After finishing up a year of going online for my master's degree full time while trying to homeschool, I needed a break. I still have a year to finish my degree but I'm taking some time off to refocus on my kids and the house. Things got way to disorganized here and it was driving me a little batty.
This summer, I've been spending a lot of time getting ready for our new year. Five kids in different levels means a lot of planning, but that's okay. I'm enjoying the planning once again which tells me that I really really needed some time off.
I've also been busy with our garden this year. It was the biggest ever but we still had some disappointments. The carrots refused to grow and I planted them twice. Not really a disappointment, but I have enough cucumbers to feed an army. We have a ton of pickles left from last year so I definitely do not need anymore of those! The tomatoes haven't really come in yet....a few a day. Nothing to can with. Its supposed to be cool here today and tomorrow so I'm not sure if these green tomatoes will ever turn.
so far this year I've canned:
7 qts of peaches
9 half-pints of peach jam
25 quarts of green beans
3 pints pickles
3 pints of relish
4 pints of salsa
And I've frozen:
Many many green peppers cut up
Lots of jalapenos to make fresh salsa this winter
3 quart sized bags of green beans
52 quart sized bags of fresh corn cut off the cob
8 bags of shredded zucchini to make bread this winter
and a ton of zucchini and eggplant diced really small to feed the chickens this winter.
I still have peppers and green beans coming in. The zucchini and eggplants are still producing. The onions will be pulled when the tomatoes are ready to make sauce. We've enjoyed 8 cantaloupes so far this year. The only two watermelons that came up, my son accidently ran over with the lawn mower because he couldn't see them and we have about 8 pumpkins coming in.
So, right now, I'm in the midst of canning and freezing. The two pigs will be taken next month to the butcher so we'll have pork for the year. My chickens were wiped out by a predator (probably a raccoon) this spring so I got a bunch of new hens. They won't be laying for a while. I was going to wait so I didn't have to feed chickens over the winter but it seemed silly to wait with the egg prices as they are. And the cow will be ready to butcher this spring. So very thankful for this little homestead!!
I promise to post pics later on. Right now I'm just busy busy! Enjoy your day!!