I'm just now getting ready to go to sleep...and have no doubt I'll nod off quickly! I was on a "canning" roll today, preserving goodies for my family during the winter. I started off yesterday with a mere 20 quarts of our own green beans (and plan to do another two bushel in a few hours after waking up) then continued today with pears -- 66 quarts of pears! 21 of spiced pears (cinnamon and clove), 21 of vanilla pears, and the rest just "plain" pears! After shelling peas along with Tony and my in-laws (and a bit of help from Luke!), I wrapped up the night canning 16 pints of peas...those will be for Tony and Luke as Susi takes after her Mama and wants nothing to do with them!
My parents recently found a second canner for me at a garage sale. It looks to be brand new! And I'll tell ya, that extra canner has made a world of difference. Now, when one batch is done processing, I can immediately start another load while the first one is depressurizing. (Yeah, those of you who aren't familiar with canning probably have no idea what I'm talking about!)
there's something so deeply satisfying in preserving food for your family for the winter. Today was just the start. I hope to can lots of tomatoes, tomato juice, spaghetti sauce, chicken soup, maybe some beef stew, and peaches before this canning season is over. And it's been a blast teaching my niece Tessa how to can as well.
Before closing, I did want to do a follow up to the Wolff family. Lowell did go home to be with Jesus Wednesday morning. Please continue to pray for their family during this time of earthly loss.