The moon is most happy when it is full And the sun always looks like a perfectly minted gold coin that was just Placed in flight By God's playful kiss And so many varieties of fruit hang plump and round from Branches that seem like a sculptor's hands I see the beautiful curve of a pregnant belly Shaped by a soul within And the earth itself and the planets and the spheres I have gotten a hint There is something about circles the beloved likes.
I'm still relatively new to the idea of "putting by" food for the winter months. However, this year I've done a bit more than ever before. Now, please keep in mind that three years ago I froze nothing from summer's bounty. We're starting from pretty close to scratch here. And considering that I have a baby coming in December, I could've, should've done a lot more. But here's what I've got....so far.
Jam: 68 oz. strawberry freezer jam 24 oz. raspberry freezer jam 64 oz. marionberry freezer jam
I'd really like to do more pickles, but I'm frankly running out of jars. We need to work that into the budget for next year.
I'm not (quite) done yet. I have only begun to make roasted tomato sauce, as the tomatoes are really starting to come in just now. I hope to get a lot of that in the freezer - it's delicious, versatile, and oh-so-much less expensive than buying organic pasta/pizza sauce from the grocery store (especially the sugar-free kind). It's such a treat to have that fresh summer taste in the "bleak mid-winter."
As you can see, it's not a ton of food. But I wanted to share what I've done, and also to have the record of it, so that next year I can use this as a sort of benchmark. I love the idea, and I'm getting there, but I still have a lot of growing to do!
We just got back from spending a few days with my parents in Idaho. It would be impossible to tell you everything we did and experienced while we were there. Well, perhaps not impossible, but not necessarily interesting for you. In view of that, here are a few highlights...
...a ride with Grandpa on the "mule." ...a ride on Daddy's shoulders. ...walking hand in hand with Grandma. ...discovering a snake. Evidently a pretty scary one. ...my first experience shooting a gun. I didn't do half bad!