Monday, May 26, 2008
Friday, May 23, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Jackson had some strawberries given to him at work last week, such a bonus. I enjoy those bonuses. So what did I do with them....well make jam of course. I just hate the "thickeners" used so I searched a few sites to see what other people do when making jam and found the perfect, simplest, tastiest jam ever. Just berries, sugar and a little lemon juice. Boil it at a full boil and test it occasionally by putting a small tsp on a frozen plate (that allows you to see the consistency when it is cool). When it is the consistency you like, pour it into jars and preserve it. Hot jam in hot jars will seal easily but if they don't just boil them in a water bath and you are good to do. So I have some fresh jam to use. YUM!!!
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Rules are: "Participants will be expected to make one meal each week using locally grown ingredients (we use the typical 100 mile radius definition - your definition may vary). The permissible exceptions to this rule are oil, salt and pepper, and spices. June 1 is a Sunday this year, which makes it the perfect day to start the challenge! Make your meal and post about it on your blog (or send us an email with details if you don’t have a blog) - we’ll swing by on Sunday each week to get the details, and a post will go up here on Monday detailing the fantastic meals everyone had the week prior. "
OK so it starts June 1 and we will be with friends in BC Canada that week. They are homesteading so eating locally should be easy. Will take a picture of course but won't have any internet connection so will have to post about it when we are "back online".
Monday, May 12, 2008
When my grandmother died, I went back to Maine for her burial, and was walking around the outside of her house just thinking about playing here when I was younger, there was a huge bunch of rhubarb, growing and spreading. I asked my aunt if I could take just a couple of small pieces to see if I could transplant them to my home in NC. She even helped me dig some up. Three small pieces, that is what I had, they barely survived the trip home, all were severely wilted, and two were to the point of no return (or so I thought). We planted them anyway, gave them some love, and what do you know, they all pulled through and have been thriving. We have three huge bunches of rhubarb. And my dh loves rhubarb, as much as I. Here is a picture of some rhubarb I picked last week, I also had some for freezing, and will have plenty more over the months to come.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
And of course the lettuce, how delicious does that look. I had to plant this variety this year, it is called Drunken Woman Lettuce, can't go wrong with a name like that.
And this are our potatoes. We absolutely love potatoes so we planted like 5 raised rows this year. Will see how long it lasts us so we can gauge our planting for next year.
OK so I didn't last long in the heat. I didn't get pictures of the herbs, tomatoes, corn, peppers etc. But you get the idea.