Saturday, November 22, 2014

Windfall Apples and Apple Press Part 2


              Before we took our vacation in October in Vermont,
    we wanted to make use of the many windfall apples
                        left behind in the huge orchard behind our home                   


We were so excited to try our antique apple/grape press,
and Mommy who is 91 was so happy to join us!     


It was great fun!!

"Lottie!! Leave our apples alone"!!

(Grandma always on the "spoil")!


We had to chop the apples 
because the grinder was actually meant for grapes!!
    


But this hundred year old
piece of equipment still worked as new!!





And the fruit of our labor was
plentiful
 refreshing
and delectable!!
    

..~..~..~..~..~..~..~..~..
Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
Do You Know JESUS?
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http://www.proverbs31.org/doyouknowJesus/doYouKnowJesus.php 
Need Church?
.~.~.~.
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with Pastor CHARLES PRICE
of the Living Truth Ministries
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There were plenty more apples to enjoy
so delicious deserts and cannings were made!


       











 





The Mousiekins inspect their 
bounty in the Butt'ry



Drying is easy and useful


After Apple Picking
But I was well
Upon my way to sleep before it fell,
And I could tell
What form my dreaming was about to take.
Magnified apples appear and disappear,
Stem end and blossom end,
And every fleck of russet showing clear.
My instep arch not only keeps the ache,
It keeps the pressure of a ladder-round.
I feel the ladder sway as the boughs bend.
And I keep hearing from the cellar bin
The rumbling sound
Of load on load of apples coming in.
For I have had too much
Of apple-picking: I am overtired
Of the great harvest I myself desired.
There were ten thousand thousand fruit to touch,
Cherish in hand, let down, and not let fall.
For all
That struck the earth,
No matter if not bruised or spiked with stubble,
Went surely to the cider-apple heap
As of no worth.
One can see what will trouble
This sleep of mine, whatever sleep it is.
Were he not gone,
The woodchuck could say whether it’s like his
Long sleep, as I describe its coming on,
Or just some human sleep.    Robert Frost


Visit and listen to Author Joan Donaldson
of Pleasant Hill Farm
http://wmuk.org/post/pressing-fresh-apple-cider-fall-afternoon

copy and paste (my links are not working)!!!

Also visit her wonderful BLOG here: 
 http://visitstocorgicottage.blogspot.com/

About her friendship with Tasha Tudor

ENJOY:








The 800 acres of orchard behind and 
surrounding our house is so beautiful
 and we are ever so thankful that we are allowed to gather 
and glean!

                                                                          Oh give thanks to the 
                                                                       Lord for His Love
                                                                     endures forever
                                                                                                     Psalm 107:1


                                                                                (All photos by and property of Linnie Nolan)

The Mousiekin Family prepare their 
Apples for the winter root celler.


The Press rests so lovely in the Kitchen
till next year......


...but"please Ashley no more chewing
 on the antique press leg"!!!

LOTTIE SAYS:
"Life is SWEET so enjoy a TREAT"!!

Hope you enjoyed!
Many Blessings 
Love Linnie

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Mousiekins Gather Ground Cherries

The Mousiekin Family are happy that 
the computer is back in service.....

..and now they can share 
their adventures once again! 
(They had to be very still and quietly hide from
the devious Mr Stubbs) 

Papa Owen, with his son Sebastian 
and Haw  Hee the Donkey
gathered ground cherries for Mama Mildred

(After finding a teeny wooley caterpillar on the Rhubarb 
that is)



                                   

..~..~..~..~..~..~..~..~..
Beloved, I wish above all things
that thou mayest prosper
and be in health,
even as thy soul prospereth.
                                     3 John 1:2
Do You Know JESUS?
Read more here:
http://www.proverbs31.org/doyouknowJesus/doYouKnowJesus.php 
Need Church?
.~.~.~.
Listen to Sunday CHURCH
with Pastor CHARLES PRICE
of the Living Truth Ministries
click here:
http://www.livingtruthus.com/#


Missy helped Mama make ground cherry jam!



"The ground cherries grew on leafy bushes.
Thick on the stems and under the large leaves
hung the six cornered bells, pale and thinner
then paper. And inside each bell was a plump
juicy round fruit"
                                             Laura Ingalls Wilder
                                                              Little Town on the Praire

Product Details

GROUND CHERRY JAM
from COOKS.COM

3 c. ripe ground cherries
1/4 c. lemon juice (or Real Lemon)
1/2 c. water
1 pkg. Sure-Jel
3 c. sugar

To a quart saucepan, add ground cherries, lemon, water, and Sure-Jel. Bring cherries to a boil and mash them. Be sure they are all mashed so they'll absorb the sugar. Add sugar. Boil according to directions on Sure-Jel package. 
This will make 3 medium jars of jam.


http://gracelinks.org/blog/4402/real-food-right-now-and-how-to-cook-it-ground-cherries


Hope you enjoyed 
Love and many blessings
Linnie and the Mousiekins