Thursday, September 12, 2013

putting up


When the youngest has his big nap of the day I get ants in my pants about what exactly I will choose off my never ending list. If I pick one thing I will be in the middle of it and wishing I picked something else.  Lately the only constant is canning.  And I enjoy doing it. I love knowing there are jars of things in the basement. Sometimes I stand there and just stare at them.  In the winter I will remember picking things with my family when it was warm out and we scoffed at cold winter days.  But those days will be here, this I am certain.


Don’t mind my messy handwriting on those jars.  It’s only if what is inside tastes good that counts.


I was happy we had an abundance of concord grapes this year as last year we didn’t and I was sad about it.  This year I didn’t sigh out one complaint about skinning each of those grapes (well I kind of did just now).


This is my newest attempt…fruit cocktail.  I realize many people don’t like it but it is a staple here in our pantry. I used a few maraschino cherries which is horrible but when you are a child the cherry in fruit cocktail is the best part.  And it defeated the purpose to buy fresh cherries at $5 a pound that looked terrible  anyway.



As a family we mostly eat these plums and pears.  They are good when you are craving something sweet but don’t want to commit to a hefty dessert.

I wish I could photograph myself in a gourmet kitchen canning away in heels and a flowery dress with perfectly coordinated gingham apron.  This is my kitchen right now…



It’s awful.

I will be glad when it is all done, this has been an ongoing project that life interrupted. I will be so happy when it is complete!



Dog Trot Farm said...

When deep in the middle of winter, how delightful it is to pop a lid of a canning jar and be transported right back to the Fall day where it all began....

UJ said...

My mouth is watering!!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How wonderful to have jars of home made goodies. I always loved to can, too. It makes you feel like you are ready for the winter ahead. I went back and looked at your books, too. That's a feel good feeling for us both as well! Sweet hugs my friend!

Prairie Rose said...

All your canned goods look great!
I love autumn and all the food putting up and getting things ready for the winter ahead:)

It's Just Dottie said...

I canned a little this year. I love to look at the jars. They make me think of my Mom .Smiles, Dottie