Friday, October 29, 2010


I spent a few days in September doing some canning.  For most of you this probably sounds like a daunting task, but rest assured it's not as bad as it seems.  And it can actually be fun!  Yes you read that right, FUN!

With a little help and organization you can make your canning experience as great as mine was.  It's fun to have a buddy that you can team up with, so you can do the bottling together.  It makes good company while accomplishing a very satisfying project.  

In this case I called my cousin to help me with most of it.  She has mad bottling skills.  My mom and I tried using the pressure cooker for the first time to do beans.  We did several kinds, from Navy to Pinto to Black to Great Northern.  We did have a couple of mishaps, but overall it went well.  

Have you ever wanted to make chili or some other soup, but realized you needed beans, and well, they didn't have a chance to soak overnight?  I did beans so that I can throw them into any recipe at any time, without having to preplan it all out.  Ultimately this will save time and hassle.  What's the difference between soaking 1 quart of beans and 12 quarts?  Nothing!  It takes the same amount of time.  You throw them in the bottles and pressure cook.  It's that easy!  Don't forget to use a real recipe when bottling foods to avoid having it go bad, and ultimately make you sick.  You can find recipes for anything on the internet.

Peaches, Dill Pickles, Salsa

Pinto Beans, Green Beans, Tomatoes
This is a great skill to learn for self efficiency.  It's also great because YOU decide what goes into the bottle, and you can avoid preservatives and other unhealthy things.  It's a way to go organic and can save you money ultimately.  It's also a great way to use food storage.

I challenge you to try canning next year, if you haven't learned already.  It's an amazing skill to add to your belt of knowledge!

Monday, October 18, 2010


I ventured over to my parents house this morning for some pancakes and small talk.  As I entered the driveway I became aware of a sight not often seen.  My dad was cleaning out the garage! I was so proud of him and all of his hard work to prep the garage for winter.  My mom came out to greet me, and pointed out the most prized dad's special attempt at organizing his tools.  

Now bless his soul, they are organized.  And in my dads very words, "No one will want to steal them now."  Well dad, I believe you may be right about that.  And now he will know where each tool belongs as well.

Buahahahahhaahaha!  Mom and I did get a good laugh out of that one!  A small suggestion to anyone else who thinks this is a good idea; next time spray paint them somewhere else, like in the dirt maybe, just so you don't get it all over the walls.   That is, if you plan on spray painting your tools at all.  And for my honey, if you are reading this, it is NOT okay to do this with our tools in our garage!  

Now go get organized!