Sunday, August 29, 2010

A busy day again

I love my Stainless steel juice extractor steamer. It is an awesome tool.  We had some grapes that my daughter picked last week on a picnic and they have seeds, so hard to eat.  Tossed em in here, smushed em with my smusher tool and juice comes out.
See the oregano/garlic vinegar on the left behind the juice. and the awesome raspberry crisp below.
Ok the dogs get me up early. I picked a quart of raspberries to make the crisp, chopped a head of red cabbage to try out a sweet and sour red cabbage recipe, snipped the oregano that I thought was tarragon but I was wrong, made the grape juice, packed up the rest of the dried up tomatos and its only 11AM.

I definitely will need a nap today later!  Hope I have energy left to do some felting.

The fruits of my work preserving the harvest

It does not look like much, but three pints of roasted red and yellow peppers, one and a half of roasted poblano peppers, five jars of pickled jalapeno peppers, dried poblanos, dried apple slices and a quart jar of tomatoes stored in olive oil.
Since I have all my canning supplies out I may start on the raspberries today. 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Preserving the harvest.

Recently my fur baby Lab, Moose has had ear infections so he is on a special diet and can have only apple slices for treats. So I dug out my old dehydrater from the attic and have been making him apple slices, dehydrated and he and his sister dog love them.  It makes great cheap dog treats and approved by the ear vet.

So, its also raspberry picking time, and tomato time, and this year we have a garden with red, yellow and poblano peppers growing.  This was this mornings harvest.   Being in a productive mood today, I decided to go to the farmers market also and got some beets, jalapeno peppers, apples and corn and red cabbage.

The tomatoes are in the dehydrator with the apple slices. The tomatoes are being dried, and stored in a canning jar with olive oil and some will be frozen.  The jalapenos have been canned - a first effort at this for me.  The red, yellow and poblano peppers will be fire roasted and probably frozen. The beets and corn are for dinner tomorrow, and the red cabbage, well I am not sure what I plan for that.

Tomorrow I hope its back to felting as my future jacket is rolled up partially layed out and crying to be finished.  Fresh veggies and fruit will not wait, and unlike the raspberries, which I will make into jam, jelly, syrup and puree this year, they can't be frozen until I have enough to can.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

A walk on the causeway in Vermont

While we were in Vermont, we visited an old railroad that had been turned into a path for bikers and walkers.
It extends about three miles out into Lake Champlain towards the Islands, and sometimes there is a bike ferry at the end so bikers can go over to the islands and continue on their journey. My husband walked out to the end and went fishing and I walked out for a short bit with him. The scenery is beautiful but you must walk to one side to keep out of the way of the hoards of bikes that travel down the path.  Here are a few of the pictures I took on the causeway.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The cows of Burlington VT

On a recent trip to VT for the Northeast Feltmakers Guild meeting I took several trips on Church Street.  They have fiberglass cows that have been decorated by different artists on display. In the area of Pennsylvania that I live in I have seen Mules and Bears.  It was fun being able to get close to get pictures of the cows. Here are a few of my favorites.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

A beautiful Barn

We have friends who have an old house with a really neat barn. I love taking pictures of it. Its not a standard looking barn.  I wish it was my barn because then I can imagine having a huge felting studio inside and being able to have workshops etc...