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Monday, September 15, 2014

What a beautiful sight.


My weekend goal was to finish the tomatoes.  Finito.  Over and out.  As I hefted the last of the diced tomatoes out of the canner, I did a happy dance.  Now the real challenge - going through the stock and sorting out the old from the new, the never-will-be-touched, from the eat-all-the-time.  I am gearing up for a challenge - to not set foot in a grocery store for a year.  To not buy anything but coffee, oil and grains for a year.  I imagine meals will get pretty interesting in the latter months of '15.

It turned out to be a perfect fall weekend.  Saturday was mostly rainy - fine for indoor work (of which there was plenty).  I picked up feed and stopped to walk with a couple of friends just before the rains started.   I did not do my overload of cooking this weekend, deciding to work on emptying the bushel baskets that were haunting me.  I did manage to check off a few of the to-dos on my list - clean out the small coop, laundry, clean the cat's room, vacuum.  While turning the sheep out into their weekend paddock, I happened to look to the far corner of the front fence.  That darned Linden.  I finally found where he had broken out - he took down the corner t-post, brace and reinforcement and squeezed his tubby body under the fence.  They were in confinement the rest of the weekend - and until further notice.  Until I get the time to repair the fence, that is.

As I sat down with a glass of kombucha, enjoying the end of the canning, my dog alarm went off and a friend stopped by with a large bag of plums.  Sigh.  As soon as the cherry tomatoes are out of the dehydrator, looks like plums are next up.

I still have to deal with the plethora of beets, kale, chard and my winter supply of applesauce.  Oh, right.  And the peppers.  Looks like I better keep the canner out.

Kramer took advantage of the empty planter and brief sunshine on Sunday.

8 comments:

  1. That sounds like a wonderful challenge--I'd LOVE to avoid the grocery for a year---or a lifetime. Unfortunately, Dearest hubby likes his fruits FRESH and dairy and and and.
    Me? I think I could do it. I'll be with you in spirit--I wish you the best.
    And congrats on being done with the tomatoes. We got our first frost and it was with great pleasure that I tore the tomatoes out of the garden. Another season--_DONE.

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  2. Oh GOOD for you I am impressed but feel rather lazy I wish I lived closer I could come to visit and eat in 2015:) Hug B

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  3. I'm slowly working on not shopping at a grocery store too, but I do need more fish and meat stocked up. I'm working on carrots and then potatoes, but it rained all day today.

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  4. Does being the emergency contact mean I am going to get periodic calls when you are desperate for store bought SOMETHING and too committed to go to Hannaford? I deliver.....as you know. Potato chips....chocolate.....cherry ice cream......hmmm?

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  5. Good for you, Susan ! As you know, we just went through a version of this for about 3 months after the wreck when my husband couldn't work and we had no paycheck coming in. It was exhilarating to be able to feed us out of the pantry. I spent a total of 35 dollars and change during that time. I have canned more meat this year (chicken and pork) and have been a caning and dehydrating fool. My garden still isn't done, but it's getting close. I took a short stroll out there today...squash are ready to come in and cure. Sweet potatoes are ready to be dug. Carrots too. I'm pooped.

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  6. Now thats something we long for....a full pantry of our own preserving. Only coffee..what about spices and salt...that sort of stuff?
    Just curious. I know so much store food tastes so lackluster once you have your own system of preserving in the works! I used one of the last jars of commercial pasta sauce the other day and Ralph wrinkled up his nose and asked me what I had left out!
    Tomato sauce is simmering as I type!

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  7. Glad that "most" of your canning is out of the way. Except for the plums, of course. And, well, everything else. My garden was a total flop this year, due to my slothness. Although I do still have some tomatoes out in the garden to pick....you want any?!?
    Nice to see some kitty pictures :)

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  8. Love the sound of the one year challenge! One of these days, I hope to do the same thing!!!

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