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A Look At My Canning Season

I just came from the cellar and it’s unbelievable. The shelves are at full capacity on one wall. The other wall is reserved for empty jars and items we’ll can in the fall like juice and meat.

The picture doesn’t even show the pickles, jams and jellies but most of those are from the last two years.
This column is all types of beans and potatoes. I try to can any leftover potatoes from the prior year when we plant our new crop each year.
This column holds my cabbage, peaches, pumpkin (last year), sauces, kraut, and tomatoes.
Pickles, apple butter, maple syrup, jams and jellies from last year.
This is our potato bin which will hold over 12 bushel. This years crop will be the test of the strength and size of the bin because we have eleven rows to dig and store.
The opposite wall holds all of the empty canning jars and the middle shelf holds apple and grape juice, The bottom shelf will hold all of the venison I hope and plan to can.
Squash, canned and frozen
Beautiful carrots canned for soups and stews this winter. We didn’t raise the carrots, I caught five pound bags on sale and brought them home to can.
Cabbage for boiled and kraut.
Tomatoes for juice, sauces and whole for cooking.
Transparent applesauce and more to come in September and October.
Green beans, didn’t can too many because we had about 50 quarts leftover.
Fresh peaches were early and we have some late ones ripening now but they’re very small.

I could go on and on but the walk into the cellar to put my pizza sauce on the shelves just screamed “it’s time for another post.

Spring Plans to Ward Off the Cold Weather Coming

Do you have a gardening journal?  I have journals for everything but love planning for changes in my flower gardens the most.  I started a Gardening Journal late last summer.

This is my 2018-19 Flower Gardening Journal

Back in the fall when I completed my rose garden to MY satisfaction I immediately started thinking about my perennial garden.  I knew I needed to be able to remember where everything was at the point in all of my flower beds so I started my journal.  This journal has been active all through the fall and this winter with notes of whats to go and whats to stay.  I’m including a few pages of my journal with color photos I took and diagrams of things to come.  It’s relaxing to sit in my recliner on frigid nights going through the journal and my new seed catalogs planning for that precious spring to return!  If you click on the pictures they will enlarge so you can see the notes and work ahead for the spring.

4 x 6 photos help me keep track of the area in the yard as well as what was there in 2018.

Some of my photos don’t have many notes because I’m still not sure of what will change in the area. I have lots of thinning and replanting to do in so many areas.

I have lists of plants that I gathered seedlings from and lists of seeds I ordered at the end of the season. They are being kept in a cool dark spot.

This is a diagram of a new bed that I plan to put in outside of the yard. My yard only has one area that gets a lot of sun so I’m spreading my wings to the yard between the house and pond.

Pinterest is a favorite go-to site for finding colors or plants with height or ground cover. When I find things I like and want to look into adding to my garden, I copy and paste a large group on a page and print it off and add to the journal for reference.

Are you thinking about your flower and vegetable gardens yet?  Are you working on an orchard?  Try a journal and see how things progress in the future!

Mother’s Day Lunch

We truly had a wonderful day with my kids and our friends and it seemed to fly by but I guess that’s because we were having fun!!  The day was full of stories, laughter, getting to know each other and friendship.

For lunch, I fixed a vegie tray, fruit bowl and a small cheese tray.  I made homemade chicken salad, teriyaki chicken wings, and fried morels for the main course.  Of course, the day wouldn’t have been right with a big batch of homemade dinner rolls and loaf of homemade bread.  I made a cocoanut dream cake which was my first attempt at the recipe and it was so moist and good but I dread what it may do to my weight-loss.  I made a cherry crunch tart, also a new recipe, but I wasn’t real thrilled with it so that recipe is coming out of the box!!

Cocoanut dream cake for Mother's Day 2014.

Cocoanut dream cake for Mother’s Day 2014.

 

One of my guests brought some homemade cheese pastries that were so good and we had tea, lemonade and a new drink I’m using, called marguerita ade.  It is so sweet-tart and really quenches your thirst on a hot day!

Family, friends, and fabulous food, what more could you ask for.

Cooking mode on Sunday

I woke up Sunday morning to cook up a storm.  I usually do this when a big storm is coming in but on Sunday I was just in the mood.  First I put a deer roast in the crockpot with some seasonings, onions and celery.  Within an hour the house smelled sooooooo gooooood!!!!

Crockpot ON!

Crockpot ON!

Venison roast with onions and celery.

Venison roast with onions and celery.

 

Then I decided to make “Beer Butt Chicken” without the beer and used Dr. Pepper instead.  I oil the whole chicken, covered it a spice mix called “Kickin Chickin”, and stuffed the body cavity with pineapple tidbits.

Beer Butt Chicken with a twist.

Beer Butt Chicken with a twist.

So yummy!!  I covered it with aluminum foil for the first 90 minutes and then removed the foil to let it turn golden brown and the juices were sealed in.

So yummy!! I covered it with aluminum foil for the first 90 minutes and then removed the foil to let it turn golden brown and the juices were sealed in.

While that was cooking I whipped up a lettuce and pea salad, my favorite!

Lettuce, celery, and onions layered

Lettuce, celery, and onions layered

Top with drained peas, mayo, shredded Colby cheese and real bacon bits.  Yum!  Let set overnight.

Top with drained peas, mayo, shredded Colby cheese and real bacon bits. Yum! Let set overnight.

I made a jello/cottage cheese salad, hubby’s favorite.

Start with lime jello dissolved with one cup of water.  Let cool.  Add crushed pineapple, chopped pecans, cottage cheese and you got a great  fruit salad.

Start with lime jello dissolved with one cup of water. Let cool. Add crushed pineapple, chopped pecans, cottage cheese and you got a great fruit salad.

I made a bowl of creamed macaroni for hubby and a bowl of mac & cheese for me.

Creamed macaroni and mac & cheese!

Creamed macaroni and mac & cheese!

And last but not least I made a Triple Berry Cobbler.

Blackberries, blueberrie and raspberries glazed with some sugar and dumped into the quickest cobbler recipe you'll ever use!!  TOO DIE FOR!!

Blackberries, blueberrie and raspberries glazed with some sugar and dumped into the quickest cobbler recipe you’ll ever use!! TOO DIE FOR!!

We will add some green beans, broccoli, veggie of the week and eat on this most of the week!