This year we were able to make a trip to the Lake of the Ozarks.
It was a quick trip but it was a very relaxing 4 days. It's amazing how much easier it is to roll when your kids get older and can manage their own stuff AND it's amazing how much harder it is when you realize your kids are big and can manage their own stuff.
Most years when we have traveled to the Lake, we have timed it just right for Missouri peaches. They are the best peaches I have ever had in my life. Hands down. They are perfectly shaped and the flavor is incredible. One time on our way home, we stopped at the store to pick some up to have at home an discovered that we could buy them in a lug. Thus, became the tradition of purchasing peaches before we left.
Last year we didn't go to the lake. Bummer--no peaches.
This year we purchased 2 lugs for a total of 76 pounds of peaches. We stopped in KC and left some for my in-laws, my sister-in-law and 2 brother-in-laws. When we got home we shared with some friends, ate quite a few, had one peach crisp and one peach pie.
The rest I made into this:
Peach jam. Total sugar fest. And worth it. I made 28 pints of it. It is most delicious on, oh about everything from toast to waffles to chicken. This is our current favorite snack:
If you haven't ever tried this kind of bread:
And I have been working on this post since Saturday. Just sayin'.