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Its Peachy

July 22, 2010

Do you know what this means?

Yes, it means I need to put a little more elbow grease into scrubbing that pan. No, really it’s stained I’ve scrubbed with all the products. Maybe I need a new pan.

But ,this means that today I am canning. It should be a good day for it too because its cooler than it has been, and with 2 batches of jam going that’s 4 big pots  boiling ,bubbling and steaming up the place.

Ooohh and these are what I am canning. Ain’t they purty. My mother’s peach tree was prolific this year, but all the peaches are small. Usually she would have thinned the branches but lucky girl, her house was getting a new roof, and being painted. So little peaches it is. ( just so you know if you’re thinning, UC California says Fruit “should be thinned when they are fairly small–typically from early April (for early-ripening fruit) to mid-May (for late-ripening fruit). Stone fruits are thinned when they are about 3⁄4 to 1 inch (1.9 to 2.5 cm) in diameter, and pome fruits (apples and pears) are thinned at 1⁄2 to 1 inch (1.3 to 2.5 cm), or within about 30 to 45 days after full bloom. Thinning too early can result in split pits in stone fruits, especially peaches; thinning too late reduces the chances that fruit size will increase.” I knew you wanted to know.)

Canning is frightfully easy. I don’t know what all the fuss is about really. Peel, seed and chop fruit, this is the most difficult and laborious part, cook it with either a natural pectin, agar or if you must commercial jelling pectin, which requires far more sugar.

Boil some jars, dry them, fill with jam, boil the filled jars. Ta da. So easy, maybe it’s that it takes time to do, and well, I’m not using a wood cook stove like Ma in Little House . Speaking of books my favorite canning book is not a cook book, its Blueberries for Sal, by Robert McCloskey. The illustrations of Mother cooking are so charming to me, very dear.

Peaches lend themselves to many canning options, I may save a few peaches and make chutney, or  peach marmalade, and peach salsa. One favorite to use up all the excess fruit is  peach lemonade. Puree the peaches and add to home squeezed lemon juice,(you may at  this point  freeze it or can it  for a taste of summer in winter) add simple syrup as needed. A little white rum won’t hurt it either. My neighbor saw the peaches on the counter and asked if I was making peach lemonade again this year.Apparently it made an impression last year. While you’re puréeing you might as well make fruit leather, or freeze the purée in ice-cube trays and then cook with it later as a glaze  on meats or in bbq sauce, or well you get the idea. I have tree full of peaches so there will be more peachy keen ideas.

One Thing A Day

Day Three Harmony

So yesterday was crazy, in a no reason for crazy way. I would start to write and someone would interrupt, this went on for a while so I finally gave up and moved on to the day. But it bothered me, because  it sits on the back of my mind and nags until I’ve posted, see, you matter to me. My One Thing a Day for today was to get up earlier than everyone else and post in quiet. Having my back to my children and basically ignoring them sends a message that this is more important. Not to mention that my tolerance to noise and distraction is nil when I am composing a thought. It takes a lot to work with this sieve of a brain I have. This morning I got up early, thinking I would peacefully write while Coach watched the live feed of le tour, and I’ll be darned if one by one the duckies didn’t come waddling down the stairs right after me. I had to laugh, if I need them to get up early, or had no other plans they would have slept until 8am or longer. And then, a full round of chase the dogs, knock the cord out of the wall and turn off the computer, we want pancakes and all else broke out. Back to square one. I can’t see getting up at 5:30 during the summer, I revel in the freedom to sleep in. I will now try to write at night and also to compose a few at a time. This one is in process.

How did last night go? Lovely, I went to sleep feeling peaceful and complete. That feeling carried  over into this morning and I have been far more tolerant of the unexpected morning chaos that ensued. This is a practice I will strive to do nightly. Many people go to bed right after watching TV and a quiet interlude  gives pause between the images (often graphic , intense and/or violent) and peaceful dreaming. Who wants those images in  their subconscious right before bed. The Daily Review is just a perfect and gentle closing.

And TA DA

The dresser is finished, knobs on, linens inside. It appears to be bowing in the front but I think it’s the camera angle and with a cloudy day the flash makes the finish garish and overly shiny. The tray is however warped.

Finally completed  it looks so much more attractive under the chalkboard. Check mark, done.  TE

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  1. July 22, 2010 3:52 pm

    Oh my—-who drew the starfish……it’s fabulous. Makes me want a big ole chalkboard~ so someone can come over and leave me beautiful pictures.

    My eldest daughter, who is in fact quite clever, had a large framed chalkboard in her powder room that she drew seasonal images and messages on and you could take the piece of chalk hanging on the ribbon and add something your self…ever since I’ve wanted my own too. Now, isn’t that a clever idea!

    Tutu
    p.s. hungrily waiting for my lil jar of peach jam

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