Saturday, August 30, 2008

Trying something new.....

Are there things that you wish you could do, would like to try, or knew more about? I'd have to say I have something that would fall into each of these categories. Yet all the things I wish, would like to try, or knew more about are all things within my reach. They aren't a sin, costly, or dangerous so, I decided it was time to try some new things.........

This summer the girls and I thought we would try our hand at canning. I did my homework on what to buy and recipes to use....then we were off. We love fresh fruits and vegetables, but know we can only get them for a season. Once a week our family goes out to the Mennonite Farm to purchase our fruits and veggies for the week. Over the past few weeks we have bought what we planned to eat for the week, and extra for canning. The girls and I have had so much fun canning, we all like to work in the kitchen. At this point we have canned green beans, tomatoes, and sweet potatoes, we have also made jam and pickles. It all looks so yummy, everyone is already asking to eat it.....kind of defeats the purpose of canning to be put away for later. Today we went to the farm and purchased more green beans and sweet potatoes for canning. I was hoping to buy a few more things, but they were already sold out for the day. The farm was very busy today they had their animal sale, the animals seem to draw in a bigger crowd. But we bought enough to keep us busy. Canning has been more than just putting away for winter, we are applying this to school.....we have ALL learned from our new endeavor.

Here is a picture of a few things we have canned.
Arthur has had to make shelf space for all the cans
but it's definitely worth it.

The girls have all helped with the canning.
Madison has broken LOTS of green beans,
Wesley well he has handed us beans to string.
The other boys stayed out of trouble while we
worked and some days that's work :)


Lyndi said...

I nominated you for a blog award...I'm supposed to link you to my site now, but I don't know how.

The Pauls' said...

Great job ladies:)
It's not as intimidating as it looks.
Hope you enjoy eating it.

There's a joke in my family of how I used to like to 'save' what we had canned and then the next year would come along and we hadn't finished it because I said HANDS OFF!
I have learned not to do that anymore. Now when we run out we just anticipate next canning time.
Live and learn!

Theresa said...

Hello again!
Curtis wants to make pickles. I told him I just read about a family canning. LOL.

Christina said...

That is so neat! What a great Home Ec assignment ;) ! I want to learn how to can too! Let me know how you did it. I'm also going to look into making a homemade salsa!

Nicole said...

Oh my goodness, what a gorgeous family you have! HUGS to you on so many fronts. I love the canning post, I love your organized cabinets, I love your candid views on not being a feminist. You rock! And though I prayerfully will vote for Obama on election day, I know that people like you and I will continue to share our hearts honestly and show the Lord's work in our lives. HUGS HUGS HUGS

JennyH said...

How fun! I think canning would be fun to learn and do.

Beth said...

My husband's grandmother canned fresh tomatoes and shared about 2 boxes with us- YUMMY!! I love spaghetti and sauce with fresh tomatoes is the best!!! She also made Bran some fig preserves which he was super happy about!!!