Harvest

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abundantly blessed

laid to rest

We've been abundantly blessed. On Monday we picked nearly 4 bushel of peaches off our 2 peach trees. That translated to 35 quart jars and 27 quart freezer bags, plus as many as we can eat. Last night we picked a half-bushel of crabapples for jelly and left some for the birds. I also picked another another half-gallon of blackberries and more than a half-gallon of green beans to add to the 1 1/2 gallons in the fridge waiting to be canned. We've eaten corn from the garden, I made pickles this morning and have enough cukes to still make relish (and probably more pickles), and the squash plants are still producing, too. The tomatoes will be ripe before I'm ready as well, I'm sure.  read more »

2008/08/14 Roast beef sandwiches au jus*

Since the dishwasher's death two weeks ago, I find myself having second thoughts when it comes to cooking and baking, because I know that I will be handwashing everything that gets used in the process (I know, I should get my kids to do dishes, but when the three older ones are in school, it's not like I am going to wait around for them to come home before the dishes get done.) To keep the kitchen in tip-top shape, I've been washing three times a day. Having all the dinner prep dishes washed before dinner comes in really handy after dinner, when the get-ready-for-bed rush hits. I'm often drop-dead-exhausted and want to ignore the dishes, but waiting till the next morning is not such a great idea. Having fewer dishes to wash makes the evening clean-up manageable.  read more »

Summer

I'm at the point in the summer where I can only keep up with the picking and watering, but not the weeding, and I've been so busy that I haven't blogged or uploaded pictures or anything! I planted too much summer squash (want some zucchini?) and every 2 or 3 days I'm picking a gallon of green beans. There are little melons growing and the corn is well on its way as well. We picked the first two big tomatoes this weekend to put on hamburgers. The herbs are also growing and I am going to try some pesto to use up some of this basil.

The three oldest kids have gone back to school for the year already (don't you love year-round school? :-)) so that gives me a little bit of peace during the day, but I realized this morning that this baby is due in just over 2 months! Holy Cow!  read more »

Summer's bounty

It's that time of year again! Between my purchases from the fruit stands and harvesting from the garden, I am spending a lot of time "putting food by" (as our grandmothers called it). It can be a little overwhelming, especially on the days like today when I do more than one type of food, but in the end, it's all worth it.

I had a discussion this morning with a lady I know who also gardens, and in the past, has canned. I asked her if she was canning this year and she replied that she just couldn't afford to this year, not with the price of canned goods as low as they are. I commented that it can be really expensive if you don't have a free or cheap source of food, but I imagine that I will always keep canning, even if the price of the local produce I buy goes up.  read more »

Fruits of my labor

Today I ate the first tomatoes of the season. They were warm from the sun, and had that perfect tomato flavor. Sure, they were cherry tomatoes, but tomatoes nonetheless.

I went out to the garden to get some onions for dinner and picked the first 4 ripe cherry tomatoes. That was enough for me and each of the girls to eat one (Frugalboy isn't a fan of raw tomatoes), but after I washed them and ate one, I decided that since I had done most of the garden work, I didn't have to share this time. So I didn't.

There will be lots more cherry tomatoes for the girls to eat this summer. The first ones were the fruits of my labor.


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