When I saw the jalapenos I remembered that I had wanted to make jalapeno jelly from the
Nutribullet. Sold under the guise of making healthy smoothies - also makes good homemade pate. I would have loved to have used my homemade apple cider vinegar but couldn't because I don't know the acidity level. You need 5% acidity to can safely.
I followed the recipe except added some tiny Thai pepper rounds to the puree to add some color. Here's the finished product. We tried a bit. Husband said it was fantastic but my mouth was on fire. Next time maybe pimentos.
The fair wrapped up on Saturday night. There's a certain time frame when entries can be picked up. 9-10 p.m. on Saturday ONLY and if memory serves correctly over the years it is, more often than not, pouring down rain during that particular time period. Husband dropped me off at the corner so I could dash in through the downpour to collect my things. Gonna brag myself up here - look at all the ribbons! I also got some "honorable mentions" not worth mentioning.
There is a small premium for placing and it varies according to what category you've entered (a first place in canning wins $4.50 while a first place in floral about $2.50) but they add up. For this stay at home mom, my fair premiums totaled $58 without really even trying. When I take that money to the local feed mill those premiums will pay for 250 lbs of fresh ground layer mash and a 50 lb bag of cracked corn. That's a pretty good payoff for having a great time. I'd like to get my act together and enter some baked goods next year too.
It's the start of September and we've turned the corner into fall. You can feel it in the temperature at night and the air smells different. The goldenrod is coming on and the honeybees are all over it. Goldenrod will be their last major nectar flow of the year. I'm not sure when we'll extract honey. Both swarms we hived on our property died over the summer but the ones at my father's are doing spectacular. Here are another couple of ways to tell that fall is near in western Pennsylvania:
Pumpkin beer is in season.
Also this finally came in the mail:
My antlerless tag for deer season. Buying a PA hunting licence automatically includes an antlered tag (for a buck) but you have to fill out an application and send in additional money to secure a doe tag. The kicker is that you have to do this in the middle of the summer for a hunting season that starts in December. This wasn't a problem when I worked for the County because I was in the Treasurer's Office often enough to see the notices but this year I just plain forgot. I love venison. Love, love, love venison. Dry aged and cooked rare it is the best thing out there. So it was a happy day when I got this.
Well, that's about it. My plan for the week is to get into the garden and start going through it. It's so far gone with weeds that it's more of a search and recovery mission for edible vegetables at this point. Last summer I was nine months pregnant and had an immaculate garden. This year, not so much.
Little man assists by using a stalk of kale to beat back a weed. In my defense, he's on the outside of the garden here.
Time to start a new week.