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Happy November!  I’ve been so inspired by lots of fall fruits and events lately, everyone is as busy as little bees….I really enjoyed Pie Party Live hosted by Jackie & Ken — great job, guys!  I even won a copy of the Sarabeth’s Bakery Cookbook, hurray!!
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I’d been meaning to make a pie (or 2!) but being sick for the whole month of October threw a wrench into my plans.  Eventually I got back to canning with some black grapes and red plums from a recipe in Canning for a New Generation.
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Love how the kitchen smells when fruit is simmering…
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Winnie suggested a way to use up a bunch of kumquats: 

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candy them with cinnamon sticks and star anise, yum.
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I also love her post because she rounds up some great DIY gifts.  
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One of my favorite things about canning is that it makes such nice, little presents.
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Back to the grape plum filling: got this Wilton pie press at Sur La Table 
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and (I admit) used store bought pie dough to save some time — NOT as good I agree, but infinitely faster.
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And pretty quickly we had a bunch of hand pies!
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They were best right out of the oven of course.
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But I had to wrap up a few
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for little breakfast presents the next day.
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More canning adventures soon, I’m having so much fun!