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Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Preparing for my Fourth Favorite Season
In preparation for my Fourth Favorite Season, I did put up some food this past summer.
I do try to "put up" food in the summer months. Right now, we do not have a garden. My neighbor does and he oftentimes will share with us. For example, this cabbage came from him! It's bigger than my head!
I made a Bok-Choy salad (which is yummy-btw) and some sausage and cabbage (instead of potatoes) and green beans in the slow cooker, and I froze the rest.
I did pick black raspberries this summer. We have wild thorny bushes on our land. (except for the side of the woods that our anal neighbor with the perfect yard sprayed. Those bushes have since died.
I made a "bucket" out of a milk jug so I would have a handle to hold the picked berries. My Shug puts a piece of material through the handle and hangs it around his neck, so he has two hands free.
Green Beans came from the neighbor.
Tomatoes! We did grow them. We had a few plants, although they didn't do very well this year. So, our neighbor gave us some 'maters! BTW- the neighbor with the produce/garden/chickens/cows....he is not the same neighbor that uses chemicals. His yard is pretty much chemical free.
I made juice. Do you have a "Victorio Strainer?" If not, get one. It separates the pulp
from the juice. You don't even have to peel the tomatoes first. Just clean, quarter, then run through the strainer.
Corn...I purchased from a local farm stand.
And these 'maters came from our plants.
I just sliced them, and put them in jars, and into the freezer they went. They are good in soups and sauces this way.
So, that's one thing I did in preparation for my Fourth Favorite Season. I'm working NOW to have a good winter. I am going to have a good winter.....I am going to have a good winter.....I am going to have a good winter.....
I'm 58. A wife, a beekeeper, a gardener, and a crafter. I like to read; novels and old cookbooks with history in them are my favorites. I've been married for 21 years to a loving, hard-working man, who makes me laugh. We have a little dog that was found dumped in a park, and given to us. He is a boy, but has a girl name. Sorry Dixie. (could be uni-sex I suppose)
We have decided to take a journey together and build a new home on some land we purchased a few years ago. We are building the home ourselves. 2016 and we are finally living on the main level of our new home. I've created "The House on Hilltop Farm" blog, so I can record the house building journey. The Bee Lady from Hilltop Farm is about everything else going on in my life.
Nice to meet you.
So, I showed my niece my new (old) camper and she said, "I love the name coral belle. Coral reminds me of the ocean and the color of the camper reminds me of the color of the water in the ocean." (Out of the mouths of babes!)