Monday, September 13, 2010

Preserving the Bounty....

Dearest Readers,

My garden has produced so many wonderful fruits and vegetables this year. I, like so many of you, have been canning, dehydrating, storing and freezing for days on end. Here is what is in the pantry and cellar so far this year:

From the Canner
(Water Bath Canner)

27 quarts of Pickles...Bread & Butter, Zesty Polish

14 pints of Relish and Sweet Pickles

8 pints & 2 1/2 pints of Cowboy Candy (Hot Peppers)

20 1/2 pints of Cranberry Sauce

11 quarts of Tomato Sauce

From the Dehydrator:

Large batches of dehydrated Summer Squash Chips
(1 batch was BBQ and 1 batch was garlic...yum)

From the Freezer:

45 3-cup servings of shredded and chopped summer squash

3 10-cup servings of peaches (a surprise gift from a friend) for peach crumble

Fruit/Root Cellar:

5 lbs of onions, dried and hung

Still on the list....

More tomatoes to can, frozen strawberries to make into jam, green peppers to dehydrate, raspberries to eat (we don't get very many just yet), perhaps a few more pickles (the cucumbers seem to be pretty tuckered out) and we will need to harvest, dry and store our potatoes in the fruit/root cellar.

Oh, and pumpkins for the front porch...I didn't plant any pie pumpkins this year...we are re-working the layout of our cellar and will make it much more conducive for storage in time for next year's harvest.

I like to can what I grow first and then round out my pantry later, so I may buy some apples from the farmer's market and make applesauce...I will wait and see about the cost.

We have fruit trees (cherry and apple) and we have filbert bushes, along with 3 small grapevines but it will be a few years before we can harvest anything of our own.

I also want to make some turkey jerky (using my dehydrator) for my boys....a great stocking stuffer for my manly men.

Well now, I should go and check on the garden this much to "put by", so little time.

Yours so kindredly,

Thursday, September 2, 2010

A Trip to Lehman's...Please Advise

Dearest Readers,

I was wondering if you would be so kind as to advise Dearest and I about traveling from Colorado to Ohio....we want to make sure to visit Lehman's and any other wonderful spots you might suggest.

We are driving our large 11 passenger van (seats removed...except for the driver's and passenger's seat, of course) so that we are able to bring home a few treasures from Amish country! We have always wanted to visit this part of our Great Nation during the fall and this year we are finally able to make the trip!

Would you be so kind as to leave me information on places to visit, things to do and accommodations in and around the Kidron, Ohio area....we are traveling sometime later in the fall. We are waiting to finalize our trip once we know more about the events in the area.

I am just over the moon about this trip!

Yours so kindredly,