It sure makes one feel better when the sun comes out after a long period of rain! Yesterday I went out and pulled some nice rutabagas and began washing, peeling, and getting them ready to can. They were so nice I asked Will if he’d go down and pull some more. We do love rutabagas, not only as a side dish but in our favorite pasties (that’s a pie crust folded in half over stewing meat, carrots, potatoes, onions, and rutabagas — not what strippers wear!), stews, roasts, and soups. Although I’m being careful of what I put up, as canning jars are non-existent on store shelves, I wanted to can up a whole bunch. So I did some quarts, a lot of pints, and half-pints. There are still lots left over too! I think I’ll be going through my pantry to see what older, not so favorite stuff I can dump out in the chicken pen to reuse the jars for more tasty foods.
Our friend, Heather, who is kind of a part-time apprentice, came over and while I pulled our last carrots, helped Will take the tomato cages and stakes off dead plants in the Sand garden. Out of one 25-foot row of Kuroda carrots, I got two five-gallon buckets, chuck full of very big and beautiful sweet carrots. Our other row was Scarlet Nantes and they, also, were excellent this year. I can’t wait to get to canning them up starting this afternoon. We love our carrots and I fix them in so many different ways I like to have lots canned up.
Will is busy getting the firewood in he’s been cutting up in the big yard by the sawmill into the woodshed. With sunny and dry weather, the woodpile out there has dried up so the wood will be put in nice and dry. Wet wood in the woodshed, even though it’s very dry, just doesn’t burn as well as does dry, dry wood. And it seems like it never dries out when stacked inside. So we like to get it in dry and keep it that way. We’ve been having cold nights, so a wood fire sure feels great in the evenings! Even our dog, Hondo, loves the fire. He lies down right in front of the stove and watches the fire, just like we do. Hey, dogs are smart! — Jackie