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  1. I'm happy to read your good news. It must feel great to know that you own your truck and finally have a snowball!
  2. With an AT&T phone you can use straight talk for talk.text and data for $45 a month when your contract is up. I use it with my iphone and have good service.
  3. Great deal!! My grocery store had a shopping cart full of lids and packages of lids and rings marked 1/2 price before Christmas so you know I stocked up! I'm ready for canning season!
  4. donna98


    I'm so sorry. We have a 14 and a 15 yr old and will have to make that same decision soon. They're part of the family and it's a difficult decision to make.
  5. It's a great feeling to have all those pretty jars full and ready to use this winter. It's hard work, but so worth it. I feel so blessed to have all of mine too. We've had an abundance in our garden this year and I didn't want to waste any of it. What we couldn't use we've shared with others. It seems like this year we've had food coming in from everywhere. I had a neighbor bring scuppernong grapes which I made into jelly the other day. Another neighbor had a cow butchered from his family farm and couldn't fit it all in his freezers so he was selling the ground beef for $4 lb (good price around here, I've been paying $7). I had run out of ground beef so we bought 20 lbs. Tomorrow we're going to the mountains for apples. It's $15 a bushel. I'll be making applesauce and apple pie filling next week. Usually I can buy butternut and acorn squash for $1 each in that area. It costs a lot more in my area. My DIL planted 150 pepper plants and those are abundant right now. I've frozen corn, zucchini, summer squash, blueberries and strawberries and will be freezing peppers. We have kale, lettuce, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage planted in the fall garden. Tomatoes are still coming, but we're just making tomato juice with the juicer right now. I have enough sauce, salsa, soup and canned tomatoes. This has been a never ending job of preserving food this summer. It will be great this winter when we can have a taste of summer, eat food without chemicals and not have to go to the grocery store! Enjoy all your hard work!
  6. I wish we had one of those auctions around here. The local farmers charge a lot for their produce, if we go out of this county, the prices are a lot lower. I did get 5 dozen ears of corn from a farmer for $12, but at the farmers market it's $5 a dozen. Sounds like you had a productive day. I processed 10 lbs of tomatoes yesterday and I have red peppers and tomatoes roasting now (soup?) Later today I'll get DH to help me cut up the pumpkins. My DIL gave me the peppers, she's cooking more today and is coming over tomorrow to can. She has 150 pepper plants in her yard. She's a plant propagator, Growing a Greener World (on PBS) filmed in her yard this summer, it should be on air in a few weeks. They just hired her to be in 13 espisodes. Exciting time for her.
  7. It has been cooler than normal here and we've had a lot of rain this year. We've never had the garden produce as much as it has this year. I've been canning every other day. I'm sure I've put up 200 lbs of tomatoes this year so far. Not all at once like you are doing. I made 6 pints of salsa and 3 qts of sauce yesterday and I have another 5 dozen tomatoes on my counter waiting for tomorrow. Our cherry tomato plant is producing about 10 cups a week. I've been making tomato, basil pasta, a tomato, corn, zucchini galette, pico de gallo and I found a recipe to make oven sun dried tomatoes (I throw those in the freezer for pizza, pasta, to add to sandwiches). It's a good thing that DH loves tomatoes. I've also found a lot of ways to prepare zucchini. I started roasting them. I cut them up, put them on cookie sheets with a little EVOO, salt and pepper in a 400 degree oven for an hour. I can fit 3 cookie sheets at a time in the oven. After they cool I food process them and then I can make sauce, salsa or soup. Sometimes I throw the garlic, onions, peppers in to roast with them. Saves a little time. I've also put up dill and bread & butter pickles, jalapenos and I made some candied jalapenos for the first time. I blanched and froze zucchini and summer squash. We're getting quite a few butternut and buttercup squash. My DIL gave me some pumpkins that I'm going to roast, food process and freeze. I found directions for basil-2 cups of packed leaves and 1/3 cup of EVOO in the food processor, put a cup in a qt size baggie, flatten it out, freeze and just cut off a piece when you need it. I've been doing that with pizza sauce, too and I'll do that with the pumpkin. I'm trying to just make what I know we will eat. In addition to all the canning I've done, my DIL have been over several times to use my pressure canner. She'll cook her salsas, sauces and freeze it. When she has a quantity she'll come over to can and she's probably put up 80 jars. It's been a busy summer of cooking and canning. I'm not complaining though because we'll enjoy having a taste of summer in the winter. I'll be glad when my kitchen is clean and neat again.
  8. Sounds like you'll be busy, but you'll enjoy it this winter! Our garden has been producing like crazy this year. It's a 12x20 raised bed with a dozen tomato plants. All we did was add some organic compost and water and I've been getting over 30 lbs of tomatoes a week since mid July and down here it will keep producing until the end of Oct. I've been trying to keep up with them, so I know how tired you'll be. I usually cut the corn off the cob and freeze it. It's been an interesting year of canning, we'll have plenty of spaghetti sauce, salsa and tomato soup this winter. Next week I'm going to start canning the tomatoes whole. I'm running out of freezer space, our zucchini squash had an abundant year too and we gave so much away. Peppers are coming like crazy now. We had to pull the squash to make room for the fall garden (kale, cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower). Enjoy your new pressure canner!
  9. I bought a pressure canner a few years ago and started canning again. This year our garden has been very productive. So far I've put up a 122 jars and we probably have another month before peppers and tomatoes stop producing. I didn't think about doing beans. I'll have to do that when the tomatoes slow down. My daughter cans and this year I've been teaching my daughter in law how to can. It's nice to see so many people canning again, plus it's nice to know what is in our food.
  10. My daughter gave my mil her new address a few days ago, but MIL called us tonight for her address to make sure it was the correct address. She does it every year!
  11. Great savings! I did that last year for a huge savings and just called and cut my dish network bill. Sometimes you think that there is nothing else that you can cut, but if you make a few phone calls you can find some great savings!
  12. donna98

    Praise be

    Welcome back! I've missed your stories about your family.
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