Wednesday, October 14, 2020

wistful Wednesday

in which our plucky heroine keeps busy in the kitchen...

The beginning of the week felt rough, in part the combination of not getting outside for walks because rain, and intense feelings of both missing my friends IRL, and a wave of despair about the timeline we are living in. As I cannot change much, am trying instead to focus on the small bits of world that are under my hands...

~ 100 day creativity challenge - day 63 ~
Xanthy and Nandina came with my on my morning walk today. Last week I added a bit more detailing to their eyes and faces, and today I played with Photoshop to do something different with the crop and process images than what I usually do...

I made tomato sauce yesterday, (storing tomatoes in the freezer makes for easy peeling, but takes up a lot of space, multiple spheres not being very compact) 10# = eight jars for the pantry and there was just about two tablespoons left in the pan, so I made "kiddo pizza" as a snack. Toasted a slice of sourdough bread, spread it with the leftover sauce, and sprinkled it with grated cheese... microwave to melt, and eat it up yum! (I can't eat commercial tomato products, so homemade sauce is a real treat. Now there will be some tomato based meals this winter)

notes for future reference: 8 oz jars, 1T lemon juice, 1t sugar, ½t salt, ½" headspace, process 35 minutes 

sometimes you just need to listen, and the world will tell you what you need to hear next...

Gradually working through various seasonal preserving tasks, as best as can be managed given the shortages of canning supplies. I want more applesauce for certain, and more marmalade.

beauty in the time of isolation - day 215:
it isn't pink...

October SMART goals (x=extra)
1 6 jars dilly beans
wheelie bin scrubbed
yard waste bin
2 3 jars vanilla port pears
east window repaired
old window trim
3 Xanthyreplace screen handles
yard waste bin
4 3 japanese books
washed two screens
recycle bin
5 Xanthy hat
moar apple pruning
6 Xanthy flower skirt
reattached phone cable  x
7 6 jars St Clements marmalade
repair kitchen shade pull
8 6+ jars Awesome Sauce
x x
9 8 jars tomato sauce x x
10 x x x
11 x x x
12 x x x
13 x x x
14 x x x
15 x x x

today's gratitude - online acquaintances who share music I would otherwise not likely hear, that is wonderful..

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