No, I didn't really go foraging. I remember when I was little, my Grandpa and I would go together to the woods to pick berries, wild lettuce and mushrooms. Yes, even mushrooms :) And they were delicious, by the way. I miss those times...
We live in a cute suburban neighborhood but there is not much wild life (or even a naturally green patch) anywhere in close proximity. But when my neighbor and I went for a walk, we stumbled upon some grapes that didn't belong to anybody:
They are wild but so good. I picked up about a pound for the kids, and they really liked it :) There were still plenty left for somebody else to enjoy. It's nice to get a little surprise like this once in a while...
What was not a surprise is the huge box of pears that I ordered from a friend of a friend a few weeks ago:
It's not my first year to order them, and they are just so good! But it also meant that I was canning today:
I made twelve quarts of sliced pears. Don't these cans look so summer-y? :) Yum! And just because I can never stop, I also made some cinnamon apple-pear sauce for the kids:
The big quart of sauce on the right is actually made from the apples in our back yard (free is always good, right? :) They are not quite ready to be picked, and, honestly, this year the apples are not very good. For those of you who might be new here, we share a tree with our neighbors. It's technically on their side but lots of branches hang over our fence and they are OK with us picking them. The apples I used were the ones that fell on the ground. They were in pretty bad shape, so I had to cut around a lot. I didn't seal this can. It will go in the fridge for the kids to enjoy right now. But I'm still planning on canning at least 30 pints of applesauce before the season ends :)
And as I was passing our garden today, I also picked up a few zucchinis to freeze for winter for breads, quiches and meatballs:
Now I'm beat but almost ready for the colder season. Almost :)...
And how was your day???