Monthly Archives: August 2016

Summer Vacation Day 67 – We’re having’ a Heat Wave

It’s still a scorcher so more inside chores today – I finish the Pear Jam, baked two loaves of bread, put up three batches of sausage and some burgers in the freezer, and made a batch of plum sauce. I made … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 66 – One hundred Degrees Again

It hit 100 degrees yesterday and is forecast to do it again today.  Yesterday we went out to a couple of farms on Sauvie Island, hoping to go to the herb nursery (which was closed).  We picked up corn, pears, … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 62 – Corn Fritters

We had a little leftover corn from supper so I made up a batch of Corn Fritters.  We used to make these when I was a kid so I found the recipe from my mother’s My New Better Homes and Gardens … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 61 – hot sun and hard work

This morning marked two weeks for the Early Gravenstein peelings soaking in a light syrup (1/4c sugar to 1 quart water).  They have been bubbling nicely for days, but have recently slowed down so I strained out the peelings, recovered … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 59 – … and we have jelly

I left the pulp from the hedgerow mix to strain overnight and, much to my disappointment, not that much liquid had strained through the pulp – only 2 cups.  So…..I decided to mix the pulp with a little honey for … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 57 and 58 – Restoring the Loom

The weather forecast is showing temperatures in the 90’s for the next several days so early morning chores outside give way to indoor chores in the afternoon and evening. I’ve started refurbishing the loom that I have never used.  I’m … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 58 – Foraging for Hedgerow Jelly

DS17 helped me this morning go out for a forage on our property.  We found rose hips and haws, elderberries and blackberries and huckleberries.  We picked filberts and a couple under-ripe apples and the first of the wild Italian plums. … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 51 – More Rest

So I didn’t rest well enough yesterday evening after the surgery.  I moved some furniture and started bleeding a little so today it was much “restier”. I did manage to make a small batch of blackberry jelly……. …..and a few … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Day 50 – A Day of Rest

I had some diagnostic surgery yesterday and, although everything is just fine, I’m supposed to take it easy for a few days and not lift anything over 5 pound.  I slept most of yesterday, so I didn’t sleep most of … Continue reading

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Granola with Pecans & Cranberries

6 c old-fashioned oats 1/2 tsp salt 2/3 c vegetable oil 1/2 c honey 2 T vanilla 2/3 c chopped pecans 1/4 c flax seed 1 c dried coconut 2/3 c dried cranberries Preheat oven to 350º. Mix all ingredients, except cranberries, together in a mixing bowl. Spread mixture on … Continue reading

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