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  • The Tomato-Jalapeno jelly tastes really good, but it’s not setting up the way I want it to.  I recanned it with more pectin, and it is a bit thicker.
    • During recanning, between residue and steam, I lost a pint of jelly.  That surprised me.
    • I’ll give it a few days to set up before I declare it a failure.
    • Then again, it might go well with vanilla ice cream.  This requires experimentation!
  • I also made chili sauce from  the tomatoes and peppers we’ve been freezing all summer.
    • The total is 23 quarts of sauce out of two 14 quart batches of fixings.
    • Along with the 22 quarts of pasta sauce I made last month, that should last us until this time next year.
  • Pro-tip – When canning food, make sure the dogs don’t have access to the kitchen.
    • There’s nothing like trying to empty a glass quart jar full of boiling water and having a dog run between your legs.
  • If the rain stops, Boo and I will be pulling what remains of the garden out tomorrow so that we can start mixing mulched leaves into the soil.
    • It’s my hope that all of my kids know how to at least supplement their diets with home-grown vegetables by the time they get to adulthood.
  • I also have a large bag of daffodil bulbs that need planting.  My plan is to eventually have enough bulbs planted that we won’t have to plant flowers every spring.
  • Irish Woman and Boo had a fun weekend down in Florida.  I’m told that Boo performed well as a young wizard, and they both enjoyed a lazy day yesterday swimming around an artificial volcano.
    • From what Irish Woman tells me, it would have been hard to find a virgin in the area much older than Boo had a sacrifice been necessary.
    • Irish Woman’s new term – “Buttkini”.  You figure it out.
  • Boo spent a good portion of his weekend at Hogwarts.  What does he want to watch tonight when I offer him a bonus movie night?  Harry Potter.
  • One of the side benefits of sending the family away for a weekend is being able to watch my movies before 9 PM.
    • Get your mind out of the gutter.
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  1. John in Philly

     /  October 8, 2017

    Many, many, years ago my father came home with a large amount of peaches, and the tools and gear needed to turn them into jams and jellies.
    I learned lots of things from my father, and he taught me a very important lesson about making jams and jellies. You don’t announce exactly what the finished product is supposed to be until you test the jell.
    Remember these phrases, “The peach ice cream topping turned out perfectly!” and “The raspberry pancake and waffle syrup has just the right consistency.”
    We have learned a bunch about jam and jelly making over the years and even so, things turn out interesting once in a while.


  2. Term I just learned in Miami Beach: “Anal floss”.
    The team member that grew up in Minnesota is a sweet lady, but years of living in southern Calipornia don’t seem to have widened her horizons much.

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  3. rt895

     /  October 9, 2017

    If “Harry Potter in Concert” comes to your neck of the woods I recommend it. The movie is shown on a large screen in a real performance venue with dialog titles because a full orchestra is playing the music track live. We just saw Prisoner of Azkaban and they added a ~30 voice choir to the mix.

    It was a lot of fun and we were *encouraged* to treat it like a movie screening and cheer, boo, and react to the screen. Nothing about sitting silently for a concert.

    There is a whole industry for “Movies in Concert” now, we’ve seen Wizard of Oz, Pirates of the Caribbean, HP and the Chamber of Secrets in this format in years past.


  4. Sounds like a good time was had by all! 🙂


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