We also got together with my sister and brother-in-law for a wonderful picnic lunch down in Mt. Dora, FL which is about half way in between, a little over 100 miles. It was a beautiful day for a drive and we made things super easy by agreeing to each pick up sub's for lunch rather than doing a potluck affair. Even though we talk all the time, and email back and forth, this is the first time we've actually been together in a few years. BIG HUGS all around!! 💖🥰
The Elizabeth Evans park was pretty nice, and right by Lake Dora. We were blessed with a shady picnic table and a medium-strong breeze all afternoon which kept temps down and bugs away.
|Donna and I each had a goodie bag with several small gifts
for each other to make up for all the missed celebrations. It was also
her Birthday weekend coming up so we didn't want to miss that.
Looking towards the lighthouse, the shoreline is natural with lots of cattails and such.
One of the neat things about the park were all the large trees. There was one cluster that actually had a palm tree growing up out of the middle of it, and you can see how nice and shady it was at our table.
|The guys talk car racing and stuff, while Donna digs for
something in her purse. I'm just being a nuisance taking pics.
|Palm tree just growing into the mass.
In addition to that fantastic visit, I've lately had time to indulge in some canning, some floral work and some sewing fun.
First off, the canning. In the 2 freezers I had a stockpile of ground pork, ground Italian sausage and brats that I decided to can - there was no way to eat it all and it never hurts to have a few things on the pantry shelf. It requires a hot pack, so browning it first and having some hot beef stock to cover the contents, then pressure canning for 75 minutes.
|I've got this huge, deep wok-like pan which is great
for cooking up large quantities. Even so, I worked in batches.
|Since meat shrinks when cooked, it ended up only being
enough for 6 pint jars (16oz). Rainy day goodness.
I was also hit by a need of the Southern cooking variety, which lead to homemade cornbread, black-eyed peas over rice, and fresh spinach (in lieu of collards) to go with our roast pork. Yum, so good!
|I fry up some chopped onions & add
minced garlic, then I use an envelope of
onion soup mix and 1/2C water.
Let it simmer a while.
More rescued straw baskets with their new and perky flowers. We use these all over, and they're especially nice on the back deck.
|A nice pop of color and civility, lol.
Last topic, my purply-squares fabric project turned out to be a bed pillow sham. I liked it so much I made another using pastels and tried utilizing a geometric pattern instead of random like the first one. I like them both, and they didn't take a world of time either - win, win. Which do you like best?