I know, that's an odd title for today's post, but it does describe what I am writing about.
I just returned from the post office where I sent my Mug Rug/Goodie Swap gifts off to their new homes.
These photos don't show everything I am sending because I tried to tune into my partners likes and wishes and sent a few little bits of things that they really like. Showing those would be a dead giveaway, so you will have to wait to see who gets them in the mail in the next week or so.
This one is for partner #1 who lives in _________________.
And this package will be winging it's way to _____________.
And I will be patiently waiting to see what I receive and if I guessed correctly when I was stalking all the lovely creations on Flickr!
On Sunday, Mr. Romance and I picked 8 pounds of olives from this little, spindly tree in our backyard. It started out as one of those trees you order from a catalog and was a Christmas gift for Mr. R a few years ago.
Eight pounds of olives looks like this...
We decided to do the cracked method this year. So each olive had to be whacked with a mallet. Needless to say, there was olive oil and juice everywhere. Note to self, do this outside next year. After the olives are cracked open then they must be soaked in water to remove all the bitterness. This takes about 10 days, changing the water every day.
This is the cloudy mess the first day...
And this is how they look today, after two days of soaking and changing the water.
After the bitterness is leached out I will be flavoring these babies with herbs and salt and preserving them to eat all year long. Mr. Romance likes olives a lot and it is fun to make something just for him.
Thanks for stopping by,