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Apple Jam

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I took the last of the apples and made some very lovely apple jam. This pot yielded about 24 jars of smooth, tasty apple jam. How do I make apple jam, you ask?

Peel, core, slice your apples. Cook with about 1-2 cups of water (just enough to keep it from burning) and 2-3 small cinnamon sticks. Cook until the apples are smooth. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Run the apples through a food mill. Return to the pot. Add the calcium water and Pomona’s pectin mixed with sugar as directed on the Pomona’s chart. (I used the low sugar method of 3/4 cup per 4 cups of fruit). Can with the usual safe canning methods!

There. Now you too can make your own apple jam. Mmmmm. Apple jam.

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Making Yummies

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So, with my rabbit convention around the corner, it was time to make a few treats to share with my friends. I made 2 batches of my grandma’s cookie recipe: one with chocolate chips and one with butterscotch mini chips. I love how both of them came out and they are extra special tasty (since they are my grandma’s recipe). I always use a small cookie scoop because I can make many more cookies from one batch. That means I can share the love with more people!

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I also made a batch of cupcakes for the knitting shop for our Trick or Tasting last weekend. We didn’t have as many people through as I had hoped, so I had a lot of cupcakes left. I chose a chocolate cake base and topped it with red raspberry jam cream cheese icing. Yes, some of that jam I made back in July found its way into a batch of yummy cream cheese icing to top my cupcakes. The only problem was: I ran out of powdered sugar which resulted in icing that was a little less firm than I hoped to have topping the cupcakes.

Still, they tasted delicious. 🙂


A Year of Socks

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So, this is still a knitting blog. It really is. In fact, I even manage to post some knitting once in a while. Like, today. Today I’m posting my photo (though it is a crappy one) of the 12 sock patterns I designed for the BlackSheep Hoppy Feet Sock Club. All 12 socks are now available and you can even order kits (which include an adorable bag) from BlackSheep.

I had so much fun planning and designing for the BlackSheep Hoppy Feet Sock Club. I used different heels, toes, cast-ons, bind-offs, and textures from start to finish. This is a great way to build your skills and explore different socks. Try one or all of them. 🙂


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Lilac Baby

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So, lilac is not an accepted variety in Dutch. I know this. I’m tempted to work towards making it accepted though. Especially when I find such a cute, fat lilac in the box.

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Most of my Dutch babies, when well fed, are fat and cute. The head is rather nice on this one though. It’s so round.

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And, really, the lilac color is rich and deep even as a youngster. So. I might just have to grow this one out and see if it has good enough type to stick around in the herd. It is darn cute right now though.


Another Day in the Kitchen

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I roasted 2 gallons of tomatoes and threw in some onions, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, salt, and pepper. It made the most delicious roasted tomato sauce.

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I pulled the gooseberries out of the freezer and made them into jam as well. A gallon of gooseberries resulted in 10 half pints of jam. Not too shabby, I think.

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Some of the last grapes went into this batch of grape juice. The tally stands at somewhere around 70 qts for me. I think Shannon has 60. That doesn’t count the grapes that were lost due to age. I just couldn’t make it to everything this year. They ripened too early and I had plans. Still. Not a bad tally.

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I turned another gallon of tomatoes into 2 quarts of dehydrated slices. These are pretty darn yummy!


So Many Potatoes

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The garden is still struggling on.  We haven’t had much rain yet here and that means the tomatoes have contiued to produce without splitting too much.  I think these might finally be the last of the zucchini and cucumbers.  I still have a lot of potatoes to dig, but I’m really happy with how many the first trench produced.

I still have a full trench and 8 hills to dig.  I’m definitely planting potatoes next year.  The return was huge in comparison to my output.  I do need to pay more attention to the plants and make sure that I build the hills up over the season.  I think some more shavings and nestbox filler will definitely make digging the potatoes easy and it’s a great use of those bits of rabbit gunk.  I do love using my rabbit manure for making a delightfully fertilized garden.


Sometimes I’m a Joiner

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Yep. I joined the Seven Skeins Club. I usually don’t join other clubs, but I just could not resist this one. The yarn and colors looked so fantastic. I couldn’t resist. It is giving me all kinds of ideas!  I’m really looking forward to how the yarns are used in pattern too.  I’m a fan of Kate Davies and I would love to meet her and pick her brain sometime.