Though winter is still lingering (there’s a huge storm set to pound the LA area this weekend!), it’s canning time again!

What’s in season is citrus and what’s on the stove top is marmalade!   Thanks to a local, organic supply of citrus from Sergio’s farm we gals are back in the kitchen – jammin.

With the versatile meyer lemons, juicy tangelos and sweet navel oranges we made a batch of “Three Citrus Marmalade” substituting tangelos for the grapefruit.

It was so deliciously tangy we were licking it out of the pan after we had filled the canning jars.

Kitchen ready for canning action.

Monday was such a gorgeous day that we put up a table out on the back deck to be able to enjoy the sunshine (not to mention less clean up in the kitchen with all that juicy fruit)

Sunshine and citrus – what a lovely mix.

All cut up and ready to go.

Boiling down.

All done!  Now waiting to for the marmalade to set.

Even Fairlight got in on the action (after the canning was done of course!).  She’s funny sometimes she’ll turn her nose up at oranges and then like this time she wants one!

Jordanne cuts up some orange slices.

Fairlight getting her dose of vitamin C.

Ginger Soda

Then Jordanne got a hankering for some soda and made a huge batch of ginger soda.  Yummy!

Jordanne adds sugar to the cut up ginger.  I spot an ear (to the left)!  Wonder who could that be?

Fairlight smells the sweet sugar and looks up with a pathetic pleading look. How can you turn down that face?

Yeah, we are suckers.  Suckers for a cute face that is.

In goes the ginger syrup, add yeast and presto – easy, natural soda!

Ginger soda bottles.


  1. Thy Hand says:

    Oh, I can’t imagine canning right now! There is still plenty of snow on the ground. Those oranges look so delicious. I wish your blog here had some sort of taste feature:-). I’m just excited that I was able to consolidate all our frozen produce into one freezer from two. The little things:-).

  2. Stacy says:

    Gorgeous citrus! We’ve had a few nice days here in Southern NM, but your storm is headed our way in full force! As always, thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  3. Terry says:

    You are so lucky to have citrus locally! Here in Michigan, citrus has to come many miles. I feel guilty when I buy it. Now I know how the practice of giving it at Christmas time must have started. It is a dear commodity up in the north if you are trying to be a local eater.

  4. Melissa says:

    I love reading about your homestead. You are such an inspiration! I am slowly turning my backyard in the burbs into a homestead. I might be 60 by the time I finish, but patience is a virtue!

  5. kitsapFG says:

    The marmalade looks yummy as does the ginger soda. We too got a reprieve in the weather for several days but are back into a stormy and wet cycle again. I enjoyed the sunshine while I could though.

  6. Amy Hughes says:

    I tried the ginger soda from Nourishing Traditions and it was too salty. Do you ahve a link to your recipe? I’d love to try it. I’ve already made Kombucha.

  7. Mia @ agoodhuman says:

    Yum. I think I’m ready to try marmalade again after my disaster last year.

    We’ve made ginger soda before, but used empty soda bottles. They were under so much pressure that I would be worried using glass for this job, but I notice you do. Have you experienced any problems using the glass?

  8. Teri says:

    Why do I get these overwhelming urges to kiss a little goat’s face when I read your blog? I just cannot understand it. 🙂

    They really are too cute.

  9. jengod says:

    omg yum!

  10. Cheryl says:

    I actually love marmalade and would love it if you posted the recipe. Thank you for the beautiful pictures

  11. AROUND THE URBAN HOMESTEAD | Little Homestead in the City says:

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  12. Handful says:

    Sunshine and oranges…..mmmmmm!

    I am in NW OH. Ugg!

  13. Amy says:

    Wait, is licking the remnants from the pot not considered normal? I do it every time I make jam!! 😉

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