Jul 8, 2011
Tomatoes and Dunk Tanks!
That pretty much sums up my day.
I started the day with saucing 27 lbs of tomatoes. They have been collecting on the counter for 2-3 days, and were in danger of rolling off to the floor soon. Hard to believe that just a week ago I was anxiously awaiting my 2011 harvest total to break the 50 lb mark, and as of today I'm over 98 lbs! Sure, I had lots of lettuce and peas, but the pounds don't really start stacking up until the tomatoes start coming in for me, since normally I don't grow any heavy squashes. Hopefully this year that will be different since I am trying zucchini and pumpkins.
A tip for anyone looking for a BIG bowl for cheap - I purchased a new oil pan for just a couple dollars last year and it works fantastic for this stuff. It makes a great garbage heap for processing, too.
Today was another picnic day for hubby's squadron. He was nice enough to take the kids with him while he set up over at the park, so I was able to prep all the tomatoes and get the sauce going in the crock pot and clean up without kids underfoot. Just as I was finishing cleaning up I got a text message from him that he was going to put Loch in the dunk tank over there. ??? That was my cue as a mom to get my butt over there a.s.a.p.!
As I walked across the grass towards them, I could hear the kids shrieking with glee... this is what I walked in on... (sorry for excessive video, but grandma likes it!)
I can't even begin to describe how hot and muggy it is here. There was intermittent storms the whole time we were there, the whole past week actually. We've been getting anywhere from 1-2 inches a day for a week, and the mosquitoes are getting nasty!
Hubby actually took this photo of Loch before I got there, I love it!
When it was time to leave, hubby had to stay and tear down the event in the pouring rain!
We are back at home, it's still in the 90's at 7:30 as I write this, and I am starting to stress working in the garden. It's been neglected due to the daily thunder, lightning and downpours and things are getting really out of hand out there. This morning the heat index was 92 at 7 am already due to the humidity, so it doesn't even work to get up early anymore. I think there will be a break in the rain on Sunday, so I'm going to have to psych myself up to get at least 2 hours of work done out there on Sunday.
The sauce has just finished up in the pressure cooker, and I'm excited to report that this is my first foray into pressure cooking with meat!
Heirloom Tomato Sauce with Peppers, Onions, Garlic, Basil, Oregano, and Italian Sausage!
Spending yet another happenin' Friday night with my canner :)