Monday, July 18, 2011

making some jam

Turning two of these bags of blackberries into jam today was exciting!

Crushing the berries

Sieving out some of the seeds

Boiling, ladeling, and processing turned farmer's market blackberries into this amazing jam.


Blackberry is my favorite.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

family camping fun

We went camping last week. As you can see, it rained! Every day. We had a good time (although it alternated between scorching hot and rain the whole time we were there.)

We had a little glow stick fun.

We pet a real live skunk, and got to watch it eat.

I highly recommend the Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery as a family destination. We probably spent close to an hour there looking at the different fish and turtles (plus the skunk!) and other displays. We also fed the fish that were outside. This is so much fun--if you even hold your hand over them they start jumping out of the water looking for the food.

Nathan and the kids went fishing several times and caught (and released) a bunch of small fish. They had a blast. (I spent most of that time reading Martha Stewart Living in the air conditioned van. Chloe stayed with me most of that time either napping or playing in the van. I just don't like fishing very much at all.)

It was nice to get away as a family for the first time in a long while. We had lots of fun, but I will say that camping in Kentucky is much more fun in the fall than in the middle of a blazing summer! Next time we'll have the good sense to go in September (or maybe even get a hotel!)

Besides camping we have been having a blast this summer, spending lots of time at Nathan's sister's house in their amazing backyard equipped with an amazing koi pond and stream, a huge flat screen t.v., a pool, a covered patio and bar and lots of fun people. Also have been spending time hanging out with my sister and her daughter, while they are out of school for the summer. This may be the best summer I've had in a really long time!

How's your summer going? Is it full of popsicles and pools, parties and people?