Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Grateful for a Stocked Pantry

Grateful! Grateful! Grateful! Grateful pretty much says it all.

 I've been very blessed with loads of fruits and veggies this summer. Can't waste them, preserve them.  Fall is approaching, which means canning season is here. I've been working really hard to try and pack away as much food as I can. The joy of reaching in the cabinet and grabbing your home grown, home canned tomatoes. Is there anything better? A little crazy you say? Maybe, but I think it's a good crazy.

Don't get me wrong, canning food is hot, time consuming and aching hands. But I wouldn't have it any other way. Thank you Lord for giving me these aching hands to work with.

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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sun Tea

Summer + Sun = Sun Tea! 

On those warm sunny summer days grab a glass jar, drop in 5 tea bags and fill with water. Screw on cap and place in the sun.  A few hours later add a cup of sugar, shake and done.

Yes, it's that easy!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Staying busy while my daughter is away

Are you hungry? There is a lot of food on this page so bring a plate and fill up. 

It's been pretty quiet around the house the last 10 days. My daughter is gone to Ohio with her boyfriend to visit his mommy and sister. So while she was gone I thought I would stay busy cooking. I love to cook anyhow but this would be a great time to stock the pantry. Here's a few things I've been making.

Martha Stewart's Apple-honey-Challah bread. This makes a huge loaf, share and enjoy!

Zucchini Fritters

The tomatoes are starting to come in so why not make some garden fresh salsa. This wonder salsa won me a blue ribbon at the Albemarle county fair a few years back. It's delicious! I also canned some applesauce, pickles, relish and apple butter. The pantry is starting to fill up.


Have you ever made fruit roll-ups?  It is easy as applesauce. I made a batch and took them to work. I blinked my eyes and they were gone. 

Ahh, the wonderful site of fresh beans. Beans are one of my favorite vegetables. They are so easy to grow and produce so much. So far we've harvested 7lbs of beans and we only started picking the first week of July. Many more pounds to come. For beans, I usually freeze them instead of canning. Had a bad experience with my beans not selling one time and every since I've just froze them. 

Are you full yet? What have you made this week from the kitchen? 

Mommy misses you baby girl. Love ya :)