Thursday, July 14, 2011

Berries, Berries, and more Berries

One of the many joys of living in the Pacific NW comes every summer. Even though we have had a cool, damp summer, the berries are still coming. We have lots of U-Pick farms. In fact, a wonderful raspberry farm is less than 5 minutes from my house. They are not quite ready yet, but we are getting berries from north and east of Seattle. I usually pick several pints and freeze them for the winter. I'm just finishing up last years harvest. I went to the market a few days ago and bought some real treasures.

Can't you just imagine these with short cake and whipped cream?

Have you ever seen golden raspberries?? They were so good!

Here is a photo of our blueberry bushes. They won't be ready for picking for awhile. The trick here is to get them before the birds. We put netting on them last year. The first year we grew them, we came home from a day trip and found them all gone from the bush!!! At first we suspected the neighborhood children!

In the stitching realm, I'm about to finish the "Jenny Bean Creation Sampler." With a big sale on frames at Micheal's, we ordered the frame today. My DH does all the actual framing so it was a good deal. Pictures to come.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Yummy Crab!

On Fri. afternoon some friends invited us to go out on their boat to check and pick up their crab pots. It was lots of fun. The day was cool and cloudy and I had never been in a fishing boat that offered some protection from the weather. This one did and it was very comfortable! We picked up 3 pots with a total of 12 dungeness crabs. Ten is the limit so we threw the smallest 2 back. Back at their home our friend cleaned the crabs and then cooked them. That was very interesting to watch. He has the process down to a science. Then to our delight, they sent us home with five crabs! That is worth a goodly sum of money! Last night we had crab with lemon butter-the best crab I have ever eaten!!!!! Tonight it will be crab sandwiches. I froze the rest as it took me two hours to clean the amount we have had so far and it only amounted to 2 of the crabs. Much to my dismay, we forgot our camera. Thanks to good friends for a wonderful afternoon and several great meals!!!!!
In the stitching world, I'm struggling with Adam and Eve's eyes doing the" Jenny Bean's Creation Sampler" from Shakespeare's Peddler. I'll get them down tonight!
Well, off to the yard for the rest of this afternoon.