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HELP- What to do w/peaches???

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In july hubby & I finally moved into small hobby farm property in WV that has 5 small peach trees. In July you couldn't even tell what kind of fruit trees they were, but after some good rains the end of July and all of August they are now ripening & falling off the trees. I'll be picking them this week and thought I'd wash em, peal em, chop em & then freeze them for future consumption.

Anyway, I'd appreciate in put on how to best freeze peaches (should they be blanched? dipped in lemon juice?? etc.). I'm not sure I'll have time to can em, so will probably can peaches next year.

Also could use some quick & easy recipes for peaches.

thanks,
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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/10/2014 10:30PM

    Peaches are in season here. I don't have freezer and so I've never really messes with them. I can get them in bulk through a local co-op kind of thing, and last year my mom blanched a bunch, peeled, chopped and froze. I don't know if she did the lemon or vinegar bath for them. She just made a cobbler with them two weeks ago. Yummy!

Julia

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AJDOVER1 9/10/2014 12:09PM

    How nice to have peaches! My mother always washed them and froze them whole on a cookie sheet (without blanching), bagging them after they were frozen. She dealt with peeling, pitting and pureeing them when she was ready to use them.

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PICKIE98 9/10/2014 5:06AM

    I know you can google freezing peaches and they will tell you.. Peach cobbler is the simplest thing ever.. Any cookbook has that recipe,,peach smoothies are the best!

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SASHAY40 9/10/2014 4:26AM

    I bet you could find something on sparkrecipes, food.com, or tasteofhome.com. Good Luck with your peaches. They are a terrific fruit. Enjoy!!!!

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What does CHANGE mean for you?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Sparker BARBIEE52 posted the following on a friend's page and I really liked it so thought I would share on my page/blog below. Please send inspiring comments you may have about what CHANGE means to you. Thanks -mim

FROM BARBIEE52:

The 3 C's of LIFE:
CHOICES, CHANCES, CHANGES
You must make a
CHOICE to take a CHANCE,
or your life will never CHANGE.
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If you focus on results,
you will never change.
If you focus on change,
you will get results.
Jack Dixon
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If YOU change nothing
Nothing WILL change.

Remember, it's never too late to change~ ~sometimes it takes a painful situation to change our ways of life.

  
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NYARAMULA 9/10/2014 5:33AM

    Love it!

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KIM22211 9/10/2014 4:01AM

    very good!!!

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Fall is here - are you changing things up at all?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Well September is here and the leaves are turning here in WV. My hubby & I love the cooler fall weather and of course football games.

This month I decided to change things up a bit by joining a local Jazzercise group in town that meets on Monday & Wednesdays. Jazzercise w/a group of people is something I've never done before so am looking forward to it. Anyway, I was wondering if any of you are changing things up this month?
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FORZACHANDMATT 9/10/2014 3:42AM

    Great idea - changing things up with the changing of the seasons. Have fun with the Jazzercise

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Do you soak your beans & then pour the water off????

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Well I decided to cook some lima beans today. I opened up a 1 pound bag, culled the bad ones out, rinsed & strained them and then put them on to boil. Then decided to read the bag to see if they had a favorite recipe listed. Instead I read that the beans should be soaked over night (something I never do); then it said for a "rapid" soak boil them in water for an hour, set them aside for an hour, drain the water off (another thing I never do) and then fill pot w/water and cook.

Anyway I decided to google the web to see what other cooks say about 1) soaking your beans & 2) pouring off the soak water. While cruising the web I read a variety of opinions about this then got side tracked w/some news articles & checking my emails. THEN I started to smell something 'smokey' and finally remembered my beans!! Sure enough all the bean bottoms was burnt to a blackened crisp and the kitchen/great room was filled w/smoke (I had to be seconds away from tripping the smoke alarm).

I then spent the next 1.5 hours opening up windows, digging out some fans to blow the smoke out of the house and scrubbing/scraping the blackened bean crust on the bottom of the dang pot!! So much for having lima beans w/lunch today.

Anyway I was wondering how many SparkPeeps soak their beans and/or pour the soak water off. If you have time, please let me know how you do your dried beans.
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PROVERBS31JULIA 9/10/2014 10:37PM

    Ha! Your experience with the burned lima beans is a familiar experience, ouch! But over the years and reading etc, I'm pretty much like the others just said. I just soak them overnight. Pour off the water for the same reasons, and I either refresh water and cook all day in crockpot or if I am in hurry, I can refresh water and pressure cook. In any case, no salt or salty types seasoning until AFTER the beans are cooked (regardless of what beans I am cooking - chickpeas/garbanzos, pintos, navy, black, fava, kidney, the harder ones.). Lentils benefit from soaking too but then they cook so fast once they are soaked...

Julia

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MIMULUSBUG 9/10/2014 3:26AM

    Thanks so much for your comments!! After what I read on the internet followed by the comments I received I'm going to start pouring off the water too!! Spark Peeps are great!!!
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CBRINKLEY401 9/9/2014 11:02PM

    I always pour off the water. If you want, you can use it to water your plants instead of pouring it down the drain. The reason is that the enzymes that cause gas are in the water and pouring it off helps reduce the amount.
When cooking navy beans, like for navy bean soup, I actually bring the water to a boil, then turn off the heat and soak for an hour. Pour off that water, add fresh, c0ok for another hour. I then pour off the 2nd pot of water, add ham broth (that I make from cooking a ham bone and trimmings), bay leaves, and other seasonings, and finish cooking it.

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LINOVER 9/9/2014 8:04PM

    I too have always poured off the soak water before rinsing and putting fresh water on the beans. They have always turned out well for me doing it that way!

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INSPIREDSOUL 9/9/2014 2:30PM

    Yes, pour off the soak water. It contains enzyme inhibitors which prevent nutrient absorption. It also helps to decrease gas or farts.

You can still eat them cooked with the soak water, but it's not as good for you.

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Surviving Labor Day family & friends dining...

Monday, September 08, 2014

This past Labor Day Chris & I headed to Franklin VA to kick off the weekend w/a family cookout and to visit w/nephew & his family that flew in from Louisiana.

I did pretty good the first day, small portions, keeping light on the carb intake, selecting large portions of vegies & salad & small portion of desert. Day 2 we headed into Va Beach w/my nephew's clan to take them para-sailing while Chris and I took nice walk along Rudee's inlet and then had breakfast at Big Sam's. Lunch was a breeze. Then came dinner, my downfall: MARGARITAS.... Suffice it to say I had more than one -on the upside I skipped desert.

We got back on the farm last Wednesday then were out of town again this past weekend w/friends. Anyway I have not been able to get back to tracking things until today. Kind of afraid to get on the scales -if you know what I mean.

I'm a bit disappointed in myself for ending August and beginning September on such a weak note. However I've confirmed that I do tend to let myself go when dining w/family & friends. On the other hand, I HAD A GREAT TIME!
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SNUZSUZ 9/8/2014 11:19AM

    The important thing is you had a great time! You got the rest of your life to lose weight and stick to your diet, enjoy time with family when you can:)

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MISS_VIV 9/8/2014 10:18AM

    Getting off the farm and into some much deserved celebratory activity is always a GOOD THING.. And a couple of margaritas here and there will not be the downfall if you keep up your good work the rest of the time. I know you can do it..

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