The late September rain did wonders for our asian eggplant. I picked a dozen one day, and used all but two in a dinner of Pasta Norma, using our garlic, onions and herbs. The eggplant tops went into the broth bag. I picked a basket of winter greens (a mix of turnips, mustards, etc), and made winter salad, chopped some greens for the pups dinner, & fed leaves with holes to the chickens. Redeemed swagbucks points for a $25 Amazon gift card. I began working with J on gluing the antique wardrobe back together. We did one area first thing in the morning, another area in the evening, and will keep working on it until everything is properly back together. I checked the Walgreens sales paper, & made a list of things needed. I shopped there for the sale items, & found a few things on clearance, including a couple of items for my shoebox. The remaining items were cards needed for upcoming special days. All along, I thought I'd been getting 20% off their cards on senior day, but found out greeting cards are not included, so that's a frugal fail. In the future, I'll try to get most cards at Dollar General.
Our Aldi's has closed for remodeling, and I'll miss it these next few weeks. I took an online class needed for license renewal, which was a freebie given with a class I took in August. Though smaller than they were during peak season, I continue to pick tomatoes. Wanting to beat the rain from hurricane Matthew, I picked another basket of crowder peas, 2 watermelons and a cantaloupe. I've spread the peas on a blanket on the floor to finish drying. I harvested okra, and a few carrots, some of which were grated for the pups dinner. There were only 2 eggs in the fridge when we returned from the coast, but as they've built back up, I've started giving one to the pups for breakfast. J has seen a hawk flying low near the chicken pen a few times, which we assume is the one that got our chicken last week. He shot nearby to discourage it from hanging around here. On the way back from taking care of some business in town, I stopped by a local orchard looking for small pumpkins or gourds to decorate with. I found a pretty gourd, but it was going to cost nearly $6 once they weighed it, so I left it there, and found out they had given away all their small gourds and pumpkins to customers a couple of weeks ago. I'm sorry I missed that, but will try to remember to look for their announcement next year, as it seems they do that each year. I did purchase a few apples, which are delicious.
Bags of frozen vegetable trimmings were threatening to take over my freezer. When I pulled them out, I had 7 1/2 gallon bags saved up, so I put them on to simmer in between working on the eggplant. I also did something a bit different this time. Having a couple stalks of celery that needed using, a couple recently pulled carrots, & one of our onions, I made a mirepoix and added that in. Two stock pots were needed for simmering this time, as I'd been saving vegi scraps since early spring, waiting for cooler days to make broth. I'll be happy to have more jars of broth on the pantry shelf. This was the first time I tried a double layer of pint jars. I read about it a while back, checked my canner manual, then ordered another rack so that I could do it. It worked just fine. One out of 13 jars did not seal, which sometimes happens. I made zucchini soup yesterday, and used it then. I found artichokes 5/$5 at the grocery store last week, and prepared them to have along with the soup, along with homemade bread I had frozen. I did some online holiday shopping over the weekend, going through ebates or swagbucks for cash back, and researching best prices. I finished shopping for one family member, finished most of it for two others, and bought supplies to make a handmade gift for another.
|the wardrobe being glued and clamped|