STRANGE EGGS-FRIDGE DILL PICKLES-THE SHELBURNE GRANGE

31 08 2015

GREETINGS

These past few days have been wonderful with slight winds and temps in the low 80’s.  Net week the humidity comes back and that’s okay as it won’t stay.   Tomorrow I will pick up a box of tomatoes and get them in the freezer.  This year I plan to dice them with garlic and basil.

STRANGE EGGS

IMG_5682Every once in a while a strange eggs happens.  There is no rhyme or reason for it.  This little one is very cute with little dark dots all over it.  I have no idea who laid it but it was in the big girl coop.

FRIDGE DILL PICKLES

I have gotten one jar made up and hope to get another 3 or 4 in the fridge.  That should keep me in pickles till Christmas.  They are easy to make and only need a few ingredients.

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THE SHELBURNE GRANGE FAIR

Springfield Weavers

Springfield Weavers

I stopped by the Shelburne Grange Fair yesterday to visit my friends from The Springfield Weavers Group.  It had gotten much smaller this year which was sad to see.  They still had nice exhibits in the hall and someone playing music and of course the great lunch but much more use to go on  I was told that they need more help and I am hoping to get involved.  I have grown up with Granges and  think that they are a very important part of  New England.

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you had a wonderful day.  Carole.

 





HOT AND HUMID -CHOPPED SUEY PICKLES-BIG SAMMY

5 09 2014

GREETINGS

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The hot and humid weather is returning for a few days, this morning I can feel the change in the air, I will get chores down early today and get food made too.

CHOPPED SUEY PICKLES

Yesterday I finished a batch of Chopped Suey Pickles.  Today I will cut up another batch and will make them tomorrow morning.  Over the weekend I plan to make Bread and Butter Pickles.  I particularly like these two kinds of pickles and made a nice addition to a meal.  I also do love making them and the pickle smell lingers in the house for a day or two.

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BIG SAMMY

Big Sammy will be coming to his new home on Monday or Tuesday  I can’t wait for him to come.  He has recovered from his illness and is in great shape. He is only one year old and I expect the house to be lively once again.

BIG SAMMY

BIG SAMMY

I hope you have a wonderful day and many thanks for reading my blog.  Carole





PURPLE DYE DAY-BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES -MYSTERY PLANT -TURKEY VULTURES

31 07 2013

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Picture taking for the Crafts of Colrain.

I really don’t take a good picture so have been avoiding this task, but the time has come and there are two to choose from.  I like the one of Sadie and myself but she moved and I don’t know if that acceptable.

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A Purple Dye Day

While working in the box room I found many skeins of a light brown wool, not a particularly nice shade of brown.  I have been dyeing some silk to make into eye pads and decide to throw a skin in to see how it would come out.  Each skein is slightly different but would go in a sweater.  I also dyed  some roving to take up to the rug hooking meeting.

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BREAD AND BUTTER PICKLES

Yesterday was Bread and Butter Pickle making day.  Its was a perfect day for that task.  The air was cooler.  I just love the smell of making pickles ,

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I can see my Mom making jars and jars of Mustard Pickle, wish I had gotten her recipe.

 

MYSTERY PLANTS

Two plants at least 10 feet tall are growing near my front walk.  I don’t know what they are, but it seems to me that I have seen them before.  Any ideas?

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Turkey Vultures

I saw these two out in the field today, hawks were circling around them but they weren’t going to move.!

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Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.





OAT STRAW-REFRiGERATOR DILL PICKLES-UPDATE ON MINNIE

25 07 2013

Hello,

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Oat Straw

Carolyn called me and said that Joe had cut some of the oat straw.  I had mentioned to them both that on one of my trips to Ireland I visited a basket-maker who lives near Bantry.  In his shop was the cutest chicken nesting basket, out of straw. Since that time I have wanted to make one.  Finally I bought Joe Hogan’s book of basket making in Ireland and in there found several.   They are made somewhat like bee skeps.   So with Joe’s book and some bee skep instructions printed from the internet I went up to their farm today.

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 It will take time and a few nesting baskets to get the rhythm of the handling of the straw.   It was a fun afternoon and I did take some straw home to finish it.   I will plant some oat straw soon.

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Mine is the odd shaped one.  It will be a very whimsical made especially for  Mrs. Brown.  Carolyn is going to finish hers off as a bee skep.

 

Refrigerator Dill Pickles

I made a couple of jars this morning and ran out of salt so I will finish them tonight.  It’s easy to do.  This is how I made them.

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1/2 cup of salt

1 dill stem

1 grape leaf

equal parts vinegar and water

2 large cloves of garlic, sliced

In clean large jars I put the dill and garlic  on the bottom and the grape leaf on the side.  Mix the vinegar and water with the salt and stir.  You can either cut the cukes or leave them whole and put them in the jar.  Fill the jar with the vinegar/water mix and cover.  Keep refrigerated.

 

MINNIE

I think she is doing well with the move.  Hope she continues to do so.

Many thanks for reading my blog today and I hope you have a wonderful day.  Carole