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August 9th, 2019 at 01:47 pm

Busy seems the operative word around here, but that's fine. I've been canning. I have 27 pints and 7 quarts of spaghetti sauce and 1 quart and 3 pints of tomato juice so far. I bought a bunch of different kinds of apples and made apple sauce and realized 3 quarts and 3 pints. It takes a lot of apples to make that much. I found canning lids about half price at Kroger so I stocked up.It seems the packages of chicken always have more chicken than what we can eat for one serving, but not enough for another meal often enough, so I often freeze the extra and then use it to make chicken broth. I think I canned 3 quarts of it as well a couple of pints. My pantry is filling up with the other stuff I've canned so far and it is a good feeling. There are a couple of folks I give home canned stuff to for Christmas because they appreciate not only the work, but the flavor. I have used my Crockpots for the applesauce as well as the chicken broth and I bless the soul of whomever came up with the idea of a slow cooker. I certainly get my money's worth out of mine. How about you?

I've been crocheting scarves to go with hats for my church group. Yesterday the local TV station decided to do a little story on us out of the blue so that worked out OK. It seems anytime they do that, we get a few more new people and that's great. As of yesterday, we are up to 1377 hats, 67 scarves, and 82 baby hats, all of which will be donated this fall. Two of my friends joined our group yesterday and the ladies asked how we knew each other and the mister said we had taught together. Then he proceeded to tell them that they stopped by our house for dessert last week and I would not give them ice cream until they learned how to use the knitting looms. The ladies laughed heartily at that -- anytime they can find something to tease me about, they are delighted. I'm soooo glad I can bring such joy to them! Seriously, it was all done in good fun and it makes things a lot more enjoyable. And to set the record straight, we had the ice cream before I showed them how to use the knitting looms just in case you were wondering. Smile

We had an issue with my car. My air conditioning wasn't cooling very well and so we figured it needed to be recharged. Well, seems it needed a new seal as well as recharging, then the power steering needed a new seal, and then another thing went wrong. Talk about Murphy not only visiting, but moving in! Egad...$1200 later - Murphy had better had moved on!

I strained my eyes doing some embroidery so I've had a week where I would have to watch myself. It was my own stupidity -- I get started on something and I don't want to quit until I finish and embroidery is detail work. Oh, well.

My "troll" Sandy commented on a post I wrote a couple of months informing me I was as snarky as ever since she decided to stop by. Lucky me, eh? I really wonder if she is someone that knows me in "real life" and is figuring this is a way to be mean without my knowing her identity. Someone had mentioned that the last time and I'm beginning to think that might be the case. I really wanted to respond something back, but then realized that would be indeed snarky, so I'm letting it go. Not worth it.

Oh, I am adding this...my computer printer died a couple of years ago so I have been without one. Although it hasn't been a horrible inconvenience, there have been times I wished I had one to print something. Someone donated one to church and our pastor remembered that I was without one and suggested I might want it. I scored a working printer for free. Since most of the stuff I print is for church anyway, that worked out exceptionally well. I just have to buy a replacement color cartridge, but that is OK fine with me!

Hope things are going well for all of you, even Sandy!

11 Responses to “Friday”

  1. Dido Says:

    Wow, lots of hats and scarves!! Good for you! But do take care of your eyes doing the embroidery.

    I used to use my Crockpot a lot, but stopped when I got the Instant Pot electric pressure cooker. I never really felt comfortable leaving an electric heating device on all day when I was away at work. These days I’ll do a few batches of basics like potatoes, eggs, and chicken breasts over the weekend so that I have meal bases, then cook things like a burger or some veggies in the air fryer during the week. If I don’t get my batch cooking done on the weekend, I end up eating out way too much. This happens at least once a month.

    I only tried canning once. Not for me—I lack the domesticity gene but more power to you who can take advantage of the savings from your efforts!

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Dido, I can understand not wanting to leave an appliance on while you are away. Fortunately I am home most of the time. Your Instant Pot sounds like a good value.

    My mom always told me I was too stupid to learn to can. I read about it and watched videos. I probably am not perfect, but I do my best.

  3. CB in the City Says:

    I doubt Sandy knows you. I think she has commented on my blog, and others. Don't let her get under your skin. We know you better, and you know we all think you are a star!

  4. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks, CB. I didn't realize Sandy has commented on your blog and others. I enjoy reading your blog! Have a fine weekend!

  5. fireandi Says:

    Gosh - you have been busy! That's a lot of canning and crocheting and knitting. You're so generous. I love hearing about how you enjoy making others happy. It brought a smile to my face.

    Also yay for the free printer!

  6. Wink Says:

    I love my crockpot and use it all the time! It has really helped me to stay on track with meal planning and eating better. Nothing better then homemade sauce!

  7. crazyliblady Says:

    I don't can, but I do chop and freeze onions and bell peppers. I also blanch and freeze tomatoes and carrots. When the price of produce goes way up in the winter, it helps to have some of the bounty of the previous summer. I also have a crockpot and just love it for making chili and stews. I had one years ago, but it only lasted a few years and only just got around to buying another one a couple of months ago. I can do my cooking much more efficiently and without heating up the house so much.

  8. Creditcardfree Says:

    You know who has commented on my blog with a similar time. I had James, the site admin, look into it. She was similar in time on many blogs and his take was it is someone with a mental illness. I know just delete said persons comments. It's been awhile for me.

  9. rob62521 Says:

    Thanks for the kind comments, Wink, Crazyliblady, and CCF. I appreciate the heads up on you know who, CCF.

  10. Lucky Robin Says:

    I use my crockpots to cook down tomatoes for sauce. I can just put them in and let them go overnight and they are usually reduced by half when I get up the next day. It saves me a lot of time slaving over a hot stove.

  11. rob62521 Says:

    That's a great idea, LR! I will have to try it!

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