Skip to main content

Canning

Canning...the word sounds a little old fashioned to me. I think I have always associated canning and preserving with my "Maw Maw." I remember she had a cellar with shelves and shelves of colorful jars of things she had canned and preserved for a later use. It is definitely something I never imagined myself doing or having an interest in. We moved into our current house 4 years ago. I started a little garden that summer. I quickly became overwhelmed with the amount the little garden produced. I have repeated history every year since then however. Year after year I find myself at a loss as to what to do with all my produce. My Aunt Kathy has a garden as well. It's not a little garden. It's like a multi acre garden. She always has an abundance of things. They only planted 60 tomato plants this year. They scaled back from their normal 70....Whuck?! Aunt Kathy is always more than willing to share her bounty. I went home for a family reunion this past weekend. I came home with an abundance of tomatoes, squash, cucumbers and okra. There is no way we can even pretend to eat all this before it spoils. I have been dabbling the past few years in different areas. I have made a few jellies. I have started freezing more things. I'm making more of my own foods and relying less on pre-made/processed things. All this has led me to a desire to try canning some of my own stuff. I'll admit. It's an overwhelming thought. But, here I am. With a million tomatoes that are on a short time line. What to do? Mr. Mayer was very eager to give caning a try. I read about it. Aunt Kathy texted me directions. It sounded way to easy. What have I been missing out on? Tonight Mr. Mayer and I tackled our project. Tomatoes were peeled. Chopped. Stuffed in jars. And are currently taking a luxurious bath. Over all the process was ridiculously easy. So much so I have a small fear that I really screwed something up somewhere. Yikes! I hope not. I'm very anxious to try my hand at something else.
In addition to my adventures in canning today I tried something else....I found this recipe for tomatoes in my Gwyneth Paltrow cookbook (My Father's Daughter). I had gobs of cherry tomatoes that needed to have something done with them as well. I was curious about this recipe so I tried it. All I have to say is OMG! I had to put them away~quickly~because I was going to eat all of them. The Dudes really loved them as well. I will definitely be doing that again.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Nana Karen's Red Sauce and Meatballs~ Oh My!

When I am in the mood for comfort food my mind immediately goes to Spaghetti and Meatballs. It has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. My version of the dish consists of jarred sauce and ground beef or frozen meatballs because I didn't know how to make meatballs. Enter Nana Karen. When I was pregnant with Shrek and Donkey there wasn't much I could do the further along I got. Nana Karen would come over about once a week and make dinner and help me with whatever. She was a God send. It was an enormous help. One of the things she would make was Spaghetti and Meatballs. Wow! She made homemade sauce and from scratch meatballs. Every time I eat this dish I am in heaven. Nana Karen is an old school cook. She doesn't measure anything and makes everything from memory. A few weeks ago she found a pasta maker that her and I have been playing with and making homemade pasta. If you have never had homemade pasta it is divine!  She came over today to make some pasta. While s

What She Wore Wednesday

It's Wednesday again- already! It's a rainy kind of day. Diva was in a pretty good mood this morning. That always helps. As usual she dressed herself. Nothing wild, she picked out a dress. She is a ham though when it comes to having her picture taken. Dress: Thrift Store find (she wanted the ties tied in the front instead of the back) Not pictured is her footwear. She chose white dress shoes from Target.

Hurt So Good

Ever done something that hurts, is hard, and you want to quit, but when you are done it feels so good??? That's how this week has gone for me. This week on my fitness tour brought me to Revved Fitness.   And it hurt so good. Revved is almost identical to Orangetheory. They do a combination of cardio and strength. You wear a heart rate monitor and the goal is to to elevate your heart rate and work in certain zones. The only difference I noticed is that Revved uses stationary bikes for cardio and Orangetheory uses treadmills. Revved offers a 7 day trial for $10. I signed up online and went to my first class Monday morning. Monday morning came and was stormy, early, and a line was almost out the door when I arrived. Yikes! I signed in and wandered into the room. It was a BIG class. All the bikes were full, and there were people on rowers and the strength area. The trainer split us in half. Half the class started with strength the other half started with cardio. I got in the stre