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Mon Ami.

It is hard to believe that today was the last day.
Yes.
The last day of Bells visit.
I have loved having her with me. We have stayed up late at night dreaming of sewing studios. Figuring out purse patterns.
We have had so much tea this week. At least two kinds a day. We ran out of types to try so we took a trip to the tea shop downtown. And today Fed-Ex made me so happy.
They brought tea.
Right now there is Harney & Sons Vanilla Comoro brewing.
And homemade Strawberry Poptarts are in the making.

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     I feel somehow inadequate to be writing a blog post… Not feeling quite for it but it’s overdue, for sure.

     There is a cherry pie in the oven,  Seven quarts of pie cherries and seven little jam jars of sour cherry jam cooling, just out of the canner.  It is the season of cherries.  Sweet cherries and sour cherries, just beautiful cherries.  Pitting so very many pounds of cherries is not quite so fun though… especially with a little hand cherry pitter.  We picked pie cherries last night.  I had never been so close to so many bees in my life.  There were at least five hives under and around the tree.  It was amazing just watching them going in and out of their little boxes doing the same thing over and over.  They really were friendly too.  I stood right in the middle of their highway (I know, I’m a little kid…I just had to try it.) and they just fly to the right or the left only thinking about flowers, nectar, pollen, and honey.

Stephanie picking cherries

Stephanie picking cherries

Daddy in the cherry tree

Daddy in the cherry tree

 Hmm, let us see…what else has been going on.

I hiked up Mount Pilchuck.  (I was so very tired going up.)  I enjoyed the view of Gods’ creation from my rock at the top.  I was sad I couldn’t run down all the way, non-stop.  I had to run.stop.wait…run.stop.wait… I gave up after a while. 

I wore my new red shoes with the pointy toes.  They are my new favourite shoes.

I got some amazing handmade finger puppets in the mail.  Along with some… lovely letters, dark chocolate, hair pins, and tea.  I can’t wait to try the new teas.  They all smell so good.  All from my dear friends.  (I always forget I’ve only seen you twice!) Thank goodness for the U.S. Postal service!

I babysat my girls.  We had so much fun.  We played outside.  We went into the field and I found patches of little wild blackberries.  The girls were so excited and they loved them.  They were adorable with blackberry stains on their fingers and lips.  We picked little strawberries and huckleberries too.  Ashley was so excited- after she picked her first huckleberry and ate it she looked at me with so much joy and said, “I did it!”  I love love love playing with my girls.

Well, I’m off to make some cherry fruit leather.  Have a lovely week this week.

 

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     What a day we had yesterday.  It was a terrible lot of prep work but it was so worth it.  We had a handful of ladies over for the day and showed them all how to bake pies.  Some of them had of course made pies before but for others it was a first time.  We made so many strawberry-rhubarb pies. 

     We had everyone make their own ‘mini pie’ to take home.  The mini pies were a great idea. They turned out so cute.  They would make such wonderful little gifts for The Fourth of July with a little ribbon tied around one.   I think that my favourite part of the day was seeing everyone with flour on their shirts after they rolled out their pie crusts.  It made me smile.  We had a little potluck lunch and also showed the ladies how to make Strawberry Freezer Jam. 

     Here is the recipe we used for the Pies:

       The Filling 

  • 1 cup of strawberries, halved
  • 4 1/2 cups of cut rhubarb
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 1/3 cup of all-purpose flour
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    You can use whatever your favourite pie crust recipe is. If you’d like you can let me know and I’ll post one or two of ours.  You really should go make a pie to bring to some Fourth of July picnic.

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