Tuesday, October 13, 2009

RTT- can't. stop. canning.

Well it's Tuesday and the best way to get everything out there is to pull out the Un Mom's Random Tuesday Thoughts badge and get to it.


Shall we?

Well, my car broke down AGAIN. Last Thursday Binny and I made a quick egg run and found ourselves stranded at the Egg lady's house. The car was fine when I left home, started right up but when I went to start it to come back home, the gauges went nuts flopping all over the place and making terrifying clicking sounds. I called the Gardener and before he even arrived the egg lady's husband took a look and determined that the battery was not dead but broken and leaking acid all over the engine compartment. The Gardener and the other guy were able to rig it enough for me to drive the 3 miles back to our house, then the Gardener went and bought a new battery. Not as bad as it could have been, but still another 80 bucks.

My dad and younger brother came over for lunch Saturday to celebrate my Dad's b-day. I served Pork chops, green beans from the garden and my family's favorite... Popovers. I was promptly given the stink eye as I tried to season the pork chops with salt, pepper and a sprinkling of fresh sage. My dad likes his food very plain, and will send anything back in a restaurant that comes out with any type of sauce on it. Of course I only sprinkled salt and pepper on his and he loved it. My brother who is normally a vegetarian even ate a pork chop and practically licked the the serving tray after mentioned that it was local pork. What is it with men and a good piece of meat?

The garden is officially done. Over the weekend temperatures dipped well below freezing and killed off the what was left of my pepper plants and flowers. It will really hit me when I have to start buying produce from the grocery store again, especially tomatoes. Nothing beats a fresh homegrown tomato! The garden may be done but I'm still coming up with things to can. My father-in-law gave me a huge bucket full of grapes and a big bag full of apples. I spent all day yesterday cooking, straining, pressing and canning the grapes to make 6 quarts of grape juice and 3 big sheets of dried grape fruit leather. (Fruit leather is similar to a fruit roll-up but leather actually contains only REAL FRUIT and NO high fructose corn syrup) It was a lot of work but the juice and the leather are delicious. Today I will try to tackle all of the apples. Since I already have lots of applesauce, I think I'm going to make jars of apple pie filling or apple butter, I can't decide. Or spiced apple rings... Too many choices!

Finally, my blog friend Sheila from Ma Vie Folle (My Crazy Life) awarded me with the Over The Top blog award. How sweet is that? Sheila cracks me up on a daily basis. If you haven't already, go check out her blog, it's so worth it. Now for the award rules.

Answer the survey below…you can only use one word answers!

Pass this along to 6 of your favorite bloggers!

Where is your cell phone? pocket

Your hair? wild

Your mother? Minnesota

Your father? no sage

Your favorite food? cheese

Your dream last night? no

Your favorite drink? grapefruitini

Your dream/goal? healthy kids

What room are you in? kitchen!!!

Your hobby? food

Your Fear? scary stuff

Where do you want to be in 6 years? here

Where were you last night? sofa

Something that you aren’t? tall

Muffins? pumpkin

Wish list item? food processor

Where did you grow up? North Dakota and Wisconsin

Last thing you did? eat

What are you wearing? sweats

Your TV? off

Your pets? clean!

Friends? love

Your life? full

Your mood? happy

Missing someone? always

Vehicle? don't ask

Something you’re not wearing? bra

Your favorite store? Costco

Your favorite color? green

When was the last time you laughed? yesterday

Last time you cried? May

Your best friend? loyal

One place that I go to over and over? supermarket

One person who emails me regularly? Grandma N

Favorite place to eat? Artcafe

Now to pass this award on to 6 other bloggers. Riot Kitty, Secret Mom Thoughts, Kelly, Sidhe, Joe, and Wild Child. Congrats all, because I really do think that all of your blogs are over the top!


Seansmoma said...

Sorry to hear about your car. Ours seems to be dying a slow death one thing at a time. I dread when it finally gives up because we don't even remotely have the money for another car.

Happy Tuesday!

Kelly said...

This is just for you Aliceson ( and whoever reads your comments).


Where is your cell phone? purse

Your hair? crazy

Your mother? Grrrr

Your father? hapless

Your favorite food? steak

Your dream last night? sexy

Your favorite drink? latte

Your dream/goal? happiness

What room are you in? middle

Your hobby? photography

Your Fear? fire

Where do you want to be in 6 years? slightly wealthier

Where were you last night? here

Something that you aren’t? athletic

Muffins? blueberry

Wish list item? wide angle lens

Where did you grow up? Ohio

Last thing you did? comment

What are you wearing? sweats

Your TV? flat

Your pets? fleas

Friends? understanding

Your life? unexpected

Your mood? good

Missing someone? soon

Vehicle? shared

Something you’re not wearing? makeup

Your favorite store? Ikea

Your favorite color? green

When was the last time you laughed? everyday

Last time you cried? last week

Your best friend? far

One place that I go to over and over? internet

One person who emails me regularly? TeeTee

Favorite place to eat? Golden Nugget

monica said...

Great randomness! Sorry about your car, I hope the battery fixes it and there is not more problems with it. Stopping in for the first time from RTT!

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

Thanks for the award. Glad the car wasn't too much $.

Swoozie said...

Car problems can wreck your week; that's for sure.

Can't stop canning. ROFLMAO! ((Not sure why I found this so funny but I did! I pickled beets and made salsa last week. This week? A canning frenzy for sure!!

Great Random!

Out in Them Sticks said...

Do you have a pressure cooker for the canning or do you boil? I seriously need a pressure cooker/canner. I've only ever done the boiling kind of canning. Man, I didn't save a thing this year. We ate ALL of it. Our garden isn't that big! Do you look up the recipes or is this something that was passed down to you? I'm in awe of your knowledge!!

I usually like to make and can apple butter and pumpkin butter this time of year. I give it to neighbors and friends for the holidays. Haven't gotten around to that this year though... I feel like I need that canner!

We got your peaches on Friday. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!! I know we should have waited, but we couldn't help it. We ate them for desert that same night! SOOOOOO yummy!!! :)

Aliceson said...

Thanks for playing along Kelly! your list is great!

ArtSnark said...

Ok, the canning header under the feet pic is kinda freaky for a moment....

Riot Kitty said...

Just got home tonight from driving through the nasty weather that made national headlines! I owe you a post from before, I won't forget!

LL Cool Joe said...

Well mine is up and thanks for the award!

I haven't forgotten last weeks "Honesty" one either, it's just life is busy at the moment!

Kelly's looks good too!

Cookie said...

Congrats on the award!
My garden never took off this year. I'm jealous that you got so much out of yours.
Sorry about your car. I hate when that happens!

Wild Child said...

I'm so glad I'm still one of your favorite bloggers! So sad I didn't win the peaches, I was looking forward to tripping for a Irish beer. :)

t.t. millers said...

Aliceson, I want to learn how to can. Is it hard to do? I usually end up freezing my string beans because I don't know how to can.