I feel like it has been forever since I updated here. I haven't because there hasn't been anything Earth shattering going on around here. My knee is healing well, and I'm off crutches and the cane I downgraded myself to last week. So that makes me happy.
Yesterday I bought tons of veggies at the farmer's market - green onions to dehydrate, more garlic (homegrown tastes so much better than what is in the store, I cannot recommend it highly enough), more banana peppers (mine are still producing, but not the quantity I got last year, and I am running out of jars of pickled nanas at an alarming rate), cukes (I'm getting tons of flowers, but not so much are actually fruiting) for pickling. I keep picking and using the bell peppers I have, so they aren't turning red on the vine - however, I found a vendor that had an over abundance of orange and red bells for 75 cents a piece - SCORE! Those will be chopped and frozen for putting into dishes.
My biggest score, and here's my nuttiness showing, was a 10 lb box of Michigan blueberries. A greenhouse I pass by on my way to work everyday has been advertising the blueberries for a couple of weeks now, and I realized that if I wanted to make jam and freeze a bunch for the winter, I had to get them NOW. So I did.
Now, I'm staring at the bounty in my kitchen, and wondering WTF was I thinking? Good thing I have tomorrow off, Imma be processing all this stuff for freaking ever.
I have my mother coming over today to help with the processing, which is greatly appreciated.
I have a friend from out of town coming over tomorrow, which makes me happy, too...She can yack at me while I'm chopping and canning.
It's a great thing that I work better under pressure. I have to finish cleaning the house, and then just dig in.
I couldn't be happier. :)
To my East Coast peeps, I hope that Irene does you no harm. Take it easy out there...