~ Reorganize ~

my blogging desk

Time to reorganize some things, furniture, rooms, closets, my schedule. With the change of the season my daily routine changes considerably. Our horses get stabled at night, and therefore stalls need to be cleaned every morning. My garden gets put to bed for the winter, now that next years garlic is planted. All the winters wood is split and stacked, the barn is full of  gorgeous second cutting hay, and my raised beds are mulched down with chopped up fall leaves. Time to enjoy some inside projects that have been put off for the busy summer months….like this blog! I’ve missed the blogosphere, posting and reading everyone else’s post. So, time to begin again. Here is what is happening now….

concord grapes

juicer...making grape juice


making wine from concord grapes

We had an abundance of beautiful concord grapes this year, so we made 35 quarts of delicious grape juice. I’ve always made grape juice like my grandmother did, grapes, sugar and boiling water in a quart jar, process in boiling water and wait a few weeks….and grape juice! This year we tried something different and bought this 11-Quart Stainless-Steel Juicer Steamer. It worked well and I like it, but the juice is much thicker than the other way. Good stuff but 35 quarts was enough, so we decided to try our hand at wine making with the rest. The Beekeeper found a recipe for dry wine using our grapes, as neither of us like sweet wine. We truly have no idea what we are doing here, all new ground for us. So we went to this local shop  for help. They suggested the book, Joy of Home Wine Making .  Can you make “good” wine from concord grapes? Time (lots of it) will tell. I’ll keep you updated on the progress. 


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  1. So good to see you back in the blogosphere. It’s just another way I’ve missed you. I’m feeling MUCH better now. 🙂

  2. I’m happy you’re back!

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