"A (wo)man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of (her)his life in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of beautiful God has implanted in the human soul."- Goethe

Monday, September 20, 2010

Harvest Time!

We're enjoying eating our delish garden harvest as well as putting up fruit. This year we grew radishes, peas, carrots, tomatoes, peppers, onions, corn, beans, lettuce, spinach, potatoes, and of course, my favorite herb garden.

Right now we're trying out a new fruit leather recipe (thanks, Anna!) and can't wait to see how it all turns out. The samples Anna let me try were scrumptious, and the recipe is pretty simple if you want to try it out too:

2 C blended fruit
2 T honey
1 T lemon juice
(spread on parchment paper and dehydrate, about 12 hrs)

Some of my favorite autumn memories are with my mom in a steamy, sticky kitchen, bottling peaches, pears and grape juice. It's just cool enough outside that a hot kitchen is perfect, and the company's not bad either. One of the most satisfying sounds is the pop! of sealing canning jars. We've gotten a good system down over the years: one person peels, cuts, and stuffs the jars with fruit while the other person mixes the juice, scalds the fruit, takes the old peels to the compost pile, and mans the canner. It's so busy, but so much fun!

This is the best time of year: my dad (taking after his dad) can say with pride, "Everything we're eating for dinner tonight came from our garden!" Now I can say it too. If only cheese and beef could be grown in a garden *sigh* ...maybe in heaven.

I love the feeling of being self-sustaining!

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