A big, honkin box o bounty from Katie in Idaho!

mjmercerSeptember 15, 2005

This afternoon, on one of the most s*ck-a-licious days of my entire year (apologies to those who dont care for that word! Lol), I got a note from the receiving room in my building. There was a package waiting for mea BIG package.

I wasnt expecting anything else so I figured it must be my swap box. Ding, ding, ding! And what great timing. It arrived on a day when I really needed a good pick-me-up.

To give you an idea of how heavy this box is, Katie spent $22.50 on postage just to get it here! Lol I understood when I started opening all the pink and yellow and purple packages. Katie says she had a canning marathon last Sunday. She wanted to include some of the fruits (and jams and soups) of her labors.

Im gonna tell you everything Katie included, but first I have to issue my Luddite Disclaimer: I dont have a digital camera. I dont have a membership with Photobucket or similar service. So I regret that I cant post pictures of this avalanche of goodies. Im just gonna have to rely on my talents as a former retail copywriter to convey the wonder of all this cool stuff. Here we go:

Katie claims to be theme-challeneged. Lol Instead of one comprehensive theme, she included an assortment of mini-themes. The biggest theme isThe Potato Box with potato wrapping paper! Inside I discovered a bag of parmesan/garlic potato chips, two Idaho Spud candy bars (shaped like potatoes but definitely chocolate-y/coconut-y in flavor), "Heart of Idaho" potato soup mix, a vegetable brush shaped likeyou guessed ita potato! Also a bar of Spud Suds! Its an all-natural-ingredient bar of soap with a killer scent. Yes, it lists potato as one of the ingredients! Lol

Katie also included several items from other areas of the Northwest Oregon, Washington and Canada. She remembered that Im currently into 2002 Cabernets, and sent me a bottle (unbroken! Yay!) of Columbia Crest from the Columbia Valley in Paterson, Washington. This one will be opened later this evening for mass consumption. Count on it! :o)

But wait: theres more! Lol Katie sent me an individual serving of smoked king salmon fillet. I cant remember if Ive mentioned it on the forums but I LOVE salmon. Love, love, love it. Cant wait to sample this little beauty. Theres also a packet of dill dip mix, which is billed as being great for chips, crackers and veggies.

Katie says her area also is known for huckleberries. She included a couple of goodies from a friends shop. So now Ive got a packet of ready-to-brew huckleberry tea AND a packet of huckleberry cocoa. Im not sure, but I suspect this is also where the Huckeberry Lotion came from. Smells sooo good!

Theres also a trivet covered with delphiniums in the most perfect shades of violet and lavender. Theres a label on the back that says this trivet came from Pridham Studio in British Columbia. Web address is: www.pridhamstudio.com

I mentioned something about canned goods, too, didnt I? :o) Theres huckleberry jam, blueberry/lavender jam, jalapeno pepper jelly, Indonesian satay sauce, and roasted tomato/garlic soup all from The Kitchens of Katie.

Last but not least, a bottle of caramelized onions from the Coeur dAlene Dressing Company of Rathdrum, Idaho. This is gonna go great on my Trader Joes pizza. I love to buy TJ's ready-to-bake dough, throw on a sauce, cheese, tofu and whatever, and then cook to perfection. Cant wait to taste what the caramelized onions are like on this!

Oops, I almost forgot. Katie also enclosed four bell-shaped chocolate truffles. Two appeared to be filled with blueberry sauce I think? And the other two had what appeared to be a light peanut butter filling. Its hard to remember because theyre the first things I tore into, and that was a good hour ago! Lolol

Katie, you rule. Thank you for the thought and effort you put into this box. You gave me eating options that dont require cooking. For that I am eternally grateful! Lol And now, I must return to my goodies for more personal sampling. You know for quality control purposes. Yeah.thats it. ;o)

Karen

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debbie814

Katie, I love everything you sent and especially the huckleberry jam, blueberry/lavender jam, jalapeno pepper jelly, Indonesian satay sauce, and roasted tomato/garlic soup from your kitchen. Karen, I know you will enjoy your goodies!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 8:05PM
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craftyrn

What a unique theme with the potato--Katie you must have had quite a good time shopping fot items to fit that--well done! Karen --those home canned goodies are so special. The trivet sounds lovely.
Diane
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    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 8:08PM
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KatieC

Ohgood, I'm glad the breakables made it. I took a couple of pictures and I'll post them later tonight or tomorrow (have meetings 'til late). I didn't take one of the paper, but I still have a sheet left...it was so, so Idaho-ish, lol.

Karen, I lived back there when I was a kid and I know how terrible cold it gets in the winter...hence the soups and warm drinks. (The chocolates are [were]huckleberry!)You'll have to let me know how the wine is since I don't drink reds. Oh, and I forgot to put in the note....the tomato soup neeeeeds a bit of cream to make it properly decadent.

I hope you enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 8:17PM
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teresa_nc7

What a great swap package! Those home canned items are always so appreciated!

Great job, Katie!

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 9:17PM
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kent4489

Karen, Yum! Yum! Yum! Enjoy!

Katie, Awesome job on the swap. That blueberry/lavendar jam sure sounds appetizing to me.

Jayne

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 9:40PM
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annie1992

Home canned goods AND wine? How much better could it possibly get?

Annie

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 10:24PM
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riverrat1

Great box Katie! I love the personal touches!

Karen enjoy your box and I'm sure your day ended up just fine after having the huckleberry truffles.

    Bookmark   September 15, 2005 at 10:58PM
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compumom

Katie, you made a great box! I personally would love to try the blueberry-lavender jam and the carmelized onions. Yum! Sounds lovely! Enjoy it Karen and I hope you too have a better day tomorrow!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 12:44AM
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coronabarb

"That blueberry/lavendar jam sure sounds appetizing to me."

Me too!! Can you share the recipe? ;-)))

barb

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 1:42AM
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Carol Schmertzler Siegel

Nice going, Katie, it all sounds great! Huckleberry cocoa sounds pretty interesting! Enjoy your goodies, Karen!

Carol

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 5:23AM
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robinkateb

Wow Katie that is an amazing swap box. What a wonderful bounty of home canned items. I love the idea of indonesian satay sauce, the huckleberry jam, jalepeno pepper jelly and the soup. I tried to make that soup last summer and had canner problems. Since then I have been afraid of making it. The box would have been awesome with just all the home canned items.

-Robin

Here is the Blueberry Lavender Jam recipe along with notes on canning it

Blueberry Lavender Jam

2 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
1 11 1/2- ounce can frozen white grape juice concentrate
3 cups fresh blueberries, washed and drained

1. Make a lavender sachet: Cut a piece of cheesecloth into a 6-inch square, place lavender in the center, and tie into a bundle with kitchen twine.

  1. Cook the jam: In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, bring lavender sachet, grape juice concentrate, and blueberries to a boil. Stir constantly to prevent burning until the berry mixture jells -- about 20 minutes. (To test whether mixture has jelled, place a teaspoonful on a plate and let cool to room temperature. Lightly touch the berry mixture with your finger to see if it has consistency of jelly. If not, continue to cook for 10 more minutes and check again by using the same test.) Cover and steep for 2 hours.

  2. Store the jam: Remove the lavender sachet and discard. Divide the jam between 2 pint jars. Cover and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month

Note: To modify it so I could can it I just simmered it with the lavender for 20 minutes than removed the lavender (which I had in a teaball). I also made one where I soaked the lavender overnight in the grape juice, yuck too much lavender.

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 7:50AM
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trixietx

Wow, what a package, everything sounds wonderful.

Karen, you will love the huckleberry lotion and all of the homemade goodies. I know because Katie was my first swap partner and she packs a really, really good box.

Those potatoe chips and soup mix sound good.

Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 7:58AM
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stacy3

oooh, I LOVE all the homemade stuff - how wonderful!Enjoy all this great stuff Karen.

What a thoughtful package, Katie.

Stacy

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 10:42AM
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lsr2002

Wow, what a great box. So how was the Cabernet? I'm sure it made your evening great. I love the sound of the blueberry lavender jam and the recipe is small enough that even I might be able to try it without being overwhelmed by the whole canning thing. Everything from "The Kitchens of Katie" sounds delicious.

Yum, enjoy your treats Karen.

Lee

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 10:43AM
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wizardnm

Karen I know you are going to enjoy all those goodies. Katie, you did a great, fun box! What's not to like when you send things made by you.

Nancy

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 10:47AM
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jimtex

Homemade stuff rules Karen. It all sounds so good. Katie your mini themes are all super. I'm going to be up in Washington state next spring and I'll be sure and try some huckleberry jam (and a jillion other things).

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 7:11PM
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JessyFeldm_speakeasy

Glad there was something truly wonderful to brighten up your day. Wow - all those canned goodies. I appreciate all the work that goes into them now!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2005 at 9:12PM
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coronabarb

Thank you for the recipe!

    Bookmark   September 17, 2005 at 4:56PM
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colo_lady

Wow! That's one edible box! Everything sounds unique and interesting. AND delicious! How cool to have that homemade bounty, too. You are one lucky swap-ee.

Enjoy your goodies!
Marcia

    Bookmark   September 19, 2005 at 5:38PM
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