This time of year is kind of bitter sweet. Summer is ending soon but there is still lots of good produce out, not necessarily in my garden, and school is starting today. Jonathan is sleeping in until 8:00am at which time we will have our first day of 11th grade at home. Sigh….where has the time gone? At least today we will e-a-s-e into the school routine with vocabulary, math review, government ,french and chemistry. Actually chemistry already started with the weekly class at Summit Academy where he will also have Algebra II and American Lit. Oooohh it is going to be a big year!

But until I wake him, here is what I have been up to! Picked some beautiful raspberries off our bushes yesterday –

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not enough for a pie but enough to munch!

Processed a GIANT amount of peaches into jam and freezer bags!

Had a couple chopped peaches in my chardonnay.

Attempted Corn Cob Jelly but it is not set up and it may just be corn syrup. 🙂

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Cobs for jelly, corn for creamed corn.

Picked some figs from the neighbor last week – so stinking sweet!!!!

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With the leaves I will dry them for teas. What? you say, yep fig leaves are really good for you. Check it out –

According to the USDA, figs are one of the highest sources of fiber and calcium. Figs have antioxidants and a laxative effect on the body. Figs contain fiber, magnesium, copper, manganese, calcium and vitamins A,B,C and K. Besides these vitamins, the figs also contain folic acid, sodium and zinc.

Fig leaves – Fig leaves are best known for treating diabetes, but there are many other uses for the fig leaves. There are many homemade remedies from treating diabetes to treating bronchitis, genital warts, liver cirrhosis, high blood pressure, skin problems and ulcers. Fig leaves are not used as much as they should be. Most of the remedies for the fig leaves use the sap or the milk of the sacred tree. Fig tinctures or poultices should be used immediately and fresh batches made daily.

Fig-leaf tea can be made using two teaspoons of dried, cut leaves. Pour one cup of boiling water over the leaves, cover and let steep for 10 to 15 minutes before drinking. ***Can have a laxative effect***Drink one cup each morning at breakfast. – See more at: http://www.doctorshealthpress.com/diabetes-articles/fig-leaf-tea-could-help-maintain-proper-insulin-levels#sthash.hvTaz3Nr.dpuf

Just notice the wild muscadines are starting to turn purple – can’t wait until they are ready because I am FINALLY going to make wine!

Everyone have a beautiful day today!

Anne-Marie

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