Yesterday, I made more juice with all of these and after measuring the juice out, realized that it was still about 3/4 cups short. This afternoon then, I headed out in hopes of gathering enough plums to finish out the amount of juice needed. The trees by this time were very much barer, and I was not sure if there would be enough. I shook and gathered under every plum tree that I could find, and then feeling quite hot and sweaty (as well as very bitten up by mosquitoes), I went inside to see if the meager pickings would be sufficient. The plums were crushed, placed in a saucepan with the needed amount of water and set to simmer. Once they had simmered until soft, I ladled them into a jelly bag and waited for the juice to drain out. Then it was time . . . would it be enough? The juice was poured into the measuring cup that already contained what had been made so far, and it stopped right at the 5 1/2 cup line. Exactly what was needed!
Now with enough juice, I went right into jelly making and had such a fun time! It was easier than what I had thought it would be, and now eight half-pint jars of Wild Plum Jelly are cooling on the counter. Lies ahead the real test, though . . . will it set up correctly and look and taste like jelly? We shall see! :)
Besides making plum jelly, other activities have been keeping me quite busy such as picking and putting up more corn into the freezer and also garden maintenance (pulling out the plants that are finished producing, weeding, etc.)
The fall garden is doing well (except for certain lettuce and carrot plants that the grasshoppers have been enjoying. :), and I am looking forward to eating fresh peas, lettuce, carrots and beets from the garden! (The beans are being grown for a friend.)
Work on the chicken coop has also been continuing . . .
By yesterday evening, the pen and the lower portion of the coop was to the point that we could move the chickens to their new 'home' which we did (the upper portion will be finished off for storage).
All that is left is finishing the roof and a good coat of paint! Any guesses what color we will be using?The chickens are greatly enjoying their new pen! (Though, they were not so sure about the coop at first. :)