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The Pots are Full

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Plum butter in the crockpot. Tomato puree in the stockpot.

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//embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.jsSalsa.  I ended up over cooking the pot. :(  So it tastes great, but the tomatoes fell apart.  I learned a lot while making it though, so next time I will make a lovely pot with chunky tomatoes that do NOT fall apart. 

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Pear butter.  There were very few pears on the tree this year, so this little dab of pear butter is extra special. I kept a half dozen back to eat fresh, but the rest went right into the pot.  I added a big, fat Tahitian vanilla bean to make it an extra special batch.  

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And, Yeah, I’m Still In the Garden

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There are all manner of things coming out of the garden now. Onions, tomatoes, okra, zucchini, cucumbers, green beans, basil, thai chilies, jalapenos, and sometimes potatoes too.   I’m spending at least 30 minutes picking in the garden every day.  Some days it is closer to 90 minutes.  Especially on green bean picking days.

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While I was picking said beans, I found a little friend.  I’m actually ok with the praying mantis in the garden.  It freaked me out when I found one on my hand though.  I was expecting a zucchini leaf attached to my hand, not the bug.  I might have done a bit of a dance and yelled “Wa-AAAAAH!”

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Everything is Ripening at Once!!

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I can’t take it, man. I just can’t take it. I’m so busy and I’m leaving for 10 days to go visit my family and there is produce everywhere.
Stash keeps trying to help me, but she is more hindrance than help. lol

I have 2 buckets that are this large. They are both full of apples. I have at least 10 more buckets in the orchard on the trees. I really need about 10 more days before I leave for Indiana. Or maybe for the vineyard and the orchard to stop ripening a month early.

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Or maybe Stash just needs some opposable thumbs. Either way. I need help.


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Spin Away

Every so often I do still haul out the wheel and spin something. I’m trying to get into the hang of spinning on a more regular basis.

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I pulled out some of my stash of English Angora rabbit fiber (from my chestnut doe Deirdre) and started working on a very fine single. Eventually, I will make it into a 2-ply and maybe enter it at the ARBA Convention. I’m being harassed pretty regularly about that kind of thing.

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Canning Day

It wasn’t entirely a jam day, so I had to name it something else!

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Some cucumbers from the garden.

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Which I combined with a purchased box of pickling cucumbers and Shannon sliced.

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Which we then made some lovely brine for and packed into jars. Lots of jars.

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But somehow we ran out of dill brine and had too much bread and butter brine. So, we made an experimental batch of bread and butter zucchini chips. That should prove interesting, yes?

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I made some plum butter and sour cherry jam as well. It was a busy kind of day. Plus, I sliced 6 trays worth of plums and dried them in the dehydrator. No photo of those, because I was busy making tomato puree too.

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I bought a box of tomatoes to supplement my crop. I just wasn’t sure I would have enough for all of the puree that I know we will use.

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Here was the final night’s haul for our efforts. Not bad, eh? I believe it was 13 pints and 3 quarts of dill, 11 pints and 7 quarts of bread and butter, and 2 quarts and 1 pint of bread and butter zucchini chips. Plus 9 jars of plum butter, 14 jars of sour cherry jam, and about 2/3 gallon of dried plums.


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More Veggies!

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Cucumbers, zucchini, green beans, tomatoes, eggplant, okra, and some potatoes. I am enjoying myself so much. The garden is a lot of work, but I really do love the produce and how healthy I feel from digging around in the dirt. Plus. So. MUCH. Satisfaction. Building a dish or a sauce with things I have grown. I’m sure there will be a few more photos of the lovely garden produce before the season is over!

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