Monthly Archives: September 2012

another house

enough property for us to be able to do everything we want – check

zoned for agriculture – check

big enough for us – double check

really nice – check

it is a lovely home, nicer than anything we have looked at. more bedrooms that we would ever be able to fill. all appliances stay. the property works for both gardens and for chickens. heck I can even see where we could put a paddock for a pig(s).

Oh and it has stuff we wanted on lists from 6 or 7 years ago, garage, a/c, basement for drums (that’s boomer) and stuff we never thought we could get a second kitchen in the basement for canning.


There is no excuse for my lack of attention to this blog other than just being lazy. I think 3 of 4 weekends processing apples got to me. And the last weekend nearly put me over the edge. Canning and saving food this time of year can be unending I have learned. Peeling, coring and cutting up apples barefoot (I really need to stop that) for hours at a time makes this 43 year old tired.

Oh don’t get me wrong, I am thankful for the ability to do it, the time, the equipment. My husband and daughter will eat every last drop of apple product I made. I just think I needed to pace myself better. Full time job, making dinner from scratch almost every night, hanging out with my family, during the week, then full blast 6am to 10 in the kitchen on weekend burned me out a little.

I think I will take this weekend to just be lazy, do what I have to do and not much else, heck maybe not even that. Pull out the halloween stuff, go to the market alone, get ready for the marathon that is October thru December for us.

Bring on the laziness!

CSA bag 20

This will be the last of the tomatoes, but we got peppers, celery, lettuce, greens, spinach, cabbage and cauliflower.

CSA bag 19

This week lettuce, parsley, beans, eggplant, carrots, lots of tomatoes, peppers and a leek.

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First canning accident

When I pulled the lid off the canner it was obvious that something had gone wrong.

Clearly it was this one

I waited the 5 minutes for the other jars to finish doing their thing before I started getting to what the problem was.

That will do it. I got some secondhand jars from a friend and can’t say for sure if this was one of those jar but it popped. It’s not the end of the world that I lost a jar of curry apple chutney, I am glad I had my first mishap and am still very into and excited about canning.

CSA bag 18

This week we got spagetti squash, yellow squash, a bunch of tomatoes, lettuce, swiss chard, beans and peppers.

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Glorious meat

I didn’t have time to post before we went to the beach, so here is what we got with our meat CSA for September

That jar is lard. You have never seen anyone get as excited about lard as I did when I saw it might be available. Can’t wait to make biscuits or pie crust.

Oh and did I forget to mention we also stocked up on Sweet Italian sausage, that’s 25 lbs of Sweet Italian sausage for sauces, meatballs, lasagna and stuffed shells.

I got all the sausage in the freezer, I predict we will have enough space to accommodate the chicken we are getting in

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