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    10-19-2012, 02:50 PM
  #111
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Mmmm... pears are one of my favorites! I only got a few this year so I am so jealous that you have enough for butters and canned!
My peaches did ok. They are still young trees like the pears, but there was enough for a few treats.

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Glutton for punishment is more like it!
I'm on this insane mission to try and feed my sone only the best and healthiest foods I can.
Can't grow good white cauli worth a darn as all it does is feed the cabbage worms and look disgusting! But the green and purple varieties seem to do better and I love how the purple one looks and tastes.
The Broc is "Green Goliath" variety and puts the "Pacman" variety to shame! Uh huh... I got suckered into buying those wittle bitty cutie broccoli plants (Pacman) at he beginning of the season from the store while waiting for my own seedlings to grow..... never again!
*Chants... I will start all my own broccoli plants... I will start all my own broccoli plants...*

My toms are still going too... da*n things are like weeds! I dry my tom sauce and after I had put up the equivalent of about 20 or 30 quarts I had to quit looking at them lest I go stark raving mad.
Thought I'd even try to make Honeyed Yellow Tomato Butter..... ....
Turned out to be a sticky mess and was renamed BBQ base!

Green toms in paper in the barn? Hmm that's a new one on me.
I'll poke around and see if I have anymore pictures of the tom jungle this year.





     
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    10-19-2012, 02:58 PM
  #112
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I lucked out with the pears. I did water the trees. They are 2 Barlett's that are almost as old as I am, they are big time bearers. We don't have a fraction of what we normally do. So far I've done 32 qts of sauce (awesome with a kid that packs applesauce in her lunch every darn day) and a dozen pints of butter that I will share with family. I think I have just enough left to do a couple canner loads of slices. Normal years I can lots extra to share and take a truckload to the food pantry and even then last year I ended up dumping 2 skid loader buckets full in the woods for the deer. I normally get sick of looking at them, don't think I will feel that way anymore. Horses either, they haven't gotten any for treats. They stand at the pasture gate and look longingly at the trees (they are only about 15 feet past their fence) Makes me feel a little bit bad but then I see how "fluffy" they are and tell them mother nature did them a favor.

Interesting about the colored cauli, will have to remember that next year. I'm sure Morgan would love having purple!
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    10-20-2012, 09:44 AM
  #113
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A couple pics for you ladies. I let M can her own pears, she didn't want slices but wanted chunks "It's easier to eat" she says. She thought it was fun, apparently the jar lifter and lid magnet are the coolest inventions ever, who knew I pulled jars and put them in, she did the rest. She is learning multiplication and doing fractions in school so I gave her a 1/4 cup to measure everything and figure out how many she needed on her own. She did really well and got it right but when she was making her extra light syrup she says "mom, can't I just put a few more of sugar, there's a lot more water than sugar mom." Um, no. Well, she added (at least an extra 1/2 cup) when I took a potty break so then we added more water much to her dismay. Aside from varying head space in all of the jars, she did good, they all sealed so in the end it was a success

She gets her coordinating and fashion skills from her father.
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Her finished work, if you look close at the bottom left jar you can see the sticky syrup finger print on the lid...she was incessantly poking at them to see if they had sealed.
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    10-20-2012, 09:56 AM
  #114
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So cute!! It is great to spend such good quality time with your little girl.
     
    10-20-2012, 10:51 AM
  #115
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Thanks Celeste. I think so too. We had fun together, she loves doing anything in the kitchen with me. It's one of those things that seem to be falling by the wayside, I learned from my mom who learned from my grandma, so on and so on. I still use my great great grandmother's rolling pin to make noodles & pie crusts (with her recipes or lack of lol) In the world we are living in, I think some of the "old fashioned" or "do it yourself" provide for yourself things are going to be useful skills to have and something I want to give my daughter.
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    10-20-2012, 10:57 AM
  #116
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I am dying of laughter.....

My girls are 8 and 11 and it's the same here. Are you sure these will seal? Poke, poke, poke.....

Quick, add more sugar, Mom won't see! This is boring mom, lets put the applesauce in gallon jars, it'll be faster! Oh yes, because everyone eats a gallon of applesauce at one time....
     
    10-20-2012, 11:10 AM
  #117
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Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
I lucked out with the pears. I did water the trees. They are 2 Barlett's that are almost as old as I am, they are big time bearers. We don't have a fraction of what we normally do. So far I've done 32 qts of sauce (awesome with a kid that packs applesauce in her lunch every darn day) and a dozen pints of butter that I will share with family. I think I have just enough left to do a couple canner loads of slices. Normal years I can lots extra to share and take a truckload to the food pantry and even then last year I ended up dumping 2 skid loader buckets full in the woods for the deer. I normally get sick of looking at them, don't think I will feel that way anymore. Horses either, they haven't gotten any for treats. They stand at the pasture gate and look longingly at the trees (they are only about 15 feet past their fence) Makes me feel a little bit bad but then I see how "fluffy" they are and tell them mother nature did them a favor.

Interesting about the colored cauli, will have to remember that next year. I'm sure Morgan would love having purple!
Too many pears usually huh?
Uh, I forgot your addy... make sure to resend it to me before I visit next pear, er.... umm.... I mean next fall season!

I have an applesauce lover too and can only dream of making that many quarts of anything fruity for him.
That is just awesome and must be so satisfying for you.
Your daughter and my son have the same sense of fashion I think.


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This would be me with that many jars of pears <drool>...
If that doesn't motivate me to go plant some more trees I don't know what will.
     
    10-20-2012, 12:48 PM
  #118
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Lockwood you are more than welcome to swing through next fall. As long as we don't have a drought there will be tons. Bring rubbermaid totes & a truck ;)
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    10-20-2012, 01:01 PM
  #119
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Yummmmmmyyyyyyy!!! Way to go M! I like the chunk idea! Are you going to enter them in the fair?

We had so few we just ate them... Horses got the bruised/fallen ones, need to plant another!
Lost my plum and 1 two year old apple tree to the drought. :(
I ordered the apple trees online... Never again, it's going to be years before I get an apple off them! Nursery time! Just wish they sent out email cupins, LOL!
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    10-20-2012, 01:02 PM
  #120
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Cupons... What the heck is a cupins stupid phone?!!!!
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