Canning, canning, and more canning

We have an abundance of tomatoes, beans & cucumbers on the farm right now


I spend most days parked in front of the stove, canning up a storm 

Lots of pickles (over 45 jars) bread & butter and Dill

Indian pepper relishLots of diced tomatoes

And we have been shelling beans


Don’t ask me what time, because at this moment I don’t remember


I’m really excited that fall is here, it’s my favorite time of the year and the corn stalks, pumpkins, and sunflowers make it feel even more like fall.


What also makes it feel like fall is our three pigs have headed off to the butchers (I apologize to any vegetarian or vegan readers I offend, my husband eats mostly vegan believe it or not)

I have a new project starting always with the projects, I’ve actually been doing very well finish things lately thank you very much. This new project is more of a clean up and restore


This was my late grandmothers & her mother before her, now that I own a forever home, it has come to me. Where my current sewing machine is useless and I am borrowing an older machine from a friend, I am anxious to get this one cleaned up and in working condition.

Now, here are a few of my current works either completed or in progress of being finished Another cat hat, this one for my daughter. I have enough yarn for four or five more, two of which have been spoken for and the others will make it’s way to Etsy. If you live near me and head over to the village store you will find three there, alone with apple hats, crown hats, and crowns

Here is a toddler hat that needs to have the ends weave in that will soon make its way to Etsy as well. 

Today though, I am trying to find different recipes (preferably low sugar/ sugar free) for the 40lbs of apples we picked over the weekend.
Have a great day folks!
Also remember local folks, both ducks & chickens are laying. Come on by! 

Harvest

My sweet little baby girl started first grade today, I’ll admit it….I didn’t cry when she went off to school, not for lack of emotions, but we’re pros by now. She has a thirst for knowledge and a yearning to be around other kids, so when she was two we started looking at preschools, when we did a tour of the preschool she ended up going to, the director took pity on the 8 month pregnant woman with the energetic little girl and let her start school a few months early.

So today was our 5th first day of school, and it was more of a “see ya later alligator” thing (I kid, though she tried to get my husband to drive her to school an hour before it opened).

She enjoyed her first full day of school, loved eating in the cafeteria (even if she didn’t care much for her homemade lunch…I gave her left over chicken parmesan, I was hoping for mom points but instead was given an eye roll), oh well, can’t win ’em all.

We harvested part of our potato crops today (can it truly be called a crop, if it were only two plants?!)

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It was a hard task, a few pumpkins were harmed in the process

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Sadly, we didn’t end up with very many russets, it was our first year with them. Last year we planted six purple viking seed potatoes and ended up with 144, this year we planted 15 and will see what we end up with when they are ready for picking.

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We also harvested more green tomatoes to make relish, and of course cucumbers…these are being brought in to my husbands work, as I am sick of canning pickles (40+ jars this year).

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During a break from the storms we have had for the last 4 days, we discovered that we have wild grapes growing in the front yard, we knew we had some in the backyard, yet had never looked in the front yard.

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I picked them until it got too dark to see

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There are plenty more to pick.

On the fiber front:
I’m starting to run out of the purple yarn that is the contrast color on my bartók tunik, when I was up north I happened to have the chance to stop at the alteration shop where I had picked it up before, sadly they are no longer carrying that yarn, however, I did end up picking up 410 yards of this beautiful yarn

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It reminds me of the sand and sea, I need to get back to working on my shawl, and I think this will be the perfect inspiration.

Have a nice night folks