Prepping pounds of plums

Our Santa Rosa Plum tree has been showering us in fruit this week. I’ve found several recipes to play with this weekend, including a crisp with cardamon and pistachio, a semifreddo, and syrup for cold-brew tea. The most time-consuming bit for each recipe is all of the plum preparation. I spent hours chopping, pitting, and…

Backyard plum picking

Now is the one week of summer that our entire plum tree ripens at once. Usually, it’s a race to see who can get to the fruit first—the squirrels and birds or us. Having deployed several reflective owl cut-outs as deterrents, we seemed to have gained the upper hand this year. Today’s #OneGoodThing with Mama was…

A slight purpling

These last couple of days all of my “spoons” have gone towards home repair and cleaning projects. Exhausting, but necessary jobs, like cleaning out the freezer and power-washing wintry sediments from our backyard pavers. So the real joy has been in our garden, which we love to visit and monitor the growth. Today we discovered…

Pluot tree’s first crop ever

The Emerald Beaut pluot tree we planted in our backyard 1.5 years ago is now getting its first fruit ever! This glorious variety of pluot won’t be ripe until late August/early September, but Mama and I are so thrilled to be growing our favorite summer fruit. Today’s #OneGoodThing was finding the first ever tiny pluots…

Wee green plums

While strolling through our garden and enjoying the flowers, Mama and I discovered that our plum tree is now starting to fruit! Aren’t they cute? Today’s #OneGoodThing was finding wee green plums with Mama! What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share in the comments! Day 117 of 365. And Day 1,213 in a row (here’s the…

Emerald Beaut’s first buds

The Emerald Beaut tree we planted last year has just started flowering and it is absolutely lovely! This is our favorite variety of pluot and we are praying we’ll receive fruit this summer. These first blossoms give us hope—and were a bright spot in our day. Today’s #OneGoodThing was discovering the Emerald Beaut tree’s first buds…

Plum blossoms and Abutilon

Our plum tree burst into these gorgeous white blossoms, which then led us to discover that Mama’s beloved Abutilon has also started blooming. We were so thrilled these delicate red flowers made it through the cold. Today’s #OneGoodThing was discovering the plum blossoms and red Abutilon with Mama. What was your #OneGoodThing today? Please share…