Monday, June 25, 2018

A Busy Day of Adding to the Pantry

My day started early as I had a lot to do  …


I started canning the potatoes we harvested a couple of weeks ago.  Today I canned 14 quarts. (I still have at least that many more to do!)  I also had enough organic carrots that I purchased a week or so ago to do a canning so I canned 9 pints of those.



I made this carrot cake for a lady in the community.  She wants a 16 layer chocolate cake to go with it so that's next on my to-do list.  I just opened the refrigerator door and snapped this picture, I'm not about to move it around any more than I have too.  I have a terrible fear of dropping it!!!


I had some carrots left over but not enough for another canner so I chopped and loaded my dehydrator which is humming along as I type.

In addition I did four loads of laundry … I'm exhausted to say the least but it has been one of those days that at the end of it you look back and feel that sense of satisfaction that comes from knowing you've done your best.

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17 comments:

  1. WOW!!!! You really knocked it out of the park today!!!!

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    1. LOL Holley, and I'm feeling it too!!!

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  2. Oh Patsy you have outdone yourself :), well done adding so much to your pantry. I can understand why you are feeling it.

    You wonderful parsley post reminded me I have to plant some in the gardens. DH dug them up with the sweet potatoes oops, so better plant more.

    Also a busy week here where we have been doing similar and running around like hairy goats getting everything processed.

    We picked a mound of thyme from the gardens which we are drying on a rack on the front veranda and then will separate them out for some to keep for home stocks, some to trade and some to sell on the internet. Also picked a lot of French and English lavender we have drying as well and separated some of both that just dried to trade and some to sell too.

    Finally finished blanching and freezing our sweet potato and now have 89 double meal bags or 2 full basket loads in the upright 400 lt freezer.

    Picked 11.5 bunches of silver beet from the gardens and washed, chopped, blanched and froze them making 11 more double meals for the freezer.

    Also picked a couple of turnips and 4 large carrots that we used in a baked chicken dinner. We batch cooked two large chickens and ended up with 6 meals worth of chicken for the freezer.

    Been organising a trade too for some herbs and lavender picked and dried from the gardens for 6 x 25g homemade organic lip balms. We are posting the herbs today and the lip balms are on their way to us. Good to trade things we don't make but would normally have have to buy for items we already produce here.

    We can both now curl up in a recliner and put our feet up with a hot chocolate in my case and relax, ahhh !.

    Sewingcreations15.

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    1. Sewingcreations15, yes we can!!! You have accomplished a lot too!!! Don't you just love that feeling of accomplishment!!

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    2. Indeed I do love the feeling of accomplishment too. It is amazing what we can get done if we put our minds to it as determined goal driven women :).

      Sewingcreations15.

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    3. Sewingcreations15, I like that description …. determined goal driven women!

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  3. Yay! So happy for you that you got all that done. What a good feeling. When I process my the jelly I make I love to clean the kitchen, and then sit back and listen for all the little "pings" the jars make as they seal. Such a good feeling :)

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    1. Wendy, those pings are music to my ears too! It's like the icing on the cake!!!

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  4. I love rows of freshly canned jars on my counter and I am sure you do, too! I hope you can rest a bit today.

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    1. Lana, I still have a lot to do so I'm afraid resting is going to have to wait … got to may hay while the sunshines!!!

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  5. Hi Patsy.

    A bit off topic, but I just heard that Zaycon is no longer in business. I almost placed an order last week for the 0.99/lb chicken breast and am glad I held off. Do you have any idea what their "conditions are such" that they refer to? https://www.zayconfresh.com has the notice.

    Thanks!

    Lynn

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    1. Lynn, I read that too but have no idea what it means. I've never ordered from Zaycon so I'm as clueless as everyone else.

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  6. Patsy, I am exhausted just reading about your day. You are amazing. It is always interesting reading US blogs at this time of year as their harvests are being preserved. Very inspiring.

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    1. Nanna Chel, as Annabel says we have to make hay while the sun is shinning and the sun is definitely shinning with our harvest time right now!

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  7. I love this time of the year and seeing jars filling up with the bounty of the harvest to add to the pantry shelves! Great job, Patsi!
    I was surprised when I went out to my garden yesterday morning to find these: https://pin.it/yz5pcynb33pzn7 which have been brining and are now ready to rinse and add spices to and can as sweet pickle relish! The Bell peppers came from my freezer as did the chopped onions. All the other ingredients and supplies are in my pantry! So no OOP cost to add 8 pints of pickle relish that we love!
    My grandkids ate 10 pints of my pineapple chunks so I found pineapple yesterday for 97 cents each and those are next to can this morning!! Let the pinging of happy jars sealing begin!!!!

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    1. gardenpat, Isn't it wonderful when we can preserve our food with little to no OOP expense! All it takes is planning, knowing what you've got and careful managing. Great comment!

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  8. Wow you are growing a ton. How wonderful that will be this winter. So far all I have picked is peas, lettuce and some herbs. It is still cool here, about 75 degrees. I have been in the garden all morning weeding and planting more seeds.It is supposed to hit 95 degrees this weekend so trying to get as much done before the heat hits. We love carrot cake. It is Hubby's favorite.

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