How can I raise the level of gratitude in my life? Let me count the ways.
Grapes?? I love that little hand painted marker.
Yes, grapes. The yummiest on the planet. My mother always put one grape leaf in the bottom of every quart jar of her dill pickles to keep the cucumbers firm and I still do likewise.
and dont forget stuffed grape leaves. I am still on the search for more skuppernong ( sp?) wild grapes. I had them as a child and I have some homemade jam made still, that was made by a dearly departed southern friend. It is truly the grape-iest and most wonderful of all grapes.
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Are these baby apples? You know how I am completely obsessed about all things apple come August! If I could own an orchard, it would be heirloom apples. Apples hanging from trees ready for harvest are a beautiful site . And there are so many ways to eat them. Then again, maybe these are something else and I am just seeing what I want to see?
When I grow up, can I be a big apple?
I like to believe in the legendary John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, who was responsible for spreading apple seeds from his home state of Pennslyvania( I think that is correct) all the way to the Ohio Valley area. According to my Bees in America book, the early settlers brought apples with them to plant orchards in the New World. It was not uncommon in New England, for every homestead to have a few apple trees on the property for food. The family bees would pollinate and cross pollinate and apples were preserved in all sorts of ways.
Of course , the saying an Apple a Day keeps the doctor away is all the more reason to have apple trees for a constant source of wellness each day.
When I grow up, I want to be one of those apples that is crisp, juicy, and variegated in reds and pink colors for a skin. What about you?
Maybe a Pink Lady or a Granny Smith:)
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