Ball Blue Book!


Pictured: Pear Ambrosia Conserve. I made this last December, some for me, some for gifts. (See the cranberry and popcorn garland. I was working on decorations for our Christmas tree at the time.) It’s not too early to prepare for your holiday baskets, and it’s a delicious treat any time of year. If you’ve got pears put up in the freezer or pantry, or are getting pears in right now (or soon), try it!

On a related note, if you missed it (or just want to read it again), here’s one of my personal favorite posts from last year. It involves pears, Clover, and a lot of nonsense. See: Pear Pressure. (You’ll be glad you did!)

Back to the BBB–one of these days, I’m going to sit down and actually count (from my master list of donors) how many Ball Blue Books have been given away. I’ve been doing this for about 9 months now, usually one a week, sometimes more. I’m guessing it’s somewhere on the order of at least 40 homecanning “bibles” so far have made it into the hands of people who want to can. I have many more to come. I’m so glad I can do this and I want to thank all the donors who make it possible week after week.

Remember, you can’t win if you don’t enter, so enter every week. Somebody has to win and it might as well be you! Entering is easy.


Ball Blue BookIt’s a Ball Blue Book Project day! Today’s Ball Blue Book is sponsored by CB in TN.

For a chance to win: Leave a comment on this post and let me know you want it. You can just put (BBB) at the end of your comment or otherwise note that you want to be in the draw. One winner will be drawn by random comment number to receive a Ball Blue Book. Eligible entry cut-off is midnight Eastern (U.S.) time tonight (August 7). This post will be updated with the winner by 9 a.m. Eastern (U.S.) time tomorrow (August 8). Return to this post to claim your book if your name is drawn.

Find out more about the Ball Blue Book Project and become a sponsor.

UPDATE 08/08/10: The winning comment number, drawn by, is #21, Jackie C. Email me at CITRgiveaways(at) with your full name and address for shipping!



  1. ayenbe says:

    I always read the the Blue Ball Giveaway posts… and really really really want one! (Just did my first tomatoes of the season!) Please please please pick me! πŸ™‚

  2. Victoria Sturdevant says:

    I’m making blueberry jam on Sunday! BBB

  3. Jean says:

    Would love to win! (BBB)

  4. joanne says:

    I’m not a big fan of pears but that is absolutely gorgeous…I may try it for gift giving this year. Thanks for sharing as always.

  5. Laura B in Greenwood, IN says:

    would love to win! BBB BBB BBB :dancingmonster:

  6. Connie Rogers says:

    Hi Suzanne.I am making rhubarb marmalade Monday..Enter me in your drawing for the BBB

  7. Richelle says:

    yes, yes, really! BBB

  8. Connie says:

    Someone gave me two boxes of peaches yesterday. I really need this….

  9. Celia Allen says:

    :happyflower: I want it! I’ll keep trying till you pick my name! Beautiful looking Pear Ambrosia Conserve! Pick me for the BBB!
    Mrs. Turkey

  10. Sharon says:

    Would love the BBB, always looking for new canning recipes.

  11. debbie says:

    I would really like to have the BBB.

  12. Snapper119 says:

    I would *heart* to win a BBB please!

  13. Jennifer says:

    I would love to win the BBB. My kids and I just made some pickles this week and they had such fun!

  14. Cyndi says:

    I would love to win the BBB. I have a desire to do something with peaches….I’m sure the answer is in there.

  15. Glenie says:

    Love chicken in the road I read it everyday. BBB

  16. Jade says:

    This home schooling Mother of 4 loves reading Chicken in the Road!! Pick me!!BBB :pinkpig: :chicken: :turtle: :shimmy:

  17. Higglytown says:

    I would LOVE to win BBB. Just barely learning to can and need all the help I can get.

  18. Anke says:

    I think it is great that you are still doing this giveaway! The conserve you made looks very pretty, bet it was delicious.
    BBB please.

  19. Rhonda says:

    Good morning and yes I love pears. My SIL made pear preserves years ago and I’ve been wanting her to make more, you know how something someone else makes tastes better? BBB please.

  20. Jackie C says:

    Please enter me for the BBB. I’m almost ready to make the Hot Peppeer Butter. The “peach man” hasn’t shown up in the neighborhood yet, so I’m waiting on him for the “good ones”. I have to race the horses to the abandoned pear tree in the meadow across the way, but pear pie is calling my name. :hungry:

  21. TrinaV says:

    BBB oh please please please!

  22. Jenny says:

    I need that! Pick me! :duck:

  23. marymac says:

    Wow!! That jelly looks so good!! Put me down for the BBB please.

  24. Amy Cook in WI says:

    BBB all the way…hope to win this one!

  25. PossumManor says:

    BBB I never win the lottery, so maybe I will win this.

  26. Rachel says:

    I’ve never canned anything before, but I would love to try! I think the BBB would be a nice start…

  27. Teri says:

    would love to win a BBB

  28. Bonnie says:

    One of these days. . . BBB!

  29. scorwin says:

    Please enter me for BBB. I’m trying again.

  30. Suzanne says:

    Oooo, I want one! BBB!!!

  31. Amber says:

    BBB please! Clovers babies are gorgeous!

  32. Michelle says:

    The Ball Blue Book is DEFINATELY on my wish list!!!! Right now, I am in the midst of canning green beans and pickle relish. I’ll move on to pears hopefully by the end of the weekend. BBB

  33. Lauren says:

    BBB, pretty please. :happyflower:

  34. Betty says:

    Love your blog! You have a very interesting life to read about, my grandson especially enjoys all the animal stories. BBB

  35. Erin says:

    One of these days, I’m bound to win! BBB

  36. Stephanie says:

    Wandering through your pages has become a Saturday morning addiction as I discover things I want to try and incorporate into the weekend’s activities with my son. Thank you so much for this journey.

    BBB please πŸ™‚

  37. Amy Manwell says:

    I would love to win a BBB. Today is my daughters birthday and that would be a great thing to have because she loves to be in the kitchen with her mama.

  38. Sarah says:

    OH BOY!! That Pear Ambrosia Conserve looks delightful!!! BBB

  39. northcountrygirl says:

    Please enter me in the Ball Blue Book drawing. Thank you. BBB

  40. Nancy says:

    How pretty that conserve is and it would be a beautiful addition to a Christmas basket! BBB

  41. pdelainey says:

    BBB please :clover:

  42. leavesofthefall says:

    BBB is a gem. Enter me please. :happyflower:

  43. Langela says:

    I’d love one! BBB

  44. Pat says:

    I really need a new book. Just got finished making Peach Honey and canning Field Corn.

  45. Shannon J says:

    BBB, please…canning peaches right now using internet instructions. πŸ™‚

  46. Ashlee says:

    I really want to start canning! BBB please!

  47. Martha says:

    Love, love, love your blog…faithfully read it most everyday!! Canning Onion Marmalade on Monday!! BBB

  48. Maribeth Shreve says:

    I need this book! I am canning Peach Preserves and Apple OPie filling today but do not have the current BBB!

    Maribeth in

  49. mommafox says:

    Would love to be the winner of a BBB. Surely there are some recipes in there to help an “old dog” learn some new tricks. :woof: :woof:

  50. Merlin says:

    BBB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Preeeeeety Pleeeeeeeease?) πŸ˜€

  51. Marianne G says:

    Want to try my hand at canning! BBB please!

  52. Debbie in Memphis says:

    I’d love to win πŸ™‚ Thanks Suzanne and CB in TN!!

  53. Denise :) says:

    Please, please, PLEASE! I would like one of these books *very* much!! BBB *Hugs!* πŸ™‚

  54. Linda T. says:

    I would love a chance to win….thanks to all the donors!

  55. Sue Nugent says:

    :snuggle: Your BBB would come in handy during this season. I rely on the internet since most of my books burned in our housefire of 07, including my cook and canning books.Please enter me in your drawing.

  56. Susan W. says:

    I’d love to learn to can pickles and preserves. My toast this am was sad without jam. BBB

  57. Miss Becky says:

    Suzanne, your pear ambrosia looks so delicious and beautiful. I want to make some. BBB

  58. geena22 says:

    :hissyfit: I really really want BBB! πŸ˜€

  59. Susan says:

    I would love a BBB !!! I need all the help I can get !

  60. claudia w says:

    I would love to have that Big Beautiful Book…BBB!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  61. Dorothy says:

    :hungry: Would love one of those BBB’s! Love your blog.

  62. Kathy in FL says:

    I’d love to win! Pick me for the BBB!

  63. Ruth C says:

    I’m so excited that finally I have the place where I can do canning! And I’d love to start it off with the Ball Blue Book–enter me, please!

  64. floreksa says:

    oooh I’d love one!!! BBB

  65. Rose H says:

    The preserves look delicious!
    Please enter me for the BBB, thank you.

  66. Runningtrails says:

    Your conserve looks delicious!!

    I’d love the Blue Ball Book!

  67. Mokihana says:

    I’d love to win the BBB… mine is in tatters!

  68. mariah says:

    Thank you for doing these giveaways, and thank you to those who sponsor them! Pick me!! πŸ™‚ BBB

  69. Patsy Melton says:

    Great looking preserves–BBB

  70. Diane says:

    I used to can peaches and pears and would love a BBB book!

  71. Rose says:

    Would love a BBB.

  72. Denise says:

    I would love to win BBB!

  73. Denise says:

    I would love to win BBB!

  74. Mell says:

    Last year was my first year home canning & I plan on doing it again this year, that conserve looks yummy πŸ˜€ (BBB)

  75. paula m says:

    So far I’ve only managed apple butter. It’s such a thrill to say “Yes!I made this with my own little hands.” Now I need to branch out. Would love a book to get me on my way.

  76. Luann says:

    BBB- winning would be awesome!

  77. jan~n~tn says:

    Guess I don’t get out enough…would like to ask where you got the doughnut cutter(aug 4 post)? It looks well made and would last a long time.
    Put me in for the BBB please.

  78. rivergirl says:

    Would love to try canning. I do put things in the freezer & make jelly. want to try more :snoopy:

  79. Melody says:

    I not only really want to win one I need one.Please put me in the drawing.

  80. Lise says:

    I’d love to have a BBB!

  81. Mel says:

    I would love a BBB!!!!

  82. Terri Draeger says:

    Nice looking ambrosian conserve! working on lemon curd today…
    please add me to BBB draw, thank you!

  83. Bonnie says:

    I would love a BBB! Now that I am retired I will have more time to plant more than the 4 tomato plants I had this year.

  84. Brenda E says:

    I would love a BBB. Thanks so much Suzanne for the opportunity. You are one in a million.

  85. Brenda E says:

    I would love a BBB. Thanks so much Suzanne for the opportunity. You are one in a million.

  86. ann austin says:

    I would love to win the BBB!!!
    That photo looks like jewels sparkling in the light, but so much better because it feeds your heart and your family.


  87. dawn young says:

    I am doing some dills and peach mango jam today. Would really enjoy getting a bbb

  88. Debbie Linkous says:

    I’d love it to be me this week! BBB please!

  89. Kirsten S says:

    I’d love to be entered for the BBB!

  90. Michelle says:

    I would like to win the BBB!

  91. hoosiergal says:

    Would love to win to give to a friend I’m teaching to can.BBB

  92. Lavon says:

    Please consider this an formal (or informal) request to LET ME WIN!!! Thanks and love your stories. Can’t wait for Ross to graduate.

  93. Jan says:

    Would love to have the BBB, and would put it to lots of use!

  94. Lisa Faulkner says:

    Please enter me for the BBB πŸ˜€

  95. Raeann says:

    I have just started following your blog a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t know you had a BBB giveaway every week! I am one of those looky-lou’s who don’t usually comment, but I can’t miss this! Please enter me in your BBB Giveaway!

  96. Krista Miller says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. As someone who has never canned anything In my life, what better way to start. BBB.

  97. Katherine says:

    yes please! Your website, recipes, pictures and stories have inspired me!


  98. farmershae says:

    BBB me please!!! :shimmy:

  99. Emily says:

    BBB for ME ME ME, Please, please, please!

  100. MAYBELLINE says:

    and I bet I’m too late.

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