Sunday, August 10, 2014

Nature's Bounty

  It's been a busy week. The corn turned out to be 7 quarts and 12 pints of goodness.

  Yesterday, I spent  all day canning green beans (again) --14 quarts, and tomatoes (whole) 14 quarts.


Tomatoes taking the bulk of the day, of course, because peeling them is such an ordeal. lol We trimmed and snapped the beans the night before watching a movie, so all I had to do with those was wash and can. So, except for a big bowl of peaches, all fresh produce is currently still outside in the garden. lol  

  We also sliced and dried a bunch of the peaches from our trees...wound up with 2 nice quart bags full of dried fruit.  I suspect that big bowl sitting on the counter will be next.  I don't see all those getting eaten before they become a fruit fly incubator.

  I think tomorrow is going to be a vegetable broth making kind of day, as I have lots of odds and ends that are on the verge... I am so very grateful to be having a day off today from having to can anything. My knee is killing me.  I stand on a thick rubber mat too...but when you're working at the sink for hours on end, nothing much helps. lol

 First thing tomorrow, I will go out and visit the tomatoes and green beans again. But not tonight.  Tonight I am getting ready to fix a pan of Tex Mex Millet (a recipe that we like even better than Spanish Rice), some canned pintos embellished with onions and spices,  and some [cat] fish tacos. And we will watch a movie and put our feet up and relax until bedtime. Then tomorrow, it will be another week. And we'll start all over again.  It's been a good week, albeit busy. My pantries are starting to fill up again and I'm scratching my head about where to put this latest canning haul.  Rearrange some shelves and make room. I already have some things stacked dangerously high, lol--but I don't live in earthquake country anymore, so I'm not too worried.

  I did make a terrible mess the other day, when I knocked a jar of my blackberry lemonade concentrate off the shelf and broke the jar and soaked the carpet.  OMG...


  I was out for a bit this morning and am glad to be back home. I twisted my knee getting in my car somehow after leaving my friends at the coffee house. I sat on the couch for a couple of hours with ice on it.  It really hurts. I now have some pain patches on it,. but can't put a lot of weight on it still.  Sigh...

  On a bright note, the old blood pressure is staying pretty constant, down in the good range.  So...at least there's that.

  Getting close to time to start supper.  So, off I go.  Hope your Sunday has been a good one !





Namaste.



5 comments:

mohave rat said...

I love your blog but I have a real problem with it! Every time I come here I get hungry! ha ha ha ha ha
peach cobbler ahhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!

Akannie said...

Thank You, Sir rat...how's the desert weather treating you?

I did bake a peach cake the other day, but it's too sweet for me, so I think a cobbler is in the near future.

Hope Mrs. Rat is feeling well...
xoxoxoxox

Mama Pea said...

Annie, I just love reading your posts no matter what you write about. They make me feel terribly lazy . . . and yet inspire me to do more. We don't have air conditioning (other than Mother Nature's!) and we have been having days up in the 80s and about the same percentage of humidity (I guess our summer finally arrived) so I'm not using the oven at all and really miss baking good stuff with our fruit coming in. The blanching and canning on top of the stove creates enough heat in the house. Take care of that knee. You'll need both of yours for the rest of the harvest season!

Akannie said...

Mama Pea...I feel like this harvest season is grinding to an abrupt halt. lol It isn't really--still sweet potatoes and butternuts and potatoes out there...but it's all been so terribly surreal this year. I have had no cucumbers. I have plants with gorgeous flowers climbing up a teepee trellis, but nary a fruit to be seen. I don't know if I'm putting in any kind of fall stuff or not.

It's still staying really cool here. Hit 80 today. Very strange... scares me what this might mean for the winter, but it will be what it will be, I guess...

Rita said...

Wow! What a harvest! I sure hope your knee has survived. Do you have a knee brace? Would that help a little? I know navigating the car is always tricky for knees and hips (is for me, too) and you can't use one there, but I mean when standing at the sink and stove so much. Just wondering. But what a harvest!! :)