Just a short update as I need to get some cross stitching or crocheting done. Last night the September 15 ornament was finished but so late that I didn’t even take a picture. Here is the final picture–other than one when it is fully finished:
He turned out really cute, and now I will start on the October 1 ornament. With luck I might get caught up this month and be back on track.
The rose hips were processed into jelly today. I am pleased to report that this batch made 18 3/4 pints which is more than we have ever put up. We have about the same amount still on the rose bush that are waiting for another hard freeze or two as they were more protected. We should get those freezes by the end of the week and then I will pick the rose hips and make another batch. Better stock up on lemon juice and sugar as well as 18-20 more pint jars.
This is only part of the jars. And yes, there are sticky mouse traps on the edge of the counter. We have had–and hopefully no more–a mouse living in our stove that thought it was great fun to run out of the back of the stove, around two sticky traps and across the counter. Needless to say, our lining the edge caught him and he is no more. We have left them there, just in case there are more, but I don’t think there are any. So far we haven’t smelled that “mouse” smell again. Here are the rest of them:
I am really pleased with these even though I really wanted to get more done. Tomorrow’s tasks are to get the laundry done, sleeping bags put away, and the ripe tomatoes processed into sauce and canned. If I have enough time, I will also work on the tomatillo salsa and get it canned. It is nice to get these projects completed and food “stashed” for winter. With the cooler temperatures coming, we should be able to pick apples and begin processing them into applesauce to can. Then, I think that I will have everything preserved unless I purchase a pumpkin to process and freeze.
Quick note: One downside to canning jelly and salsa is that I have had to purchase more pint jars and a few ingredients that I usually don’t purchase. However, it is an investment in the future as the kids will be leaving home one of these days and we won’t eat as much so pint jars will be a better size to preserve everything. I was hoping to just buy new lids for the jars, however jelly and salsa do not work for us in quart jars so a few more jars were purchased. Thankfully I only have to purchase cilantro, lime juice, lemon juice, sugar, and vinegar tomorrow as we will use the onions we have and tomatillos and Serrano peppers that we grew. Hopefully I will have all of those processed by the end of the week as the rose hips and potentially apples will be needing to be picked next week.
Now, I’m off to see how much I can get done on the October 1 ornament. Wish me luck!