Nectarine (from my garden) Vanilla Bean preserves. I swear, if there is a heaven, it smells like Nectarine Vanilla Bean preserves cooking on the stove. My original recipe can be found here.
I begin by pulling wild weeds and raking fallen leaves. I whisk a winter’s-full of caked loam from stone steps. The dirt provides my manicure and the sun warms and massages my stiff back. A deep breath, the first in many months, hands me softly-scented sweet air. My mind shifts. I step back from task complete, into stillness and contentment.