Opening A New Jar Of Jam

There’s really nothing better than the feeling of popping open a fresh new jar of jam. That first bite tastes so amazing, for absolutely no reason at all other than the fact that’s it’s brand new. But reasons are only for those who feel they need them. I’ve found when enjoying something sweet and delicious, it’s always better to check reason at the door and simply enjoy the moment. One of my favorite options for jam is Bonne Maman from France, which has so many flavors, it’s nearly impossible to choose just one. So, I went with apricot today, but tomorrow you might find me feasting on strawberry, peach or black currant. In truth, I don’t indulge in jam on a daily basis, unless we’re on our annual trip to France, in which case, all inhibitions are lost. Vacations are a time specifically created to engage in all indulgences possible. It wouldn’t be much of an escape if approached in any other fashion. So I insist on enjoying mine with a bit of jam on top.

Now, of course, I can’t think of anything except being in France and enjoying a daily trip to the bakery. Jam is wonderful, but when you combine it with a fresh croissant or baguette it reaches new glorious heights. I’m often sad that America went the route of mass-produced baked goods. They just aren’t very good at all in comparison. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I grew up with a Twinkie in my lunchbox, so I’m no snob, but once you discover real baked goods, there’s really no going back. We luckily have a local bread company here that stocks our grocery stores with fresh bread daily. Unfortunately, their baguette, while good, is slightly undercooked. We realized why when the checker smiled while scanning it and said, “Oh, yum! I love garlic bread!” In America, it’s far more likely a baguette is being purchased to be recooked in the oven with a bit of cheese and garlic. I’m sure this company would have received complaints had they not been wise enough to undercook the bread anticipating this end result. So, a perfectly cooked baguette is still one of my favorite treats!

And if you’d like a little treat, then today might just be your lucky day! Tonight, I’m giving away 10 Stonehenge Aqua Samplers, which include a sheet of all the Coldpress and Hotpress papers (US Only for this one). These will go to the first 10 artists who comment below with “That’s So Sweet!” to let me know they one one and who have never received anything from Legion Paper here on Doodlewash! Be sure to watch for my reply as if you win (or even better, click the option to ‘notify me of new comments via email’), as I’ll be requesting your address so I can have your prize sent to you! Life is certainly better when you can receive a lovely treat now and then. Yes, definitely in moderation, because too many treats at once would run the thrill entirely. But if you ever have a day where you need just a little smile to help you get through it, I would highly suggest opening a new jar of jam.

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  1. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    That’s so sweet!

  2. Sandra Strait 5 years ago

    Dang it! Hit reply without meaning to. I have received from Legion Paper, but couldn’t resist saying That’s So Sweet. It’s a jam thing!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe!! Thanks so much! Hope you enjoy the paper and yay to sweet things!! 😉

  3. Junya Wang 5 years ago

    That’s so sweet! Lovely post and painting as always! Now I’m craving jam and croissants as well, and thinking of baking some. As always, thank you for your beautiful paintings and writing every day, it’s always a pleasure to read through your interesting thoughts.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Junya!! I’m so happy you enjoy these posts!! 😃💕 This sponsor ships to U.S. only, but I’ll see if they might send you a sample!

      • Junya Wang 5 years ago

        Ah, I’m so sorry, I didn’t see the US only on the post (too busy craving jam, I suppose!) Thank you for your generosity and effort, but please don’t trouble yourself if the sponsor doesn’t ship to Canada! I’m perfectly happy just reading your posts. Thank you again for your entertaining and reflective writing and beautiful paintings, I can never say it enough. And congratulations on 800!

  4. Vicki Rowley 5 years ago

    That’s so sweet! And yummy, and tempting, and. . . . I haven’t yet tried Stonehenge paper so would love the chance. Thanks Charlie.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Vicki! 😃💕 Then try it you shall! I’ll have some sent your way!

  5. Lisa 5 years ago

    That’s so sweet! I won this in the past I believe, but the jam is sweet, and I love apricot best!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Yay, glad you’re an apricot fan as well. And yep, I have you done to receive some!

  6. Meenakshi Goel 5 years ago

    “That’s So Sweet!” Thank you Charlie! Keep inspiring, Keep Growing❤

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks so much, Meenakshi! 😃💕 I’ll have some paper sent your way!

      • Meenakshi Goel 5 years ago

        Yayyyy!! Thank you so much Charlie💕

  7. Manan Gupta 5 years ago

    “That’s So Sweet!” Awesome artwork as always with beautiful expression behind it. Thanks!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Manan! 😃💕 And I’ll have some paper sent your way!

  8. Susan Cuss 5 years ago

    That’s so Sweet!

    • Susan Cuss 5 years ago

      I think some Stonehenge papers would be sweeter than jam, although yours looks yummy! Thanks!

      • Author
        Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

        Hehe!! Yay to that! And yay to getting some! Glad you received it! 😉💕

  9. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 5 years ago

    I couldn’t have gotten through childhood without grape jelly, but this jar of apricot jam on a croissant – I’m trying to get a bite of it but my computer refuses to cooperate. The color alone is delectable.

    Thank you for the many lovely little presents received in the mail over the last months – very generous of you and the companies offering them.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Shari! 😃💕 Yay to wonderful little gifts!! hehe… and now I’m just picturing you attempting to bite your screen! LOL

  10. Jan Williams 5 years ago

    “That’s So Sweet!” My alto ego is “The Jam Lady”. If it doesn’t move I’m planning to turn it into jam or jelly. How about Lilac Blossom (that was a pain as there can be no green parts included), rose petal, Black Forrest (cherry, brandy and chocolate), Strawberry Daiquiri, Hawthorn, Rowanberry. I made cucumber jelly once, only once. It was disgusting. I’m working on Chokeberry or Cotoneaster this year. Come November I’ve usually accumulated about 200 jars so off we go to a local craft fair. 4 generations, myself, my son, his daughter and her son. There is at least a dozen taster jars on our table. We have gathered quite a name for ourselves. I don’t take orders, I make what ever takes my fancy and sell the left overs. I think if I make it a “business” the fun will be lost. I feel you would understand that Charlie. I belong to a small art group and they had a show and sale at Christmas, I was persuaded to put some of my watercolours up for sale. I hated it, it was like selling part of myself. The best way to eat a good jam is off a spoon. Love to try the paper. Thanks Charlie, Blessings.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      hehe… I totally understand that!! What a fabulous story, Jan! 😃💕 And now you have me wanting to try those jams!! YUM!!! This one was only for U.S. with this sponsor, but I’ll check to see if they might ship to Canada as well!

  11. Gina 5 years ago

    That’s so sweet! Not sure if I qualify or not, but love jam just the same :).

  12. An Artsy Appetite 5 years ago

    That’s so sweet!! 🙂

    This painting is so cute…

  13. Jodi 5 years ago

    thats so sweet! I know you are past the number of winners, but just wanted to let you know I read it and enjoyed your art and writing as always 🙂

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Actually, I’m not past the number of winners, but I have you done for some Stonehenge already! Thanks so much, Jodi! 😃💕

      • Jodi 5 years ago

        I don’t know how you are keeping track of all this as I can’t even remember 🙂 Thanks Charlie O!

        • Author
          Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

          hehe!! It’s totally against my normal character, but I have a lovely program that I use to help me be efficient. Or, at least, appear that way! 😊

  14. a.filmer 5 years ago

    that’s so sweet (I know I’m too late, but just in case…)

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Ann! 😃💕 I already have you down to receive some Legion paper! yay!

  15. smzang 5 years ago

    Delicious!! I’m not an artist, so I’ll settle for a black currant jam sandwich (unless of course there is elderberry
    and then I’d be having that!) Your painting makes me hungry!!.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thank you so much! 😃💕 It makes my heart so happy that you enjoy my posts!!

  16. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    “That’s So Sweet!” I’ve never received Legion Paper.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Thanks, Sharon! 😃💕 I already have you down for some so let me know if you don’t receive it!

  17. Terresa Peterson 5 years ago

    You are making me hungry!!! Lol. Great blog and painting. May have to go have some toast and jam now!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Terresa!! hehe! Yay, then mission accomplished! 😃💕

  18. Sharon Nolfi 5 years ago

    FYI Charlie, I never received an email notification today! I hope I didn’t get kicked off the list. I finally came to your website to check. (I did receive the email about Jean Haines, just not the one with your doodlewash.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Hmmmm… not sure what happened. I think you’ll still on the list, but there have been a few WordPress bugs lately. Hopefully you’ll receive the next one, but let me know if you don’t and I try to check! 😉

  19. SnehLata Maheshwari 5 years ago

    Although i am not in this race , but jam is really sweet and bottle wah kya bate hene.

  20. memadtwo 5 years ago

    Time for breakfast! (K)

  21. Sandra Gilbert 5 years ago

    Mmmmm, jam and fresh croissants. And yours look mighty yummy.

  22. Carol Simpkins 5 years ago

    Love to open a new jar of jam, so yummy on toast in the morning, love to try that new paper. Carol Simpkins

  23. Tiffani K 5 years ago

    That’s so sweet! And I have been enjoying your work and posts since finding it a few weeks back!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 5 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Tiffani!! 😃💕 Welcome!! I’m so thrilled you’re enjoying Doodlewash!!

  24. Elizabeth Metz 5 years ago

    Two words: Lemon curd. Bonne Maman *lemon curd*, Charlie.

    I can’t even draw it, because I go all apoplectic with glee from the first “pop” of the jar lid.


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