Canning Homegrown Tomatoes

As I have mentioned in the past, most of the food I can doesn’t come from my garden, other folks grow it. But this year my garden has been fairly prolific, and quite a few jars of home canned goods have come out of the garden. Mostly it has been dilly beans and canned tomatoes of sorts. I’ve done two tiny batches of dilly beans, with each batch containing two or three jars. I’ve canned a six pint batch of stewed tomatoes, and two three pint batches of whole peeled tomatoes.

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I was out in the garden this morning and noticed enough greens beans to fill a jar. Today I’ll have to pick those and put them in a jar in the refrigerator until I’m ready to can them.

This three headed beauty is also growing in the garden.

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Gotta love the colors of the season.

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Finding Room

My sewing machine has been hiding out ever since my step step son moved in to our guest bedroom. The guest bedroom is now his room, with my sewing table in the corner, and my great grandmother’s quilt on the wall.

Well after his living with us for five months, I decided it was high time to make the room feel more his own. I had been contemplating for quite awhile where we could squeeze in the table in our small, 1000 sq ft house.

Well one night, in a caffeinated organizing frenzy, I pushed aside a pile of semi random stuff in our mud room / laundry room. I called to my step step son and we hoisted the table out of his room, over the pile of stuff, and squeezed it into it’s new home. It fit. Just barely.

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So now I have a sewing nook. Here, wedged in between the shoe rack, and the clean laundry bins.

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My organizing books have taught me something. If you have a tiny house, make it work for you. View a nook the way you would view a spare room in a larger house. Heck yeah! I have my own sewing nook! And it’s fairly far away from the bedrooms, which means that the early morning and the late nights are mine. I can sew without the bumping of the machine waking up my sleeping family. Let the season begin. I am ready.

ps, notice my new toddler proof sewing machine case?

: )

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Canning My Heart Out

Wow. There is a lot of food to can. All summer long, all year long(!) I have been canning. I am at the point where I have to force myself to do it. It has lost it’s appeal. But I know that, come winter, I will be so glad for each jar of stewed tomatoes in the pantry. So back at it.

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Flowers

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Homegrown. Gracing the yard.

There are few. But each is such a beauty. Next year I will strive again for abundance.

 

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September’s Garden

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Mama’s Time Alone

Well this lucky lady got to go on a mini vacation alone. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend my good friend’s wedding in North Carolina this month. It was wonderful not be a full time mama for a couple of days.

I read my books, stayed in a lovely B&B, danced, and talked with the ladies.

Learning new skills:

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The B&B:

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A bit of glamour:

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A superb celebration.

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Ready for the turn of the year

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The chickens are feasting in this time of Bounty.

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Canning my heart out.

Here is my canning diary, where I keep an updated record of my recipes used.

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And here is River’s version that she was working very hard on.

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Full Pantry

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Collards harvest

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Bubba helps can salsa.

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And canned well into the night. Ok, well into the wee hours. Ok, it was 3:30 am.

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IMG_1908 IMG_1912 IMG_1917The end of the summer and beginning of fall are full to the brim with things to do. I am well pleased to say that I have preserved an enormous amount of food this summer. My pantry is stocked with pickles, salsa, and an assortment of jam. Still to come are more applesauce, apple butter, dilly beans, and who knows, perhaps even some pumpkin butter?

I am excited to begin the search for a good, used chest freezer. We will need a chest freezer for the 1/8 of a cow, and half of a pig that we have on order from local farms.Our large freezer attached to our fridge is full to bursting with hand picked local blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries, and homegrown and friend grown green beans. Also in the freezer are fava beans to give us protein this winter and sauteed veggies that have been frozen in ice cube trays. These will liven up starchy winter meals with a little zest and freshness. My fridge currently holds many, many zucchini, all bound for the freezer and wintertime.

All this excitement and food preservation has me feeling ready for the slower pace of Autumn, ready for crafting and tea and candles. I dream of fabric. I can tomatoes.

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