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Friday, October 22, 2010


We harvested an artichoke off the plant yesterday, so cool that it's still producing! I've been working on my other blog but still have a ways to go before I'm ready to show the skirts.  Meanwhile, my garden is, as always, a peaceful place to be.  The broccoli, cabbage, carrots, etc. are all doing fine!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pressure Canning Spaghetti Sauce

Yesterday I pressure canned for the first time, making homemade spaghetti meat sauce.  It's awesome! It went very well.  My electric Maytag range burner did very well...and I just stood there and adjusted the temperature often until it settled in.  I made sure it never went below 10 pounds (and in fact kept pretty much at 13 pounds) for 75 minutes as required by the Blue Preserving Book for spaghetti sauce.  Tomorrow we'll have spaghetti but I'm using what's left from the process instead of opening up a newly canned jar.

But I'm so excited.  Chicken breasts are next.

Sunday, October 3, 2010


Yahoo!!! Our first cantelope of the year! Awesome color and flavor. We're very happy about that!!!