Out With The Old…

Out With The Old…

I learned how to knit at a young age; maybe five or six years old, I can’t quite remember. However, knitting didn’t become a passion of mine until I was about 20 years old. Ravelry appeared soon after that, and I loved keeping a record of past and current projects for others to see, as well as checking out what other people were knitting. I didn’t have a camera, so I would borrow one from a friend or use my cellphone camera (once those became more common. Can you even find a phone without a camera nowadays?) Anyway, over the past year or so, it’s been painfully obvious that as my knitting skills and choice of projects have matured, so have my expectations of what constitutes a photo worthy of online submission. So, these past few days, I recruited (or bullied, it depends on how you choose to word it) my youngest sister Rebekah into modeling for me so that I could finally update my Ravelry photos. Isn’t she adorable? Of course she is. She just graduated from nursing school. I feel the need to share that piece of info.
Ravelry used to be the only way to share WIPs or FOs with other fellow knitters but with the magical World Wide Web and all its glory, it’s become quite easy to view and participate in Yarn Alongs via blogs and other sites. I’m going to choose one that I like, and try to participate as much as possible. I think it will be fun and will give me a chance to discover new blogs. 
Because putting off housework and reading blogs all morning in my sweats is what I do best. 
If you want to see more photos of my knitting projects, check out my Ravelry page. I will be updating all my old photos over the next few weeks!

Lazy Weekend

Lazy Weekend

This weekend was lazy. It was rainy, dark and cloudy, which gave us the perfect excuse to stay in and lounge around in sweats all day. Sam was the lucky recipient of a brand new set of foam letters and numbers. They are meant for the tub; sticking to flat surfaces when wet, but Sam seemed to enjoy them just as much out of the water as he does in the water. They are now covered in tiny little bite marks. Babies are similar to puppies in that way. It’s so cute.

We also decided to try out our new dehydrator. After slicing, peeling and coring the apples, we stuck them on the trays and then turned they dehydrator on. Easy peasy. Very little work involved. Gabe likes to eat them like chips; popping one in his mouth every time he walks through the kitchen. I don’t really care for them myself, but as long as I don’t have to can them, then I’m all for dehydrating. 
We are going to be spending the next few days at the farm, hopefully meeting with builders to discuss the renovations to the farmhouse. I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures now that Fall is in full swing and the leaves are changing. I can hardly wait till the farmhouse is done and we can finally call the farmhouse home. Here’s hoping we find a builder this week ready to make it happen!

She Can't Can No More

She Can't Can No More

 

I have learned something very important during out first apple harvest. Collecting apples from the trees is only the first step. You have to actually do something with the apples after you pick them or they end up sitting on your front porch in red laundry baskets attracting fruit flies, deer and every neighborhood kid within a 5 mile radius…for example. I don’t mind the kids sitting on my porch eating apples. I think it’s cute. However the fruit flies have infiltrated my home and the deer decided to eat my tomato plant for dessert.

Not cute.

So, long story short, I decided to can apples. I did some research online, and purchased a basic canning set along with Canning for a New Generation: Bold, Fresh Flavors for the Modern Pantry by Liana Krissof. Everyone recommended the Blue Ball canning book, which has been in existence for a million years but it just seemed so…old. I wanted to learn the basics of canning but I wanted some modern recipes and flavors. This book has everything: step-by-step details along with some gorgeous photos. I wish I could photograph like that.

For the past two weeks after the baby has gone to bed, I have spent hours, and hours…AND HOURS canning apples. I did the basic applesauce and apple butter, along with a plum pie filling. Did I mention we have plum trees? Just two, but we hardly collected anything off the trees because a hornet’s next was hanging from one of the trees and the hornets were very territorial to say the least. I usually fight for what’s mine, but in a battle between me and a hornet’s nest, I’ll wave the white flag, no questions asked. We had some leftover plum syrup, which was a gorgeous salmon pink color and will probably taste amazing on waffles.

After I grasped the basics, I started branching out and searching Pinterest for more recipes. My favorites came from the blog Our Simple Happy Life. Her Spiced Applesauce, Vanilla Rum Apple Butter, and Honey Apple Jam with Lemon Zest (OMG, was that good), were really fun to make and were a big hit with my professional taste-tester (Read: my younger sister).

Gabe ordered a massive dehydrator from Cabella’s last week and once it arrives we will start dehydrating apples. They taste good in tea and Gabe likes to snack on them. I don’t really care for dehydrated apples, but I could use a break from canning. I can’t can no more.

Oh, I included a photo of my new apple peeler that peels, cores and slices apples into this accordion thingy. I get a kick out of it every time. It reminds me of the slinky commercials where the slinky falls down the stairs.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to clear a space in my garage for approximately 531 jars of canned apples.

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