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Friday, October 18, 2013

Firstly, I am very pleased to report that our plumbing problems were not as expensive as I thought. It was such a relief. The Expert arrived, and had the problem solved within 10 minutes!

Phew!

Now that we have his number we will call him first if we have another problem in the future. No, Trev, we don't still have lead piping in the house, but some of the other fitments are Victorian.

Today was meant to be a walking day - but so far I haven't left the house, and now it's dark and almost bedtime. So, what have I been doing? Resting? Watching TV? Eating cake?

None of the above.



We have an apple tree. It is an old one, and this year it has been laden with fruit. The problem is, though, that the fruit doesn't keep. The apple is somewhere between a 'cooker' and an 'eater'. Deliciously sharp, it goes well with other fruits in all sorts of desserts. Today was the day they had to be picked



That took the morning.

I've spent the rest of the day cooking most of them. We now have several boxes of prepared fruit in the freezer, and several jars of jam and a few fruit 'cheeses'



This is the remnant of a mix of blackberries and apple, but I made other mixes too



and the one that I've just finished - and still cooling - is apple and rhubarb. The rhubarb has been languishing in the freezer for such a time as this - and for extra flavour we have added just a hint of crystallised ginger.

Now, I don't often eat jam! DH does, but he can't possibly work his way through the amount I've made...... so...... over the weekend some of it will be finding new homes.

What did you do today, Sparkeroonies? Did anyone else make jam? Tomorrow I have a walk planned. If all goes well it will be over new ground, so watch out for some pictures. They may not appear until Sunday, though.

Onwards and Upwards. Off to see if I can view the eclipse, but last time I looked it was rather cloudy.......


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PEZCATHY 10/19/2013 1:19PM

    Apples...yum! I love preparing and putting up food. After my divorce, I moved from a 3700 sf house to a 680 sf cabin and my ex sold my freezer while I wasn't there, so I don't have any where to store anything. I am hoping to get a canner for Christmas (if not I will buy one for myself) and put up all kinds of things next year. Where I don't have much storage, I do have about 2' over my kitchen cabinets, about 12" wide and about 16' long, so that should hold LOTS of jars of all kind of stuff and look pretty to boot! I LOVE jam, especially strawberry, but don't ever eat jam because I like them on biscuits and I have sworn off biscuits. I have never had apple/blueberry jam, but I am sure it is delicious!
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JUST_BRENDA 10/19/2013 9:33AM

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SWEETNEEY 10/19/2013 9:08AM

    Nice to have something to compliment the exercise.

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RHYMESWITHBABY 10/19/2013 7:01AM

    I have never made jam in my life. I am not a jam-making sort of person. But I do love to EAT it, especially homemade.
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IMLOCOLINDA 10/19/2013 12:23AM

    Miranda is right...what will happen if you eat jam made during a lunar eclipse?? Watch out. I love this pie filling called "Fruits of the Forest" and it is strawberry, rhubarb, apple, blackberry and raspberry.

I'm not a big jam eater either. But I do love apples. So many varieties introduced every year now it seems. I think my new favorite is Honey Crisp. I tried one called Ambrosia and it was WAY TOO SWEET!! I love Granny Smith's with nut butter, right now I'm eating almond butter...or that luscious caramel dip I make....but none of that this year.

Hope you had fun. Picking apples is hard work. Canning and putting up preserves even harder. Are you planning on getting a little rest on Sunday???

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LUANN7 10/18/2013 10:31PM

    Wish I lived close to your I would love your jam. I used to do all kinds of jam before I had my stroke and now I donT know if I could do it or not. Maybe next year that would be a start anyways. I have it planned that I am gonna have a little garden next year I hope I can get some acorn squash the farmers market didn't have any this year and I love them.Have fun on your walk tomorrow.

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HARROWJET 10/18/2013 9:26PM

    I do make jam although not today. Unfortunately, we don't have an apple tree. Apples are especially good this year moreso because they were very lacking last year because the blossoms froze early in the season. Good job. emoticon

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THINFITKINDVGAN 10/18/2013 8:58PM

    I love the idea of making our own food items. Making them from our own fruit is even more special. Kudos to you!

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TREV1964 10/18/2013 8:13PM

    Good news about your plumbing. Looks like you have been busy harvesting too. We have recently been sun drying masses of tomatoes due to a bumper crop so although at a low temperature the oven has been on for days almost continually.

Looks like a good crop of apples you have and some good jam too.

Great stuff

Cheers

Trev

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NOWYOUDIDIT 10/18/2013 7:08PM

    Fantastic! So happy your plumbing was resolved easily! emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 10/18/2013 6:43PM

    This makes my mouth water. It's been long since I've tasted homemade jams and jellies.

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MADEIT3 10/18/2013 6:25PM

    Blackberries and apples - yum! It sounds delicious and what a lot of work. Just picking the fruit has to be worth a day's walk!! Today was a "rest" day for me. I set up the wireless printer and read an old book. Tomorrow will be sunny and the perfect day for a long walk!! Have a good Saturday!

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MADMIRANDA 10/18/2013 6:11PM

    Is there anything you can't do woman? That rhubarb and apple sounds delicious. I've read on spark people that you can bake using apple sauce as a substitute for fat. You could have made hubby apple Viennese whirls. Glad your plumber didn't charge too much, a good one has to be cultivated so you can pliť him with jam.

You do know what they say about jam made at the time of an eclipse......well you are about to find out emoticon

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