Monthly Archives: September 2011

adventures in homemaking: canning tomatoes

was not without purpose-
amanda and i
decided this spring
to give canning a go
when tomatoes were in season
with 70lbs. of organic roma beauties
62 wide mouth quart jars
and a few YouTube videos
we were off and running…
washing the jars
blanch. peel. core. dice.
our stovetop ready for sterilizing jars
hard at work
(i was on tomato duty, amanda- jars)
well diced. but oh-so-many-more to go!
admitedly, we freaked when the first batch came out looking like this:
but after some phone calls to
canning-friendly friends
we were relieved to discover the separation was totally normal
(color and amount of water may vary depending on tomato-type)

death. by. canning.
we put in some SERIOUS man hours
exhausted for good reason:
47 quarts of diced tomatoes + 5 quarts of tomato puree
think we’d had enough?
we decided we’d had
we’d tackle peaches
(told you we were both psycho!)

sick day

i had big plans for this week
house projects
yard work
blogging catch-up
emails and calls
i’m sick.
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knocked off my feet
by a nasty chest cold virus
so all i’ve seen of this glorious weather
are the slivers of early fall’s golden light
across our hardwood floors
if i had more energy
i’d feel guilty for all the lounging and on-demand watching
and, i have to admit, i am NOT a good sick person
dad’s chicken noodle soup
flowers from my sweet husband
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are brightening my week
off to dose up on echinacea and vitamin c
hoping to catch up on posts later today…

road trip: shelburne, vt

irene thankfully didn’t affect my plans
to head north
for a week
of canning and catching up
with my dear friend, amanda
i woke early monday morning
and hit the road
nellie in tow
calm after the storm, indeed!
(taken through the windshield)
the cloud formations in the brilliant blue sky were just phenomenal
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felt like a homecoming of sorts
i have such found memories
of amanda’s family’s farm…
high school long winter weekends
summers swimming in the pool
playing dressing up from an attic full of 60 + 70’s finest
all with a lake view…
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we brought the dogs for a romp and swim
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before heading over
to amanda’s cousin’s
for dinner
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ummm, yeah… i could come home from work to that every day!
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i followed amanda and fia around the gardens
(amanda is working on an album of fia’s first two years and was snapping some final shots)
before we settled into a spectacular dinner
thanks, ave!
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with a spectaular view
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and even better company…
worth the loooong drive?
more and more and more
to come