Hold tight, sisters, summer is here.
~ I needed to make a list of what was left in the pantry and freezers (how much I over or under shot with how much we'd eat). This will also tell me how much to aim for putting up this year.
~ The pantry needed reorganizing. Empty quart jars needed to be boxed up and stored in the smoke house (our version of an attic) to await applesauce in the fall, jars full of food needed to be moved to the front of the shelves for ease of use and the whole thing needed tidying up. Check. I love it when I walk in my pantry again.
We've been enjoying lettuce and asparagus for several weeks now, but just this past week the strawberries and snow peas ripened and needed picking.
This time of year, the early morning is a very enjoyable time to be out. The sun's warmth is welcomed, the kids are recently fed and well-rested. They're excited to help (it's also early in the year). The little conversations heard across the rows are precious. This is a type of quality time that is often over-looked- this working side by side. There's room for the mind to wander and the questions and comments that come forth can lead to quality time and discussion.
This is our second year of growing snow peas instead of traditional English or garden peas. We just get so much more bang for our buck (or vegetable for our effort) with these and we all enjoy them. I've started freezing them this week.
Strawberries! Our first fresh fruit of the season. We've been eating them straight from the garden, with plain yogurt, with baked french toast, and in baked oatmeal. We've even taken them across state lines to a lake to have with our picnic lunch. The only method of preserving I'll do with these is to freeze them crushed. I have plenty of jam and jelly left over and keeping them in their purest, unaltered state is my goal. We adore crushed strawberries over oatmeal in the winter.Pin It