Monday, August 18, 2014

Our First Homegrown Peaches

Last year I chronicled our planting of a tiny backyard orchard.  The peach trees bloomed their heads off this spring and were covered with tiny little peaches.   Sadly, one of the trees dropped every single one of its fruits.  However, the other tree managed to hold on to about six peaches. 

We allowed them to grow and I've been diligently checking on their status.  Today I went out to find that three of the six had disappeared (squirrels?) and that their remained three perfectly ripened peaches.

I quickly snatched them from their branches and commenced eating.  Now these were not your perfect, food store, pesticide protected, peach specimens.  We did not expect this.  They were covered with blemishes.  Despite their imperfections, once picked, washed, and skinned they were simply divine.  Halfway through my meal, I remembered to stop and snap a picture of this historic harvest.

Next year may bring more bugs and disappointment, but this year gave me high hopes for our future crops of homegrown, backyard, Maryland peaches. 

It feels as though we've one the lottery.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Homemade Blackberry Syrup and Herbal Teas

Our First Batch of Blackberry Syrup
The blackberries have been plentiful this season. Yesterday I used the last of them to make two quarts (plus a little extra) of sweet, delicious blackberry syrup.  This syrup - which is made with blackberries, dehydrated, organic cane sugar, and lemon juice - turned out wonderfully. 

Earlier this month, I harvested armloads of lemon balm and peppermint and then air-dried and crumbled the herbs to make delicious homemade tea.  Just a pinch each of organic green tea and home dried peppermint and lemon balm makes a delicious morning breakfast tea.  This morning I added just a touch of our homemade blackberry syrup.....heavenly!

I can't wait to taste our syrup on my son's yummy, whole wheat waffles.
An Infusion of Organic Green Tea, Homemade Lemon Balm and Peppermint Tea, and Homemade Blackberry Syrup