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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Misc.....

I've often wondered why a particuar friend seems to always try to take advantage of my usually good nature.  She never suceeds, but she keeps on trying.  Perhaps it's just me?

To further the annual can and freeze sessions, I have just bagged 4 quarts of zuchinni that needs to make the trek down to the deep freeze.  Next up (when I get up off the couch) is to shred some for freezing, and to probably make zuchinni bread before Dave decides to attempt this himself.  The food processor we borrowed looks older than me, but I am assured it still works.  With baby asleep, I'm going to wait until later...perhaps until Dave gets home.

I think I thought of a new recipe to use some of this produce we have lying around.  I think if I took chicken breasts and sauted them in white wine, then took bite size pieces of zuchinni and yellow squash and sauted them with onion in white wine, then add garlic at the end, and then toss it all together, it might be pretty tasty!  I could add some tomato and perhaps pasta to make it fuller.  I might have to experiment with this.  If it works, I could freeze all the ingredients (except the chicken) together and just take it out of the freezer when needed.  I might be onto something here!

As I was sifting through pictures yesterday, I decided I would attempt to make a scrapbook for Caris for each year.  Each year would end with the birthday, and each one would begin with the same birthday (except for the first one, of course!).  Hopefully I can make myself do this.

Friday, July 17, 2009

So....today we're canning....

.....and the canner is canning away at the moment.  Dave has picked 5 plastic grocery sacks full of green beans in the last few days, and I am tired of snapping them!  We still have 3 more bags to go!  I'm looking foward to freezing them...much, much easier than canning...I hope.

At the moment, hearing the "pop" of the seals on the jars is exciting enough.  It's always a bad day when nothing "pops"!

A few years ago, we decided that it would be a great idea to make homemade gift baskets to give to our family at Christmas.  Included were several jams, butters, conserves and our own homemade wine (okay, it was from a kit, but whatever, WE still made it!).  Everyone loved them, well....except for the relatives that didn't drink alcohol.  They thanked us kindly for the rest as they handed the bottle of wine back.

So, it's July, and as I sit here watching Dave process green beans and hearing the seals "pop", I realized now would be perfect time to start preparing for homemade baskets.  They were very easy to make, and I really, really (way to much actually) loved making all the butters and jams.  As I type this, the Ball Blue Book of Preserving is sitting next to me, opened to the well-worn and stained pages of the jam section.  The trip to Ditzler's Orchard for fruit should be a fun one with Caris in tow.  When she's old enough, we'll go pick our own fruit from their fields.  Right now, I think I'll let them take care of it!  Peaches are in season right now, so the next thing will be to make Spiced Peach Butter.  I'm not a huge fan of peaches, but this stuff is to die for.

I'm going to experiment with jelly in a few days.  Instead of wasting actual fruit, I'm going to buy the juice and make it from that.  I've not processed fruit for juice before, but I want to make sure I can actually make jelly before messing with all that fruit!

This year, we've decided to put together bigger baskets, with more of a variety, and probably more wine than before.  Right now we have Green Apple Riesling, and we will soon have Black Raspberry Merlot and Plum wine.   I'm going to make a stop at Herbs and Heirlooms at some point to see what else they have, but for right now, that will have to do.

Oops! Time for catching up!

I have ignored my brand new blog!  School, plus expecting a baby has distracted me from blogging, something I intend to rectify!

So first...baby is here!  Caris was brought into the world via emergency c-section on June 1.  She was perfect- I was the problem.  But thankfully we are both healthy.  Now doc is wondering when I am to have the next!

Caris is wonderful, even when she is screaming her head off and I don't know why.  Everyone falls in love with her the minute they see her, especially when she was first born.  Being only 5lbs 6oz, she was tiny and just a handful.

School is done until August.  Two A's and one A-, so not bad. :)  I'm taking Poetry, Creative non-fiction and Intro to Theology next term.  Should be interesting.