"There is rhythm to being a farmgirl. It is the rhythm of working hard when there is work to be done. It is the rhythm of finding joy in the "doing" of the work. It is also the rhythm of slowing down to enjoy each moment."
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- Started your homeschool year (we began Monday, 8/23), and spent this first week working out the kinks.
- Got a call from a dear friend notifying you that...surprise!...he's flying up from FL (we live in IL) to take a training class from Bryan, to learn how to start his own business...and he'll arrive in 4 days!
- Harvested (with the help of your dear friend, mine is Christine!) MORE GREEN BEANS!!! (You now have 4 or 5 pounds of the tasty critters!)
- Found the Red Haven Peaches from Michigan's Gunderson Orchards irresistable, so you bought a 1/2 bushel of them, and spread them out all over your kitchen table to ripen for 1 or 2 more days.
- Took your arthritic, 11 y.o. labrador retriever to the kennel so they could bathe her (because you are too arthritic yourself to wrestle a resistant 90 pound dog through a bath)...she's so soft now!
- Created, printed, and cut 300 flyers with coupons for your son's business, so you/he can hand them out to everyone at the Farmers Market on Saturday since it's his LAST MARKET DAY for this season (celebrate!!!) and you want them to keep coming to the home workshop for sharpening service.
- Made time to spend an evening visiting at a dear friend's home...the BEST! :-)
By the time I'd finished packing my 5th quart of lovelies, and ladled in the syrup, the first 2 jars had cooled a bit. But it was almost 1:00am, and I wasn't thinking too clearly. Into the boiling canner water they went...one, two, three, four...
Yay! Time to put in the final quart for the evening, then I could put my feet up for 30 or 40 minutes and watch TV! I lowered it into the center holding spot...
POP!!! Wow, what was that? Did a lid grab hold and seal already? Hmmm...odd...that can't be right...
I lifted the jar up out of the water...it was a whole lot lighter. That's when I realized what had happened...the bottom of the jar had broken clean off, and the peaches, along with all the syrup, were floating in the boiling water. The broken glass had settled to the bottom of the canner.
How fun is that at one o'clock in the morning??? I thought about just letting it continue to process, but then I remembered that it was processing in sugar syrup, and the sticky mess that I envisioned on the jars, not to mention the possibility that they may not seal because of it, changed my mind. I pulled out the other four quarts, rinsed them off, then put them in my refrigerator for the night.
- Just freeze those 4 jars of peaches? (They were prepared as raw pack in light syrup according to the Ball Blue Book of Canning; I did NOT prep them the way they say to for freezing.)
- Dump them into a colander, rinse them well, re-treat them to prevent darkening (I just use lemon juice), pack in clean jars, make fresh sugar syrup, and then try again, this time making sure everything is nice and hot when it goes into the canner? (This is my inclination...)
- Dump them into a colander, rinse them well, then make something else out of them? (I already have anough pie filling for 3 peach-blueberry pies...one of my favs!)
|Chow Chow Relish; Salsa|
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♥Grow it yourself?
♥Make it in your kitchen using REAL FOOD (not processed food product)?
♥Make it with your own two hands instead of buying it at ***-Mart?
♥Do something with your way of life that's connected you back to this beautiful green earth (what's left of it, anyway!) that God has given us?
If so, you've got the Heart of a FarmGirl, whether you live in the country,
the city, or the suburbs!
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