Giveaway: Hitchhiking to Heaven Prizewinning Recipes 2010

by Wendy Copley on November 16, 2010

At the beginning of this year, one of the goals I set for myself was to learn to make marmalade and/or pickles. I was actually pretty nervous about this project because I had the idea that canning was really hard and I was afraid I’d kill myself or my family if I didn’t get it just right. When I blurted out my fears on Facebook, Shae Irving responded with enthusiastic encouragement and helped convince me that not only was canning doable, but that it was also pretty fun. Since then, I’ve made 8 different kinds of preserves and  Shae — who has offered advice, encouragement and inspiration — has had my back all the while.

Now you can have Shae at your back too! She has written a wonderful eBook called Hitchhiking to Heaven Prizewinning Recipes 2010 and she has offered to give a copy of her book to one lucky Wendolonia reader. Yay!

The book offers up the seven recipes that earned Shae ribbons at this years Marin County Fair, plus a ton of advice and tips to ensure that each recipe you try will be a success. Shae has already written a heck of a lot of books about topics that require almost as much precision as making a good batch of jam, so you can be assured that she doesn’t gloss over the important details that will transform your preserves from pretty good to top-notch. At the same time, her writing style is also conversational and accessible. Reading her recipes recreates the experience of being in your friend’s kitchen while she gives you a run-down of how she makes her favorite dish.  Recipes included in the book are:

  • Meyer Lemon Marmalade
  • Double Meyer Marmalade (Lemons & Rum)
  • Red Wine and Clementine Apricots and Prunes
  • Apricot Jam
  • Wild Blackberry Lime Jam
  • Strawberry Balsamic Black Pepper Jam
  • Apple Earl Grey Almond Jelly

All that and only $9.95! And because it’s an eBook, you can have it in your hands 5 minutes after you decide to buy it.

I can’t wait to make Shae’s recipe for Meyer Lemon Marmalade (Best in Show, yo!). I’m already mentally cataloging the people I know who have Meyer Lemon trees in their yards so I can hit them up for freebies.

So how do you get your copy of this fantastic book? Head on over to Shae’s blog for ordering info, or take a second to enter the giveaway here.

To enter: Please leave a comment below sharing your canning successes (links to recipes/blog posts welcome!) or if you’ve never done any canning tell me what you’d like to try your hand at. Or you could tell us why you enjoy canning because I’m interested in that too. I’ll choose one (1) random entry from those that are submitted before Friday, November 19 at 11:59 pm PDT and announce the winner on Saturday morning. Good luck!

Because this is an eBook giveaway you can enter no matter where you are in the world. Woooo!

Disclosure: I didn’t receive anything to host this giveaway! I actually bought this book the day it was released because I knew it would be awesome and it was.


Suseyhomemaker November 16, 2010 at 9:16 pm

I love canning and finding unusual things to can. My number one winner was pickled melon, not the rind, the melon.
I would love to win this book.

Tina Rosato November 16, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Ohhhhh….loving this topic!! The only thing I’ve ever been brave enough to can is my aunt’s zucchini relish recipe. I make it every year, and it’s DELICIOUS! It does not however need to go in a ‘water bath’ and for whatever reason, they scare the heck out of me! One of my resolutions this year is to can can can all throughout the various seasons!

Tina Rosato November 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm

ohhhhh…I’m intrigued! What the heck is pickled melon? What kind of melon? Is it sweet? Sour? So interesting!

BB November 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm

I too am scared to try canning. I’ve got a wonderful apple butter recipe that I’d like to try preserving. Up until now, I’ve just made a batch and thrown it in the fridge, we go through it so fast that it almost isn’t worth the effort to go to the trouble of canning but I think I might try giving it as a Christmas gift this year and for that I’ll need to preserve it. Halp!

Crafty Farmer November 16, 2010 at 10:17 pm

I LOVE canning because I think I am mildly obsessive! 🙂 Oh, and I LOVE good food! My favorite thing to can so far is simply applesauce because it is so quick and easy. But, I also love roasted green chiles so that I can have them all year long. This book sounds fantastic!

Shelley November 16, 2010 at 10:40 pm

I LOVE to can! This book looks inspirational.
Today I’m doing applesauce with apples from our own tree.

Margot Perry November 16, 2010 at 11:07 pm

I tried canning for the first time this summer! I was a little intimidated initially, but quickly caught on and can’t believe I waited so long to try it! I made the most amazing peach jam with some locally grown Georgia peaches. There are 2 great websites I discovered that really helped;, I would LOVE to win Shae’s ebook! Thanks!

Melibee November 16, 2010 at 11:31 pm

The closest thing I’ve done to canning is making pickles. It was ridiculously easy. Jams seem harder to me and your tales of making marmalade the first time really didn’t do anything to ease my anxiety. LOL I also have this hang-up that to make jam you need to start with perfect fruit and unfortunately, the fruit in TN leaves a lot to be desired.

Jeannine Lloyd November 17, 2010 at 12:18 am

Hi, I just discovered your website and although I admire your for taking the time to make all these beautiful Bento boxes, I am appaled by the content of it. Yes there a fruit but what about the wieners, processed crackers, nachos chips, salami and other deli meat, white bread or buns. Do you realize that 2 thirds of the contents are from processed foods. Putting chips and crackers in your kids lunch will only teach them bad habits..not too be insulting but you do not seem to be particulary fit on your photos.

Dragonfly November 17, 2010 at 2:45 am

I canned pear butter this year and also pear-pineapple jelly. I would love to try more and new recipes!

Grace Shannon November 17, 2010 at 4:20 am

I’ve made lemon marmalade with our lemons and apricot pineapple jam. I guess that you could say that I “foraged” for the apricots. They grow on the county land that abuts our back fence. I have to hop the fence to pick them, and I feel like an outlaw while I do it, but the just go to waste if we don’t pick them 🙂

stephanie November 17, 2010 at 4:48 am

i love shae’s stuff and would love to read this book! so glad you overcame the canning intimidation–it’s such a great feeling!

Queenie November 17, 2010 at 5:18 am

I’ve tried canning only once! My friend hosted a houseparty and we made salsa! It was SOOO awesome, to go through the whole process – how rewarding. Now I’m jonesing to do some canning!

Lisa B November 17, 2010 at 5:31 am

I love canning tomatoes. Pretty simple but nothing compares to opening a jar over the winter months!

Martha November 17, 2010 at 8:06 am

Besides making jam, which we do every year during berry season, I really love making chutneys and I have two different curried pickle recipes that I love. One is curried pickled cabbage and the other is curried zucchini pickle with lots of onions, peppers and two colors of zucchini. Both the chutneys and the pickles are soooo yummy with cheese! I would love more recipes, the Apple Earl Grey one looks especially interesting!

Monzie November 17, 2010 at 10:42 am

I have never canned but would like to try sometime. It would be nice to have some yummy seasonal things all year round!

Robyn November 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm

I made strawberry jam about 20 years ago after getting tons of bruised strawberries at the farmers market. Would love to try other jams and experiment with low-sugar varieties for my jam-loving husband.

Shannon November 17, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Last night I had a bowl of vanilla ice cream with a big spoonful of Strawberry Pie Fruit Jamboree on top. It was SO good. I don’t know if the labor/economics aspect of this would work out at all, but have you considered selling your preserves, like at Farmer’s Markets and stuff? I would happily pay eight or nine dollars a jar.

John November 17, 2010 at 7:21 pm

The first year I had a garden I grew a Gypsy Pepper plant along with a dozen California Wonder Pepper plants. I had no idea they would all produce so much, and after giving away bagfulls, I decided to try my hand at Pepper Jelly. I let the Gypsies get good and red, then made the attempt. I’ve been making and canning Pepper Jelly ever since and it is SO good with cream cheese and Wheat Thins! For those of you scared of canning, do what Wendy did and GO FOR IT! It isn’t that hard and the food you’ll get is so much tastier than what you find in the store! I’ve got a few great pepper jelly recipes if you’re interested!

Allie DuPre November 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm

Although I have never canned before I have dreams of making homemade pickles!

laura November 18, 2010 at 3:18 am

i canned for the first time by myself this year — organic strawberry jam. it’s nearly gone ’cause we sneak spoonfuls of it (shhh, don’t tell!).

i actually want to can LOTS more, but with a new baby (and a preceding bed-rest-ful pregnancy) it’s hard to organize it all.

Kristina November 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Apple Butter would be a great place to start your canning adventure! It’s got all the nice built in pectin, so you don’t have to worry about messing with that. All you need are the jars and a pot of boiling water!

Kristina November 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

My first canning experience was with grape jelly. We had guests in town and I had bought a ton of grapes that nobody ended up eating. My husband and I figured we could make jelly out of them so they didn’t go to waste. All we did was look up a recipe online before we jumped right in! It turned out to be AMAZING!! From then on we were hooked!!! That was 2 years ago…now we’re total canning junkies. This past summer we took on our biggest canning adventure yet, 118 quarts of tomatoes in 2 days!

africk November 19, 2010 at 5:02 pm

My mom always canned grwoing up but I’ve never tried, I realy should!!

wcopley November 19, 2010 at 6:57 pm


Heather D. November 20, 2010 at 12:32 am

I have never canned. As much as my family loves to try different jams, jellies, and marmalades, I have never gotten the courage up to try my hand at it. With this e-book, it will be the push I need. I can’t wait to try some of the recipes!

Stacey November 20, 2010 at 1:58 am

I’ve recently gotten back into canning after a 3-year break! In addition to peach butter ( and my first attempt at tomato sauce ( I’m now making a new jam or jelly a week for holiday gifts. Tonight was apple cider jelly…so good!

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