Friday, August 8, 2014

Preserving Summer

I'm starting to freak out a bit about the summer coming to a close.  Driving on the highway yesterday I was shocked by the leaves that are already changing.  While fall is so gorgeous here in Michigan, it's really early to see fall color.  We are surrounded by some pretty awesome farmers markets here in the Ann Arbor area.  I decided that I would give my hand a try at canning.  I didn't want to go crazy with huge amounts, but enough to remember what summer tastes like in the middle of a long and snowy winter.  I've started out with some roasted garlic marinara and yesterday put up some crunchy garlic dill pickles.  I also made some rhubarb and rosemary jam.  Canning is more satisfying than I ever imagined. The marinara was more involved than I was prepared for, all that blanching and peeling of 10 pounds of tomatoes for six jars but I know when I take the first bite I will be so happy that I persevered.  I'm channeling my inner farm-girl and I like her a lot!  Any canning for you this summer?


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Hello, Hello, are you still here?

I am so happy to be back here!  I ended up purchasing a new camera as it was almost as much to fix it as it was to buy new.   I can't believe how much better the pictures are.  The summer is whirling by!  We've had lots of weddings, the funeral of the Mother of my dear, dear friend,  kids preparing to head back to college and another round of beginning quilting to teach starting next week.

I'm still getting caught up on custom quilt orders but did take a break to play around with Lori's Scrappy Crossroads block.  I was in love from the first cut of fabric!  I want to make this king-size so I have a way to go.  I liked taking this picture because it showed me how I need to balance the fabric in the blocks better.  The bottom two have very little white and so they are darker.  I really didn't see that till I snapped the photo.  So I'll need to make a few more like that so they don't stand out so much.  I have been paper-piecing for the Strawberry Swap I'm doing.  These blocks are so addictive. The book I used is "Cups and Saucers" by Maaike Bakker.  I'm warning you in advance, you won't stop at one (kinda like chocolate kisses, or so I hear!)

I've done a bit of thrifting lately and found the potholder and S&P shakers.  I just can't seem to get enough of this time period.  I'll be back tomorrow to show you what I've been up to in the kitchen. Hope you are doing well!  Blessings!