Nice to Be Back!!

I am finally back to normal and it is great!!  Today I started the day taking care of the apple I got on sale Monday.  There were only a dozen of them but until today I just couldn’t face doing anything with them.  This morning I made a large tarte.  Norman likes the tarte better than a pie, it is the same thing only it doesn’t have as much crust.  Instead of two crusts you use only the bottom crust rolled out larger, then when you put the apples in and spices you pull the crust up and over the apples leaving the very center open and cook it like any other pie.  That way there is no large thick crust around the pie.  It does take one less apple than a regular 9″ pie.  So I made one for today and then I cut, sliced, sugared and spiced three more tartes in alumium pie pans and froze them in gallon bags for winter.  Tomorrow I will pop them out of the pans and just leave them in the bags and double bag them into a 2 gallon bag to save freezer space.  Anyways, then I took the peelings and cores and made a jar of apple jelly which came out good. Norman worked in the garden tieing up tomatoes.  The treatments that he had been doing on the tomatoes seem to be working and it looks like we will get some tomatoes after all so they need to be tied up.  After I got the apples done,  I cut up two large zucchini and cooked up some tomatoes.  Norman came in and helped me can the zucchini, we got five pints from those two large zucchini.  By then it was time to get the chop soy made for dinner.  I used one of the Chinese cabbage from the garden, we only planted four seeds and have three nice cabbages so I guess we will put in more in the fall garden.  After dinner we stayed inside because of the heat.  Everyone got rain today except us so after supper we had to go down and water the garden.  Things are growing well now, the beans are coming, even the new plantings and the kolrobi is ready to eat.  We ended the day by picking the last of the peaches.  We picked the last 21 peaches and the last cup of blueberries.  Tomorrow I will pick and cook the last of the beets and carrots.  Almost time to get the soil ready to plant a fall crop.  Will have to give it some thought.  Have a great day.

About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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4 Responses to Nice to Be Back!!

  1. Joyce Larrabee says:

    Glad you are feeling better! ♥

    • Thank you, Joyce. I hope you missed all the bad weather that headed for New England. All the rain missed us again so we are back to watering. The gardens are looking pretty good and we keep busy canning. Have a great day.

  2. Shanti says:

    Mom, I will have lots of apples this year, and I’d like to keep them whole for juicing. Any suggestions how to store them? In sawdust in the garage maybe?

    Hooray for the peaches! Sounds like a great year for the garden

    • To keep apples you need to controll the humidity and the temperature both of which needs to be very cool. We could never keep apples for more than a couple weeks so we press them and then can the juice and process it. We got 48 pints of peaches plus all we wanted to eat fresh so it was a good year for peaches. It has been up and down with the garden but most everything has finished out great so we can’t complain. Hope to see you when the harvesting is done. Love you

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