Wednesday, June 18, 2014
This is the canner that I use. It belonged to my DH's mom at one time. It has definitely been put to use over the years. I canned three canners of green beans, that is 18 quarts of greens of beans, we will really enjoy them this fall and winter. I know that is just the first of many times it will be used this summer.
My second project this week was a new one for me, Strawberry jalapeno preserves. I have to be honest I didn't know how this one would turn out but it is really good. I found the recipe in Mother Earth news, I did add more strawberries than the recipe called for and I still think that I could have added a few more, it is more "pepperie" than strawberryish.
|Here are the berries and peppers cooking.|
The finished product
Hopefully no more gardening this week and I can do some sewing.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
I always take a book on vacation especially if I am flying, face it what else is there to do while you are on a plane, other than sleep. Last week I took my Kindle, I had downloaded three new books so I knew that I would have plenty to read. I boarded the plane, settled into my seat, and started reading. About 15 minutes after the plane took off, I saw the message that my device was shutting down and it needed to be connected to the charger. Charger? I totally forgot to bring my charger. I had the one for my camera, and my phone, but never once thought about the one for the kindle. Since I couldn't read on the plane I decided to take a nap. I knew that I would have to get a book somewhere or something to read. The first place DH and I went was the visitor center at Colonial Williamsburg to get our tickets for the next day. Luckily there was a huge bookstore inside the visitor's center, I found several books I wanted, but knew that I only needed one to see me through the next few evenings. I purchased the Kitchen House, I had wanted to read this but had never managed to find it at the library. I finished it last night, what a great book. It is the story of Belle and Lavina. Belle is the daughter of a slave and her master, Lavina is an Irish orphan that was given to Belle by her father. Lavinia grows up living with Belle, her parents and brothers and sisters. Lavinia reaches the age where she is sent to Williamsburg to live with relatives of the master. While there she is educated with Meg, the daughter of the family she is living with. What follows is a lovely tragic story, it is the plantation version of The Help. I would highly recommend this book, even if you don't like historical fiction it is a great book
Monday, June 9, 2014
|Carpet in one of the bedrooms in the Palace. Love the colors, would be great in a quilt|
Our second day of vacation was spent in Jamestown. We went to Jamestown Settlement not Historic Jamestown, we didn't have time for both and decided that we would be able to see more at the Settlement. We saw the orientation movie then went on a 90 minute tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable, the tour ended at the recreation of the ships that brought the first settlers to Jamestown. I can't imagine being on one of those little ships for over 100 days with a 100 other people.
After leaving Jamestown we went to Yorktown. There was a demonstration of how to fire a cannon. I answered a question correctly about Molly Pitcher and was recruited to help in the demonstration. That was hard work. I am on the right in the photo above. The person who had that position had to stand there while the cannon was being fired to assist in adjusting the position of the cannon for the next fire. This is a position that women often held.
Three days was definitely not enough time to see everything. Would love to go back someday.
Monday, June 2, 2014
|Close up of one block and inner border.|