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I started whittling down my preserves that I put into the freezer back in the fall. Today I’m making a small batch of white peach jam with honey. You can find the recipe here: http://food52.com/recipes/22709-honey-sweetened-white-peach-jam-with-lemon

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End of last summer I came across a cecropia caterpillar on a cherry tree where I was gathering fruit. I photographed it (below) and placed it back onto a choke cherry tree. I came across this cocoon last week and it’s very close to the area where I placed the caterpillar. I think he/she is in there and will keep an eye on it and hope to catch it’s emergence as a beautiful cecropia moth.

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This simple concoction I made last summer when strawberries were plentiful and I wanted to make something a little different and take a chance on mint. I made a small batch of strawberry jam with honey and raw cane sugar and infused flavouring from mint leaves from our garden. I was a bit weary how this jam would taste after processing and I only opened a jar now (some 8 months later) and the flavours are still bright and translate well. For people who like mint, I’m sure it would be a winner - the mint lingers on and is an interesting twist to the strawberry. I just think it needs an added element to tie it together, as the notes are strawberry and mint…it needs something else. I’ll be working on that one this summer.

This simple concoction I made last summer when strawberries were plentiful and I wanted to make something a little different and take a chance on mint. I made a small batch of strawberry jam with honey and raw cane sugar and infused flavouring from mint leaves from our garden.

I was a bit weary how this jam would taste after processing and I only opened a jar now (some 8 months later) and the flavours are still bright and translate well. For people who like mint, I’m sure it would be a winner - the mint lingers on and is an interesting twist to the strawberry. I just think it needs an added element to tie it together, as the notes are strawberry and mint…it needs something else. I’ll be working on that one this summer.

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Dreaming of the summer bounty.

Dreaming of the summer bounty.

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Just popped the lid on the rosemary rhubarb jam i made in small batches last summer from rhubarb and rosemary grown in our yard. It is excellent, although i may add more rosemary sprigs while simmering the recipe, to extract more rosemary essential oils and flavouring.
I recently looked in my large freezer and saw all the projects that I still have to complete before the new canning season begins. I really should have done them before, but I was working a lot and juggling a variety of things. That said, they need to be done pronto. I’m hoping that they aren’t freezer burnt - I may scrape off the top layer after they thaw. I think we may need to invest in a food saver, to prevent freezer burn. But I am glad I didn’t waste several batches of jam, chutney and whatever-to-be, as I was heading out for work/travel/life. It doesn’t need to be a big ordeal, just one small batch a day. Getting excited for the new canning and preserving season :)

Just popped the lid on the rosemary rhubarb jam i made in small batches last summer from rhubarb and rosemary grown in our yard. It is excellent, although i may add more rosemary sprigs while simmering the recipe, to extract more rosemary essential oils and flavouring.

I recently looked in my large freezer and saw all the projects that I still have to complete before the new canning season begins. I really should have done them before, but I was working a lot and juggling a variety of things. That said, they need to be done pronto. I’m hoping that they aren’t freezer burnt - I may scrape off the top layer after they thaw. I think we may need to invest in a food saver, to prevent freezer burn.

But I am glad I didn’t waste several batches of jam, chutney and whatever-to-be, as I was heading out for work/travel/life. It doesn’t need to be a big ordeal, just one small batch a day. Getting excited for the new canning and preserving season :)

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Finally cracked open a small 125 ml jar of sour pin cherry and red currant jelly I made with fruit from a public tree along from a bush from our yard. It’s delicious, although it’s not as bright tasting or in colour as when I was jarring it up. This year I’ll be sure to keep an unprocessed jar in the fridge to enjoy the ample mingling of flavours.

Finally cracked open a small 125 ml jar of sour pin cherry and red currant jelly I made with fruit from a public tree along from a bush from our yard. It’s delicious, although it’s not as bright tasting or in colour as when I was jarring it up. This year I’ll be sure to keep an unprocessed jar in the fridge to enjoy the ample mingling of flavours.

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I took a quick trip to Azilda, which is located about 20 or so minutes from my house in Sudbury. I’ve heard of the village of ice fishing huts located on the frozen Whitewater Lake and spent just over an hour in -15c or so (and with a fairly heavy wind) walking around photographing the huts.

I plan on going back, as I went fairly late in the day and the sun was getting low.

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awkwardsituationist:

greenpeace has released photos* taken february 23 and 24, 2014 in central kalimantan province on indonesia’s borneo island — site to some of the most biodiverse ecosystems on the planet — which show the destruction of rainforest home to endangered tigers and orangutans. there has already been an 80 percent loss of habitat in the last twenty years.

greenpeace has laid blame at the feet of procter and gamble, who knowingly purchase palm oil from palm tree plantations grown on the razed land (last photo). the palm oil is used in such products as crest toothpaste, head and shoulders and pantene shampoo, christina aguilera perfume, clairol and cover girl make up and gillette shaving gel.

"the maker of head & shoulders needs to stop bringing rainforest destruction into our showers. it must clean up its act and guarantee its customers that these products are forest friendly," said bustar maitar, head of the indonesian forest campaign at greenpeace international. these sentiments are echoed in a greenpeace media campaign targetting procter and gamble.

indonesia is home to approximately three percent of the world’s forests — which are part of a ring of forests along the equator known as the lungs of the world — yet deforestation in indonesia represents over a third of the total global carbon emissions from deforestation.

*greenpeace photos by bay ismoyo and ulet ifansasti. first photo by hardi baktiantoro in borneo.

(via waeshael)

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Our grumpy green iguana ‘zilla after I interrupted him while taking a photo of him while eating. He’s good at giving the long hard stare. In the next couple months we’ll be re-homing him to Northern Exotics in Sudbury, Ontario, a new exotic pet store that will also have an education component. This pet store has been looking for rescue animals that are larger or full grown, so people can see what their little one will turn out to be in a few years. Some of these rescues may also have behavioural issues, which also make people think twice at the cute little creature they want to buy.'Zilla will have his own large enclosure with a climbing area and a bathing area and lots of things to look at throughout the day. We've given him a good home over the last five years (my boyfriend took him on as a rescue - we don't know how old he really is), but he needs more and we're happy that he will be well cared for and gets what he needs in his later years.

Our grumpy green iguana ‘zilla after I interrupted him while taking a photo of him while eating. He’s good at giving the long hard stare. In the next couple months we’ll be re-homing him to Northern Exotics in Sudbury, Ontario, a new exotic pet store that will also have an education component. This pet store has been looking for rescue animals that are larger or full grown, so people can see what their little one will turn out to be in a few years. Some of these rescues may also have behavioural issues, which also make people think twice at the cute little creature they want to buy.

'Zilla will have his own large enclosure with a climbing area and a bathing area and lots of things to look at throughout the day. We've given him a good home over the last five years (my boyfriend took him on as a rescue - we don't know how old he really is), but he needs more and we're happy that he will be well cared for and gets what he needs in his later years.

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Winning at failure.

Winning at failure.