I'm thinking this month will slow down a bit. We're done traveling. We've all adjusted to a wonderful sleep schedule. Having a fourth little person feels more normal and natural now that we've had more than a month to adjust. I am even finding the energy and time to do a few canning projects I thought wouldn't happen this summer (thanks in great part to Jamey, my partner in all things).
More than ever before, I'm taking one day at a time. I try to avoid looking ahead to the busyness of fall any more than I have to. It may be August, but it in some ways it feels more like late November. I have so much to be thankful for.
zucchini relish (recipe courtesy of Simply in Season)
Next year we'll space the rigid fencing out a bit farther. While we love the idea of a green bean arbor, having them this close together means picking in (and under) jungle-like conditions. It also means lots of beans!
Back in January, a dear reader named Ann Marie contacted me. She read that I was interested in trying my hand at pressure canning and happened to be helping clean out her grandfather's house. She had come across his pressure canner and offered it to me. Turned out, she is a local reader although we didn't know each other personally. She allowed us to have it at a very generous price. It's an All American. So far, we've only used it for green beans and Jamey's been doing the canning. I'm warming up to trying it myself but feel like I've been doing enough "new" this summer already:-).
Our tomatoes are early and huge this year. I'm not sure why my tomato projects are separating this much in the jars, though. Oh, well. I was a bit nervous to can with Tattler Reusable Canning Lids again since it had been since last fall since I'd used them but it's been a lot less stressful than I thought (I used the word "since" three times in that last sentence). I'm getting a 90%+ seal rate so I know there is some room to keep working on my technique but I'm very happy with the results and am so glad to not have to keep buying and tossing lids.
Thanks to all the rain this summer, Sam's sunflowers have been doing great. He's not always excited about going out and cutting them but bringing in the money sure is fun.
More corn is coming!
Honey bees enjoying a summer evening on their front porches.