Mother's Day Cook-off

Blueberry Vanilla Jam

I love all the fresh fruits coming into season! Making homemade jam is so easy and I can’t think of a better way to capture all the fruity flavors. Homemade jams and canned goods also make great gifts, perfect for Mother’s Day, Graduation and Father’s Day.

Here is one of my most favorite and easy jam recipes to share with you!


6 cups blueberries, washed

4 cups white sugar

2 tablespoons lemon juice

2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract

3 oz pouch of fruit pectin

Details and supplies

15 minute prep time

15 minute cook time

canning 30 minutes

Total time – 60 min

Makes/fills 6 1/2 pint jars

Supplies you will need…

large stock pot

smaller pot (for boiling lids)


measuring cup and measuring spoons


ladle or funnel

*note: it is very important to sterilize your jars and lids by boiling them in separate pots, keep jars clean and im


  1. In large pot heat and mash berries
  2. Add sugar, lemon and vanilla. Stir constantly and bring to a rolling boil
  3. Add the fruit pectin, stir constantly, bring back to a boil and continue boiling for one more full minute
  4. If needed, skim off any excessive foam. Then carefully ladle or spoon the jam into your clear, prepared jars, leaving 1/4 inch at the top of the jar. Reminder: jars cam be hot, handle with care!
  5. Make sure rims are clean, tap jars to release any air bubbles. Place the lids on the jars.
  6. To can the jam, place the filled, sealed jars into the large pot of water. Make sure they are submerged at least 1 inch below the water and boil for 10 minutes.
  7. Use tongs to carefully remove jars from hot water, place on counter and let them cool completely.
  8. Label and date your jars. Jam should stay fresh and be used within one year. Enjoy and bon appetite!
Culture & Student Life

A Pirates Life: Part 1 and 2

Ahoy Mates! Join Amber as she interviews two VC Pirates. We will talk education, goals, being in school during a pandemic, and discover who has a favorite pirate!

A Pirates Life: Part 1 and 2 VC Social

Ahoy Mates! Join Amber as she interviews two VC Pirates. We will talk education, goals, being in school during a pandemic, and discover who has a favorite pirate!
Arts & Entertainment Culture & Student Life

The Show(s) Must Go On!

There is an old theatre saying, “The show must go on!” And let me tell you, during this pandemic, we have all had to pivot to finds ways to keep going in this “new normal.” Storytelling, performance and art is an import part of lives and with the stress of the pandemic, the arts have never been more important. The pandemic is not going to keep Ventura Pirates away from the stage.

During the 2020-2021 school year students performed in two unique staging’s of musicals: Angel’s Bone by Du Yun and Monty Python’s Spamalot were presented as virtual productions. Then in December of 2021 the students were able to perform, outdoors with a live audience! They presented The Mystery of Edwin Drood. In addition to the production having a live audience that got to vote on how the murder mystery will end, there was a live orchestra. After a year of being away from live performances, I’m sure it was a treat for all involved: the performers, musicians and audience members.

I had an opportunity to ask Ventura College Costume Designer, Abra Flores, about her experience creating theatre during the pandemic and she said this, “Though I felt it was important to continue offering performance opportunities to our students during the lockdown, I felt the loss of community that usually develops around a show. It’s normally a social and very collaborative activity, but during the lockdown it felt very isolating, as if we were all working in a vacuum.” It looks like, with COVID restrictions being lifted somewhat, that we all will continue to get that chance to attend live performances. There is an end to “working in a vacuum” as the students come back onto campus for classes. And we should be excited to attend live performances once again.