Apples from my in-laws farm and from OFRE,
which became juice and cider so far. More apples should be ready this week, but I'm too sick to pick them (just a bad cold or flu, I never properly differentiate them). They are large and perfect for easy peeling, drying and making applesauce. I've still got lots of pie filling from last year.
And now plums, from my in-laws again, and from friends. So far I have the dehydrator full in a first attempt at drying them, and Laura and a friend made this awesome plum cake. And I have nine pints of plum sauce that turned out quite well (after adjustments were made to sweeten it A LOT).
I still have two bags of plums left. I might try canning some in a light syrup like peaches and we'll see how that works. I hate to see them go to waste, but the fruit flies are going a little nuts at the moment.
What can I do with them?
I'm also immersed in French at the moment. Beth's homework has become work for Yvon and I. I realize that many parents have to help their children with homework or with motivation their kids to do their work, but we've been lucky so far. Suddenly we are drawn in to help.
On the plus side, Beth is loving her school. There was really only one day of frustrating confusion, and since then she's found that she understands most of the French if she doesn't let her mind drift. I knew she was a smarty-pants and would be fine.