Monday, July 25, 2011

So much to say, I don't know where to start

Edith is our new best friend. Alex and I decided to do some canning so this morning we ran out to buy organic fruit and the jars in bulk. I vaguely remembered my nana canning when I was little, so we went knocking on Edith's door to ask if she knows how. I know we could have looked online to find out, but it was more fun this way. Edith insisted we also make jam.

So now we have canned peaches, apricots, cherries, blueberries, and raspberries. Peach jam. Blueberry jam. Cherry jam (I am thinking of using a jar to bake some shit). Strawberry jam. I think they have to cool until tomorrow. We'd wanted to bring some to our fire family dinner, but I wasn't sure if it was rude to bring something not fully finished yet. Tomorrow we'll drop off some for Edith - right now it's all over the dining room table.

It was a lot of fun. It was a lot of fruit. By the time we got home from dinner, Alex was like, "I wish Dani would come home now ... to clean the kitchen for us."


Anonymous said...

How lovely!! A surrogate nana!!

Zephyr said...

I once read that you are stuck with your family, but you get to choose your friends. I like to believe differently... that it's ok to choose who becomes family, particularly when there are openings for the job. Sounds like you found a great candidate... I'm very happy for you.

Anonymous said...

So glad you both made this connection. Enjoy your new friend, and your canned fruit!

Snickollet said...

Aww, Edith. This is so sweet. I'm glad you all found each other.

OTRgirl said...

I LOVE this story. First, the hospitality you and your sister showed that started all of it, then your follow-up. Beautiful. I'm sure she loved being with you.

Yankee, Transferred said...

Love this. I have been traveling since 7/23 and this is such fun catching up!

One of the things I did on my vacation is stop at a friend's house. Her mother, who died in 2005, used to can a delicious substance called "chili sauce" that is a sweet brown relish-y thing that's delicious on burgers, and all kinds of sandwiches. Now that you are into cooking and canning fruit, I would be happy to send you the recipe if you would like to try it. I swear, it's SO DELICIOUS. If you want, email me at memphisclaire at yahoo dot com