Hello, friends. I'm joining in with the Frugal Accomplishments community today. Last week, I picked elderberries, and froze them for possible jam. Once I strain all the elderberry tincture, I'll decide if that will be enough for the year. If so, this picking will become jam. I'm harvesting tomatoes, cucumbers & squash, a few tomatillos, peppers & eggplant, and pulled the first of the beets. Small amounts of lambs quarters are being picked. Some of the lima beans and butter peas are drying on the vine, so I'm picking and shelling those as I see them. Pawpaws are ripening, and I'm gathering those as they fall. I've dried tomato skins from 4 canner loads of tomatoes... not sure how many pounds that was. I think I'll try using some before I dry any more. If you've ever used any, I'd love to hear how you used them and your impression.
I occasionally help out at one of the local pottery shops. The top photo shows the beauty outside I was able to gather, and the photo above shows a bit of the beauty I'm surrounded by in the shop. It's a lovely place to spend the day. I brought leftovers for lunch, snacks and my water bottle each day. I received a check from ebates for cash back from purchases. We've got lots of cherry tomatoes this year. Besides eating them fresh, I've used some in recipes & added some to canning jars, but most days I pick a couple dozen for the chickens. McNibs begs for some, so he gets some too! I canned eggplant and summer squash. Harvested a dozen carrots. Carrot tops, and end bits from squash and eggplant went into the broth bag in the freezer. I've picked 16 of our tiny plums. This is the first year they've fruited, and there's not much to do anything with, so I'm pondering what to do with them. Maybe I'll freeze them, and once they're all collected, perhaps there will be enough for a small batch of jam.
Because of comments I read on The Prudent Homemaker, I checked out a couple of shows on youtube. The first was Extreme Cheapskates. I should not have expected anything from the title, but thought it could be interesting. I watched it long enough to see a couple share a Q-tip, a toothbrush, and floss... just.ewwww. Thankfully, the other show was better. It's called Great Depression Cooking, and I believe the secondary title is Clara's Kitchen. An amusing 95 year old woman recollects recipes from the Depression era. I colored my hair at home.