September 3, 2017
Since planting the greens we have had a nice rain, several days of clouds and now two days of sunshine. I will look closely later today to see if any are sprouting, tomorrow marks seven days since they were sown.
From The Garden :
In the mean time I have only gotten 2 quarts per week of okra so I wash, nip the ends and slice into circles and freeze as I get it. I will need to see how many I have put back for the Winter. Its slow because I only have a few small plants but I seem to be managing.
I have cucumbers to eat each week but I have not made anything with those since making the dill pickles.
To read more about dill pickles click here : How to make easy Dill Pickles
Home Canning :
At the moment I have not asked anyone for the fruits I see laying on the ground at this one place, why? I just have not made time, its as simple as that.
But while out shopping I jumped on a couple of excellent deals. I feel that if I do not grow it but I enjoy eating it and I know not a single person that grows it, then I buy it when its dirt cheap.
This week it was eggs! .39 per dozen and Grapes .79 per pound.
I bought 6 dozen of eggs for $2.34 ( that is 3 1/4 cents each egg!) and I bought 8 pounds of grapes for $6.32.
I have made one case (12 pints) of pickled eggs. You would not believe how many people love these eggs as a gift!
Learn How to make pickles eggs click here : How to Pickle eggs
I also home canned 6 half pints (so far) of grapes in light syrup. Yes I understand that you are thinking what?!?!? but if you have ever ate fruit cocktail you have ate those canned whole grapes. It takes about two pounds of grapes to make 6 half pints but at that price its worth it. Plus I already have home canned peaches and pears to make my own cocktail when I want to mix it up.
Blast From The Past :
Another from my journal September 3, 2015
Meat Grinder and Rosco kicks
This morning I worked for the most part doing paper work, gathering up all the recyclables to cash in at the plant and getting me a coupon shopping trip together, then after lunch it was off to work .
I was doing more landlady duties and paying a couple more bills . I had picked up my sister and she had to get some grocery money out of the bank as well when I was making a deposit .
A few days ago, maybe last weekend, We stopped at Dick`s sporting goods for a gift for someone else and I seen a meat grinder that I have been wanting forever . Tony still eats Beef hamburgers and that meat is extremely expensive so I told him I wanted to invest in a grinder for home use and not just for beef but for his deer also . I stopped and bought it today !
I got home late, around 6:30 pm but the dogs was still wanting to walk no matter what so I let slobber box ( Rosco ) and Harley walk me till dark .
While I was walking Tony picked food from the garden and put a little fertilizer on the new plants and a little lime dust .
When it was time to put the dogs back into the fence Harley did not want to come in, I gave him a little pull with the leash and told him " come on Harley " He would not move . Rosco was bouncing around waiting inside for Harley . Then Rosco did something I did ever expect to see in my life . He goes out of the fence where I am standing and talking for Harley to come on in, walks over to Harley takes his front paw and kicks Harley in the butt ! And Harley came on in the fence . :D I reckon Rosco was hungry and tired .
Watching animals interact with each other an be so funny to watch .
Since I have to work tomorrow I will be canning me more pickled okra tonight .
But its all good .
By Andria Perry
Back To Now
Since the calendar has turned over to a new month the weather is obeying with warm to hot days and down right cold nights. I am hoping for the cheaper power bill to come in next month.
A plus is to the cooler weather, I will try my best to get the surroundings cleaned up more, I need many bushes cut back.
How is life on your homestead?
By Andria Perry
Photos by Andria Perry