Sunday in Pictures

My first farmhouse cheddar cheese is aging in the basement.
I have to practice more.  I really don't know if I'm using the press correctly or not.
It came with NO instructions.

I racked the Maple Sap Wine (recipe here).
In Sept. for our fair competition, it was not ready.
Today....not bad! The recipe said it tasted better after a year -- a year is coming right up.
It's getting nice and clear and I'll bottle it in a couple of weeks.
I would make it again.
It does not taste like maple at all, and it is dry instead of sweet.  ....and potent.

I racked the 3 gallons of elderberry wine too.
It's still way cloudy (it's still early).  I added oak chips.  I added oak chips last
year and really liked it -- you know, like it was aged in an oak keg.
(the apple wine is coming along -- has a way to go)

The mitten tree I got for Christmas has been getting a good workout.
After ice fishing yesterday the grandkids were soaked.
I heard they "played" with a fish all afternoon.
As the gloves dried it smelled like I was roasting fish!

.....dr momi


Amy Dingmann said...

Maple sap wine sounds like something we might have to put on the list for around here. Dry and not sweet, just like I like it! :) Happy Sunday to you!

Old Time Cindy said...

I'm impressed...with the cheese and the wine. Add some crackers and I'll come on over!

Gorges Smythe said...

Interesting stuff you've been up to!

Unknown said...

Such sweet pictures.

Candy C. said...

Ooohhh, you are brave making cheddar cheese! Let us know how it comes out!
That's funny about the gloves smelling like roasting fish!

TexWisGirl said...

you are so crafty - or cookie? or handy? not sure what the best word would be, but you are food creative. :)

Roxey Lucey said...

I like the mitten tree! I was thinking I need one too

Jill said...

Am impressed with your cheese and look forward to hearing about it when the time comes.

Neat mitten tree!

Michaele said...

Three things I want to do someday - soon I hope. I will know where to come for help : )

Stephanie said...

I love that mitten tree:) Sure could use one of those myself.

Unknown said...

I worked on my wine yesterday! Good day for it with all the ice outside! I now have carboys with pear, watermelon, and grape wines just biding their time, waiting for bottling. Last night with Venison Stroganoff we shared some blackberry wine,2010. I love that we've been more self-reliant in recent years! I gotta take a cheese-making workshop! That's just too cool!!!

Rae said...

You have been busy. The maple sap wine is interesting. It sounds really good.

Unknown said...

You are one crafty lady!

labbie1 said...

Interesting wines you have there. The oak chips in the elderberry wine is interesting.

Can't wait to hear how the cheese comes out!

Busy woman!