It’s been a VERY busy week around here in the canning/preserving front. So busy in fact that I wasn’t able to finish up all the “little” things I needed to do in order to be able to list my next round of hooked rugs, pillows and other treasures tonight on Etsy as I had planned.
If only there were more hours in the day, this time of year would be so much easier.
On the agenda for today:
- Pack up orders and ship them on out
- Find a local orchard the sells Granny Smith apples
- Sand another round of mini ornaments
- Harvest sweet potatoes
- Pull up the tomato plants in the kitchen garden area
- Dye some wool
- Finish up the little turkey rug I’ve been working on
How about YOU? What’s on your to-do list for today?
Saturday, let’s do this!
Highlights from this past week:
- My Big List of Goals I’m Going to Accomplish in 2022 Week 35 of 52
- $100 a Month For Groceries – Week 36 of 52
- The Windsor Fair and Ladies Fry Pan Throwing Contest
- Basil and Garlic Tomato Sauce Recipe for Canning
- Soaking Up The Last Days Of Summer
- Bits and Bobs for September 2022
I spotted this set of 36 Mercury Glass Orange Ball Ornaments online and thought they were so sweet, I just had to share.
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It amazes me that you are pulling up your tomatoes and in Washington I am still waiting for mine to turn red!
This is thevtime of year I start to worry about them. Hopefully the rains hold off until they start to turn. I have a decent crop on my 3 plants and am so hoping to get to use them. Too many years they have all cracked and split from rain before they start to turn.
Desert Rose says
I live in Arizona and am just getting ready to plant mine!
Mavis Butterfield says
No red tomatoes yet? Oh my that stinks. 🙁
We’re still waiting in Oregon too. Today we’re hoping for the smoke to clear and the evacuation “Get Ready” order we’re under to be lifted. I went out this morning and pulled all of the tomatoes that had any color – two years ago we lost our whole garden to smoke and ash when we had to evacuate.
We just got a text – The evacuation order is over for our property!! Yay
Rosemary Calhoun says
We are having some rainy weather – praying that the power stays on (it went out at 4:00am until 7:20am this morning). For today:
2) list new items for Etsy shop
3) continue working on more dish towels
4) taking it slow – it has been a rough week . . .
J In OH-IO says
Here in Ohio I am waiting for more of my tomatoes to ripen. Just had our first batch of bruschetta for dinner last night! I have lots of green tomatoes that I hope ripen and I can dehydrate the romas for winter pasta sauces and pizza toppings before our first frost- Oct 15th.
Wow! I am in central Ohio and I just pulled my plants this last week. They are done! I hope yours start to turn soon!
I’d rather be canning tomatoes but thought I’d better organize our wildfire evacuation supplies instead.
Smoky, hot and windy here with level 3 evacuations just NE of us. September used to be my favorite month in Oregon but not anymore. 🙁
Here in SW Washington it has been smokey for a couple of days. And in the 80’s today. Really yucky!!! And very windy.
I am making ketchup. I have never made it and wanted to give it a try. Got it reducing on the stove- will can tomorrow.
We ended up with over 500 lb. of tomatoes on 32 plants. I canned salsa and plain tomatoes and now ketchup Down to 2 buckets!!
My neighbors friend came over today and took 2 big buckets off my hands! Was so happy to be able to share. She is making salsa. I hate food waste!!! Next year I am definitely cutting way back on the tomato plants. I have enough canned for a couple years- and that’s with sharing with family! 🙂
Beans are done for the year. Corn, too. Lettuce bolted- need to plant more!
LOTS of different squashes- coming to an end. My kitchen looks like a farmer’s market! Produce everywhere!!
I noticed a couple of sugar pumpkins amongst the vines. Was hoping for a couple to make the holiday pies.
And my favorites- rutabagas. They will need to be picked soon. Not a holiday without mashed rutabagas.
I still have about 10 Walla Walla onions in the ground. I want to make onion rings for the freezer with them. When I have time.
Like you, Mavis, I have been in my kitchen for a couple weeks processing all the goods.
Canning, dehydrating and freezing.
It’s kind of nice to see the growing season coming to an end ….even though I love it all and feel an accomplishment with a full pantry and freezer.
Mavis Butterfield says
Susan when you have the time, I’d love to hear more about the “onion rings for the freezer”. Do you have a recipe?
So easy! They always turn out beautiful and cook up nicely!
3/4 cup flour
2 Tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
Sift dry ingredients- add water
Panko coating- I give a whirl in the food processor because I like a finer coating – not “flour” but a smaller texture
Cut your onions in rings- about 3/4 inch
Cost with batter- then coat with Panko
Single layer on parchment paper on a cookie sheet- flash freeze- bag up in freezer bags
I like to add about an inch of oil in a frying pan to cook- from frozen state- don’t thaw- only takes a couple minutes on each side
You could bake or air fry them – I have not tried that
You can also- of course- cook them fresh!! 🙂
Really simple recipe but SO delicious!!!
Susan H. says
Just pickled my small green tomatoes. Big hit with everyone who tried them. Tastes like garlic dills.