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Monday, September 15, 2008

The Harvest is Definately Coming In....

It has been a while since my last post and here is a big reason why. I am up to my ears in putting up the harvest. One thing that we inherited from buying our little slice of heaven is a row of muscadine/scuppernog vines and a huge pear tree.
Here is one of 4 sink fulls of Bronze muscadines. We also have purple coming in.

Here is one of 2 clothes baskets full of pears.
And this is the end result.... I have put up about 50+ jars of muscadine jelly, pear butter, spiced pears, and pear preserves. It has been very time consuming but I know come winter and Christmas, I will be glad I did it. I will be giving neighbors and other friends a pretty jar of jelly and a fresh loaf of bread for Christmas Happy's.

So with school and preserving our little harvest, I have been a busy little bee. I am also hoping to plant a few cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage and lettuce today in a little plot we made Friday.

I still have not gotten out my fall decorations but I hope to this week. It is just now feeling like fall here in Central Ms. The temps. this week should be in the lower 80's, which is a nice change from upper 90's.

Before I go and check out all of your blogs, I wanted to share this You Tube clip. Of course it has a political overtone, that is not my intent. I just thought it was a tear jerker and wanted to share.




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4fe9GlWS8


I hope you all have a great week. Oh, and Dot, I will be buying that black paint for the mantel today!!!!



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23 comments:

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

You, my blogging friend, are seriously causing me to covet and that is definitely not biblical. :) Those trees and vines CAME with your slice of heaven.....waaaaaa!! I tried planting fruit trees when we bought our land to no avail. SEriously, that is SO WONDERFUL!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Mrs. T, good for you putting up all that bounty. I am so grateful that my parents have a big garden to share. I don't know what we'll do when they no longer plant. We'll have to do more of our own. We tried tomatoes this year, but they hardly made anything.

I love my mom's canned tomatoes, that are SO good. And my parents have muscadines too.

Rhoda

Inspired Kara said...

What FABULOUS gifts. Homemade goodies are always the best, you are going to be a hit among all your friends and family this year :)

Shannon said...

I saw that video and it is so great!

I LOVE muscadine jelly!!

Susie Harris said...

What a harvest indeed! You have been a busy little momma. Those jars filled with sweetness bring back some great memories. I wished I would have paid attention when my Maw Maw was canning. They always made us go outside because they said the pressure cooker was a dangerous thing. Back then I was scared to death of it.... Boy we have come a long way... If you ever teach a class I would love to learn, smiles, hugs, and thank you's!

The Berry's Patch said...

I've never heard of mucadine. Someone once gave me two jars of peaches and I ate them both in one day. I don't think that's what she had in mind but they were too good. You have been a busy little bee. The pear butter sounds delicious.

It's starting to cool slightly in AZ. I can actually walk outside without sweating too much. It's still around 100 though. Have a good week Trixi!

Brandee :-)

Nicole said...

Ok, maybe I'm stupid but what are scuppernog vines? Is it a type of grapes? I'm so impressed with all your canning, I will be doing some grape juice and rasberry jam in a month or so. Any advice on getting the skins off of pears to can? My neighbor has a big pear tree and says we can have as many as we want.

HeathahLee said...

Oh, those "muskeedines" (you know that's they way we say it up here in North Mississippi!) look soooo good! And the pears! Some of my favorite things in the world are muscadine jelly and pear preserves! I can almost taste those pear preserves...sorry...I'm trying not to drool on the keyboard. You have been very busy!

Homesteader in Training said...

Wow your bounty looks wonderful. I would love to have something on our property to can. But I'm not sure what you can can from a bunch of palm trees lol. Thank you for visiting my blog and your kind words. I will pick Mary and have a wonderful relaxing time. Please come back and say hi again. I love meeting new friends.
Blessings to you.
Kim

Kelli said...

You have been busy and all of your jars look so pretty lined up! They will make wonderful Christmas gifts!
~Kelli

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Wonderful! I need to see if I can find some pears. You have been one busy lady, and I wish you would share your secret of how you changed your blog template. I simply cannot figure it out, even with the instructions. Yours is beautiful, and one I would have picked because I love fall. Jackie

Sue said...

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment so I could find you! I loved seeing how you have canned the jellies and preserves. I have a muscadine vine that I need to do the same with....and I LOVE pear preserves. I'm just a country gal!
I'll be visiting often.

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

You may not be decorating your house for fall yet. But your blog sure is lovely and all fall looking!
And those jars of fruit sure are beautiful fall colors too!
We have had warm temps here in Seattle...Not the norm~Someday soon our fall weather will come!
I'm putting you on my Google reader-So nice to meet other Christiians.

Angie said...

You are a very smart and patient woman to do all that work! That is a lot of jars!

Debbies-English-Treasures said...

I`m asking to all the Bloggers to support our dear FRIEND Mandy!
Please do come over, and DO LEAVE A COMMENT!

Kisses
Debbie Moss

Thanks so much for your SUPPORT!

The Pink Potpourri said...

hi! haven't been by in awhile...your blog looks great! i love the design on the top!

looks like you're overflowing with fruit and preserves :) if you ever want to get a jar off of your hands and would like to donate one for the giveaway on The Pink Potpourri, I won't argue :)

dewy23 said...

I love your blog! Its like reading about a real life Martha Stewart. What a wonderful life.

Karen said...

I'm not sure what a muscadine is, I don't think we have them in Oregon. I do relate with the overflow of produce this time of year, though! I enjoyed your blog! Karen

Rue said...

Hi Trixi :)

I had to look up mucadines LOL It's a type of grape! :)

You HAVE been busy!! I hope things slow down for you now.

Great video!!

rue

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by my blog yesterday...100 things and being saucy was a lot of fun!!

and wow on your pictures...

Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam said...

So how is the mantel coming along? Can't wait to see it after you gave us that little tease. :)

Blissful Nikki said...

WOW!!!! That is amazing! :)

Angie said...

Thank you so much for the comment about circuses. It is so rewarding to know others do have compassion and feel the way you do. I'm not all that crazy about zoos either. I have read about unethical ways they get animals and also ways they get rid of animals they no longer want. I do believe the world is a beautiful place, but there sure are a lot of cruel and horrible things that happen.