Plum Fresh

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I obtained a large basket of perfectly ripened Italian Plums this week from a colleague. To avoid the inevitable fruit flies that have run havoc around my kitchen this summer, I opted to make plum sauce.

Plum jam was really on my mind, but then I realized I was plum (ha!) out of my main canning staples. Enter Plum Sauce.  It just sounds decadent over vanilla ice cream, cheesecake, scones, goat cheese toast, or even as a glaze on a slow roasted turkey breast- doesn’t it?

Here is what is needed:

  • 4 cups of washed & halved Italian Plums
  • 1 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 3 tablespoons of lemon/lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons of pumpkin pie spice

In a large non reactive sauce pan, pour plums, sugar, spices and lemon juice. Simmer on low-medium for about an hour and a half while stopping to stir and to make sure the mixture doesn’t over boil.  220 (f) degrees should probably do the trick.  Your house will smell amazing. Meanwhile, prepare your jars for canning.  While the jars are still hot, spoon the sauce into each jar, and process using a water bath. Lick the delicious leftovers off the spoon and swoon at the late summer taste of beautiful Italian Plums.

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Friends, Pottery, Wine- Painted Plate

I have a lovely group of gals in my circle. When I first moved to Olympia to take job and cohabitate with The Handsome, it took time to connect with other women who shared my love for the simple life. Enter these fabulous women; strong, witty, and compassionate. Love them! We try to get together for a drink every now and then just to catch up.  This time I thought we could throw a little art in the mix. The Painted Plate in Olympia was our choice, and boy did it deliver with three hours of wine, food, laughter (…dancing too), and painting.

The Painted Plate offers great little appetizer plates, a minimal but satisfying wine list, and all the white porcelain canvases you could ask for!  Projects range from $6-$60 although all of us found something great in the $20 range.  In the mix was a magnet, a few travel mugs, a soap dish, and a popcorn bowl. The food offering is simple and tasty. We were under the care of Molly, who was more than welcoming including great project suggestions, quick service, and even a change from the less than desirable pop/country Pandora station to something a little more our style.

Our projects were all finished in the evening and were kindly gathered for glaze and firing.  The turnaround for a finished project is about 5 days. I can’t wait to see the finished projects- of course, this was our first time, so there will be more gatherings like this in the future.

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