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To Curb an Obsession

Summer's Rundown 
Aug. 14, 2011 3:32 pm 
Updated: Aug. 16, 2011 7:24 am
I am quite proud of myself so far this summer. I have been canning enough to make up for the year without my canning equipment, and trying to fill our pantry back out! We as a family have done a lot of wild fruit picking, which has made up the bulk of my endeavors, and has made the kids feel very important. So far this year:

7- 1/2 pints Wild Berry Jam
2 pints and 1 - 1/2 pint applesauce
2 quarts apple pie filling
6 -1/2 pints apple jelly
2 quarts, 1 pint, and 1 - 1/2 pint corn relish
1 pint elderberry jam

I have used almost a third of my brand new reusable canning lids, and I am completely out of smaller sized jars, but I am not done yet! By the end of the month I am planning to have several quarts of chicken stock and a bunch of pickled garlic. Call me a happy camper, I LOVE CANNING!
Aug. 15, 2011 1:17 am
Hi,Missivy,how have u been,i see u here after a long time,i have missed u , and wondered about u,how is the little baby ,take care.
Aug. 16, 2011 7:24 am
I share your obsession. And love nothing more that turning my garden not only in to today's meal but also into winter's pantry. My goal for this summer was not only the biggest best garden to dat, but also keeping on top of every fruit and veg as it came into season to really reduce the feeling of being overwhelmed and having things get wasted. To the success of my goal, so far this summer, I have canned 6 1/2 pts of each Rhubarb Jam, Plum Butter and Apricot Butter, 6 pts of canned beets, 12 pint of Spicy Carrot Pickle, 12 1/2 pints of Zucchini Relish and 4 qts of Garden Vegetable Soup. And then there is the freezer which is receiving its equal share of the gardens bounty. It is chock full of frozen caulflower, broccoli, strawberries, green peas, turnips and stringbeans. My failures, or should I say opportunities for improvement, were those turnips and stringbeans. The turnips I planted way to early so they were ready when it was 90 and no one wanted to eat turnips. A meal or two of turnip cakes, and one cold turnip soup was all I could rustle up the energy for and so they all got frozen. The green beans just come in too close to the broccoli and who wouldnt rather eat garden broccoli? My tomatoes continue to be a family joke. We're still waiting for this years verdict. While I have harvested 2 tomatoes(big whoop) I recently pulled of a green horned worm will see if that means the end of all hope is near. If the resst of the tomatoes ripen I will be out buying lots more quart jars for tomatoes but until I see it... Still to come fall raspberries, apples, potatoes to be dug up (yummy and fun to dig up) onions garlic and herbs to dry and oh yeah winter squash and pumpkins, my personal favorites!
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I am obsessed with my kitchen. It is never totally clean because I am always using it! I bake daily, and cook almost everything from scratch. If I used canned goods, I prefer having canned it myself. I am constantly looking up, tweaking, and experimenting with recipes. I love to have a big garden every year, and this is going to be the biggest. My husband is an avid hunter, so are privileged to have a lot of wild game around the house. Nothing like a meal that you grew and butchered yourself! I am considering culinary school, not to get employed as a chef, but just to learn new techniques.
My favorite things to cook
Potatoes, strangely. Like any good Irish girl, I am obsessed with them! Rarely does a dish go wrong that involves potatoes, and you can do anything with them. And BREAD! My true, undying passion is bread. It is a beautiful thing, alive and hearty and healthy and real. Nothing makes me happier than the smell, taste, feel of freshly baked bread. Heaven...
My favorite family cooking traditions
Cooking IS a tradition nowadays. Growing up my family did not cook a lot, but I am changing that for my kids. Dinner at the table every night and breakfast from scratch about 4-5 days out of the week. My kids are already food snobs, and probably would starve after a week without home cooking, lol!
My cooking triumphs
I was making holiday dinner for the whole neighborhood. My turkey had spent 3 days in the fridge, but apparently the fridge was on the fritz, and the 20-lb bird was still frozen solid morning of. I had to par-steam it to get it to thaw, then put it in the oven stuffed with fruit and onion. I got rave reviews because the steam has made it so moist, and the stuffing made it so flavorful! What was a disaster waiting to happen turned into a gorgeous meal.
My cooking tragedies
Candy is totally beyond me! I am hopeless. Thermometer or not, I have never been able to create something that and be justifiably dubbed as candy. The only thing I ever turn out is a sweet gooey mess. If there is a trick to it, I would love for someone to share it with me!
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