But this is what I have been doing. Even though I have a wedding quilt to finish and a long list of things to do, these peaches aren't going to wait for me and aren't going to cut and dry themselves.
When the Red Haven peaches are really ripe and somewhat bruising I'd rather dry them than bottle them. The Red Havens are super sweet anyway and they make are the perfect blend of sweet and tart when dried. They are really like candy. I have a good fruit dryer and I can dry them in less than 24 hours. I freeze them until we use them in lunches or for snacks. I wish you could taste them.
Last night Jamie helped me and we made peach pie together. This is why I don't make pies. They taste good but they look so messy. Maybe it is BECAUSE I don't make pie much that my pies tend to fail. I hate making crust (please don't send me recipes, I've tried them all and I even took a crust class in the past) and I don't like the texture of most cooked pies, really. So with peaches, fresh peach pie is my favorite way to go. Even though it looks yukky the pie tastes really good. If you want a good looking pie go see Calli. I used her recipe but look at her results instead of mine. Calli has a great blog. She just lives across town from me and can do anything. Her mom Leslie is a quilt designer and an awesome lady. I have been working on the Lone Star quilt and I have done some hand work in between peaching. The embroidery is all that needs to be done in the above block. I think I like walking the doggie better than the umbrella for Sunbonnet Sue so I will be making more of these blocks. Again, a little rubber arm, oh well. I just wish my arms looked half that good!