Summer is finally barreling in – and by barreling I mean, it’s peaking near 70°F here, which means as long as the sun is out I only need a light cardigan. Like I said: barreling.
Meanwhile, we just bought an outdoor space heater for our back porch so we can actually have barbecues this summer without freezing our bums off. Come on over and we’ll watch the sunset as we sip frothy hibiscus ginger ice cream floats on my back porch. Move over lemonade, ice cream floats are the official drink of summer 2015.
It is canning season! My poor roommate is enduring the explosion of mess in our kitchen every night. I have made 2 batches of cherry salsa, but gave it all away. This week is the last of the cherries; third time is a charm (which makes 30 lbs of cherries this year) and I’m keeping this batch… probably…mostly. I have flats of tomatoes, herbs, cucumbers for pickles, and peaches strewen all over the place (ripening). Last night I washed the 6 dozen jars that my mother had collected for me, organized rings and lids for them all. I am ready to can my heart out. I have a pretty great roommate to put up with the mess. I’ll of course share my preserves, and here I am already giving away my not-even-made-yet cherry salsa. It feels good to give and share the love.