It’s the first Saturday after a full week of school. My husband and I both had good weeks teaching at our respective Lutheran schools. That said, we were tired after a busy first week.
We went to bed early and slept until we awoke. I awoke first to the crickets chirping and crossed the dew covered lawn to pick tomatoes. This is what I picked…and there are still tomatoes on our ten tomato plants!
As a result, I spent the day in the kitchen – dicing, chopping, peeling, cooking and canning. I diced enough tomatoes, peppers and onions to make a double batch of my Aunt Renee’s salsa.
Andy and I taste tested to make sure the salsa was to our liking. Yum!
After a long day of canning with my Grandma’s pressure cooker, this is what I have to show for my hard work.
I canned 11 pints of salsa and 4 pints of spaghetti sauce. I’ve learned that I enjoy canning. It makes me feel like I’m fitting in with my Amish neighbors! I’ve also learned that next time I’ll make more salsa with my tomatoes because the tomato sauce cooked down too much to make it worth my while.
Tomorrow, I’ll start making another batch of jam with these blackberries.
The berries will wait have to wait until after church tomorrow. It’s Andy’s installation at St. Paul’s Lutheran School. I’ll celebrate by making jam!