I'm hangin' and mudin' drywall in our bedroom and livingroom. Made a new walk in closet & pantry. Saw this coming and went to Lowes and bought supplies. Can't wait to sand drywall
We made our orange marmalade a few weeks ago and now onto strawberry jam.Due to a few cold snaps hereabouts, the kumquats are about a month and a half late this year. The extra time to ripen seems to have made them a bit sweeter, though. Sunday we took our first harvest of 10 pounds off of the tree. Today we turned 5 pounds of kumquats into 16 3/4 jars of kumquat marmalade.
The 3/4 jar was from the bottom of the pot and not filled enough to process, so we got to try it out with dinner. The 16 processed jars have to sit for 24 hours without being disturbed.
We had pumpkin soup and English muffins with the marmalade for dinner. It was mutually agreed to betwixt TLW and myself that this is the best batch we have ever made.
Five more pounds to do on Thursday and then another harvest in probably a month or so. We should get three dozen jars of marmalade, at least, before this crop is finished. That's about half of last year's production, but it will keep me in breakfast muffins for another year or so.
Shoot one, let it lay and keep still. Won't be long before the others start poking around to see what's going on. Might want to consider baked squirrel with a tangerine/apricot glaze........The strawberries here have been very good but the price is still a bit too high to make jam out of them. We go through a couple of pounds a week as it is just eating them for breakfast.
The apricot tree is looking very good this year. If we can get a good crop off of it we'll be able to make an apricot jam. If not, perhaps we'll just preserve them.
Tangerines were a bust again this year. We had a decent first crop at the New Year, but we also have squirrels that like them. They usually manage to harvest the tangerines the day before we plan to. The little guys will eat half a tangerine and leave it on top of the fence for later. They also will eat half a fruit while leaving it on the tree.
If they get into my apricots this year the Sheridan Blue Streak is coming out and we'll have squirrel stew. Tim McMurray put that thing on steroids for me some 30 years ago. Them critters need to be afraid.