{This Moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.


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Fall needs a restraining order from me.

I love fall.  I am obsessed with autumn.  If it were cool, and grey, and stormy, and windy and richly hued, and spiced all year long, I would be one happy woman.  I love the weather, the symbolism, the bounty of harvest, the gradual turning inward as winter approaches, the whole package.  I may have used my quota of commas for one post in the first paragraph.  That’s how much I love fall.  I can give you an itemized list to count the ways.

In case you don’t know why you should like fall as much as me, I have decided to tell you.  For all of you Southerners who don’t get a full 4 seasons, you should come try our fall.  I will be posting fall themed recipes, tutorials, pictures, and projects for you to try at home with your family.  If you don’t find yourself secretly looking for ways to add nutmeg and cloves to a recipe by the end of fall, then I must have failed you.  But don’t worry, I don’t think I will.  Like I said, I’m obsessed.

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Each Peach,

Pear,

Plum,

I spy work to be done!

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Ever have one of those days??

I am serious that just about everything that could go wrong today, is.

Dropping things, falling things, messes, tantrums, tripping, the list goes on.

I can’t catch a breath.

A friend is coming over for lunch.  She is bringing the food.  Thank goodness.

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Can-tastic!

My still unfinished kitchen has been pretty steamy these nights… it’s jamboree time.  Luke has been eating an impressive quantity of jam this summer since we introduced peanut butter and greek yogurt into his diet.  It kind of ups the ante this year with the jam production.  I am estimating that I need at least 1 jar of jam per week for the family to stay happy and fed.  I just remembered that we are going to start again with the hot oatmeal breakfasts here soon… that is a serious amount of jam, my friends.

Last week one of my projects was some more canning.  I did mixed berry jam, sugar plum conserve (this is by far my favorite so far!) and jalepeno jelly.  It doesn’t sound like too much, but when you start at 8:30pm after the toddler is peacefully resting and out boiling water’s way you are easily up until 1:00am by the time you are done.

This season I have also made some strawberry jam, strawberry rhubarb jam, peach jam,  a horribly ruined batch of strawberry preserves that I cried while throwing away, and red currant rhubarb jam (also very tasty!).   We gave away most of the peach jam and most of the currant rhubarb jam to family already.  That gives us bonus points with the fam but not too much in terms of the stockpile in the cellar.

{This picture has inspired me to make something pink and orange and frothy for fall!}

I am anticipating that this week will involve raspberries, plums, peaches and red onions.  I really have to get going on all that because in case you hadn’t heard, the apples are ready early this year!  I have got to get these jams done so I can spend more steamy nights with some apple sauce and apple butter.  Did I mention pickles yet?  Oh my great goodness.  These will be some sleepless nights ahead, but certainly ones I will be grateful for as I will inevitably be looking at an expanse of snow drifts from my kitchen window in a few months.

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A tip for crushing loads of berries: Use a 13 x 9″ glass baking pan to place the berries in, and take a flat bottomed glass or mason jar to mash the berries before you measure them for jam.  I have tried doing this several ways and this is by far the easiest way I have found to crush many cups of berries quickly and thoroughly.

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{This Moment}

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.


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Sewing & Such

I haven’t posted in about an epoch about sewing.  That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been doing any, just haven’t been doing a good job about documenting it.  I have a bunch of semi-finished projects that I need to complete here soon so that I can move on to the fall wardrobe of Mr. Luke.  I would really like to sew something for myself too, so that is where the Lady Grey sew-along over with Gertie comes in.  I ordered the pattern earlier this week and can’t wait for it to come in.  I am thinking that I want to make the sleeves full length, because honestly, upstate NY doesn’t call for 3/4 sleeve outerwear.  Just sayin’.  But that shouldn’t be too hard for me to figure out.  I have my fingers crossed here for a long afternoon nap, but if that doesn’t happen then we are going to go shopping for some wool at our local sewing thrift shop!  Gotta keep you eyes open for $1.00/yd wool… It’s amazing.

Other projects queued up on the machine (or piled on the floor) are:

Training pants for the future Potty Master of America

A plush nativity scene for Luke

A big boy quilt for a big boy bed

A Christmas stockinette stitched scarf for the hubs

A composition notebook cover for a special nephew heading to kindergarten next week!

I will update the blog with details of the projects I have been working on here as I get to finishing them.  Hope that the end of summer has your hands busy too!

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