|Why such a mess if the recipe is so simple you ask? I have no idea what happened|
|There was a wee bit of raspberries left over so I just put in little baggies and into the freezer, there may be a cobbler or a raspberry coffee cake or 2 in my future........or 10|
There are no pictures of the jam, maybe because my camera got lost in the messy kitchen or maybe because by the time my jam was done the place just didn't look very picturesque at all, but there are 19 1/2 pints of raspberry jam in my pantry. Somebody needs to eat a lot of jam around here, I don't even like jam, I would not ruin my toast with jam. From now on no body leaves my house without a jar of jam. So why do I make jam if I don't even like it? I have a source for free raspberries and I am German, and my people do not ever let food go to waste and we like hoarding food like no body's business, and I like making jam, and it impresses people and it's so so so pretty. Is that enough ands for you.....mostly I make jam because I have some friends that love jam and I love gifting them some jam. Jam is a pretty gift.
Then, the lady at the greenhouse had an abundance of ripe tomatoes and so my German hoarding bone (different than the funny bone) took over again and I came home with two bags of ripe tomatoes and made tomato juice, my version of V8.
|Lovely tomato juice in my pantry|
|Beans, corn and squash living very happily together...really together|
|There will be pumpkin in my freezer this winter.....and I won't be here, seems like my planning is a bit off|
|The pumpkin and squash fence|
|The squash made it to the top of the arbor|
|I also have a little garden at the golf course and my radishes there are almost as big as ..... golf balls of course.|
|The little garden on the 11 th tee box , squash, zucchini, pumpkin, corn and tomatoes.....it's a vegi jungle|
|I dug my garlic out, note to self....plant more next year|
|How big do my tomatoes want to get before they start turning red?|
|This sunflower has hit the roof|
|I love my pea fence, peas, sweet peas, dill, some onions (got smothered) and the ever so bossy Nasturtiums|
|The peas never made it into the house, I just picked a bowl full and then sat outside and ate them.|
|I've discovered that I am not the traditional gardener that my people are, the Germans like having everything in nice orderly straight rows, but I love to see my tomatoes tangled up with my cucumbers with some bossy nasturtiums poking through|
|A beautiful tangled bed|
|more tangled cucumbers and tomatoes|
|The view from my kitchen window....it makes me smile|
As the summer comes to an end I start getting lonesome for my home on Stone Island and my Mexican friends, I start thinking of tacos more and more. I start making a to "do list" and a "to bring" list I start listening to Mexican music and reading in Spanish more. I also start to think about knitting, as knitting is a winter thing for me, I am itching to start a knitting project. I have an old favorite wool sweater than needs to be repaired. I've had it for year and it is starting to unravel at places. This sweater rides on the seat of my tractor at work almost everyday, it hasn't been washed in years for fear it will fall apart but it will not survive another season unless I give it some love.
|Can you just feel how cozy this sweater is, it is like my security blanket.|
I love love the feeling of being all wrapped in a big wool sweater, I just love that the wool I am wearing was once on a sheep, it's liking hugging a sheep all day. Wool is just so real and pure. I would like to always wear wool but it can get too hot....even way up here. This sweater was always too big, the neck was always to open for me and I have always wanted to rip it and reknit it into a more snugger fitting sweater with a turtle neck instead of the wide open neck, I think it would be warmer if it was snugger, I've just never taken the time to take that project on, the thought of ripping it is kind of daunting to me, in some places it has almost felted already. This is a project I always start thinking of this time of year....will it be just thought again or will it actually happen this year?