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friday faves #157

Hello everyone and a warm welcome to Friday’s Fave Five! It’s a blustery, wet morning here on Prince Edward Island. The last few days we enjoyed some lovely, summery days, but the weather has definitely turned fall-like this morning!

I don’t mind ~ the rest  of the household are off to work and school and it’s cosy here in the kitchen with a cup of hot coffee on the little table by my chair, Sophie sleeping on her bed and Mila keeping an eye on the bird feeders through the window πŸ™‚

Let me pour you a cup of coffee. I made some best ever banana bread this week. Have a piece (or two!)

There! Now that you’re all comfortable, I’ll share my five favourites this week.

1. An evening stroll on a beautiful countryside property.

through the fields,

to the pond, with the Sept. sun casting gold on the treetops and in the water.

Our dear friends, Gus and Karen, with Frankie and Bella. Gus is our walking miracle.

Such a lovely evening!

2. A girls’ day out at The Dunes – what a treat!

Lots of laughter, a delicious lunch, (I’ll have to remember pictures next time) and a wonderful stroll around their gorgeous gardens. I’m totally inspired to plant a cut flower garden next year!

3. Sitting out on the deck on a warm, summery night, with chirping crickets and a bright, full moon . . . in September.  Bonus!

4. Tomatoes! Can anyone tell me what possessed inspired me to plant 11 tomatoes plants?? I read (too late!) that one tomato plant feeds a family of four . . .

My Roma tomato plants are loaded and so are my cherry tomatoes. Please give me ideas – your best salsa? You favourite tomato sauce? I’ve never put up tomatoes before but I will be this year!

5. Speaking of “putting up”, two batches of Nannie’s mustard pickles are done and two more are cut and brined, ready to boil and bottle this morning.

Very satisfying!

6. For a bonus favourite, I’ll leave you with a picture of Mila taking her morning bath.

Isn’t she a tidy kitty?

 Mila in the morning light. πŸ™‚

Well… hope you enjoyed your coffee, banana bread and Friday visit. I’m so glad you dropped in!

Come again next week ~ I’ll make some blueberry muffins for you πŸ™‚

Happy weekend!

with love,

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14 thoughts on “friday faves #157

  1. Great photos…of your week in review. As for tomatoes…I throw them all in ziploc bags and freeze them to use in the winter. I have always blanched them first…but now I hear the skins slip off easily later. Enjoy your bounty!

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  2. jill says:

    Both Mila and Tate have grown up! Having such lovely Orange-ness in the sunshine is a daily visual treat!In Southern California where tomatoes grow so well I used to just rinse the ripe tomatoes in water, dried them, then placed them in the freezer on cookie sheets. Once they were frozen solid, I'd put them in ziplock bags and keep them in the freezer until I made a stew or soup. I would just put the whole frozen tomatoes in the cooking soup or stew and as it defrosted I broke it up with a spoon. Fast lazy way of dealing with a lot of tomatoes when it was too hot to want to cook/can!If the tomatoes in question have heavy skins I would blanched them off first though.Definitely make up fresh salsa while you have fresh tomatoes on hand.

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  3. I enjoyed your walk through your FAve FIVE! It's great to see how miracles still happen today…Thanks for sharing. And tomatoes? You and me both…they are coming out of my ears…I have six plants and enough for many winter soups. I'm enjoying the longer evenings once again.

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  4. Boy, I could do with an overflow of tomatoes! We like to eat them with goat cheese and basil. Stirfries, soups, tarts… I've never made tomato jam but I hear it's quite easy and good. As always, lovely scenes around your beautiful island.

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  5. I wish I could come put up some tomatoes with you. My tomato plants will hardly feed us two, and I have 6. Not a good year for my tomato growing here. I like to just can tomatoes straight. I first dump the clean tomatoes in a hot boiling bath to loosen the skins for just a couple minutes, peel, stuff tomatoes into clean quart jars, add a tsp. kosher salt, put the lids on, and process. In my pressure canner I process for 10 minutes at 5 lbs. pressure. A hot water canner is 45 minutes. I use these tomatoes for everything — stews, chilli, salsa, whatever you need canned tomatoes for. Easy and good.Jody

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  6. Well your tomato plants must be doing much better than mine. I joked with hubby that the half dozen tomatoes we got off the plant was the most delicious but also the most expensive tomatoes we've ever had. I tried "James Beard's Tomato Pie" recipe which was good but there are a few other's I googled that I'd like to try. AllRecipes.com has a few that look interesting.

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  7. She's a beautiful kitty — love that color. Your pictures are always too beautiful for words — the island should give you some kind of residual. You so make me want to travel there!!Have a great week ahead.

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  8. Kathie, I enjoy my visit and the virtual banana bread πŸ™‚ Beautiful photos of some pretty late summer days. Wasn't the harvest moon beautiful? Milo makes a very pretty picture in the morning sunlight. Have a great weekend! Blessings, Pamela

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  9. Your banana bread recipe sounds delish. I've never made it in a bundt pan or used sour cream before. This recipe is on my to-do list this week. Although I really like my banana chocolate chip bread. It never hurts to try out new recipes. I might discover a new favourite.I was out taking a walk during our full moon. The brightness made for a spookily, beautiful time.A good use for tomatoes? Sliced tomatoes, cheese, salt and pepper with a thin slather of mayo on freshly made bread. Yummm. I know – not too useful of an idea for the baskets and baskets you'll have to process.Have a great week.

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  10. so sauce is the easiest to can if you have a food mill (vittorio) strainer. If you do have one or can borrow one, email me and I will forward you a recipe.You can just freeze the tomatoes whole, in quantities you would need for a recipe, in freezer bags. When thawed the skin will slip right off, and then I chunk them and add them to chilis soups etc.I have recipes for a good salsa, and a tomato jam, as well as stewed tomatoes, if you'd like them. Home Joys blog has a nice ketchup recipe, I think I saw it there….There is always the food bank, friends and relatives :)It'll get sorted, don't worryblessings,Niki

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  11. I wish I could come put up some tomatoes with you. My tomato plants will hardly feed us two, and I have 6. Not a good year for my tomato growing here. I like to just can tomatoes straight. I first dump the clean tomatoes in a hot boiling bath to loosen the skins for just a couple minutes, peel, stuff tomatoes into clean quart jars, add a tsp. kosher salt, put the lids on, and process. In my pressure canner I process for 10 minutes at 5 lbs. pressure. A hot water canner is 45 minutes. I use these tomatoes for everything — stews, chilli, salsa, whatever you need canned tomatoes for. Easy and good.Jody

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  12. She's a beautiful kitty — love that color. Your pictures are always too beautiful for words — the island should give you some kind of residual. You so make me want to travel there!!Have a great week ahead.

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