Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Saturday I worked some more on canning pepper jelly. I made a couple of batches and then decided to try my hand at making hot sauce. I couldn't find that much about it on line. There were loads of sites on pepper sauce, you know the kind where you heat up vinegar and spices and pour the hot vinegar over the peppers that you leave whole of sliced in the bottle. That wasn't what I wanted. I wanted to try my hand at a flavorful sauce to can. Although I didn't find exactly what I was looking for I did find a few hot sauce recipes that were not meant for canning. I looked them over and decided to just wing it. My sister-in-law from Georgia brought us this really great sauce made with hot peppers, sweet onions, and peaches. It is amazing! As a matter of fact I had to buy some more last time I visited her. I wanted to try something like that, a little fruity, a little hot and very flavorful.
Ever since reading this post yesterday on the blog Well Preserved I've wanted to try cleaning my jelly jars with something fizzy. The writers of Well Preserved recommend cleaning the leftover jam from your jar by pouring some club soda in the jar, swishing it around, adding ice and drinking the remains. Of course, this meant I had to empty a jar and since I've been filling them this week instead of emptying them I thought it might just be a while before I got the chance to give this new idea a shot.
Yesterday while picking peppers and okra in the garden, right after I took these pictures and put my camera away, the sweetest little butterfly came flittering around me and seemed to ask me to dance. She beckoned me with her gentle sways and tried her best to get me to join in the splendid ballet she was preforming so gracefully.
Sweet thing that she was, she had no idea how clumsy and unrhythmic I am. I went on with my pepper picking, and ant dodging and she with her twirling and soaring. I must admit that her performance made the sweltering hot chore so much more enjoyable, and soon it seemed as though even my spastic bending and rising, stooping then stretching, picking and plopping peppers into the bucket took on a rhythm that for a brief moment was interwoven with her genteel elegance and satisfied her enough that with one last pirouette she twirled and flew on her way.
I finished my chore with a smile thinking of how we sometimes see glimpses of God’s glory in His creation.
“Marvelous are our works,
And that my soul knows very well.”
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
So here is the rundown of my last couple of days: Picking produce, washing produce, paring, coring, and dicing produce, even a little smashing produce, cooking produce, and canning produce. I've mainly been working with muscadines, scuppernongs, pears, and
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Now on to Blue Monday
Focusing on the color blue, these were the first things that came to mind.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Of course it's no secret that my favorite things aren't things at all, but people. I'm crazy about my crazy family, each and every one of them. The family members over 21 are particularly choosey about the photos of themselves that appear on my blog, so since I don't have express permission on any of their current photos I'll share the ones of the younger set.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
It was suffocatingly hot and I wasn't really excited about the outing to start with, even though I was greatly anticipating the enjoyment of the end product.
Some hung in clusters that you could pick by the handful, and others hung in singles.
Monday, August 15, 2011
I am so blessed with friends! Some I see quite often and others only occasionally. I have had friends that I've lost touch with over the years, that happens when we move, get busy with life, pursue different interest. Now with all of the technology available finding an old friend isn't as hard as it used to be.
Well, this precious friend just returned from a trip to Guatemala and Costa Rica. She sent me the most wonderful packet of treasures! Look at these beautiful things! The zippered pouch is covered with lovely embroidery. The bracelet is handmade and the bookmark and worry dolls are precious! The gorgeous aprons are full of beautiful weavings, embroidery, fancy trims, and the sweetest little zippered pockets! And just look at the swatches of lovely woven fabrics! I think I might try and make a purse from those.
We also have a friend close by who has a tree loaded with pears, more than they can use, so they graciously offered some to us. Last year I put up tons of pear preserves. They are so good! This year since I still have plenty of the preserves I decided to make pear butter. I've worked on it for two days and just have a few jars to show for it. I love the stuff and so does a lot of my family, but it is a very long cooking process to get it right. Some of it I ended up not cooking long enough and it doesn't have the rich deep brown color with the equally rich taste that it should have. So far I only have 4 1/2 pints that turned out the way I like it. I think I'll just cook it down more as I open the other jars. That should work, I hope. It's not bad like it is, but it's not as rich in flavor as that that has slow cooked for 24 hours or more.
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Angel Eyes is such a girl after my own heart. She loves all of the things I do and is so excited to do anything that involves creating something new. How many 7 year olds would hang with you as long as you want in a fabric store ohhing and awwing right along with you?