Hello, friends. On Monday, I canned vegetable broth, adding another 14 pints to the pantry. When the canner water cooled, I added it to the woodstove humidifier. I enjoyed warm cups of tea, using homegrown herbs. Chickweed was gathered, and added to a smoothie. Kale, collards, and mixed greens were shared. Laundry was dried on the line. I've been shopping sales for gifts, and using coupon codes when available for purchases, which have further lowered prices as much as an additional 20%. While prepping for Thanksgiving, pumpkin seeds were thrown in to roast, along with the cookies I was baking. Fresh cranberry blueberry sauce, GF pecan sandies cookies, maple roasted brussels sprouts, and our lima beans, which J requested, were brought to share for Thanksgiving.
I tried a recipe for lentil sloppy joes, which we both liked, though I'll decrease the heat factor next time. We were blessed with 1 1/3" of rain Thursday night, so needed, as our tanks were getting very low again. Once we sent the new video to the solar company, they said the board they sent was not good, and they'll send another. Our confidence in this company is rapidly diminishing, and J is looking into getting another inverter from a US company. It was a huge investment, to only last 8 months, and it's not looking terribly good that it will last for the long term. It stinks, but that's reality. J picked the company partly because of the great reviews, but he thinks many people may be using the inverter for a small backup system, not to power a home full time as we are. Which could explain why it lasted no time before failing.
I did a little online Black Friday shopping. A family member sent ideas for her family that day, and two of the items were 40+% off for Black Friday, so they were purchased. I also placed a supplement order, for 23% off. Spaghetti squash and lambs quarter were pulled from the freezer for a side dish. Oils for soapmaking were melted on the woodstove. I tried a new recipe for vegan sweet potato pie, using our potatoes, which was delicious. Winter greens were harvested for a salad, and a jar of crowder peas was opened for dinner. A bottle of nettle glycerite was strained and bottled. We had an interesting issue happen last week, in that things that were supposed to suck were not doing so. The motor on the house vacuum went out, quickly followed by the shop vac motor. And the lawn vac motor went out too. J made repairs, and got a new house vacuum (it was used when bought, and a new motor had been put in it once already), and in the process, used some of the good parts to repair others. Thanks to a very handy guy, all is up and running again. So many things to be thankful for every day. Take care of yourself, friends.