Saturday, July 22, 2017
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
The first was taken just after I had dropped him off (you can see there are plenty of other fluffy friends for him to mingle with while he's there), the second was taken when I arrived to pick him up, but he wasn't quite done yet. I took the photo through the window, because I didn't want to distract him or excite him. The last two photos are his "after" photos. 😊 This is my favorite haircut that he's had since we have been bringing him to the groomer. I really like how short the hair on his head is, compared to other times when it was much more poofy.
Posted by Trina at 7:55 PM
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Monday, July 17, 2017
Sunday, July 16, 2017
Saturday, July 15, 2017
The grass was a little wet, so his paws got a little muddy (middle photo). He looked like he was wearing boots! I had to give him a paw bath as soon as we got home.
Posted by Trina at 8:20 PM
Friday, July 14, 2017
We're hoping to have many play dates with them while they are here, and we're looking forward to seeing them often!!
Posted by Trina at 8:53 PM
(This photo has 130 jars. We had already given away a dozen!)
It was a bumper crop year for us!!
2017 Plum Jam Final Results:
144 jars of jam (12 oz)
10 batches over 10 Days
> 240 cups of fresh plums
80 cups of sugar (40 lbs)
10 4.7 oz jars of pectin
Our last record was 97 jars.
We smashed that record with 144 jars!!
For the record:
Recipe for each batch:
24 cups of fresh plums
Boil down with 3/4 cup of water
Add 1 tbsp butter to pot of plum juice
Bring strained plum juice to a simmer
Summer for 5 minutes
Add 8 cups of sugar
Bring to a rolling boil, constantly stirring
Add 1 cup pectin (1 4.7oz jar)
Bring to a roiling boil
Boil for 1 minute, constantly stirring
Makes 12-16 12 oz jars of jam
Posted by Trina at 8:02 PM
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Monday, July 10, 2017
We made batches 7 & 8 today, which were each 16 jars.
Our first batch was last Saturday, July 1st. Since then, we have made a total of 115 12-oz jars of Plum Jam!! A new record (by far!) and we're still not done.
The raw plum fruit mix for the eighth batch looks a lot different than the others, so I took a photo of it (plums in the kitchen sink). 1/2 of the plums are from the tree closer to the house, which are darker. Usually, these plums ripen earlier and fall earlier (presumably from getting more sun) than the larger tree in the back. We hadn't had as many drop as early as we usually do, but this morning we had more than we had for the rest of the batches. Dick says that if we were a winery, we'd call batch eight our "Special Reserve". :)
The plums have finally stopped dropping so quickly, so we think we probably only have another batch or two. I had to order more jars online so we'll be able to make up to two more batches.
It's always a crazy time when we are inundated with all the ripe plums. We were lucky with the timing this year (that we were home, and not on our RV Trip the week before) but it kept us very busy since we had family visiting all last week. Meg and David were troopers and helped us collect and sort the plums a couple of times when the harvest was especially large!!
We probably only have another day or two to go. I'll report back in when we've reached the end of Plumpacalypse 2017!
Posted by Trina at 12:31 AM