But this year everything has been late - we still had winter weather in April, spring weather in July, and now summer in September.
|Wynter enjoying our April 22nd snow storm :)|
Finally, though, summer seems to be winding down...finally :)
And on Friday, the produce truck arrived in town! A local hardware store brings a truck in from the Northwest (the Fresh Pioneer's neck of the woods), and it's our opportunity to buy produce for canning.
I bought a few cases....
Tomatoes...peaches...pears...plums...potatoes.... Oh My!
(And I still have a deadline in September....)
But the story is getting done, and the canning is coming along!
|I can tomato sauce in both quarts and pints. Quarts for soup,|
pints for tacos and sloppy joes.
|I used my 20 ounce jars for the peaches. I haven't seen|
this size canning jar before or since, but these were in a box I picked
up at a garage sale years ago. They're just the right size
We still have pears, plums and vegetable beef soup to go, so you know what I'll be doing next week!
|My grandmother called these "prune-plums". They're just the|
right size for canning!
Meanwhile, I just drink in the sight of this wonderful bounty straight from God's grocery store! And working on stocking up the pantry, as our GAL Julie talked about last weekend: What's in Your Pantry?
Wait a minute! I have a family to feed, don't I?
I think I could probably live off peaches for a week, but the family might complain. It's a good thing I found this wonderful convenience item (and yes, I'm a sucker for the free samples at Sam's Club!)
|All natural and NO MSG! Don't you love it?|
This stuff is great.
One day I cooked some chicken pieces with this as the seasoning...
...not too much kick - just enough. We had that with some Cole slaw and dinner rolls, and it was a great meal for 95°+ weather.
Another day I fixed chicken the same way, and we had it wrapped in tortillas with everyone's garnish of choice. (I would have loved mine with avocados, but didn't have any on hand, so I made do with lettuce, salsa and cheese.)
And it was another great hot-weather supper.
Even with all these wonderful summer dishes, we're all looking forward to soup and homemade bread weather around here!
And the right weather to fire up this puppy:
|It's a soapstone stove from the Hearthstone|
Company. We've been dreaming of one of
these for years!
We had our wood stove installed in May.
It's in the corner next to my desk. I plan on firing it up sometime in October and keeping the fire going until April, at least :)
And as summer swings around into fall, it's time to share some dog day pictures!
|Thatcher at 23 weeks - almost grown up!|
|But his nickname is "tiny puppy"|
|Or "short stuff"|
|And a smile from Wynter! She's almost nine years old.|
We call her "the big dog" or "the old lady."
So tell us - are you looking forward to fall? Or will you hold on to summer as long as you can?
Me? I'm a cold weather lover. Give me those -10° temperatures!!!