Raspberries and Flowers

Boy, where does time go? I can barely keep up with anything around here. Raspberries are in and the children and I picked 50 pounds earlier in the week. We made thirteen pies: 2 are eaten and 11 are in the freezer! Woo-hoo! Last year we made a bunch of pies and I mixed berries, but we all decided that our very favorite pie was 100% raspberry. It is truly out of this world. I had to make 2 recipes of pie dough (10 pounds of flour total) from the Make-a-Mix book (Moist Pie Crust recipe). Now with the remaining berries, I'm making 10 half-pints of freezer jam. A few years ago I discovered Pomona pectin. It is great because I can double, triple, or even quadruple recipes. The pectin you get at most grocery stores allows you to only make one recipe at a time - total waste of time for a family like mine.

Oh, and it's definitely popsicle weather. I used yogurt, orange juice concentrate, raspberries, and a bit of honey for these.

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And here are my favorite flowers. Zinnias remind me of the flowers I used to draw in kindergarten.

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My echinacea is going crazy, too.

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Hope everybody is enjoying the summer and all the fruit. I'm in berry heaven right now!

AmbyUK  – (7/15/2006 8:15 PM)  

Wow, 50lbs of raspberries sounds like heaven to me! I absolutely love them. I've never heard of making a pie from them though. I'd love to try that someday, if I can ever afford them at the outrageous prices here in St. Louis!

Interesting blog. :) We hope to have a large family someday.

sally  – (7/16/2006 12:09 AM)  

Oh my goodness, 50 lbs! WOW! How yummy though!

kimberly  – (7/16/2006 1:21 AM)  

You are making me hungry!! I love the flowers.

Jodi  – (7/16/2006 5:53 AM)  

Mmmmm... raspberry pie and jam!! I'm coming to your house!

The flowers are pretty!

Roberta  – (7/18/2006 12:08 AM)  

Yummy! I too love Pomona's pectin! (however after making a batch of blackberry jam with 1/2 cup honey per batch, I'm thinking next time remove seeds first...:)...was a bit thick! might give someone diverticulitis! lol)

I love the pics of your little PJ, I think he and my little bug look so similar. I will be posting pics sometime in the next week if you want to peek in.
Roberta :)

p.s. I like your new hairstyle, it's frames your face so nicely.

lindiepindie  – (8/03/2006 8:34 PM)  

Someone recently gave us those very same popsicle freezers. My boys ask for them all the time.

Beautiful pictures - makes me want to get a new camera. :o)

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