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Marcie Coulter

Guest Rant: Procrastination Marmalade
Marcie Coulter

Marcie 1Did you know that procrastination is rising to the level of a mental health issue? That procrastination is causing us to be poorer and fatter? And that men are worse than women? Duh – of course you did. We all do. But just in case your jury was still out, here’s an article that might help.

Or not.

Until recently, I thought procrastination was bad, bad, bad.  Below are a “few” of my validating bullet points:

  • A link to a non-profit organization determined to stamp out Procrastination.
  • “O, The Oprah Magazine life coach Martha Beck explains how to overcome the “knowing-doing gap” and stop putting important tasks off.
  • Get Info To Help You Live A Healthy Life.
  • Discover the Clarity that lets you get everything done… quickly.

Webster defines procrastinate as “putting off intentionally and habitually:  to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done.”

This month I found out just how productive procrastination can be. For three months I have been cranking continuing education and procrastinating doing it every day.  See if you can identify with the path that procrastination led me down. I’m just thankful I snapped out of it!

In the beginning it was only vacuuming every other day. Then it just seemed natural to add dusting at the same time which, in fact, was going to save me more time for con ed instead of having two separate chores (yes we DO call this rationalization).  And then I was able to add the laundry and dishes with only marginal time expenditure.  I am so skilled at getting the dishes done, the laundry started, both on already vacuumed floors with every visible wood surface sparkling that I eliminated housework as a viable topic for procrastination. Dang it – time to study.

As I sat reading accounting stuff you all can’t even begin to believe exists, I realized I had to go more hard core procrastination. So, I rationalized in a couple days worth of yard work, not letting ANY of the above housework slip and still I had time.

Then one day, lolligagging and daydreaming out the kitchen window, I realized Neighbor Greg’s tangerine tree was taunting me.  Those rich orange globes were taunting me. They were screaming na na na na na, you can’t cook us ’cause you have to study, na na na na na.  Excuse me? Indignation overtakes me and I assume stealth mode to Neighbor Greg’s with a huge bowl. Now who’s talking? Huh? You want a piece of me?

And from all my bad, bad, bad procrastination, I got marmalade that is OMG good! Procrastination Marmalade anyone?

Preparing a Procrastination Cutie for Marmalade

Both batches of Procrastination Marmalade came from a bunch of fresh marm bowlpicked cutie tangerines. Following is what I did to get the fruit ready for cooking with the rest of the ingredients.

Cleaned the fruit   Then I peeled the tangerines because they were small and I was hoping for long continuous peels – ha. That didn’t happen.  So, take the skin off however you like, just remember that the pith can’t stay around for the party. Soaked the peels in water (at least 4 cups that you’ll use later) for about 30 – 45 minutes then scraped the pith out with a spoon. This is the most time consuming part of making procrastination marmalade. But what do we care – we’re procrastinating. Once the pith is off the peel, you’re ready to mince. Squeeze the now bald cuties for the juice.

Batch 1:

1 cup fresh tangerine juice

2 tbsp Gran Marnier

5 cups water – 1 fresh, 4 cups used to soak the peel

2 cups minced tangerine peel

2 tbsp fresh minced ginger

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup honey

1 package Sure-Jell pectin (1.75 oz)

Batch 2:

1 1/3 cups of fresh tangerine juice

2 tbsp Crown Royal

5 cups water – 1 fresh, 4 cups used to soak the peel

1 1/2 cups minced tangerine peel

3 tbsp fresh minced ginger

1 tsp kosher salt

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 cup honey

1/2 tsp ground clove

1 package Sure-Jell pectin (1.75 oz)

I pretty much followed the directions sent along with the Sure-Jell. I put the tangerine rind, Sure-Jell and all other ingredients except honey and brown sugar in a pot and brought to rolling boil. Since I wanted a really tangy flavor, I didn’t add any butter for foaming. Foaming is okay with me.  the perfect giftAt the rolling boil I added the brown sugar and honey and cooked according to the directions (about 5 minutes or so).  Skimmed off the foam and plopped into jars to wait for setup.

Notes:

  • Making jam and jelly is always a little anxiety provoking to me. What if it just stays liquid? I think that stupid thought EVERY TIME I make the stuff.  OMG – I need to get over myself.
  • Probably not the appropriate method to take, but if I’m not getting the consistency I want, I just start adding more Sure-Jell (emphasized with shoulder shrug).
  • Neighbor Greg also has a Meyer Lemon tree.  It is naughty cousin to the Cutie Tree – it taunts AND teases!  I steal indiscriminately between the two.
  • I completed ALL 80 HOURS of Con Ed.

marcie headshot-Marcie Coulter is a self-employed CPA, chef extraordinaire, and master gardener who lives on the coast of central California. She is well-versed in the art of procrastination and will probably keep it that way… she hasn’t decided yet…

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