I'm joining in with The Prudent Homemaker's Frugal Accomplishments today. As we were getting ready to go away for a few days, I knew I needed to have a bit of a "preserving marathon", so as to lose as little as possible from the garden. On Day 1, I harvested cucumbers, tomatoes, tromboncino and zucchini squash, and elderberries. M harvested blueberries, and I'm thankful for that. My preferred method for preserving summer squash is freezing, but I just didn't have freezer space. In the cooler months, I usually use it in pasta dishes or soup, and an occasional casserole, so I'm hoping that canning it will do just as well for those things. Same with the blueberries... no room, so I canned those as well. I had already canned jam and syrup, so these will be used for cobblers and possibly pancakes or muffins. I began another jar of elderberry tincture.
|removing elderberries from stems|
|Corot noir grapes|
Of the seeds I planted recently, many of the zinnias and nasturtiums are up, and I'm hoping some spilanthes (toothache plant). It's been a while since I've had any luck in starting them, and I forget what they look like as seedlings. Hopefully, they're not weeds. All the squash ends from canning went into the broth bag in the freezer. The chickens got some soft fruit and vegetables, and the leftover tomato bits from canning. I shared cucumbers, squash and tomatoes with friends.
Laundry was done with homemade laundry soap and soap gel, and hung on the line to dry. I made kefir and yogurt. I checked on the pineapple vinegar I started a few weeks ago, but it's not tart enough yet, so I'll leave it for a while longer. I colored my hair at home. With all that accomplished, I'm ready for a road trip!
We had a wonderful time, and got back Sunday evening to many cucumbers, tomatoes, squash and elderberries needing to be picked and preserved. A few days to relax and unwind makes it all worth it. I hope your weekend was a good one.