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…
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washing the jars
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blanch. peel. core. dice.
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our stovetop ready for sterilizing jars
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hard at work
(i was on tomato duty, amanda- jars)
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well diced. but oh-so-many-more to go!
admitedly, we freaked when the first batch came out looking like this:
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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)

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death. by. canning.
we put in some SERIOUS man hours
exhausted for good reason:
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47 quarts of diced tomatoes + 5 quarts of tomato puree
think we’d had enough?
HA!
we decided we’d had
SO.MUCH.FUN
we’d tackle peaches
next…
(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
but
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
but
dad’s chicken noodle soup
and
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
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calm after the storm, indeed!
(taken through the windshield)
the cloud formations in the brilliant blue sky were just phenomenal
arriving
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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?
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ummmm….
YES.
more and more and more
to come
….