Peas and Beans…

Jenna has been making her first quilt over the last few months and today she finished the front of it, I love it, it’s so beautiful! (Proud mama here!) The heat continues to be incredible, but we just turn on the borehole sprinklers and head straight for the pool… I have also decided to start our mushroom growing kit, it has all been set up and apparently we will have mushrooms growing within 15 days! So exciting, I need to spray it a few times a day with cooled boiled water and that is all:)
Tonight we are making stew for dinner and I am adding broad beans from our garden, we picked most of the beans and quite a lot of peas too, it’s hard not to eat the peas though, they are so sweet! Tomorrow I will pick the rest of the bean and pea crop and freeze them. Thank you all so much for your comments about the jam. We ate some this morning and I must say I am VERY pleased with how it turned out, I wasn’t too sure about its consistency when I was pouring it into the jars, but this morning, I can spoon it onto my toast and it is lovely and thick, (but not too thick). I am also glad about putting it through the juicer because of the pulp it created, so no big pieces of fruit in the jam, the pulp has added an even texture. I am going to freeze the extra bottles and give some away as gifts. We are going to make more jam tomorrow too, I have discovered that another one of our mulberry trees has large and juicy fruit on its branches, I love all the preserving that is going on over here.

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9 Responses to Peas and Beans…

  1. Bobbelbella October 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm #

    I love that bed!!!! And the blanket is beautiful!!

  2. Lori ann October 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm #

    beautiful beautiful quilt by your daughter, i can just imagine the pride you feel. such a lovely summery post (hope your keeping cool) as we enjoy autumn here.

  3. Wendy October 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    Well done on the quilt…something my mom is good at and I would like to try one day. Please tell me about the mushroom kit – where did you get it? I was just reading about growing mushrooms on a log in my new fav book – Jamie At Home.

  4. Linda October 25, 2011 at 6:07 pm #

    Thanks Bobbleballa, I will tell Jenna:)

    Lori ann,
    Thanks for visiting:) Autumn sounds so lovely…

    Your book sounds wonderful, I must go and have a look for that one. The web site for the mushrooms is called Mushroom Factory, here is the link, if you visit their blog, it will show you who their stockists are.


  5. barb October 25, 2011 at 8:25 pm #

    The quilt is beautiful. There is nothing as special as a handmade quilt.
    I envy all the preserving you are doing. I spent all summer canning dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, and my favorite, pickled onions. I don’t have enough sun in my yard for a garden AND 2 Great Danes. So for now, I buy all my produce from our local farmers market. This year I concentrated on the pickles. Next year, tomatoes and beans.

  6. swtpeapati October 27, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Jenna’s first quilting project is quite lovely! Great job Jenna!!! Each evening I look forward to relaxing and finding out what you and your family has been up to during that day! Thank you for sharing your life with us!!! BLESSINGS!!! patti

  7. house full of jays October 27, 2011 at 7:04 am #

    So much wonderful bounty – fresh peas are one of my favourite things. We had a very disappointing crop this year but we’re going to try for more next year.
    Your daughter’s quilt is incredible! What an achievement. And I love that beautiful bunk bed!

  8. Angela October 30, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Really enjoying your photos! Very inspiring.

  9. K October 31, 2011 at 9:32 am #

    First quilt. A remarkable achievement. And thus and because of jam making and homeschooling, Jen becomes one of a small but rich community of women who love old ways and real skills – the hands-on life. Excellent. It’s good I was not there today. I’d have eaten all the peas.

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