Sunday, September 23, 2018

What didn't I do this weekend...

 I had a long list of things to do this weekend.  At the top of the list was the house needed a deep cleaning.  I tend to spend every second of the summer outside and cleaning isn't a priority.  I had to spend a day cleaning while the weather was still good and I could open the windows to air things out.  Then today the apples were begging to be picked.  The Harrelson did great and I even had a few on my Zestar trees.  We picked two and a half bushels.
 I set up an apple peeling and slicing station on the picnic table.  I froze eight bags of apple pie filling.  While I was freezing the apples, I pulled out the two pans of roasted tomatoes.  Yesterday, I quartered the few tomatoes my garden produced.  I drizzled them with olive oil and sprinkled garlic salt, orengano, and basil over the top. I roasted them at 325 degrees for three hours.  Then I froze them on the pans and later transfered them to a bag, after eating a few.  They are great on homemade pizza.

 I also transplated Groot, the giant tree, into a better pot.  His was destroyed by the hail. Then my husband and I wrestled him into the house before he freezes.  I brought him home from work, where he was being neglected.  I'm here to tell you, that tree weighs a TON.  I also transplated my herbs into pots and brought them indoors.  There is nothing better than fresh herbs all winter.  The parsley took it pretty hard.

I also rebuilt my outdoor compost bin and worked on the worm composter.  I spread the worm compost in my house plants.

Then, just because the apple peeling and slicing station was still set up, I made some caramel apple jam and an apple crisp.  After that I finally cleaned everything up and called it a day.  I'm going to make apple cider, hard cider, and maybe some fruit roll ups.  Do you have any other suggestions?  

I think next weekend I will digup my garlic and make the olive oil herb ice cubes again.  I loved them last year.  It is amazing how quickly the weekend flies.  I still have a few things to do.  Are you almost finished with your fall to do list?


  1. I am the same with housework over summer and we have also be kept busy processing our apples.

  2. I would love to have fresh herbs all winter, but I don't have any windows with enough direct sunlight to keep them happy! Hopefully your parsely perks up! I cleaned up my garden this weekend...pulled out all the tomato cages, the withering flowers, mowed off the grass (it was too hot and humid this summer to keep after it) and rototilled. Now it's raining again, but when...or dried off again I will rototill again.
    the caramel apple jam sounds delicious, and so do the roasted tomatoes. I'll have to try that!

  3. Your apples are beautiful. I am blown away by the amount of work you got done this weekend. I had the flu all weekend, so no work for me. I feel like I just wasted this first weekend of fall.
    Have a lovely week.

  4. Busy girl!!
    We made some fresh pressed apple juice at my dad's yesterday. It is SO good. I still have a few apples hanging on my trees. They are bright red and beautiful. Happy Fall!


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