I went blueberry picking with my mom again this year and still have some berries to use up….about 6 quarts of frozen berries. When we went shopping the other weekend at Walmart they had the most beautiful nectarines…big and round and plump as your palm. Not those little walnut sized ones we get alot of the time. Their color was a deep red/orange with a deep yellow mixed with it. I got them home and decided they needed to go into a jar with the blueberries. All that was left was choosing a spice to flavor it with. Vanilla seemed kind of tame and I didn’t want a citrus, and I don’t have any lovely chillies….so I went with ginger. After all I have grated frozen cubes plus lovely candied bits from The Ginger People.
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We have to move yet again. This will mark the fourth place we’ve lived in the seven years we’ve been married and living together. It will be our second winter rental though, which makes it seem like more moves, but at 6-8 months for a winter rental it means you have to move again after you’ve just finally settled in. Our current place we have lived at for two years, but the landlord is being foreclosed upon so out we go. We got six weeks notice…
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Well Preserved is hosting their second Pimp My Preserves contest. Since I am trying to find more ways to interact and force myself to get stuff done, plus I am crafty through and through, I decided I would enter with a couple themed preserves and matching decorations.
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Autumn to me means a trip to the Fryeburg Fair (and my first cup of Pumpkin Spice coffee from Green Mountain Coffee. Dunkin Donuts and Starbucks both also do a Pumpkin Spice drink, made using a flavored syrup. It can often be purchased online, or straight from the store if they over order and have leftovers when the season is over. But making your own is way preferable. That way you can make sure there is actual pumpkin in it, not just pumpkin flavored chemicals.
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I found bloglovin while trying to figure out how to keep track of all the food and preserving blogs I was stumbling across and being obsessed with. It works great and I really like the interface, which was recently updated to let you follow via timeline or on a blog by blog basis. Love it, love it, love it. I’ve updated my profile to make it easier to add this blog to the FREE service.
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Nothing quite screams “fall” to me like the flavor of pumpkin and spices. I cook alot of pumpkin during the year, but once it starts getting chilly I yearn for creamy pumpkin soup to warm me and fill my tummy up.
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This is going to be one of my favorites in the middle of the winter. It tastes like strawberry lemonade in a jar. Bright and fruity and sunny. I was unable to find organic Meyer lemons this year, but the fact that I found any makes me incredibly happy. Suffice it to say they were scrubbed thoroughly before making marmalade out of them, the same as any of my non-organic citrus. At $2.99 for four lemons and $1.79 per pound of strawberries this isn’t the cheapest marmalade, but its definitely worth the cost and effort.
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Well, if you are reading this Hurricane Irene did not wipe you off the East Coast into oblivion. You also likely have power (again) or at least some generator boosted internet capability.
For our part-we were without power for about 24hrs. Just enough to suck after work, not enough to ruin everything in the chill chest. Although my wild blackberries did spoil on me. I know-the horror. I am suitably shamed, but I did work the first batch into a strawberry-blackberry jam I named Strawberry Blackout Jam.
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I still have a dozen seedling tomatoes….I had the same amount of eggplant but they finally succumbed to my wacky schedule and oft forgotten watering methods. My mom just gave me two 2cu ft bags of potting soil today. A good friend also sent some soil along today. SO I picked up a set of cheap pots from Walmart and I will be potting up the last of the seedlings and hoping they set fruit before frost.
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Saw this posted and decided to bite the bullet and sign up. I already have two jars of stuff I can send but I figure I will feel the want to expand myself to make newer and more inventive products if I am trying to impress a random stranger.
Right now I am thinking either something blueberry or the strawberry using strawberry chocolate tea I have been thinking of doing for a fruit jam/jelly. And either pickled watermelon rind or Carla’s Bread&Butter pickles for a savory pickle.
Guess we’ll just have to see what else sticks out and inspires me before the mailing date.
If you’d like to sign up go here.
Signup is closed, watch for next years!