Sunday, July 5, 2009
I hope everyone had a grand 4th yesterday! Ours was filled with chores - we put in a walkway, put up 2 batches of peach jam, made patty pan lasagna from our harvest of squash, picked some blueberries, etc. etc. A good day, but both of us are mighty tired and sore today!
I got this sketch done in between things, but I want to give it another go trying to use some of the things I've been studying and trying to loosen us some of the washes. I got carried away with trying to get the skins on the peaches to 'look' like fuzzy skin - and I missed getting the juiciness of the cut fruit ... oh well, try again today! I've another 1/4 bushel to render before the day ends ...! LOL
I'll be drying some of this peach harvest. I like drying my own fruit since I use no sulfur preservative and simply slice, place in a dehydrator for 12 hours, then place in my freezer for storage. I like to get the dried fruit somewhat 'crunchier' than one finds in the stores - and then use the dried fruit in my cereal or even our green salads. I've rehydrated some of the fruits to make pies as well. It's a super way to preserve the bounty, and it keeps that bright orange color and deep rich flavor!
Hope you have a 'peachy' day today! We're hoping for some of those 'spotty' showers to find their way to our garden today ....!