Happy New Year to All! Except Juliette…

Christmas has disappeared in a whirlwind of family time. I awoke early on Christmas morning to discover a beautiful rainbow curving right across the sky over our backyard. I sang to myself, "For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn!" It really was something. It was so big and close I couldn't fit it into…

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Harvesting Some Goodness

There has been some harvesting going on here at the Homestead. The sun has been extremely sly and evasive this season, which agrees with me in everything except how the fruit and veges have been delayed in ripening. The Billington plums were a week or two slower but the tree rewarded us very well. We very much…

A Fruity Situation

The plum harvest was a glorious red tide of fruity goodness. It just wasn't as long as I thought it might be. Between eating them, freezing them and giving some away the harvest dwindled before I could decide what to do next. I'll have to continue my plum preserving experiments next year. The other plum tree…

Preserving Plums Part 2 (Sliced Frozen)

After the success with whole frozen plums my next experiment was sliced frozen plums. The method goes a little something like this: Wash and dry fully ripe plums. Cut each plum in half, remove stone then cut each half in half (so you have quarters). Arrange on tray covered in glad-wrap or baking paper so…