I start every morning making lists. To do lists, shopping lists, dream lists, recipe lists. It keeps me organized, centered. Without lists I can't keep my thoughts straight, even if I don't use them during the day, I need to know it's there if I forget. Coffee, lists and plans.
The stock pot is waiting and it's 7:09 can you tell when I'm thinking?
I peek at my dahlias sitting on the front step, I love dahlias.
I stopped at T&G's to raid their peach tree. The branches sank into the ground with the weight of the fruit. I only took the ripe ones, I'll be back tree.
I went to Hofstede's for only a few things. Then they got me. $5 for 20 lbs of tomatoes, $10 for 14 pounds of cherries. Did you know cherries were $4/lb this year? The sale was $.71/lb!!!! Of course this meant the fruit was past due. Ripe-o-la. Use. It. Fast. Lady. So there went my day. Gone.
I cut and froze two trays of local peppers. I froze a dozen ears of corn.
I made sweet cucumber relish.
I pitted, by hand, 14 lbs of cherries. Dried half and froze half. I made one recipe of cherry-rhubarb jam.
I canned 20-500mL jars of crushed tomatoes and slowly oven dried three trays of tomatoes with thyme.
While at the market I surveyed the bins. Four types of plums...two more than last time. I was curious, so I bought a bag of each. Santa Rosa's are still my favourite flavour but the Dinosaur plums (or plouts) are a close second. I tried them at home and saved one of each kind for another plum cake. I made Garlic Plum Sauce with the prune plums and a four plum jam with all the rest.
Then I had Erin over for dinner. We had plum-rosemary fizz (with a little bit of rum! Shhh!) which was very very good. I made a tomato tart which was infinitely better than it sounds. In fact I can't wait to show you how to make it! We ate it with a nice salad (from the garden!) and a toasted hazelnut and mustard dressing. With plum cake for dessert and a nice cup of floral green tea the night was over.