Eight o’clock on a Saturday morning.

is pacing back and forth. It’s been two hours past his usual morning walk and he wonders why nobody is up. He returns to his safe cavern underneath the bed and patiently waits. But as soon as he hears the rustle of the sheets, his grin stretches from pointed ear to pointed ear. He knows that his wait will be over soon and it will be a fun Saturday filled with treats, walks, and, even a trip to the park, if he’s good.

Don’t you love those mornings when you wake up at your own pace, without any rush? There are no pressing must-do’s, no phone calls, no emails, no deadlines. You get up after a restful sleep, feeling recharged and refreshed. You walk your dog, make coffee, and read the paper. You sit and savor the quiet, slow morning without a care in the world.

Those mornings rarely come nowadays but when they do embrace them and enjoy every minute of them. It’s always good to stop and take things slow. I hope you’ll find the time this weekend to do just that. Sometimes, it’s the only way I can keep myself together whenever things get too tough and too crazy.

Slow Jams

Slow Jams is Shakirah Simley from San Francisco. She makes small-batch artisan jams, preserves and spreads using fresh and seasonal ingredients that are locally sourced from small family farms and urban growers, such as urban farms and community gardens. I particularly love her brown sugar pear butter on a lightly toasted muffin. It’s perfect with a cup of coffee and sliced fresh fruit on a slow Saturday morning.

Slow Jams

  • http://www.momfoodproject.com Serene

    Gorgeous! I’m taking a three-day weekend myself, to recuperate from a rough week. Sometimes, you just gotta relax.

  • http://www.junbelen.com Jun Belen

    Thanks, Serene! And yes, you just have to stop and take some time for yourself. Enjoy your weekend!

  • Annelies

    What a great name for a jam company. Your Saturday morning description sounds heavenly Jun!

  • http://www.junbelen.com Jun Belen

    Hello Annelies, I know, it’s a brilliant name for jams and preserves! They’re available at Bi-Rite market if you want to try them. Enjoy your weekend!

  • http://www.eatslowjams.com Shakirah

    Thank you for the post and stunning photos, Jun! So glad you’re a fan of the Pear Butter, it’s definitely one of my fall favorites and I look forward to making it every year. I may have to feature your post or photos on my website! Really appreciate your support :)

  • http://www.junbelen.com Jun Belen

    I’m a big fan of local small businesses such as yours, Shakirah. I really believe in what you’re doing! Let me know if you need copies of the photographs. I’m more than glad to send those to you.

  • http://www.thedailyspud.com Daily Spud

    I don’t have that kind of morning half often enough and you’ve reminded me that I should! At least I do have some homemade jam at the ready for when the opportunity next arises :)

  • http://www.kitchencorners.com Damaris @Kitchen Corners

    the jam sounds lovely as does your philosophy on the necessity to allow yourself to relax. go you!

  • http://www.thelittlefoodie.com Mariko

    Yeah, and then I had kids. :)
    I long for those days! But I guess I would miss the little munchkins.

    That jam is so cool (design and taste, I’m sure).

  • http://www.adventuresofanamateurfoodie.com moowiesqrd

    Ah, jam on toast is one of the great simple pleasures in life, along with lazy walks with the pooch. I vote that any post that mentions Stanford needs to include a photo of his cute mug!

  • http://bonvivant.wordpress.com Danielle

    I love love love Slow Jams! Tried their meyer lemon curd at a Canvas Underground dinner and I’ve never looked back since. We have the same love for chilled out Saturdays….thanks for the reminder that I need to start doing that again ;)

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  • http://www.energychef.blogspot.com chef_d

    Wow brown sugar pear butter sounds delicious. I love your pictures!

  • Berthasvinyard

    HOW CAN I GET THIS SHIPPED TO ME  pls email me @ berthasvinyard@gmail.com

  • Sandana12

    Have you sent some to Ms. O and Paula Deen?