Thursday, October 29, 2009

Note to Oliver

If you ever reformat my memory card again without checking to make sure I have downloaded my pictures I will cry - AGAIN. I know how much you hate it when that happens so please don't be helpful by reformatting my memory card.

If you are trying to find something to do to be helpful please ask - I am happy to furnish you with an approved list.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Domestic and Peachy

We are so lucky to live so close to so many smart and loving people. I have always wanted to learn to can and this year Oliver's Aunt Chris had me over and showed me the ropes. The following post outlines my home success where I did every step all by myself! Please come and help next year so that it doesn't take so long and I don't have to talk to myself... :)

First, purchase two boxes of peaches...

Then, set-up everything that you are going to need and get all sorts of different pots of stuff boiling and heating. Get those first peaches in the water to boil so the skins just slide off.

Then skin and pit peaches.

And put them in your jars.

Then take the washcloth and wipe of the rim really well and prep the jar to receive its lid.

And after processing (and 3.5 hours of time) you wind up with 20 qts of peaches and a very clean kitchen! I would say that I was hugely successful because I only had one broken jar (but I had 20 really sticky ones).

Since two boxes of peaches will produce more than 21 qts - go ahead a make a pie...

Yes, I make VERY good peach pie!

And, make another on another day, and some cobbler, and some peach syrup, and eat and eat and eat them plain! YUM!

I love peaches and peach season!