Friday, July 22, 2011

Lest you think I’ve become a slacker…


I know, I know. I up and disappeared on you. Sorry about that. It simply couldn’t be helped. My husband has spent a lot of time out of town over the past several months helping with the storm cleanup and repairs. Sometimes a mama just has to prioritize to get the important stuff done.


Like oven-drying figs…


These babies are divine!

(They’ll keep for up to a week at room temperature, and for a month or so in the fridge. Remove stems, halve, and dry in the oven on a parchment lined cookie sheet for 12-24 hours or until they reach desired doneness. Use your lowest oven setting – mine is 170 degrees.)


Apple and pear picking…


And, of course, canning.

(Fig preserves and spiced applesauce.)


Making fresh homemade pico de gallo (heavy on the onions and jalapeƱos) is a given for us.


And check out this Hill Country Red Okra that I just picked this morning.

Gorgeous. I know what’s for dinner tonight.


And lest you think my work is done… Not even close!

But, I missed you guys.