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Tweetsie Trip

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Hello everyone!  I am sorry that it has been a while since I made a post.  Seems like we have been super busy here.  Last Tuesday, the girls and I went to Sam’s Club.  Wednesday, we went to the Pastor’s.  They gave us 2 bushels of grapes and I have no idea how much corn-enough to make 31 qts in the freezer.  So, I guess you know what we did Thursday.  Friday we finished up the grapes and corn, cleaned the church and started revival.  Saturday, we decided it was time to play.  We met Dave, Jess and kids at Tweetsie for a fun day.  We left about 9:00 A.M. and got back home about 9:00 P.M.  It was a long day but SO much fun.  Sunday finished up our revival.  Today we are making peach and grape jelly.

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They have these horses all around Tweetsie.  The boys climbed up on them as soon as we got there.  They really enjoyed seeing MawMaw climb on one.  My mother was such a fun person.  She loved doing things out of the box.  She always wore a hat.  One of her favorites was a bright silver one.  As soon as I climbed up on the horse, Jess said all I needed was a silver hat.  I think that is how I want my children and grandchildren to remember me.  I want to be a person who is fun to be with.

Some of you mentioned that you were interested in knowing how to cook the dried beans.  I’m sure there are lots of ways to cook them but the way we always do is just put them in a  kettle, cover with water, add some bacon grease, salt and pepper.  Mom always added a some navy beans to cook with them.  It takes a while for them to cook and you will have to  add water as needed.   In my opinion, these are best with corn bread, but then most things are.

Well, I better get busy.  I have so many blogs to get caught up on reading.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Wednesday

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Hi everyone!  Just a short post on how our day is (hopefully) going to progress.  We are first working on tomatoes.  We picked about 3/4 of a bushel yesterday evening.  After the tomatoes are done, we plan on working with grapes.  I have a plan of working up about 1/2 bushel everyday.  We made 14 pts of grape jelly yesterday so today all the grapes will go to making juice.  We had some fresh grape juice this morning with breakfast.  Also some of the grape jelly.  Both were delicious.  They taste like eating fresh grapes.  I used the Pamona Pectin to make the jelly.  I really like it.  With SureJell, to make a batch of jelly you need 5 cups of juice and 7 cups of sugar.  With the Pamona, 4 cups of juice and only 2 cups of sugar.  That is a really big difference.

I hope you all have a great day and God bless.

Grapes

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A picture of our grapes.  They look like they will be plentiful this year.  When we bought these vines several years ago, we thought we were buying purple concord grapes, however they are green.  They first year we almost didn’t get any because we kept waiting on them to turn purple.  They are very good, though.  We just had to adjust to grape jelly not being purple.  I am thinking about making grape juice this year.  I have no experience with it though.  All I’ve ever done with our grapes is make jelly but a family can only eat so much jelly.  If anyone is familar with making juice, I would appreciate any advice you can give.  I am thinking about purchasing a steamer/juicer for this but I am not sure it would be worth it.  What do you all think? 

It was extremely hot here yesterday.  When we went to bed last night it was 90 degrees in our bedroom.  When we got up this morning about 6:00  it had cooled down to 82 in our room, thats still pretty warm.  Hopefully, today will not be as hot but it is what it is.   Tomorrow our bible study will meet at Wanda’s house.  She has air conditioning. 

Enjoy your day and God bless.