Thursday, July 10, 2014

A busy day planned

I tried my hand at canning some tomatoes. My mom always made tomato juice. I don't think I ever remember seeing her make whole or diced tomatoes. We really don't use tomato juice. We do use diced tomatoes when we make Gnocchi, Tomato Florentine and chili, etc.

So, I searched the internet and found I don't know how many ways to do it. Some say, "Raw pack!" Others say, "No, hot pack." So many different opinions and ways to do things. I finally got out my Ball Canning Book and used it. I did use the pressure canner instead of the boiling water pack.

They look pretty good. I have more to do today. I would really like to try my hand at spaghetti sauce. If I had a garden and could grow all of my tomatoes, I would make all kinds of things. Salsa, juice, sauce.

I also have about 1/2 bushel of peaches to do something with. I would love to jar them but they are not freestone and they were seconds so I got a really good price on them. So, I'm not sure if I could get a pretty jar of fruit. We will just have to see when I get them started today. I will probably just put them in the freezer and see if I can locate some Freestone peaches later on. I absolutely love cottage cheese and peaches and eat it for lunch quite a bit during the school year.

I think this method is interesting and I think I will try it and use the peaches to make smoothies.

I finished my last block last night. Now on to the border.

Well, going to get an early start. Peaches and tomatoes are calling.

Happy snipping, stitching, and sewing.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy 4th of July

We actually celebrated a day early. Larry and Kelsey are both working tonight. We invited both sides of our family over for a cook out and swimming.

Larry counted around 60 people total throughout the evening. Lots of swimming, laughter, playing, and fireworks.

Crazy kids. I guess they were having fun.

We had a blast. Hope you enjoyed yours.

Happy snipping, stitching, and quilting!


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