|I asked the children to harvest from the garden. Everyone gathered bowls.|
|Can you guess who gathered this bowl? |
It has her signature all over it. ;-)
|And then the boys organized it all on the porch. That has their signatures all over it.|
|The blackberries were free though!|
|I bought a bushel of peaches too. I can't wait for the day I won't need to buy fruit.|
|I have to get all last years' leftover canned goods into one area before adding the new canned things in. It helps me rotate food out better. Until I get a chance to do that, though, the picnic table is getting pretty full!|
I canned up:
~ 12 qts of bone broth (chicken, ham and turkey)
~ 7 quarts of peaches
~ 15 qts of tomatoes (whole in their own juices)
~ 21 jars of peach jam
~ 7 jars of marinara sauce
I flash froze and bagged:
~ 180 pounds of chicken, pork and beef
~ several gallons of blueberries and foraged huckleberries
~ several cookie sheets worth of foraged blackberries
~ 2 gallons of peach slices
~ 6 quarts of corn, sliced from the cob
~ a cookie sheet of diced green peppers
Oh. And I was in charge of making 4 gallons of homemade ice cream for a reunion on Sunday afternoon.
It was a busy week in the kitchen, and I was a hot, sticky, sweaty mess canning up a storm during those sweltering 90 degrees 98% humidity days (why can't I can up some of this heat for winter storage?!?) Between the drips of sweat running down the back of my knees and vacuum sealing bag after bag (after bag), it couldn't have been more apparent how much abundance surrounds us.
If you ever wonder how I can feed everyone, this is it. When other people are vacationing or sitting by the pool/ocean/air conditioner, I am in the kitchen sweating like a pig. Chopping, dicing, canning, freezing, mashing, mushing, stirring, sealing. One little bag of cheap meat, one little bag of hard-earned huckleberries plucked off bare brances at the end of the season, one green pepper chopped up at a time...all bits to feed and sustain this group of hungry bellies that I love so dearly. It's all work. It's all abundance. It's all gratitude.
Lest you get the wrong idea after reading thus far, I should tell you that among all that above productivity there was also:
~ loads of clean laundry accumulating throughout the entire week on the living room floor without being folded. By Saturday it was probably six loads and by then, of course, scattered.
~ I found two bags of shredded zucchini from 2009 in the freezer. 2009. Seven-year-old freezer-burnt zucchini anyone? Anyone?!?
~ A less than lovely Mamabear who did more growling than she cares to admit
~ take out one night for dinner
~ a whole bowl full of cherry tomatoes that didn't get into the dehydrator in time and wound up needing to go to the chickens instead
~ copious amounts of child slave labor forced upon the young'uns
And guess what?
The table on the porch is full of things yet to be put into jars...
the 'busy season' is upon us country Mama's.