Monday, September 19, 2011


I'm all over the place today, so this post might be a bit less than tidy.

I tried drying carrots this past weekend thanks to your recommendations.  I almost laughed my head off when I saw what seven trays of carrot slices turned into 6 hours later.  I was in such denial that I reconstituted one of the dried slices in water and, sure enough, it popped back into it's flattened, slice-y self.  If I have some time, I'll do another dryer batch this week.  You'd think I've never dried anything before, but I have.  You all should go dry something.  It's hilarious.

Yep, it all fit in a pint jar.

A science project about camouflage that incorporates math that both a kindergartener and a 4th grader loved?  Worth the potential hyper-ness.

My dream team.

Oh, and if you need an idea for dinner this week, pull some frozen corn, potatoes, canned tomatoes and some of those peppers in your garden, and make a big 'ole batch of Brunswick Stew.  It freezes really well.  I put 4 quarts in the freezer and served the rest with Oatmeal Rolls for Sunday lunch.

 Forgive my jumping around.  It's just one of those days:-).
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  1. fun time in school by the looks of things! I gotta try this soup.I went to go look at the recipe,that is a hearty soup

  2. Hi Jane, When you mentioned dehydrating carrots I smiled because we used to dehydrate apricots and peaches and came to the same conclusion-so much work and time and we'd get a ziploc bag full. Loved seeing your kids using scittles-I'll have to tell our daughters about that trick.
    Have a great week. Noreen

  3. Hey, with your three kiddlies and all the rest you do on a daily basis, I'm surprised you have the energy (let alone the brain power) to type a post!

    The other dehydrated veggie that knocks me flat is onions. I spend hours and hours (well, it seems that way) slicing onions and trying every trick under the sun to keep my eyeballs from burning out of their sockets, and what do I end up with? A quart of dried onions. Seriously though, if we had carrots and onions alone we could come up with a tasty soup, couldn't we? (Okay, maybe we would stew an old rooster to add a little substance.) ;o]

  4. I totally recognize that science experiment. We did that one last year (Exploring creation series?)!
    I guess one of the cool things about dried foods is that they are so light and compact! :) Love the curly carrots!

  5. How funny that carrot story was! LOL! How fun that they re-plump when added to something liquid. Today my dehydrator was drying soaked pecans...just recently learned about the benefits of soaking and then drying raw nuts...yummy! :)

    Have a fabulous week Jane!

    Many Blessings,

  6. haha - I'm so glad I'm not the only one that has those non-focused days where I'm happy but just, you know, crazy.

  7. I finally got around to trying your Brunswick Stew yesterday. I was super lazy and threw it all in the crock pot after the chicken was cooked. Delicious! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.


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