So, the whole reason for going to Savannah was to help out when this little miss was born:
Magdalena Rose, born March 21, 7lbs 11oz. She just gets cuter every day!
While we were there, I finally got to go to River Street!!! I have been waiting very patiently for a chance to go.
The history of the buildings just amazes me. I would love to go back in time to see them in their original use(of course, being a woman, I would not have been down in the cotton district, it was all business).
We went to Kevin Barry’s. I had the Irish Sampler, which included from left: Shepherd Pie, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish Stew. YUM. After that, we went and got Pralines. Thank goodness we did a lot of walking! We also drove by the childhood home of Flannery O’Conner. We had hoped to go on a tour, but never got the chance. Ah well, next time! We did the traditional trip to Tybee Island, and helped Em and Russ for a couple of weeks. We stayed long enough for the baby to get baptised, then headed off for Philly, which I’ve already posted about.
This morning I went out to Green Acres U Pick and spent almost an hour picking black raspberries. 6.7 pounds! I’m thinking about picking blueberries on Thursday, and just canning the fruit for wintertime desserts. Sound good?
In between all of the traveling(which I promise I will blog about), I have been trying to get some canning done. I got 8 pints of strawberry jam(with the help of Ian). Today I got up bright and early and went to the public market on the LAST available day for cherries. I came home and got out my handy dandy Kirschentkerner, but this time I had no helpers. Next year Laura and Molly will be home to help, but I sure missed having all of the “big” kids take a turn at it. I was able to get everything set up for canning, while they kerned kirschens. It looks like I will be getting 10 or 11 pints out of the peck, somewhat more than I thought I would. Monday, I will be out picking black raspberries for more jam. In August, there will be more raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, tomatoes, beans, then the tree fruits. I’m hoping for at least some peaches and applesauce, maybe some apricots as well. I’ve missed canning season.
ETA: pickles….can’t forget to do pickles.
Today was a mix of the good and the not so good. On the not so good side, I had the dawning realization that having my freezer not freeze and my fridge freeze was a bad thing. I think I will have to cook up all the meat in the freezer tomorrow, so it won’t go bad. Also, Jeff came home feeling icky from Kodak(early), and called off TRU. I think he got the dreaded flu that’s been going around town.
The good side, however, was really good! The girls and I met a dear friend and her daughter for a late lunch(or dupper as we are calling it) at Chili’s. I always have so much fun when I am around Kae, and her daughter is just as witty and silly as the rest of us. Kae brought me some books of knitting patterns, including two Dale of Norway booklets. I can’t wait to start doing colorwork!
We also made a short trip to SA, where we found some more drinking glasses, and I got two books: The Joy of Signing, and Make Your Own Groceries.
I finished up the second Fawkes sock today, and have to get that in the mail. I will post a picture tomorrow before I send it off, it was my first pair of “fancy” socks, and I am pleased with how they turned out.
What to do on a Sunday night? Play with and manipulate your Halloween candy, of course! My young chefs in training did this:
We had everything from pizza to cake! The plate btw, is only about 6 inches in diameter.
We had the tastiest field trip today, at Maggie Moo’s. The owner and an employee took us around the front where they make up the goodies,and the owner showed us around the back where they actually make the ice cream. He was making up dark chocolate and orange ice cream, which we got to taste!
In the picture above, Mark is showing us how they make milkshakes….chocolate, yummy.
Here is where the waffle cones are made, and a little secret? They put cinnamon in the mix, to make it smell nice in the mall!
The girls, tasting the waffle cones.
Here, Steve the owner is mixing up my “Mooberry” ice cream with chocolate shavings. The board they do this on is kept at 0 degrees.
We all got a nice little bowl of ice cream, our choice, and the kids got a little certificate. Now, when can I go back and buy a pint of that dark chocolate and orange ice cream?
We got a LOT of snow! It was too deep to actually play in.
Laura worked really hard on her first decorating job!
Here is a picture of the finished cake that Molly and I made and Laura decorated.
I sure hope I can get the hang of this blogging thing soon, I have some other pictures I want to post, but it took me all night to figure out how to get non enormous pictures.