August 15, 2013 – Peach and Pear Season Begins

The best-ever peach, pear and apple season at high hopes continues with the first harvest of pears and peaches.

Taking the earliest-ripening peaches over to the house.

reliance peach

While we knew that pears ripened best off the tree, when the first few started falling, I thought it was time to figure out when to pick them. One source said if you lift a pear horizontal to the ground, if it breaks from the branch, it’s ready to take inside and put in the fridge for longer keeping, or in the house for a few days for immediate eating.

We’ve got three of these baskets of pears in the fridge, waiting…

August 13, 2013 – Vulture Amusement

There is a pair of vultures that like to hang out near my cube at work.

They’ll sit for a while with their wings extended.

Sometimes they’ll sit side-by side and keep a look out.  With the turkey vultures looking into us trapped on the inside on a beautiful day, I wonder if we offer the same amusement to them as we get when we go to the zoo to watch all the confined animals!

August 10, 2013 – Back on the Road

Linda has not had any time for acting as a guest minister with the CPE schedule, but today she went up to Okoboji to speak to the Iowa Lakes congregation.  She spoke about her personal experiences in CPE this summer and how might connect to a larger world.

It was a weekend in the car for me – up and back to Rochester on Saturday to drop off Martin for a week with grandma and Auntie. And then up and back to Okoboji on Sunday.

August 3, 2013 – Eclectic Food Day

Today was a serious putting food away day.

I have to lead with the most perishable item, this Dutch apple pie that Martin made with a jar of apple pie filling that didn’t seal.

But 11 others did seal for winter-time fruit pies.

A dehydrator batch of dried apples.

A couple of canner loads of various sizes of blackberry applesauce.  For blackberry fans, this combination, with a few splashes of lemon makes a great applesauce. Plus three more gallons of peeled, sliced apples went into the freezer.

Almost as an afterthought, some beans and broccoli were blanched and frozen.

In case none of this tastes good, a liter of brandy soaks up some sugar and blackberry to fend off winter colds!