Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Friday, August 22, 2014
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
I've finally dealt with the last of the honey figs.
I've eaten at least 7 a day..
...made three batches of strawberry fig jam...
..and today, put the last of them in brandy.
Of course, as I put the last lid on, I noticed that the tree outside this window is now loaded with brown turkey figs.
Did I mention we have two of those!?!!!
Figs in Brandy Recipe
I made five 500ml jars
sterilize your jars and lids ahead in a boiling bath of water.
10 minutes for jars
five minutes for seals
cut off the top of each honey fig
Sliced them in half
placed them in the sterilized jars without squishing them
in a large pot combine 2 cups brandy (not the most expensive, but not the cheapest) 2 cups water and 2 cups sugar. Heat and stir till sugar dissolves and mixture is very hot.
carefully pour hot mixture over the figs till you are 1/4 inch from the top of your jar.
use a knife to remove any air bubbles you see in the jar.
wipe rims so they are clean
add your lid and finger tighten.
Process in a hot water boiling bath for 10 minutes.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Thursday, July 31, 2014
My life seems entirely wrapped up in squares these days.
So to instagram recap the week:
figs are ready
chickens enjoy a stroll
shooting very pretty bedding on the farm
chicken photo bombed pretty photo of bedding on the farm
sunsets and sunshine
the bees got a new level and lid for their hive
It's all five by five...which is good.
Sunday, July 27, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
Sunday, July 13, 2014
It's all about playdates these days.
And of course blueberries.
I had that annoying clump of pastry dough left after you make a full pie and trim the edges off.
I rolled it out and used a drinking glass to cut out some round tops.
If you don't have one of these handy sets, just use 125 ml canning jars on a cookie sheet.
I had 2 cups of blueberries, added 2 tablespoons of flour and just under 1/2 cup of sugar.
Mash half the berries and stir well. Divide between cups - I only got five cups.
Place the tops on and with a knife, cut a small slit.
I brush the tops of my pastry with cream and sprinkle on some sugar.
My daughter had a friend over, so I thought I'd personalize the pies.
Pick a bouquet of sweet peas while they cook... more blueberries...
Bake at 425 for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 for 15 to 20 minutes.
Maybe I get a little competitive with the whole snack thing.
But they loved it.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
My friend Janis Nicolay took all these photos.
And my other dear friend Kim Christie took this photo.
It's online at House & Home right now with a short but very sweet interview.
Monday, June 9, 2014
Sunday, May 25, 2014
There just seems to be so much going on everywhere I look.
Super cute story in Canadian Living that I produced this issue.
The garden seems to be ahead this year.
Everything is bursting.
I think my girls must be very happy - it's rare that all 3 lay on the same day!