Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Saturday, August 23, 2008
To get started de-stem and wash your crab apples...
Then, put them into a big stock pot and put in just enough water to cover them.
While your crab apples are cooking (you will want them to get to a boil and then turn the heat down to a simmer and cook them just until they are tender), get your jelly strainer bags ready. I use ones that have a draw string, so I didn't need to buy the stand. I just hang mine from the cabinet knob and put a bowl under them to catch the juice.
When your crab apples are tender, scoop them out and put them into your jelly strainer bags and then pour the water/juice that is left in the pot, right into strainer bags and let them strain/drip out their juice.
If you boiled your crab apples at night and loaded your strainer bags then you can head to bed. If you are like me and you are doing it all in the same day, then you should let them hand and drip for an hour or two, then squeezed the bags to try and get all the juice out.
Once you've collected all the juice into the bowls poured it into a large measuring pitcher. Now your ready to put the juice back into the pot and boil it with some sugar. For every cup of juice you will need 2/3 of a cup of sugar. Then boil (a good rolling boil) the mixture fro 10-12 minutes.
Keep those jars hot in the dishwasher until you're done boiling the mixture, then, take them out a couple at a time and fill the hot jars with "jelly juice", screw on the tops and turn them upside down for five minutes. Then flip them right side up and set them aside to cool on the counter overnight. Don't worry, they won't look like jelly yet. Come morning you will have delicious Crab Apple Jelly.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
There are two things that I wish, first that I wasn't going back and the other is to have been able to go back part-time (switching to Kindergarten). Being part-time would make this all a bit easier. But that is not how it turned out and perhaps there is a reason for all of this; a reason that I do not yet understand.
I made good progress with my room today, I got all of my purchase order for the year put away, desks arranged (all 21 of them!), my reading library settled and put back out onto shelves, I also got all the labeling done and my welcome bulletin board in the hallway done. Tomorrow I will work on doing a little bit more settling and then I will working on "prettying" up the room!
There weren't too many people at school today, but a few asked if I was glad to be back and I was really honest and said "no". I know when people ask this they don't really expect you to be honest, but my heart just isn't into this. Don't worry, I will get it together before the kids get there on Tuesday; but for now I am just not into it.
Tomorrow I will take pictures of my classroom, for anyone who is interested in seeing it.
I picked this up in Vermont at the Manchester Woodworking shop. This shop was great they had unfinished wooden furniture, poplar wooden ornaments, etc. Most of what they sell they make right there on the premises and the prices were so reasonable! I saw a wooden doll highchair for Allie that was $32 dollars! and a wooden doll clothing rack/closet that was $25! I have my eyes on those for Allie for Christmas. I also have my eyes on a great hanging wall shelf with 4 cubbies and hanging pegs that was $52. I also go this super cute birch bark moose, that will be so cute for Christmas!
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
The first sweater Bonnie made Allie, I accidentally washed and shrunk it so tiny it would fit her Bitty Baby. I was post-partum hormonal and I was so upset, my mom called Bonnie and when I got home from my stay at my parents there was a new one waiting for me *grin*.
Any way enough about sweaters. Now they now longer have sheep, it was more work than they could keep up with, so now all they have are the chickens. I swear there is a point in here, sometimes I tell a story like my Grandmother did. Right now they have baby chicks and they were so cute and Allie was so excited. She even got to hold them and there was one that she particularly liked and she got all caught up telling it a story, so cute. Jack was also quite interested in the chicks and was eager to touch them, with Grammy's help to be gentle.
Both Allie and Jack took right to Bonnie and Pete, not like either of them are very shy. Allie can do the whole shy thing when she meets someone new, but they both really warmed up to them. Allie wanted Bonnie to sit with her in the coop and anywhere else that we were and Jack really took to Pete. He would just giggle, smile and watch Pete.
The flowers that Allie is holding in her hand are from the yard, she was pretending that she was getting married. Of course Grammy sang her the song "Here Comes the Bride" and Allie sang it over and over.
Here are some more pictures of Bonnie's flower gardens and the kids and the chicks, enjoy! Isn't this picture of the mother hen with her chicks sitting on her back just the cutest thing.
I love hydrangea, they are one of my favorite flowers.This is the largest hydrangea that I have ever seen. You can't really see it, but there is or was a garden there too!