Sep 26, 2011
My parents are on their way back to Minnesota today, and I'm back! We had a good visit, but it rained EVERY DAY! We are on our 6th or 7th day straight of rain, heat and humidity and I am so ready for fall. I still have not planted the fall garden and the lawn is about 8 inches high, soggy, mushrooms sprouting all over, yuck! During a few hour break in the rain mom helped me bring peppers in, I thought the end must be near, but I still have a lot out there ripening. We did bring in quite a bunch the other day that needed to be frozen and/or canned. All of the bell peppers were frozen, the Anchos hung to dry, and the jalapenos were canned.
I was lazy and raw packed them into rings instead of scorching and peeling since there were so many. I got 7 pints of jalapenos to add to the rest of the stash in the pantry. The verdict this year is that 3 plants is just not quite enough, so I'll plant 4 from now on. If you remember, 9 plants was way too many, I was harvesting about 100 a week, 6 plants was still a bit of an overload last year so I dropped it to 3. Yes, we eat a LOT of jalapenos, probably 2 pints a month LOL. 3 years later, I think I have it dialed in finally.
We pulled the plants, so this brings the total of jalapenos for 2011 to 10 lbs, I think 15 would be about perfect, and of that I squirreled away 11 pints and 4 half-pint jars for the year.
Of course, we had to use up some of the bell peppers fresh!
everyone knows of my favorite dish for the garden, stir fry
Mom also has finally decided I'm worthy of some family photos! Really nice ones that I had never seen before, like this gem:
Isn't that cool? That's dad on the right. I also had him list a string of cars he owned starting with his first one, and wow - that's a fun list! Needless to say, I have some good material to get me started on my next project - wait for it -
- I have decided to (gasp) start scrapbooking, you know, in all my spare time :) Yet another hobby I used to laugh at and say I would never do...what's happening to me?! I also got filled in on a lot of family history I didn't know about, and random fun facts about the family and my parents specifically. Of course it would be great if mom would pen a history for me but I'll settle for dumping boxes of "stuff" on my desk to sort through myself LOL :) Hopefully one day I'll have some nice things put together for our family and my brothers' families to share, with actual captions so we know what the heck we're looking at.
Honest, someday soon I really will be planting my fall garden, but it has to stop raining first! Next up I'll post about our annual air show fun, not interesting to everyone I realize, but it's our livelihood LOL...
I have gotten back into knitting the past week and have sorted through my seeds for fall, so I'm slowly making the change to the new season....