I picked green beans every 2-3 days, and I was able to pressure-can my first batch this week! I put up two quarts and five 24oz. jars. The 24oz. jars are new to me, but I really like the size for our family - it's the perfect amount of green beans for us. So, on that note, I posted on Facebook (locally) that I was looking for more jars of this size, and a friend of mine had 14 of them for me! I brought her wide mouth quarts, which she prefers - win-win!
I also harvested kale, zucchini (lots of zucchini!) and peaches! I shared some zucchini with a friend who did not garden this year. We ate some of the kale (and will have more this coming week) and we enjoyed some fresh peaches. I also put up a batch of peach jam and another batch of peach-almond jam. I used the remaining peaches to make some fruit leather. We will be harvesting more peaches and green beans this week.
|Our fruit leather was difficult to remove from the trays. |
I will try a thin coat of oil next time.
I planted some seeds for fall - mostly beets, radishes and lettuces. I am patiently watching our cucumbers grow, and less-patiently watching my tomatoes stay green. C'mon, yall! It's time to ripen, pretty please?
I was able to get fresh pineapples for 77 cents each this week! Husband found coupons for Nature Valley Granola bars, and after the coupons doubled at the store, the granola bars were money-makers. I purchased four boxes, and self-check rewarded with me four pennies and a Catalina coupon for $2 off my next purchase at Safeway. Woo hoo!
I joined the local gardening club a few weeks ago, and this past weekend they had a brunch. It was a pot luck affair, with the club providing beverages and meat. I took some deviled eggs that I made with eggs from our hens. I garnished them with chives and borage flowers - they were quite pretty. I filled the center of the plate with dilled green beans and carrots. I also took some fruit-oat bars. For fruit I used apricots and peaches from our trees. I wanted to take things I had grown, at least in part! The brunch was really nice, and the people were very welcoming and friendly. There were lots of door prizes - more door prizes than there were attendees, so many of us went home with more than one item. I'm now the proud owner of a cute turtle planter and a new (to me) variety of sedum. One of the members of the club told me that this type of sedum spreads well, which is good news to me!
|Before many of the spectators had arrived. The stadium was about 60% full for the |
game - plenty of fans, but it did not feel crowded.
We went to a professional baseball game. It was a lot of fun! Husband found a great price on tickets, and each ticket included some credit for food at the park. We also took water and snacks from home. It was fun, we were in the shade, and best, the Rockies won! Rain was a possibility, so I picked up three rain ponchos at Dollar Tree. It did not rain, so I exchanged them for 200 ct. boxes of facial tissue, since that will be more useful for us in everyday situations.
How was your week? What did you do to spend less, save more and make do?