thyme, thyme, thyme, see what’s become of me
    While I looked around
    For my possibilities
    I was so hard to please
    But look around, leaves are brown
    And the sky is a hazy shade of winter…

  119. Grace says:

    ” Oh my god, they killed… the sage”

  120. Bob says:

    I KNOW .you wanted the blue apron .

  121. Cindy says:

    Anais: “Hush Jordanna, I’m listening to the wise sage’s last words”

  122. Susanna says:

    Lets stay here and pretend we are doing something with the sage and ignore that offensive smell behind us.