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Thinking of Pumpkin Pie

Thinking of Pumpkin Pie

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Rain Drops

Rain Drops

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Fall Days

Fall Days

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Millennium Park - Serenity Bridge

Millennium Park – Serenity Bridge

Plums are ready!

Here I am on Friday, after a week of school, chopping and processing plums.  Ripe fruit waits for no man.  Thank goodness I love doing this and Bop will pick all I need.  Today is one batch of plums – seven jars cause that is what fits in my boiling bath.

Processing fruit is fairly easy and plums must be one of the easiest.   You don’t have to peel them at all, I love that.  This is what I do. [Read more…]

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I couldn’t resist adding all of these beautiful flower pictures from around the Creston Valley.

 

Buzz

Buzz

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Wordless Wednesday

Community Garden

Community Garden

Wordless Wednesday

Beating the Odds

Sander’s U-Pick Strawberries

When it is possible we love to go out to the local orchards and farms for our food.  The latest venture has been to the strawberry fields.  This one is down on the valley floor as you head to Duck Lake, Sander’s U-Pick Strawberries.  We should have jumped on this much earlier, as they, the strawberries, are coming to the end of their season.  Strawberry Field

When we got to the farm, a sign directed us out to a tent shelter on the far side of the field.  We donned our hats; had the sunscreen on, and buckets in hand.  It was beautiful, what a great way to spend a morning.  It would be a fun activity for children, not toddlers, but ones old enough to understand how to pick.  The odd one or two berries may end up in the tummy, but that is what makes it fun.  I wish my grand boys could be here.Picking your own

Once we arrived at the tent,  Roger showed us to where we could pick.  Between these stakes and on both sides, half of each row, be sure you look underneath.  Each row had straw covering the path and tucked around the plants.  This made it clean to kneel down and get right into those plants to see the best berries.  Down in the Valley
Picking was easy.  The berries were ripe and luscious.  Because we are on the later side of the picking season, some were over ripe so you had to be watchful.  It didn’t take long to fill a bucket.  I was faster, but hubby picked cleaner.  It did not take long to make all of this harvest into jam.  It will be a taste of summer come winter time!Bucket of Berries

In My Garden

Growing up in the North, I was never much into gardening. Moving into southern BC Creston valley, where everything grows or so I am told, I need to learn a bit more. With all our renovations there was not much left over for plants but I picked up a few things for the kitchen. I have always wanted a herb garden so I planted rosemary; basil; thyme; oregano; sage and parsley. The oregano didn’t make it, not sure why, but everything else is doing fine. I had a chive plant that I brought with me and it is also growing like mad.

It is so much fun to just nip out to pick a few leaves to add to a salad or dinner.  The smell is amazing when you pick them, I always crush a tiny bit to release the aroma.  I love putting a fresh herb into infused water as well.  So refreshing.Fresh Herbs

With the plants doing so well, there is enough to clip and dry them for winter use.  Today’s harvest has a very full tray of parsley, one of sage, and a small amount of thyme and rosemary.

For chives the easiest way to save them for winter is to snip them with scissors into small ziplock bags or containers and pop them in the freezer.  They are fine enough that you can take them out frozen and sprinkle them directly on your salad or baked potato for a fresh taste in the winter.

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