Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fall in Tennessee

One of the pluses of  Putnam county in the fall, is the opportunity to renew our license plate tabs. Yep, both cars at the same time. In Michigan that cost would have been in the neighborhood of 225 bucks. Here in Putnam county? Both cars $48. One of the perks!

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Grape Things

One of the hardest things to get used to is the somewhat later harvest of concord grapes in Tennessee. And even though we know we probably won't see any until after Labor Day, DH and I look for them in the stores here any way, starting in August. You see, we don't want to miss one minute of deliciousness.

I remember as a kid, neighbors down the street had several rows of  concord grapevines in their side yard. At the time I was young enough not to know that not every couple was married. In this instance, it was an elderly brother and sister sharing the house. The sister would encourage us to eat the grapes so they didn't rot on the vines when she and brother got too elderly to bother with them. Those were absolutely the best concord grapes I've ever had. Now that I look back, I wonder what the heck they were doing with all those grapes? Jelly? Wine in the fruit cellar?

My favorite way to eat them are washed and chilled. Pop one in your mouth, squirt the fruit and seeds and swallow. Chew that luscious skin, because that is the best part! I'd been eating them like that all my life, and to tell you the truth, never knew there were seeds in there!
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