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Old 05-27-2016, 01:53 AM   #25621
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Old 05-29-2016, 12:05 AM   #25622
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What? Microwave jam? Details, please...

This actually turned out good, and a great use for "meh" cherries. I put the squished cherries and sugar in a microwave pyrex, covered, nuked on half power for 5 minutes, stirred, and nuked for another 5 minutes. Nuked some more until it got jam-like. I stirred it into some Greek yogurt along with some homemade rhubarb sauce and a T. of honey. DH said it was the best yogurt ever. Cherries and rhubarb are a nice combination.

I guess it was more preserves than jam, but it probably could be used as freezer jam.
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Old 05-29-2016, 02:37 AM   #25623
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Greek yoghurt and cherries are my current breakfast of choice. I like a palm full of sliced almonds in that, too. One of the grocery stores had cherries for $2.99 this week. Not bad for the first batch. Some will be made into clafoutis for dessert tomorrow.
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:09 AM   #25624
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Just finished making the world's smallest potato salad!

I used a half dozen golf ball size red potatoes, one egg, etc...

This is the first potato salad I've made in several years. I did it the old fashioned way by boiling the potatoes in the skins and peeling them as soon as they are drained. I was very happy to only have a few miniature potatoes to peel and not a 10 pound bag, I've lost my asbestos hands!
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:11 AM   #25625
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Whew. We are just about packed up and ready to head out to the mountains - we're going to Claytor Lake State Park for the week.

Interesting factoid: the lake was created by building a dam and there's a house at the bottom that was left standing when the lake was filled.

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/claytor-lake
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:15 AM   #25626
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Whew. We are just about packed up and ready to head out to the mountains - we're going to Claytor Lake State Park for the week.

Interesting factoid: the lake was created by building a dam and there's a house at the bottom that was left standing when the lake was filled.

Claytor Lake State Park


...and that's where you're staying? Cool!
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:20 AM   #25627
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We invited my daughter, SIL and grandson to come up and use the pool today. Sadly, it's currently 61F outside. We'll cook some burgers and dogs for lunch. I made a quick chocolate cake with a ganache to frost it for DD's birthday today. (Also JFK's 99th birthday, FWIW)
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Old 05-29-2016, 11:49 AM   #25628
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...and that's where you're staying? Cool!
Yes. DH has rented two six-bedroom lodges for the teachers (each sleeps 16) and a cabin for us. It's gorgeous - out in the Blue Ridge Mountains
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Old 05-29-2016, 04:36 PM   #25629
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Getting ready for work...tomorrow, I'll be getting some pictures of the front yard.
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Old 05-29-2016, 06:44 PM   #25630
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Wow, what a beautiful vacation spot, GG. Have fun!

Princess...looking forward to seeing what you've done with the yard so far!
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