Canning and Preserving




I haven’t made jam since … eesh. Before Christmas. (That batch was quince. Ah, gorgeous quince, but that’s not today’s post!)  I’ve been busy and kinda run-down. Doing better, so I made jam today. How do you detect a perfectly ripe Bartlett pear? It should be a warm just-turned-yellow color […]

Super-Easy Pear Jam



Boysenberries growing 43
In January 2010, I planted, on the advice of my nursery-man, four little sticks. In the intervening year and a half, I’ve learned a reasonable amount about said little sticks, and I’m going to share it now. (: I am pretty sure that ‘long around September I’m going to have […]

Things I’ve Learned About Boysenberries





I’ll admit, I crashed out over the weekend. I was so tired. I took naps. Repeatedly. I don’t do that. But when Labor Day itself finally rolled around, I had enough energy and to spare, so while Uncle Pasto was barbecuing some fabulous smoked brisket, I spent most of the […]

Labor Day


We had a fabulous time in gorgeous scenic Utah, and I want to blog about that later. But I’ve been crazy-busy managing the yard since we got back, and putting up some pickles (four POUNDS of lemon cucumbers, I ask you … ), and haven’t had time to blog yet. […]

Back from Utah!