As my friends and family will attest, I am fairly domestic. I've been called Martha Stewart and Betty Crocker a few times, though anyone who has ever made anything from scratch has probably suffered similar accusations. Sometimes, however, my life goes from domestic to home ec on hyperdrive.
This time it started when our neighbor invited us to pick cherries. 8 colanders full of cherries to be exact.
So of course I made cherry preserves. About 8 pints, sweetened with 3/4 cup of honey per batch rather than 3 1/2 cups of sugar. After doing the math I realized that following the traditional jam recipe would result in just shy of a cup of sugar per pint of jam (which equals half pint of sugar per pint of jam). Thank goodness for no-sugar needed pectin.
We had nothing to put the cherry preserves on besides spoons, so I made a few loaves of bread. One loaf didn't turn out quite right, so it became overnight french toast, with cherry preserves.
Not to be left out, the ants staged an invasion in hopes of a little toast and jam, and I staged a little chemical warfare. Should you run out of the cardboard Terro bulls eyes, these plastic bread things work great.
Between boiling batches of jam and baking batches of bread, I also tried a few new summer salad recipes, which I'll share after some fine tuning. Turns out George loves garbanzo beans; who knew?
A few other non-domestic news items from mollyland:
I'm reading my first Stephen King book, On Writing, and loving it; not scary at all. I might just spend the rest of my days reading books of an autobiographical nature.
I got a little excited after reading this article. Little Miss Avery wants them both to win, because her skin is dark and she is a woman. Goes to prove the importance of being able to relate to those who seek to lead us.
Apparently my friends are quite hip but not very original. We're going to shoot hoops this evening at the local school playground.
One final warning: If you happen to come across an heirloom tomato that looks like a watermelon, it tastes nothing like a watermelon.
Hope your weekend is filled with tasty treats.