Friday, July 31, 2009

Just like old times

Planning on camping with old—really old friends this weekend.  We met a couple weeks after we both were married.  We camped as the kids were growing up, now we’re camping with grandkids.  And, using much nicer equipment.  Just for old times sake, we’re taking our tent.  Well, really it’s a screen room to put over the picnic table.  It should be fun.

Stay tuned for updates.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Tips from Peg

Peg’s Kansas Prairie blog has been around about as long as modern internet.  She has strong ideas about Kansas politics and isn’t afraid to write about them. 

She is all about her home town of Ellsworth.  She is so convincing that on our way to Colorado, we have stopped by her town and beautiful home and enjoyed it and her friendly welcome several times.

I recently was catching up on her blog when I came across her suggestions for cooking fruit and making apricot preserves suitable for a low sugar diet.  We know from experience that she and her family are superb cooks so I am sure this is right on information.

“This afternoon I made some apricot preserves…and they are very good even if I do say so myself. Karen brought a variety of apricots from her brother’s trees in Idaho and shared some with me.

I don’t measure such things, but I can tell you I used a little orange juice to get them started, lemon juice, lemon zest, splenda and brandy.  I cooked them about an hour, and they could have used more than that, but I played out over the stove.

Oh, in case you didn’t know what can perk up the taste of cooked fruit in preserves or pies, here’s how it goes according to my friend, Ryon.  For apricots, use brandy.  For peaches, include peach schnapps.  Use amaretto with cherries and apples. It makes all the difference in the world in the taste of the finished product…and you’ll find it much more flavorful.”

Thank you, Peg.

Another take on the boys’ blog

Wrote a post about the boys’ blog on the Lawrence Journal World web site this morning.  Check it out.