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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Yesterday was a whirlwind day of errands and canning. Worked really hard and got 6 pts. blueberry jam and 3 pts of tomato sauce. This was our first try at this sauce, it can be processed in a hot water bath safely, by following the recipe exactly. It was a lot of work for those 3 pints, but it tastes really good. We had about a cup left and we fought over it using the last of a nice chewy loaf of french bread. Man I am tired today.
July 31 at 08:40 EST .

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   MeiDei  Last year strawberries were on a huge sale & I decided to make my first batch of jam - canned and gave many away as part of their Christmas gifts. Will never buy mfg. strawberry jam again, there is just no comparison & so said the recipients! My good friend complained that her husband hogged the contents and they too fought over the last in the jar. : ) Yes, it's a bit of a job - but so worth it isn't it.
August 7 at 09:57 EST .

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   Bettijo  BirdsNest, I have never done any canning. Can you tell us how to make/can tomato sauce. I make my tomato sauce from scratch as it is so much better than the bottled kind. Can I just use my recipe? I still need to know how to can it. In the past I have frozen it. Thanks for your help.
August 16 at 09:03 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Here are instructions that might help for a water bath canner, or use a pressure canner if many additives like onions and such are added. Note the addition of an acid like vinegar or lemon juice to lower the pH or make it more acid. Some of the current tomatoes are not as acid as the older varieties.
August 16 at 18:16 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Main Page The Lobby  Update on the young boy injured in last Thursday's tornado that trashed Cherrystone Campground on the Eastern Shore of VA.******

The 13 year old boy who was gravely injured in Thursday's tornado at Cherrystone has been upgraded from critical to fair over the weekend. The boy's parents were killed when a pine tree crashed down onto their tent. Two other siblings received minor injuries.
**Over on the Blessings wall I posted an article about a local couple that were camping there that day also.**
July 28 at 08:33 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Blessings  This was posted on the local radio stations website about last Thursday's tornado.
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Pam Morgan Lewis, her husband Tommy and their three year old grandson Ben decided to spend part of their summer at Cherrystone Campground this past week.

On Wednesday evening, the Lewis were made aware of the possible thunderstorms predicted for Thursday but nothing too alarming. They did not even bother taking in the awning on their camper because the winds were only predicted to be 10 miles per hour and being experienced campers they had been through some pretty strong storms throughout the years.

Pam says she went to sleep that night feeling safe-no worries-except for what to do with her precious, yet active 3 year old grandson for the day, should it rain.

Tommy left the campground bright and early for work on Thursday morning. Later, Pam was awakened by deafening thunder. She peeked outside to see a very dark sky. Moments later, an alert of a tornado warning came through her cell phone and then she saw the warning on the television. Within seconds things started to change. The wind started picking up and Pam Lewis knew without a doubt that a tornado was coming. She woke up her grandson and wrapped him in pillows, put his bike helmet (quick thinking! ) on him and began praying like never before. Panicked, she called her daughter Morgan and told her to come get them, but she knew she had no choice but to ride out the monster that was headed directly for them.

Pam then called husband who was coming from across the bay because she needed to hear his voice. She was frantic. She says she only heard a few words from Tommy before the noise of the tornado drowned out his voice completely. Tommy says all he could hear was his wife praying and telling him how scared she was. Pam Lewis had never felt so helpless in her life. She and Tommy were disconnected. The hail, pine cones and tree limbs hitting the camper was so loud she did not even hear when a limb came through the roof of her campers kitchen or the awning ripping off. Pam says she has never been that terrified in her life. She wanted to scream but then she when she would peer down at her grandsons big blue eyes and she would just tell him they would be alright. Pam Lewis never prayed harder in her life!

Then just as quickly as the storm came, it left and there was silence. They got out of the camper and by witnessing her surroundings; Pam knew, without a doubt, that she was lucky to be alive. Pam Lewis says she is grateful and blessed because things could definitely have been different for her and 3 year old Ben.

Pam also says that the amount of help from the community was phenomenal and adds we have some very well trained people on the shore. Within minutes she says there were fire trucks and other rescue
July 28 at 08:29 EST .

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   MeiDei  Thanks for posting this heart wrenching story. We pray for those less and as fortunate as she & little Ben.
July 28 at 13:15 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  http://astore.amazon.com/proitacoo-20/detail/B00GRIR87M

Link for the spiralizer....spiral cut veggies for delicious meals. We used it to spiral cut thin cucumbers, they were so good and potatoes for frying. We used 1 russet and one Adirondack blue potato and deep fried them-they were great.
July 27 at 18:17 EST .

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   Balogreene  I bought one a bit ago, and posted a really simple cucumber recipe below. Also posted one for pears and berries, it is fantastic. And that is the exact model I got. Love mine.
July 28 at 17:25 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, I just looked, the cucumber recipe I posted, I spiraled it, instead of just sliced cukes.
July 28 at 18:00 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  We were at the flea market spot today, got a good location, sold all of the peppers,squash,cukes, and EGGPLANT. As much as I loathe Facebook, one customer posted that we had the best eggplant she had ever tasted, one girl stopped by and bought them all. The lady bought one last week, prepared it and boasted about it on FB. When she got there we were sold out so when we have more ready she will get some.Another lady wants to buy blueberries,because we do not use any insecticide....she can buy them at the local store for $1.50 pint, but wants to pay more for ours because she knows where they are coming from. Finally people are getting it. It has been a fight, but now more and more want to buy from small gardeners like us. Last week one man looked behind our table to see what the veggies were being stored in, expecting to find boxes from suppliers, he was pleased to see "Homer buckets", plus I do not wash any of the veggies that way they instantly know they are fresh and not from a wholesaler. I don't have time to wash them....takes 3 hrs to pick beans on Friday evening and 35 min to pick cukes, peppers, and eggplant on Sat morning as soon as it gets light enough to see. We try to get to the place before 7am in order to get a spot. We had a really good time today, brought some Neems oil to a guy that was looking for it in the store locally(they had none ), so we told him to meet us there and we would give him enough to get started with. I am SO GLAD I remembered, he showed uo early. His wife stopped by later to thank us.
July 26 at 14:14 EST .

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   Linder  Loved your post. Know how hard you work and happy to hear of customers appreciating the fruits of your labor.
July 26 at 19:32 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you Linder.
It IS hard work, but pays off with good food to eat and an opportunity to share with others. Our friends that used to get the loads of produce have been getting some, just not the quantities of years past. It is important to save part of the money for next years garden, we will need to replace 10 soaker hoses($15 each ), black plastic for weed control(this year we used $50 worth ), and next year we are planning to enlarge the garden with a new spot for tomatoes on soil never used before. Several years ago the East Coast was hit with tomato blight and I am thinking it is still in our soil. We have treated with Neem oil, but still the tomatoes show signs of blight. In order to till fresh ground we will need the services of someone with a tractor and tiller. Hagar talked to the man that broke our ground several years ago. He has retired but said he would do the work for us. So we have to sell vegs in order to have the funds for next years plans. And we want to put in some more raised beds. The back section of the garden is near;y impossible to keep watered for plant growth. There is a natural dry area, sandy soil and it will be better if we make raised beds there and use those for certain plants. Somewhere out there I would love to have raised beds for herbs, possibly 2 kinds of herbs to one 8 ft bed.
July 27 at 07:22 EST .

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   MeiDei  Bird, you are one ambitious person - admirable. We have one local grower left in our area. I noticed for the past 2-3 years he has one section of land that he doesn't plow - he spreads this area in black plastic & puts individual pots on it in rows & I think they hand spray between rain as I don't see the pipe sprinkler system they used several years ago. He has a small stand for selling off that which doesn't get bought by the local stores, including local honey - it's my next stop to shop this week. I wish you every success.
July 27 at 11:58 EST .

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   MeiDei  On another note, my friend's husband found a few tall bookcases put out for discard, the backings were gone. He brought them home, treated the wood (will have to ask what he used ) & laid them down in a side area and it became their herb garden, the shelves provided sections. It's still in use today - 20 years later.
July 27 at 12:21 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Thank you, MeiDei. And I love the idea your friend's husband had, very clever!
July 27 at 15:25 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Tomato plants and fruit are a big disappointment this season. Plants are failing an the fruit is misshaped. Not for sale to anyone, but cut up with Italian herbs, S&P, and EVOO, they are delicious. Cukes, peppers, eggplant are doing well. String beans keep on making, and the pole beans that looked so sad after H. Arthur went through are now lush and flowering. Luffas,birdhouse gourds, watermelon are all over the fence-daily tending to keep them out of the path of the neighbors mower. Last week he actually moved several out of control vines and they did not get cut.....miracles never cease! I check on them daily now and I may get time to place a path of mulch so he does not have to get close to them. Fig trees are coming back, even a few figs, of that we are more than thankful.Blueberries are starting to ripen, have picked several gallons so far. Yesterday I picked some wild cherries and we processed 7 pints of juice. We don't have a cherry pitter so we chose to juice them.
How is everyone else doing with their gardens?
July 23 at 08:22 EST .

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   Rake King  Here in the St. Louis metro area truck farms, tomatoes are so abundant the price starting is lower than last year. Native blackberries are as big as half-dollars. I can't explain why, but some relate that the deep and long cold of last winter killed off many plant pests. Even the roses have large blooms, again stated as fewer aphids and beetles. Re the pests, maybe Mother Nature said enough is enough.

Missouri is known for it's wine industry and they stated last years grape crops were poor, but this year appear to be flourishing.
July 23 at 08:35 EST .

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   Wrightwinger  Well, I had some difficulties with the garden. A lot of it was blocked by access problems, mower problems, and so, much is in pots this year. I have a lot of small cherry tomatoes that are good, a volunteer watermelon is growing from one pot, and has a lot of blooms and a 3 inch melon. This may not make it, but I am going to see what happens. My sweet banana peppers are producing, my herbs are doing well except for the basil. Did you ever eat nasturtium blossoms or leaves? Turns out they are good with a slightly radish flavor that I like. We canned some potatoes and some green beans. I ate some pink tomatoes I bought at a farmers market today that were fabulous, and some corn as well.
July 23 at 17:52 EST .

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   Gerty  Figs? Did someone mention FIGS!?!

Yesssssss!
July 24 at 20:00 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird and Hagar, heard your area had bad weather today. Here's hoping everyone and everything is well. We didn't get more than 5 minutes of rain up here.
July 24 at 23:59 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Balogreene....a tornado popped up just on shore at Cherrystone Campgrounds where there were 1300+ people registered in in various camping accommodations. The place was torn up, trees down, power lines down, RV's turned over. Two people from NJ were killed and their son is in critical condition at CHKD in Va Beach. The city of Va Beach sent 6 ambulances, a mass trauma unit, and all ambulances on the entire shore were dispatched to the scene. It sounded like Beirut here with the numbers of sirens that flew by here within minutes of one another. The State Police headquarters is 10 miles north of us and they came by here at mach speed. There was also damage to boats in Oyster,Va and a tractor trailer was over turned on Rt 13. We had a bit of lightning and could hear the thunder down the road, we got some rain but no damage. The previous night wind broke a cherry tree limb and it fell over the fence. I was picking cherries when all of the madness was taking place down the road. My diabetes doc lives next to the campground, she lost her garden to softball sized hail and wind. She and her daughter were home and took shelter in an interior room til it was over. The campgound is a total mess and closed til whenever....this is their busiest time of year, you must reserve space 1 year in advance for this time of year-Pony Penning next week, Blueberry Festival this weekend.
July 25 at 15:21 EST .

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   Balogreene  Bird, I heard about the campground and was concerned for you guys. You never know about tornados, they can cut a big path, or just pop down in a short burst. Like I said, we got barely any rain.
July 26 at 17:45 EST .

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   Jerico  My blackberry plants did not weather well. I had just planted them last year and they did not even begin growing until about a month ago. I have only harvested 3 berries. I do have quite a bit of plant growth now so I hope for better next year.
August 16 at 23:14 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Recipes  We bought a couple of local cookbooks a couple of weeks ago, now I just have to find the time to make some of the recipes. These were bought at the flea market/jockey lot sale, of course. I did make one-Hawaiian Banana Bread. Gave away the 2 mini loaves and half of the big loaf. The guy that sold us the mini loaf and regular loaf pans at a deal(6 mini and 3 regular for $5 ) got the half of a regular loaf. And we will share future baked goods with him.
July 23 at 08:12 EST .

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   StormCnter  Bird, when I traveled a lot, I bought a local cookbook in each airport. There is always a Junior League version or something similar. I liked to read the cookbooks on the plane. Now, I have a six-foot tall set of bookshelves in my kitchen with those cookbooks and the others I've accumulated over my long life. They're still fun to leaf through, although I no longer do much cooking. I believe my two favorites are Paul Prudhoome's Louisiana Kitchen and a small mail-order booklet from Pace foods, chock full of Mexican recipes.
July 23 at 16:07 EST .

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   Balogreene  My very favorite, very old (for me ) cookbook is the Mary and Martha cookbook(s ) from either First Covenant, or Broadway Covenant church in Rockford, IL. The Covenant church is/was an offshoot of the state-sponsored Lutheran church in Sweden. Rockford was Scandinavian. The phonebook had something like 24 pages of Larson's in 1960. Many of the recipes are Swedish (meatballs, Wassail, pancakes, etc. ) The contributor's are listed as Mrs. Magnus Olson, Mrs. Norville Johnson, Mrs. Charles Swanson, etc.
I think my next favorite is one from the Chicago Tribune, printed during WWII. To make cinnamon applesauce, you take a size can that no longer exists, and add 10 cents of cinnamon hearts. There is a to-die-for chocolate cake recipe with no sugar!
And my other great go-to book is mom's 1948 Betty Crocker Cookbook. It was in a three-ring binder (I have since put all the pages in plastic covers, in a new binder ). It has so much of what mom cooked when we were kids, bread pudding, custards, etc.
Since we ran out of space for cookbooks years ago, I have started digitizing, and have a gadget, kind of like a kindle for recipes. I LOVE cookbooks. And I love regional cookbooks.
July 25 at 00:39 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Cookbooks are like potato chips, you can't have too many! I love to read them and sometimes you can find a real winner of a recipe.
July 25 at 15:23 EST .

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   BirdsNest  Picked up 4 cookbooks today, paper bound, 25 cents each. I have only looked through one and already love it! If this keeps up I will need to go into a 12 step program.
July 26 at 14:02 EST .

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   MeiDei  A Real Woman has dozens of new & well worn cookbooks and is Master of the Roost! : )
July 26 at 21:31 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I can finally say that our garden looks close to perfection.
Weeds are at an all time minimum and the rows are either weed free or covered with mulch of some kind.
The Luffa are almost to the fence where they will grow up and be off the ground. Picked and ate the first ripe tomato yesterday. Had yellow squash, zucchini, and green peppers for dinner....oven roasted them with a bit of olive oil and S&P, they were delicious. We have eaten string beans, they were amazing, both kinds. The "Annihilator" beans were a nice dark green even after cooking and the beans were fast to cook and did not fall apart. A definite hit and we will plant them next year. The next test will be pressure canning them. The "Mascotte" beans were still too small to pick a lot so I picked enough for a meal, we cooked them in a hot skillet with coconut oil and garlic added at the end. Also very tasty. Eggplant are blooming and just starting to make, so they are a ways off. I planted what I thought was white "Patty Pan" squash, from seed directly in the ground....looks like we will be having an acorn squash of some kind.
now I have to plant some white squash, but not from that seed packet!! We have a new tomato(for us ) called "Garden Peach"....it has a bit of fuzz on it. They are still green and will be about the size of a salad tomato, but I am anxious to see and taste a ripe one. The shift key on the left of the keypad died so we are having to use the one on the right for caps and my brain just stops every time I need to put in a capital letter....

We have put in a lot of "sweat equity" into the garden this year and with the help of black plastic and mulch the work has not been so repetitive. It has been loads of hard work, but always moving forward to the next project, not stopping this to weed 15 rows(75 ft long )every few days. I have moved copious amounts of mulch by wheelbarrow, and shoveled and hoe-d soil and bent and squatted hundreds of times a day. Today it is raining thanks to the storm, and I got to feed the animals outside in a light rain and cool temps. Now I am staying inside and maybe will go back to bed for a nap.
Hope everyone has a delightful 4th.
July 4 at 08:17 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  Picked and sold 2 five gallon buckets of green peppers yesterday. Blossoms on the eggplants,yay,and beans will be coming off in a week.

Today I am weed eating all day, lots of grass to cut and rake for the compost piles.
June 29 at 09:12 EST .

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   BirdsNest posted on Gardening & Landscaping  I am watching a zucchini, waiting for it to get a bit bigger so I can snatch it up and use it in a quiche!! I want to thin slice it using a veg peeler, steam it a bit, then use it as crust for the quiche.

We have been enjoying the bok choy, green peppers, harvested 9#3oz green peas, some went in the freezer, the rest became 2 big pots of peas and dumplings enjoyed over several dinners. String beans are making!!!! As for the peas, we used this year a different type, no trellising needed. They are called "Pretty Pleasin' Peas" from Jung
http://www.jungseed.com/dp.asp?pID=02945

The pods were full and all came off at the same time. We have never been so impressed with any peas we have ever grown these were amazing. We have also planted 2 new string bean varieties this year from Jung called "Annihilator"
http://www.jungseed.com/dp.asp?pID=01066
and "Mascotte"
http://www.jungseed.com/dp.asp?pID=01052

Both have tons of blossoms and the first one is making beans. Will report back on taste once they are ready for the pot!

We spent Sunday raking straw from the wheat field next door for future compost. Borrowed a trailer and raked up a total of 7 loads. Monday was a slow day, almost too tired to move. Would love to hear what everyone else is doing.....
June 25 at 08:03 EST .

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