As we´re nearing the end of summer lots of canning and preserving is happening around here. While this sometimes felt like a burden in the past (keeping it real, right), I am somehow enjoying it immensely this year.
I also seem to have caught the bred bug. I´ve been making my own sourdough bread for years now but things got a little more serious - and creative - recently. I am baking my way through a lot of new recipes which is so much fun (my husband, who loves bread, agrees). After years of having it on my wishlist I finally broke down and got "Tartine Bread" a few weeks ago and I like it a lot. Above is the country loaf with polenta and pumpkin seed which was insanely good.
Also I got into making my own juices recently. I have owned a simple steam juicer for a few years but only used it for small quantities of fruit in order to make a few jars of jelly. However since we have a glut of pears right now I made a few bottles of pear juice, and yesterday I made elderberry and grape juice (the latter from our very first grapes grown in our garden, yay!).
For some reason this was the worst tomato season ever, but I did get a few jars of tomato sauce too.
This has nothing to do with making food except that the picture was taken in the kitchen. However if I could preserve these dahlias, I would!
Group picture time! Mind you, I´ve made these over the past few weeks... I usually wait until I have a bunch of jars/bottles until I label and store them. Speaking of labels, I think I´ve never showed you a picture of my labels on this blog! I got it in my head this spring that I needed custom labels so I had some printed. Not entirely necessary but I love them so, so much! I think they make a simple jar look so special and even sort of professional. These are the things that make me happy.