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Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Busy Bee Me.

Well, yesterday was a good day.

It started off really quite chilly so decided to get my inside jobs done first, have lunch and then head outside.

I got my bread started and I am now proving it over the Rayburn instead of in the conservatory. Two loaves baked later with one going in the freezer and one for the bread bin.










I decided to use the last of the apples before they spoilt so set to having a bash at using my preserving equipment, along with the Kilner jars I bought with my birthday money by making some apple sauce.
The water bathing worked and I got a perfect seal in the jars so can now be kept a while.

I had a little bit of trouble with my first try at Apple Cider Vinegar so I used the peelings etc from the apple sauce and had another bash; this looks better already.



There were some left over veg from our roast lunch on Sunday so I threw them in a pan with some chicken stock I had in the freezer; always like to have some stock in stock!




It turned out yummy and there is enough for lunch today, too.

After lunch I got myself out to the veg patch and planted the onions sets! Finally! I nearly gave up half way through thinking I'd finish them off today beause I knew I would be aching this morning. But I battled on and I'm really pleased that I did; the patch is really coming along now and I only have to take the last swede and turnips out and then I can prepare that part of the space for the Spring. 

Talking of today this was the sight Jon pointed out which greeted us at the bottom kitchen window around 7am, gorgeous!



Plus, this is just something I thought of this morning that I'll share. Because we manage to burn or reycycle a great deal of our rubbish and food we don't have a big general waste bin in the kitchen. It is just the size of a large bag of crisps and these bags are perfect to be used as liners.

Well I've changed Alfie's bed, dusted the boys' rooms, mopped the floors in the bathroom and our bedroom, made pastry for a pie for tea and as soon as the Rayburn is up to temp I shall get that in along with some lemon muffins that are half ready to go; it is nearly lunch time so will finish this here.

Bye for now.

Lou.xx







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  2. I really hope so. I like there are still a few things to do but I have to say I really need to galvanise myself to get out if it is blowing a gale. My oca might be ready soon, too, so will take a peek at the weeked. The onions are not quite crispy on the tops but I think they have been drying for just two weeks so shouldn't be much longer; cellar should be ready soon so they can be hung in there and hope to get the beetroot pickled before Christmas. I have a lovely little recipe for beets that will share nearer to the festivities.

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  3. I recently made apple sauce but it never occurred to me to make a apple vinegar, such a great idea. I really must give that a try.

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    1. It is easy, if you follow this recipe, like I didn't the first time! http://talesofakitchen.com/raw/homemade-organic-raw-apple-cider-vinegar

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  4. Thank you for the link hun, I am making apple cakes and sauce this weekend so will get round to doing this finally.
    What a pretty picture for you with the sunrise. I'll catch up on email soon with you, been so hectic xx

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    1. Look forward to hearing from you when you have time.x

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  5. You have been busy! I wish I had your energy. I haven't tried water bathing yet, seems a bit scary, but I must give it a go.

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    1. I thought it a it scary but tried it both times with only a couple of jars or so which meant if I didn't get the seal right, which I didn't on a couple the first time, they would just get eaten from the fridge without too much trouble. There is something quite strangely satisfying about having something on the shelf in a lovely jar, labelled and looking inviting for some time in the future! Give it a try.

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