Monday, August 29, 2011

Making Memories

You might wonder where I've been of late.  True, August had its share of last minute vacations and the chill'uns are back in school but that doesn't completely account for my absence.  Oh no.  This does.


Tomatoes.  And apples.  And summer squash.  Everything ready at once.  Oh, don't get me wrong.  It is not that I'm not grateful the garden has been so busy.  It is just that I find myself in a constant race against the over-ripe clock to freeze the tomatoes, can pasta sauce, turn apples into cinnamon apple chips and dehydrated squash.  All the while, I'm also trying to savor the tomatoes in salsa and fresh over pasta.  Enjoy the apples in apple bars and apple cake.  And squeeze the squash into breads and stir fry.


Remember June and July people?  When I proudly showed off a couple of squash and some herbs?  Remember when I picked my first tomato and relished in every last little nibble?

Me either.  It's all a distant, hazy memory.  But I'm off to ensure that I remember this August alllll winter long.  Happy preserving.


I am linking this post to Homestead Barn Hop, Harvest Monday and Tuesday Garden Party.

11 comments:

dixiebelle said...

Love the jars! I am getting ready to plant our warm season produce, just putting seeds into jiffy pots in our mini greenhouse. I am thinking how an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers and zuchini/ squash will be great!! With those long preserving days months ago for us, it's easy to get excited about the potential!

Laura said...

I just wrote a post about why I can and in the end, I concluded that I like to savor my summers all through the winter. I'm looking forward to taking the final stocked photo of my canning cellar!

Jenn said...

I love the preserving time of year. It's a lot of work, but so full of satisfaction. Especially in January when you are enjoying the fruits of your labor.

Allison at Novice Life said...

You go! I wish I was drowning in all those maters!

angela said...

i can totally relate! feels like i have only left the kitchen this august for work & harvesting! but it will be awesome come winter. :) speaking of, any good ideas for an overflow of eggplant? i've been freezing a lot, but wondering if there's other good preservation methods/recipes to try.

Green Bean said...

@dixiebelle - It is always too busy at the end of summer but you are right. Come winter, we are itching to get back into the dirt.

@Laura - I cannot wait to see your photo too!

@Jenn - So true. Then it is all worth it.

@Allison - Thank you! I am going to can, freeze and dehydrate those little maters.

@Angela - Sorry. I'm not an eggplant girl myself. Hope you find something that works.

Beth said...

When it rains, it pours! I think there are not enough hours in the day in August and September for all the gardening chores (and enjoyment).

Leigh said...

Cinnamon apple chips, yum! What a great idea. Yes, food preservation becomes a non-stop activity at certain times of the year. I was delighted to learn about freezing tomatoes. It enabled me to put off pasta sauce making until I wasn't under a deluge of figs and okra!

Erin said...

The apples look wonderful. I'm going to give that a try!!

Green Bean said...

@Beth - Too true! I think I'm coming out the other side now. Only three things to preserve tomorrow.

@Leigh - So do you plan to thaw the tomatoes out and sauce them at some specific time or just thaw them out as you need them? I'm frozen a ton to help me deal with the onslaught and wonder if I need to get to them before they get freezer burn.

@Erin - Thank you! We've already gone through 2 quart jars of them!!

Laura @ Laura Williams Musings said...

Inviting you the Carnival of Home Preserving on my blog every Friday. Hope to see you there. Laura Williams’ Musings

The most recent edition - http://laurawilliamsmusings.blogspot.com/2012/06/carnival-of-home-preserving-13-come.html - open until Thursday 6/7.

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