Something About Me...
A little history on how I came about creating Gotta Be Penelopes. I grew up on a farm in a very small town in upstate New York, known as the North Country or Champlain Valley area. We had a very large garden with just about every vegetable known to man. I remember saying to my mother that when I grew up, I would never have a large vegetable garden! It was way too much work! Well, I’m now eating those words!!
I moved to the outskirts of Albany, New York and started my organic garden when I bought my first house. Started freezing and canning like my mom did. 😊 We moved to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1995 when my children were very young, and I started my gardens again. Each year my garden would grow a little bigger! I would always put in extra plants, just in case they died. I would give away some to friends and neighbors and can/freeze what I could. One year I had so many habanero peppers and I couldn't figure out what to do with them. My son asked me if I had ever had hot pepper jelly. Truthfully, I had never experienced the great flavor of this with cream cheese on a cracker! It’s a very popular food in the south and I couldn’t believe I had never tried it.
I found a basic recipe and started adding my own preferences to make it my own. I loved it!! I started giving jars to friends and coworkers. I would always give them the cream cheese and pretzel crackers to try with the jelly. Pretty soon, I had so many people asking me for more and if they could possibly buy it from me. They kept saying that I should market it. I had people giving me their business cards and asking me to contact them when I started marketing it! I procrastinated for a couple of years, but then thought why not do something that I’m very passionate about and thoroughly enjoy?
I bottled my very first pepper jelly on June 21st, 2019! I now make a variety of different pepper jellies and plan to add more flavors in the coming months. Please enjoy my delicious all natural pepper jellies that I am so proud to make!
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