I found another source for Autumn Olives, so I picked a bucket of them. I love Autumn Olives. They are so easy to pick. I literally picked for less than 15 minutes, and in that time I was able to pick 4 cups, enough for a batch of fruit leather. I followed the recipe I found online, and instead of stevia I used 2 Tbs. of sugar. I also added some mint that a friend gave me, and I just finished drying. It made enough to fill one tray in my dehydrator, and took about 9 hours to process in there.
My recent travels have revealed that this area is loaded with Autumn Olive bushes. I see the trees everywhere! I'm excited, as I was so disappointed when the last batch molded. I gave no time for that, this time, I processed these within a few hours of picking.
The finished fruit leather, 2 have been rolled up, and the third is ready to be rolled. I rolled them in parchment paper for easier storing. The author of the recipe recommended cutting it in slices for use on salads, instead of craisins. What a great idea for a fall salad, with some local cheddar cheese, mixed greens, and chopped apples...ooh, and some warm goat kabobs, and a yogurt dressing...I might need to try that!
I picked up a super sweet book at BN, Making Children's Clothes: 25 Stylish Step-by-step Sewing Projects for 0-5 Years . There are some great patterns for making kids clothes, and it's getting me inspired to spend some time at the ol' machine.