Jul 6, 2011
What's YOUR Mess?
With daily downpours, thunderstorms and high winds taking their toll on the tomatoes, I'm wasting no time in putting up all I can while I can, I have no idea how long they will keep going out there, but I fear I won't be canning "excess" tomatoes in September like usual. The cucumbers were staggered plantings, so I'm only getting a handful at a time, perfect for refrigerator pickles. Refrigerator pickles last a year, so there is no need can those here. I would if I had a huge amount to worry about, but since nutritionally they are just fluff LOL, I save the pantry space for more healthful veggies. I figure if the power goes out and the fridge goes down, well, it was just pickles in there :)
Japanese Climbing Cucumber
Dilly Jar O'Fun - this jar has a few beans and peppers as well as Japanese Climbing Cukes and Parisian Pickling Cucumbers, fresh dill, peppercorn, garlic and fresh grape leaves on the bottom for crispness. You never know what you might grab when you stick your hand in the jar!
I've been keeping a "largest Brandywine tracker" on my sidebar this year, and yesterday's took the prize, this one is bigger by several ounces than the "bigger than my head" photo of a few weeks ago - this one came in at 1.89 lbs!
You know, cooking and canning all day is really boring for children. I'm noticing that the noise and naughtiness levels rise in accordance with how long and involved my particular tasks are. I couldn't think straight at all with the constant clomping that was going on all day yesterday... Finnegan decided he would wear daddy's "Heelys" all day long, ugh! School can start any time now...
That brings me to my tomato sauce - ever get sick of looking at nice luscious ripe tomatoes and pretty things like this in gardener's posts? (Thomas, do you hear me?!) You are thinking, wow! She's so "together"... come ON, we all know it's not always as it seems in photos...
I have a challenge for you - Post what's not in the photo! Yep, I want to see your garbage bowls, arms covered in pulp, goggles and gloves when peeling those hot peppers, juice spattered on the dog, walls, sink full of unwashed dishes, you know the drill! (Remember the refrigerator challenge from last year?)
Here's my "rest of the story" for yesterday :)
So what are you currently putting up? What's your mess?