Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
I wish I had a better window to take pictures in. The flash just doesn't do it justice... but at this point, it is so piping hot that I couldn't move it out of doors without breaking some of the jars due to uneven cooling. I guess the inside picture is what we get. I fixed the problem of head space on these, so there should not be any strange coloring next week when we start to dig in.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
While I was peeling the peppers, I whipped the egg whites.
Egg yolks, whipped.
And a token bad pic of me, but I look happy. So I will leave it in the line.
I used a toothpick to keep the peppers together after stuffing.
Floured and ready to be battered.
Mixed fluffy egg whites and beaten egg yolks.
Dipped in the batter and placed in a 1/4 inch of olive oil (I know that olive oil isn't really authentic, but it was in lieu of lard or canola oil).
Oh, and it was really really good.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
And for dessert, peach-blueberry cobbler, made with some blueberries that I canned within a jar of peaches. I did just one jar this way, because I was experimenting. But I think I may do more this way next year. It made a great cobbler fill.Cherries, Applesauce, and Peaches. This is less than 1/4 of the peaches, and the very first batch of applesauce, but I am proud none-the-less because the season is about half over now. The applesauce has too much head space, and so it colored kind of funny. But I can fix that with the next batch. And with the very last of the peaches, I made peach butter. (to the left) It hasn't really set yet, but it is super tasty, and hopefully it turns to a nice jelly consistency as it cools completely. If not, it will be a great topping for ice cream. This season has been really crazy. Literally everything has come in on top of one another. I hardly know which way is up. Funny things too, summer squash came in before carrots. Snow peas are still going strong, right along side green beans. Blueberries were late, and apples are early, making peaches (which are usually between) at the same time as well.
This crazy year has spurred me to ask for help, and wonderfully, I have gotten great response.
Yesterday was really wonderful. Don was so helpful! He blanched and pealed an entire box of peaches while I was out weed whacking and mowing the lawn. I honestly didn't even ask him to. I came back in and they were sliced and ready to be put in jars. My amazing man. Sometimes I think he is a caveman in clothes... but other times? I think he is the most amazing creature I could have wished to share this world with. Beautiful day.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
With our cute aprons as armor, we decided to attack the last three boxes that we had of these monsters:We should have 60 quarts or so of peaches by the end of the day.
Ok, back to my 2008 peach canning marathon.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Yes, oh heck yes! She tires me out, makes me use my brain to find logical consequences for doing things like finger painting the dog at 3 years old, using bad words (correctly, I might add) at 5, or just the other day 'experimenting' with a 'very small glass of water' and our DVD remote control.
If you have ever read the book Olivia by Ian Falconer, it IS my daughter. Right down to 'moves the cat'...
She wears me out! But she has one of the most amazing minds I have ever met. And she reminds me a lot of me... but only after I grew a spine from all the crap I had to deal with as a kid. Oh, the things I could have done...
This girl will soar.
We picked a bushel up off the ground to make applesauce yesterday and if it hadn't been so hot, that would have been done today. But alas, it was 94* and we have no air conditioning. Standing in front of a hot water canner sounded very much like hell. lol! So I didn't do it. But I need to in the next two days so wish me cooler weather.
The moon is full tonight. What a beautiful moon!
This is Brian, he owns the glass shop now, but back then, he was the Foreman. He made a good boss, and is still a friend.
This picture is when we first met. He was doing a demonstration with dry paper for the crazy high flame effect (they usually use wet). Don had just turned 22 here. That was 10 years ago. It is amazing how time flies, we have been together nearly 10 years. We have had two children, and both have gone through college. We have switch careers, and built a life. We have made choices and found ourselves. And we have done this together. I know that is pretty rare, but I am realizing that it isn't as rare as I thought. More and more people I know are finding that they are in their marriages for the long haul. But it doesn't seem like a 'haul' at all!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Pink dahlia. I planted these years ago and they just come back again and again. Love that!
These are the sunflowers I actually planted. Mini yellows. They are about 14inches tall and were in Cyan's Math in the Garden Box. They sure are cute though!