Friday, September 19, 2008

End of Summer

Seems hard to believe that summer is at an end. I've been busy canning and knitting. All my canning was done with extra produce from the field so it was not a major financial investment ,but,oh my God the time. I loved every minute of it if only there were more hours in the day. I have yet to find a day that wasn't too short. I thought when I canceled my direct tv I would have all the time in the world.It just made me more aware of the many projects I had put aside.I would have liked to fill all my shelves however I'll have to be satisfied with this harvest at the time .I was able to make salsa,basil tomato sauce ,mushroom tomato sauce stewed tomatoes,bread&butter pickles,peaches,strawberry rhubarb jam.spiced blueberry jam and a vinegar of blueberries basil and lemon zest. My goal is to stay out of the supermarkets for the month of Feb. Of course as you all know I have 16 chickens,2 turkeys 14lb ham and about 60 lbs of beef in the freezer along with lots of corn and squash puree. I'm hoping to get to the bread making as soon as we freeze the last of the fruits and corn. Apple picking is already here ,but ,I think I might have to do that in the middle of the night.

I've tried not to neglect my knitting and this is my latest creation.It's a baby rattle about 5 inches long that has one of those little ball with bell cat toys in the mushroom top.We have lots of babies coming up this year. Hopefully I can get the 101 knitting projects done in time for all of these babies. Aside from family I have agreed to knit for several other clients and I hope I haven't taken on too much. What am I saying I ALWAYS TAKE ON TOO MUCH!!Oh well I love a good challenge..............said the Hobbit


S'mee said...

Oh Hobbit! You inspire! To look at those full shelves beautiful with fresh canned produce, wow. I love that you plan ahead for the months when fresh food will be scarce and that your meat is fresh farmed also.

So proud and jealous at the same time!

Geek+Nerd said...

Good to see you back mummy! I'm jealous of those shelves as well! Bigger and better next year right?

lovindovah said...

Beautiful stuff Denise.

Love Ya B

The Urban Hippie said...

mmmmmmmmmm - fresh mushroom sauce. homemade salsa!!! jams.....We'll have to make some homemade tortillas and bread!!! I've become a mastah at both :)