Sunday, August 19, 2012

This Week in 2012, Week 33

As you read this post we are enjoying an after wedding brunch in Portland, Oregon, where we have witnessed the marriage of our friend's youngest daughter. I'm sure I will have more to tell you after we get home. This is our first trip to Portland.
I have 40 hexagon flowers finished. I have taken this project with me to work on in the plane. English Paper Piecing is such a great travel project to carry with you. I have worked on this project at the doctor's office, the hair dresser and traveling on a train through Europe. This quilt will be well traveled by the time it is finished.

Earlier in the week I saw this huge dragon fly at my son's home. It had been clinging to the wall for hours, so we thought it was dead. But when I touched it, it flew and we all screamed and dodged it so as not to let it in the house.

My favorite Instagram photo this week is this one I snapped of our one and only sunflower this season. I don't know why they just did not do well in our yard this summer. I took the photo with my ProCamera app on the iphone and then enhanced it with the ColorVu app. 

We've been getting lots of figs from our fig tree this week so I dried some in the oven and then froze them. Here are the before and after photos. They are like giant raisins and taste great as a snack or served with a cheese board. Sometimes I add them when I am making a roast pork dish.
They are super easy to make. Just cut the figs in half, lay them on a tray and roast over night in a slow  (120-130'F) overnight.
 Our tomato harvest is dwindling down and I am working on a Tomato Tasting 101 post. It's more for my benefit so I will know which ones to plant again next year. 
But, my harvest is nothing compared to this haul pictured below. My son sent me these photos of one day's tomato harvest from the restaurant's farm. I want to try planting some of those black ones next year.

I also got in a day of scrapbooking with friends this week. I managed to make 5 more pages to add to our 2009 vacation album. These photos were taken on the Istrian peninsula in Croatia.

Thanks for stopping by,



Katy Cameron said...

Hope you had fun at the wedding :o) I've got a few hand-make projects for our road trip after SS, gotta love a well travelled project :o)

Love the look of those figs - I had some fabulous Lebanese fig jam type stuff in London back in July, kind of figs in a sugary syrup - alas, the restaurant didn't have any on sale, although they did sell other things that were served to us to eat.

Susan Snooks said...

Your garden must like a mini market garden! And the hexie garden is certainly flourishing under your expert care!!

Geri said...

I love those scrapbook pages - what a romantic spot indeed - it looks beautiful! I want to try planting some black tomatoes too! Let me know when you're supposed to plant...I have no idea!

Canadian Abroad said...

Hope the wedding was lovely. The scrapbook pages are gorgeous by the way. Great memories in those.

Kati from Kati's Quilting said...

Those figs look like I want to eat them right now! :) And the yummy tomatoes, mmmm :)) I love your pictures and your scrapbook looks great! Thanks for sharing!

Leanne said...

I am eating fresh figs from my tree this week too. I hope your wedding is fun.