Monday, June 22, 2015

Cherry Pickin'

Sour cherries! I finally go to pick some sour cherries!

I had been wanting to pick sour cherries for five years now. Something always came up or I missed sour cherry season. To me there is nothing like a fresh, sour cherry pie... but let me tell you, a lot of work goes into a sour cherry pie.

We started picking them this afternoon and just finished canning the last of our cherry pie filling. Mom was the matriarch of the day... mom's always know best.











 Pitting sour cherries is what makes the process so long. 
Each seed is pushed out with a hairpin by hand.

 Then we made a thickening and mixed it with the cherries.




 Caroline likes cherry pie too!


We canned 14 quart of cherry pie filling to grace our cellar shelves this winter.

Cheers,
Hope

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Low Country Boil

I threw a party for my good friend, Amy, last evening. Once in a great awhile you run across friends like her. Someone who appreciates what you appreciate. It makes doing things together twice the fun. Food is our common ground; creating it, critiquing it and realizing the importance of wholesome food. 

We made low country boil over the fire. A perfect summer meal. It's easy and it's good.












Happily,
Hope


 

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Dressed Up Threads

My oldest sister, Faith, and her friend, Suetta, are starting a pop-up fabric shop. Needless to say I'm a tad bit excited.

It's always been work for me to find dress fabric I like. Most times I would drive to Winchester to JoAnn's Fabric and still wasn't guaranteed a fabric I loved. I enjoy the thrill of finding fabric and deciding how I'm going to make a dress. There really is an art to making your own clothes and I appreciate that my Mom taught me how to sew.

They are having their first pop-up shop next week! Stop by and check it out!


I had fun doing their marketing for them.
Here is a bit of their summer lookbook, 
designed to give their customers ideas. 

 The creators, Suetta and Faith








 My sister, Faith, is an amazing seamstress.
She made this dress without a pattern.


Check them out on facebook and instagram!
For you folks out of state- they plan to sell online this fall.

Happy Wednesday!
Hope

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Warm days...

Warm days bring on inspiration to cook, no more of the mundane soups.. it's grilling, BBQ, burger and rhubarb pie time!

Thank you Lord for seasons, you always know what your doing.





  

I'm enjoying my peonies!
 








Cheers to warm weather!
Hope

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Halah and Caleb's Wedding

The last Helmuth child just left the nest. Today we hosted the 3rd sibling wedding in our front yard.

It was a lovely day... it was calling for rain but held off until after the ceremony. Thank you Lord!

A few photos from what little time I had with my camera.















 















The End...
Hope