Friday, August 16, 2013
For some summer calls to mind hot days spent soaking up the sun on the beach or dozing on the porch but for us summer means preparing for the winter that's sure to follow. Of course we do some of that soaking up the sun stuff and dozing definitely figures into the plan but summer days mostly include a lot of working outdoors and in.
If you thought that this was strictly a quilting blog you're probably disappointed. Here you see just some of the reason why not much quilting has been going on. Turning this years fruit and vegetable bounty into yummy goodness we can enjoy throughout the coming year. Peach vanilla jam, plum jam, plum vanilla jam, plum peachy jam, dried peaches and plums, dried tomatoes and peppers, preserved plums, canned green beans and bourbon plums. Each day I wake up with an indoor agenda - things I must do today before the produce goes bad. The freezer is now well stocked with peaches and plums and green beans and peppers and tomatoes. The squash has not done well this year at all only giving us enough to eat on any given day but not enough to process. Watering, weeding, picking and processing take time away from my stitching, I really do look forward to the slower pace of winter. Around about March you'll hear me whining about the boredom of winter and wishing for summer - we humans are fickle that way.
This espaliered plum tree is waiting in the wings! I've been testing these out and I have to say this year's harvest is not too promising, the taste is mealy and dry so far. Plum BBQ sauce is calling my name if I can salvage these. Any other suggestions? How is your summer going, any preserving happening at your homestead?
Until next time,