22 July 2011

Productive Friday...

Today has been a productive day. I am in the middle of processing pickles--5 quarts and 2 pints. I also made some homemade laundry soap. The best thing that I did today is related to a slightly embarrassing story. Some of you may remember that I was delighted last Christmas when I received a Kindle from dh. Well, I misplaced it in February! I knew it was in the house because I hadn't taken it out and the people who had visited were all extremely trustworthy. I had crawled under my bed, moved furniture and even looked in the bathroom for it without success. DH looked for it too. He would tease me about it every time he heard the word "Kindle." Today the word came up again and I went on a hunt that lasted only a minute or 2. There, between 2 other books was my Kindle! What a shocker--oh what a wonderful thing! So, there's my confession for the day.

I hope y'all are having a great weekend.

Edited to add:
p.s. I originally had this post titled "Productive Saturday..." and then I realized it was written about Friday! lol!

Yesterday's Canning--1st Batch of Tomato Sauce This Year

Didn't have many tomatoes on hand but I decided to make a small batch of tomato sauce. By the time I cooked down the sauce I ended up with only 2 small (half-pint) jars. That's okay, homemade tomato sauce is so much more tasty than store bought but it is extremely time consuming cooking it down(I cook it down about 1/2 way). Next year, I'm going to try a different variety of tomatoes. Ray heard that Rutgers is about the best tomato to make sauce out of but I've been searching the web and I've seen a lot of good things about Roma. Might try a little of each and see how it goes.  This year, I didn't pay attention to what type of tomatoes I bought, only the price. One thing I don't do is peel my tomatoes. I swish them around the food processor and then strain out the seeds and that saves time and maintains more of the nutritional value. Anyway, here's a look at yesterday's product: