Wednesday, September 23, 2009

End of Summer Produce

Earlier this spring I bought a bag of discounted bulbs. I threw them in a pot and forgot about them. Look what I have now.......Isn't it beautiful. I think it is an anemone. I'll have to check my folder to be sure but I do know that whatever it is isn't hardy and that is why I planted them in a pot. I don't particularly care for bulbs or plants that need to be dug up in the fall, stored all winter, and replanted in the spring. I just don't have the time. But I think for these lovely blooms I will make an exception to the rule.

The photo below shows the Royal Standard hostas that I transplanted. You can also see the Irish and Scotch mosses that I planted last month. This is probably as far as I will get on this project this year.

The utility company, Consumers Energy, marked some of our trees for removal. Thank goodness they came by when they did as I was just getting ready to call the tree trimmers to remove them.
Time is running out on the produce here at 'The Gear'. The tomatoes are past their prime but are slowly turning out a dozen or so every day. I've been passing our extras on to neighbors family, friends, and anyone who will even look my way. Cathy, my neighbor, has been canning. She past along a a couple of jars of stewed tomatoes. I used one jar the other day. I mixed it with a carton of V8 herbal tomato soup and then poured it over some fresh 4 cheese ravioli. It was soooooo good.
The Asian pears are ripe. What in the world do you do with three trees full of pears? I also have an additional 2 trees with Comice and Keifer pears but those trees only have a few pears each. The red Bartlett pear tree is still young and did not produce fruit this year.
Check out the size of those pears. What a pair of pears!Next year when I have a little more time I will try and make pear sauce and apple/pear sauce. I did bake a pear cobbler but was disappointed in the results. R says it was just fine but it wasn't what I expected. It seemed too doughy. I think I actually wanted a crisp or something along that line.


Annette said...

I have a great recipe for poached pears that is kinda involved, but OH, SO good, and you can reduce the poaching liquids into the most wonderful hot cider base ever. You can also can the pears and the cider base for later use.(or bribe your neighbor to...) If you want the recipe, let me know, I'd be happy to share.
(don't know if you remember me--I recommended several mid-century home dec books several years ago.)

dynochick (Jan) said...

Annette.....I definitely remember you. I bought some books and then you mentioned magazines from that time period and I bought the mags. To tell you the truth whenever I am in doubt I go to the old mags and books looking for photos. Old movies too, the movies Mr. Blanding Buys a House solved a lot of mysteries for me.

Yes, I would love the recipe. You can either write it here or email me at janhuny at aol

Where have you been? You were going to start a blog...did you?