Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Mom's Birthday Poem

Giver of life
Giver of smiles
You gave us what's needed 
To face life's trials

Teacher of lessons
These lessons of life
That help us to manage
Life's occasional strife

Forgiver of errors
Forgiver of sins
And when we screwed up
You forgave us again

Happy Birthday Dear Mama
Happy Birthday to You
I miss you so much
And I love you lots, too.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Blackberry Preserves

We considered Bumbershoot, mostly because I wanted to see Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, but blackberries are nearly done and I had to make a batch of preserves (I almost spelled it "perverses", which may have been appropriate) for gift giving and my own morning toast.
 
For this batch, I used Pomona's Universal Pectin, which allows one to use a little less sugar to jell the preserves.  Two batches, started both with 4 cups of crushed blackberries from the Ballard Farmers Market.  Added to that 2t of calcium and 1/4 cup of lemon.  The only difference between batches 1 and 2 is that I used slightly less than two cups of sugar in #1 and slightly more in #2.  Haven't tasted batch #2 on toast yet, but these particular berries were not sweet, and I'm thinking that a little more sweetness than what I had on my morning toast with batch #1 would have been a good thing. Each yielded about 3 pints of purple deliciousness.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Seattleites Ice Cream Fetish

Wondering what it is with Seattle-ites and their ice cream fetish? There seems to be be a line in front of every permanent or mobile ice cream shop calling their product "artisan" or "handmade", with the obligatory flavors of fruits in season and salted something-or-other. Maybe we're all fattening up for our long, cold, wet winter. Personally, my fattening agent of choice is bacon. (Which doesn't seem to be working, as I tend to be freezing for eight months of the year. Maybe it's all that exercise....)

Oh, and Molly Moons is way overrated.