Friday, June 28, 2013

7 Quick Takes (Vol 219)


Life is crazy. That is all I’ve got to say about that.

You know the deal. Read through and digest my boring blather. Then click on the picture above to be whisked, at the speed of my crazy life, over to Conversion Diary.

Blather, made to order. Fresh and hot.

It has been that kind of week! Too much to do and not enough hours. I am sure that we have all had those kinds of weeks. Unexpected things happening.

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At the moment I am still fascinated with fruit leather. I made more this week, Mixed Berry to be precise, and there is still more to come. Fairly soon there will be ripe peaches at Monroe’s Orchard and I am thinking that a batch or two of Peach Fruit Leather might be just the thing.

I have been cutting each “round” of fruit leather into 8 equal pieces, wrapping each piece in a bit of wax paper and freezing most of them. As far as I can see the combinations are endless.

I am fruit leather obsessed.

And I decided that I needed at least one more of the special fruit leather trays that I bought when I got the dehydrator last year. But I needed them NOW and didn’t want to order them from Amazon.

Think, think, think.

Wallymart wasn’t helpful. Target just scratched it’s head and asked what a dehydrator was. My local Ace Hardware store closed several years ago.

And then it hit me. There is a funky little Kitchen store in the local outlet mall that sometimes have just what I need….and they did. So I can now make even more fruit leather.


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Is this seriously not the most awesome salad mix you have seen. I just like to stand in the garden and look at it…..

And then pick it and take it home and eat it.

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LL and I are usually very careful about not putting tomatoes….and their seeds….into the compost piles. Tomato seeds are surprisingly tenacious little things. See that tomato plant? I actually found it…..and SEVEN of his siblings……growing in the potato pots along with the ever expanding potato plants. The tomatoes were happily growing under the shade of the potatoes.

And I just couldn’t pluck them out and cruelly toss them into the compost pile.

And we just happened to have a small square available in the garden. So in they went. Now we will see what we get. The seedlings are very small and it is a bit late in the season to be putting them in the garden when so small. But we have nothing to lose so away we go.

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And then there are these little plants from the Cucurbitaceae family….I think. We also discovered 4 of these growing elsewhere in the garden. Happy they are but they couldn’t stay where they had planted themselves. So we made some hills and transplanted them.

And we have absolutely no idea if they are cucumbers, acorn squash, watermelon, zucchini or another variety of something. We grew all of those in the garden last year and evidently the seeds from some other plant also managed to make it through both the winter and the composting.


Now we are just hoping that they aren’t vining.

I may, perhaps, be one of the few people to not be watching Game of Thrones.

No cable, no GoT. Of course even if we had cable I still wouldn’t be watching it because we have never felt the need to sign up for HBO.

But I am currently reading Game of Thrones which is the first in the George R.R. Martin series “A Song of Ice and Fire”….and I am totally hooked.

Darn the fact that I have this wedding to prep for and work to do and laundry to fold and boxes to go through and other things that might be coming on the horizon.

I want to read Game of Thrones.

Adulthood bites sometimes.

The Strawberry Cherry jam turned out quite delicious…if not quite as jelled as I might have liked. And there were no “ill effects” from it’s exposure to a whole bunch of beets.

1 comment:

  1. Maybe you can call it Beet-less Strawberry Cherry syrup, not well-jelled so you can pour it on pancakes? I may have to break down and try some fruit leather myself if you keep posting delicious photos of it.


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