Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day doings

We're not doing any of the traditional Labor Day things this year--no backyard BBQ, no picnic or afternoon at the lake. Just hanging out at home and catching up on things we want to do.

I've been working on blocks for my Guild's monthly block exchange and have them all finished through February. I'll turn them in at meeting tomorrow night and will have that off my mind.  We're working on Bonnie Hunter's Chunky Churn Dash which you can see here.  It's a pattern I've been wanting to make for some time now and doing it as a block exchange seems to make it so much easier. I think that I'll start putting my blocks together now that I've got all my exchange blocks finished and maybe will have a new quilt sometime this winter.

I also checked on my batch of kombucha to see if it was finished fermenting or as my mother used to say about her homemade sauerkraut, "working." It was done working (so appropriate for Labor Day, don't you think?)  so I took the "mother" or "Scooby" out and placed her in a canning jar and into the frig.  The actual kombucha is bottled and in the frig as well.  

I had tried kombucha in the past and although I liked it, I didn't think it was worth the money to buy it or the time to make it. When Tessa moved to ME, she left several bottles in the frig. Not being one to let anything go to waste, I began drinking a little of it every day and found that I liked it quite a bit. Tessa also left a mother in the frig so I decided to try a batch of my own. 

After 3 weeks of it fermenting in a warm dark place in my pantry, with the mother bubbling and growing larger and larger, this is the result.  What I have here is slightly sweet, somewhat tangy and definitely fizzy!  Not beer although it does look like a micro-brew!

Hope your Labor Day (or Monday for non-US readers) has been a good one.

1 comment:

  1. I had to look up kombucha...sounds interesting though ! How alcoholic is it exactly?