The garden is overflowing. Literally. Spaghetti Squash and tomatoes are spilling into the pathways. Pole beans are starting to vine into the zucchini that is quickly becoming a monster. Carrots are popping out of the ground faster than I can pull and process them. Bonus.... spinach reseeded itself and is providing a nice late season surprise.
Yesterday I pulled a canning marathon.
After 11 hours, 8 pounds of cucumbers became 14 half pints of dill relish. Twenty-eight pounds of peaches (purchased from a truck in the grocery parking lot) became 10 pints of sliced peaches and 10 quarts of peach pie filling.
Why did it take so long, you may be wondering. Because I hate electricity so much that I did everything by hand. I don't recommend it, and am currently in the market for a new food processor. Peeling cucumbers is one thing, dicing them is completely another. That took FOREVER to chop them into tiny, relish size pieces. And the peaches... ugh... don't get me started on the peaches.
Despite the mess and the backache, it was totally worth it.
I used new recipes for everything, so once they are tested and approved I will share. I would hate to recommend something that didn't taste good.