Sorry for the oddball email yesterday. Sway has another blog for her photography and that’s where the mix up occurred. If you have a moment, check it out at http://swaymccashphotography.wordpress.com/.
As many of you know, I wimped out of blogging this year because I’ve had my hands full with a new baby. Sorry to fizzle out in such an unceremonious manner; with any luck I’ll return to the Wellness Experiment soon!
No, not that kind of MILF (for those readers that don’t see the photo in your email)!!! MILF also stands for Mothers Inspiring Lifelong Fitness!!! Get your mind out of the gutter ;-)
It’s nice to spend the day picking pears, and pears, and more pears. Hell, until you start running out of room you don’t even remember to get too picky. Then when you start to process the pears, you realize you weren’t picky enough.
Picked, rinsed, & ready to be peeled
The pears are now perfectly ripe and ready for canning. We canned our pears with a water bath, used a simple syrup, and tried to halve most of the pears to maintain a pleasing appearance.
Peeled and ready to be cored
I recall when my mom used to can pears and they were delicious year-round. I think she added cloves, but we went for plain and simple for this first batch. My dad enjoys eating them with cottage cheese for dessert.
Our canning guide this year is the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving. It’s not complicated, directions and recipes are simple, and it has nice large color photos and illustrations (for me, this is practically a requirement when it comes to cookbooks).
Just 7 jars on the first batch. We got started late in the evening, but we'll keep at it. I'm working on my technique to make the pears looks pretty in the jars - any tips?
Have you tried canning? If so, we’d love know your recipes!
Have you ever been to the Gila National forest? Well, the Gila River Festival is a wonderful reason to go if you have never experienced it. The Gila river happens to be the last free-flowing river in New Mexico and is home to a large number of different breeding birds, reptiles and other wild life. The wild life is abundant and it is also nice to support local tourism. There are numerous activities going on for the this festival. Here are a few that I thought were interesting. Click on any of the activities below for more information.
1. Fish Tales
Can’t tell a spikedace from a longfin dace? Join fish biologist Dr. David Propst for a morning field trip to the Gila River at the biologically diverse Gila Bird Area, where participants will learn to electrofish, seine, and identify fish. Expect to capture and release native species such as longfin dace, desert sucker, and Sonora sucker, as well as threatened spikedace and loach minnow. You’ll also collect several nonnative species. Propst will discuss the life histories, habitat preferences and New Mexico distribution of each species, current status, and ongoing conservation efforts. He’ll talk about threats to their survival, including the impact of a Gila River diversion on our native fish populations.
2. Save for a rainy day
Learn how to capture rainwater to capitalize on our infrequent rain events. Local rainwater harvester Van Clothier will lead a tour of successful water harvesting projects in Silver City. See how water harvesting berms, curb cuts, and bore holes redirect street runoff to garden spaces. Tour projects where basins and other low-tech landscaping techniques cause roof runoff to soak into the ground. Learn how you can take advantage of rainfall to water your trees or garden, while conserving water and protecting the urban watershed from flooding and water quality problems. Everyone benefits from water harvesting!
Who says water and energy conservation aren’t related? Learn about the “water-energy nexus” and take a virtual home tour of how to incorporate water and energy savings in lovely and creative ways. Presenter Denise Smith will show how everyone can harvest the low-hanging fruit with low-cost, easy-to-install retrofits. Discover your home’s water footprint, in direct water consumption and also in hidden water usage embedded in common products. After Denise whets your appetite for water and energy savings, she’ll move on to inspire more beautiful dreams for green homes.
When? September 15-18, 2011
Where? Silver City, New Mexico
downtown farmer's market
Farmer’s markets are one of the oldest markets around where you can buy directly from a farmer or grower on a weekly basis. These special places can be found all over the world from South America to Asia. They have increased popularity here in the United States and they have especially caught on here in New Mexico. With the current trend of buying local and organic produce I cannot think of a better way to buy produce, meats, local cheese, flowers, and native plants. Farmer’s markets have become a ritual to most shoppers who frequent them every Saturday morning. I visited my local downtown growers market on Saturday and found a plethora of different local items ranging from produce to herbal soaps and grass-fed beef to decadent chocolates. There are also booths with local native plants for landscaping, breakfast burritos, pastries and art vendors. Please click here for a list of local farmer’s markets in the Albuquerque area. Do you have a favorite farmer’s market you frequent?
Welcome to our little blog where we aim to DISCOVER, EXPERIENCE, and SHARE the best wellness activities in New Mexico. Join us for the ride!