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Snow n' Stuff...

corn relish, jam, butter

Sheesh, it was a little unsettling this morning (and kind of pretty) to be seeing big fluffy snowflakes falling.  The above photo is of our raised bed gardens covered in a thin sheen of freshly fallen snow. Lovina received six inches of snow at her Michigan home yesterday so our dusting wasn't much compared to hers.  Still, though, for southern Ohio to get any snow at this late date (April 7) is unusual.   The latest recorded snowfall, however, for Cincinnati was May 10, 1989.  I remember that day, actually. I was 16-years-old and working at an amusement park on one of the first weekends of my summer job.  It was a bit surreal to see snowflakes flying in May....

The second photo is of more of the "loot" I scored at Zook's Roadside Stand in Intercourse, Pennsylvania.  On the far left is a small jar of homemade "zucchini jam."  That will be interesting to taste.  There's also a jar of corn relish, applesauce, catsup (we broke into that last night...very delicious, a very sweet catsup...or is it ketchup, I never, ever know)?  The two remaining jars, even though their color is slightly different, are "pear butter."  Should be interesting to taste.  Not pictured is a small jar of homemade red beet jelly and crab apple jelly.  I had a peanut butter and red beet jelly sandwich yesterday and it was really good. The red beets must have been sweetened with enough sugar that the jelly just tasted like a fruit spread. Ah, all this eating in the name of "research"......

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Kevin, just thought I would let you know I used to make beet jelly also. I used either strawberry or raspberry jello along with the beet juice and sugar. You don't even know the beet juice was used.

 

Marge 

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Those raised bed gardens look like "Square Foot" gardens without their grids. 

Rebecca

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Ah, yes, Rebecca, that is what they are..thank you..."square foot" gardens...the grids are actually there, you just can't see them because of the snow!:)

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Awesome!  Would love to hear your thoughts on the process and the results you've had.  I first learned about square foot gardening two years ago.  Too late in the season to start anything.  Then last year we were looking at possibly moving, so I knew I'd be tied up with getting the house in order, plus didn't want to start anything and not be around for the result.  LOL  (And then we changed our minds on the whole move, anyway!)  I've been really looking forward to this year and starting a SFG in my limited-space backyard...I've been a little slow to start, but, from what I've been told, we've had some frost this last week anyway, so maybe I'm not as late as I thought.  LOL

Rebecca

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What is a square foot garden?

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It's basically gardening in a raised bed using every inch of soil there is effectively.  There use to be a show on PPS on this and it was admazing how much this guy could plant in such a small space!  I have only one in my back yard, and it really is a neat way to do a garden. Here is a link with info about it:

http://www.squarefootgardening.com/

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Thanks BK - we have two raised beds, I'll check into the method! 

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Ketchup and catsup are both correct, although I believe the c-version is a bit older in use.  I have a wonderful book called "Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things", and I believe one of the first ketchups (possibly hundreds of years ago, I cannot remember offhand) had anchovies as a main ingredient :-)  I love my Heinz, other brands just don't measure up for me.  BUT I would love to try homemade once.

Can't wait to hear about the zucchini jam :-)

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Ironically we had temps up near and slightly over 70 yesterday!  Sunday was like that and today too - FInally, the daffodils have had a chance to open up.  It doesn't mean our weather is broke now though, it's supposed to go back to Washington normal starting tomorrow and heading into the weekend.  We always feel extra blessed if we get an Easter that is dry and warmish - it's not looking like that for this Easter though!

We were in Lexington last year on May 16th and it was gorgeous! That would have made us laugh alot had it been snowing!

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Glad the snow stayed up your way and not mineLaughing It's cold here and a few renegade flakes but nothing covering the ground.

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If I ate like that,research or otherwise, I would weigh a ton!!!! Kidding aside, I would love your job!Wink