Friday, September 9, 2011

First Year of Canning

So as I wrap up my first year of canning I want to remember a few things.
*can more salsa (and when you think you're done, can more)
*can more tomato sauce (and more)
*make more strawberry freezer jam at the peak of the season
*you cannot make too much salsa
*Farmers Market!
*plan to can
*need another big stock pot
*need jar lifter
*dehydrate some
*plan for gifting too!

The food tastes so much better, it's so worth the effort.

This year I made 7 pints of salsa, 4 peach salsa, 1 pint & 2 1/2 pints peach freezer jam, 8 1/2 pints strawberry freezer jam, zucchini pickles, cucumber pickles, 6 pints apple pie filling, 4 1/2 pints raspberry freezer jam, 4 pints tomato basil sauce.

Still need to freeze basil and cilantro.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fall, Please Come Soon

Yum! I can taste and see the sights of fall already. My husband and I were just talking with Little Miss about autumn. Autumn is our favorite season. We love the warm drinks, baked goods, hearty meals, family times and warm fires. I will be in pure bliss right up until the world becomes red and green with Christmas (my most dreaded time). Give me your browns, your oranges and your goldenrods…my eyes will drink them up. I love nature walks in the fall. Little Miss loves gathering pinecones, seed pods and all things natural in the fall. Please come quickly fall!