Tuesday, October 7, 2014

And Check...

 We are finally finished with the wood for this winter.  I am so proud of my hubby!  He would cut and split a load almost everyday.  Once our pile was humongous, it was time to move it.  He used the tractor to load the wood onto the trailer, then the family worked together to stack it.

It never ceases to amaze me how much firewood is handled.  The tree is cut down, chunked, then loaded and moved home.  There it's split and later stacked.  Months later it will be carried into the house and loaded into the stove.  Of course it doesn't end there, don't forget about having to empty the ashes.  

When under the deck was full, we ended up with over 10 chords.  There is still quite a pile by the log splitter, so we are definitely set for this winter.  Finally.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Why Do My Feet Hurt?

This evening I sat down and realized that my feet were killing me.  An "on your feet for 10 hours in shoes without arch support" kinda hurt.   It's my fault.  I HAD to wear my brown flats that I love for the first hour and hate for the next 7.  I work on my feet all day, so I should know better.

To make matters worse, once I got home and finished with my outdoor chores, I spent the next five hours barefoot in the kitchen.  My aunt gives me all her extra garden goodies.  This year was tomatoes, peppers, a watermelon and four pumpkins.  Score!

Because most of the tomatoes were really ripe, I didn't want them to set in my pantry and let them go to waste so I canned half of them as crushed tomatoes.  While I was getting the tomatoes ready, I canned a quick batch of green beans to get them out of my fridge.  Since I was cleaning out beans, I went ahead and sliced up the green peppers for the freezer.  Of course, the milk with the awesome cream line caught my eye and so I skimmed the cream off the top and made some butter also.  All while a homemade pizza baked in the oven.  And that my friends is why my feet hurt.

I'm now going to let you have a peek in my horribly, messy pantry ... don't judge.

In addition to the produce that my aunt gave us, one of Nathan's co-workers brought him two boxes of apples.  Those in addition to what I picked off my tree, should fill the pressure cooker with applesauce. 

Friday I pick up my first Bountiful Basket.  I added 22 lbs. of peaches and 38 lbs. of apples.  I
 guess I will have lots of apples this year. 

Nathan helped too with the harvest this year.  He made freezer pickles (recipe coming soon) because I wasn't going to do anything with the cucumbers other than eat them raw.  I still have LOTS of relish and pickles in the pantry from last year.

Happy Canning!


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