Back in the Grind…..

Gosh all mighty!  It is April already, Yikes!  That means that our berries will be blooming in no time and we will be spending each Saturday morning or more picking before it get too hot.  Unfortunately, I still have a freezer full of last years berries.  It has been my habit to make jam during January, February, and March so as to clear out the freezer.  Oh, and it is much more pleasant to accomplish this task in the cooler months.  As a bonus, it heats up the kitchen and surrounding rooms quite nicely.

Well, with our crazy year so far, you shouldn’t be surprised this did not transpire.  It is definitely on my “to do” list before late May!  Surprisingly though, I did take 4 gallons of boysenberries out to make some fruit roll ups for the grandkids.  I will be their favorite Grandma for a while too! lol.  Usually Steven does the grinding of the berries, I failed to have him do this for me last night though.  The job was to fall to me, drats!

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This strainer/grinder, jack of all trades has been a life saver for me over the years!  It makes applesauce a breeze.  But not to be forgotten, is this lovely contraption removes the seed from the berries while it grinds them up for me.  I used to make fruit leather with seeds, funny you had more seed than fruit.  Once we found this beauty, the fruit leather flew out of the fridge.

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Grinding, turning that crank, cold fruit in metal………. well I think you can guess.  The crank will sometimes freeze up, literally.  This test I would pass, I would show Steven I could do it.  It is a blessing to be so damn stubborn, ha ha.  Well….. sometimes truly.

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(Wow those walls are red!)  Sheesh.  It is a done deal, 8 trays of rollups in the dehydrator!  The house will soon smell so lovely, permeated with boysenberries.

The rest of the day is mine to spend frivolously crocheting to my hearts content!  Cyn

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About designbycyn

Sonoma County, California ceramic enthusiasts Cyn and Steven Gradek have worked in the clay medium since 1996. They had a retail store where they held classes and provided the essentials for fellow ceramic enthusiasts. The business evolved into producing for other retail outlets and artist. Which quickly grew and they closed the retail storefront and concentrated on the wholesale business. With their 3 children raised and on their own, they had time to pursue their own creativity. Cyn learned how to embroider from her Grandma Cirner at a young age. After that she found sewing, cross stitching, crocheting, well you get the jist, LOL. She hasn't met a craft that she hasn't liked. Blogging was suggested by her youngest daughter, Colleen. At first it was a battle to get her to try it, but eventually Cyn started to enjoy the exercise. The blog on Cyn's website designbycyn.com was limiting, so Colleen got her started with Wordpress. Hope you enjoy her Adventures with Creativity!
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