Wednesday, June 23, 2021

My Kitchen Table ...

 My kitchen table is full of things for me to get done ...

herbs to dehydrate ...
St. John's Wort
elderberry flowers

bread drying to be made into seasoned bread crumbs ...

and tomatoes to be washed and prepped for eating

Do you see my post-it-note on the dish in the middle?  If I have multiple herbs that I'm working with at the same time, I label them like this so I don't forget which is what and/or get them all  mixed up!

What's on your kitchen table?

(In the background is my tray of writing utensils in pretty cups:  colored pencils, ink pens, highlighters, dry erase markers, colored ink pens and markers.   Let me know if you're interested in a more detailed close-up picture and explanation of my little mini office on a tray.)


A Working Pantry

She looketh well to the ways of her household … Proverbs 31:27

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Items I use in keeping my pantry well-stocked:


Dehydrator Teflon Sheets

Dehydrator Cookbook

Food Saver Vacuum Sealer

Herb/Coffee Bean Grinder

Manual Food Chopper

Pressure Canner

Canning Supplies

Food Scale

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  1. Harvested catnip, mint, flat leaf parsley, curly leaf parsley, basil, cinnamon basil, and cilantro from the garden today! Cukes are almost ready!

    1. Jennilee, you're a busy bee too! We are enjoying cucumbers from our first planting. I planted our cucumbers this year in 3 stages hoping to have cucumbers for a longer period of time.

  2. . From the raised bed two and a half pounds of chard which some we'll eat this week and the rest will be frozen., The stems from the chard will get chopped up and be used as well. 50 french breakfast radishes got harvested from one container. We amended the soil and it will be replanted with cucumbers. Italian basil, Thai basil and oregano from another container that's in the dehydrator now, and scallion tops.

  3. Yours is way more interesting than mine! I have tomatoes, cantaloupe, pineapple and bananas all from the grocery store. The cantaloupe is perfuming the kitchen.

  4. We have been busy with unpacking and organizing since moving cross country (it's like a crazy game of seek & find most days, but it's getting better). I have been looking for the best sources of fresh fruits and veggies for my family, and will be going to the local farmer's market on Saturday. All the best to you ladies!

    1. Leigh, bless your heart, moving is not for the faint of heart!

  5. Looks fantastic! And better than mine! Not much going on here, just yet. My tabletop currently has my home planning notebook, my canning notebook (on the chair), three other books that I'm reading (I needed to send the titles to a friend and a book group I'm in), my laptop, and a cup of coffee. My basil will probably get its first haircut over the weekend. possibly some oregano and parsley, too. Sweet cherries are starting to come on, and I'm hearing that there are some sour cherries, too. So I'll grab a quart of each on Saturday when I'm in Michigan visiting my mother. The first crop of blueberries is about a week or two away, and raspberries should be right there, too. The place I used to go has advertised that they have "hothouse grown blueberries" available, but I'd rather get regular-grown and support a traditional farmer. This farm has grown by leaps and bounds, buying up neighboring fields and becoming a commercial grower for one of the "big boys." Will buy there only in a pinch (like last year, which is how I found out they'd changed their practices so much ... and ended up on their email list). My goal for the year is to be more productive with my trips to southwest Michigan, so I will make it a point to stop at the farm stands with each visit with my family.

    1. Lori, I agree with you, whenever possible we purchase from local people and the little mom and pop businesses in our area. Don't you just love shopping at little farm stands ... we do!

    2. Thank you for supporting the small farmers! Close friends of ours own a blueberry farm in California and it is customers like you who keep them doing what they do!

  6. Oh please do show a close up of your mini office on a tray.

    1. Connie, I'll add it to my list of blog postings to do.

  7. My kitchen table is a mess right now! I have some Amazon envelopes, a candle, charger station, unopened mail, a couple magazines, some coffee cups, a bag of cat treats, and a monthly craft kit I opened but didn't put away. I'm back to work full time, and still trying to get into a groove of keeping things tidy. I'm not winning.

    1. Kathy, I remember those days, be kind to yourself and give yourself time to make the adjustment.


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