Prickly Pear Juice

This is the time of year the prickly pear fruits (tunas) are ripe . . all along the sides of many of the highways, and some empty lots are just full of them. Lots of people have cactus all over their land and most people detest them. We have very few cactus and kinda wish we had more . . especially this time of year. 

A friend has a ranch with tons of prickly pear. Last year, he picked several boxes full of prickly pear for us. This year, he kept saying “want more?” but the timing just hasn’t been good with the health issues I’ve been having. Yesterday I was taking a nap and I heard the phone ring . . and then I heard Vince say “Sure, we’re home, come on over!” I’m thinking . . I feel terrible, the house is a disaster and someone is coming over so I got out of bed and Vince said the friend was bringing over prickly pear. I didn’t want to deal with it but I knew I’d be happy to get them.

Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear

Yes, those are tomatoes from the garden too! Thank goodness the guy only brought over one five gallon bucket of tunas.  But then Vince went out to our few plants and picked another half bucket. 

Thank goodness for the Mehu Liisa steam juicer. It’s another one of those fairly expensive gadgets but it makes this kind of job so easy. Some of my kitchen gadgets I don’t use real often but when I need them, I am so happy to have them!

Steam Juicer

Steam Juicer

Crazy me . . I was thinking I’d fill 3 half gallon jars but we ended up with a bit more.

Prickly Pear Juice

Prickly Pear Juice

Vince had already taken some of the juice to the fridge but we ended up with almost 5 gallons of juice. Some will be made into jelly. Some will be made into syrup. Some will be left as juice and frozen or canned.

 

 

Design Wall – September 1, 2014

If you’re here looking for the Tell it to the Stars Block for September, keep reading . . it’s one post below this one!

Here’s the progress on my Tell it to the Stars project.

Tell it to the Stars

Tell it to the Stars

 

Tell it to the Stars – September

You’ve figured out by now that the blocks are being set on point. The September/October instructions kinda run together a bit but nothing is hard for the next two months. 

Sep1

Tell it to the Stars

The first thing you need to do is arrange your blocks in a pleasing manner for you. I chose to stick the two darker blocks in the center and work around them.

You will need to add the sashing. The sashing strips are cut 2-1/2″ x 12-1/2″. These will be from the background fabric (Fabric 1) and  you will need 48 of them.

Sep2

You will sew the sashing strips to sashing squares. Along the outer edge of the top, there are triangles from Fabric 2. You will need 14 of these little triangles and to get them, cut 4″ squares and cut those on the diagonal twice to yield 4 triangles from each square.

For the sashing squares, use Fabric 5 and cut 15 – 2-1/2″ squares. (In the drawing below, it’s hard to see that the sashing squares and triangles on the edges are different but if you look at the photo taken from my design wall, it’s easier to see.

Sep3

Tell it to the Stars

For September, you only need to sew the blocks into rows and the sashing rows but you do not need to sew it all together to complete the center of the top.  That’s for October. If you end up wanting to do it all, you can . . but you don’t have to.

Tell it to the Stars

Tell it to the Stars

If your January through August blocks are done, please share a picture. On Friday, September 5, I will draw for the winner . . who will receive a Stash Pack from Vicki Welsh’s Etsy Shop. When you need (or want) hand dyed fabric, please remember Vicki . . who sponsors this Mystery.