Wednesday, September 01, 2010

"I love deadlines..."

...goes the Douglas Adams quote.  "I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."  Joking aside, I do work well with deadlines; self-imposed ones work all right, but external ones kick my butt in gear.

I have several major projects that I really need to work on right now, some of you will know what they are.  :)  I'm very excited about all of them, but it does mean that I need to not spend as much time on the computer.  I need to reduce my Facebook habit to visiting, say, just once a week, my blog posting to maybe once a month, and my blog reading to approximately the same frequency.  I'll really miss reading your blogs; I'm so inspired by all my creative blogging friends, but I need my 9 hours of sleep a day and I need to cut back somewhere.

Before I take a break to tackle my projects, I'll leave you with some home and garden photos.  We bought a 27 gallon pot from Lehman's last year because we were tired of using up all four burners to cook tomato sauce every time we canned.   See a normal large sized pot next to it for comparison:
For the cherry and grape tomatoes we harvest, we like to dry them in the dehydrator. We did 4 or 5 (lost count) dehydrator-full of them. I think we'll have enough sundried tomatoes to last us 5 years.
Our basil harvest this year has been less than spectacular. We had a decent first harvest (made about 8 pints of pesto), but this second harvest was pathetic.  It's been a dry, dry summer.
Our yellow raspberries have also not fared well in the dryness.  Still, we got a tasty few, some of which are here on a rice pudding I made:

The first squash plants were decimated by vine borers, but the second growing has been spectacular!
Dh weeded and mulched the blueberries and it now looks pretty good.

Glutted with cukes, as usual.  So, we made a ton of pickles.  Used the mandolin to slice them up.  That thing scares me.  Dh's cousin had to go to ER after slicing herself on it.
But don't these look yummy? ;)
So, see you in a bit my friends...I'll be baaaaack before you know it!

"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be." ~ Douglas Adams

30 comments:

sherrieg said...

Oooh, I'm curious as to what you're up to. In the meantime, that pot is HUGE, to say the least, and your pickles are beautiful! I am so jealous of your dehydrator and your tomatoes! If you really have that many, you could always send some my way. Hey, shipping would be cheap, too! :) Hope you have a fabulous time with whatever it is you're up to. :)

Suds to Love said...

Goodness, what a huge stock pot, but a great way to go, to reduce the amount of time needed for more batches. Those pickles look awesome, as do your dried tomatoes. Really wish we had a proper yard for gardening... and the time!

TeresaR said...

Sherrie, you just may be surprised by what shows up in your mailbox one day! ;)

Trisha, thanks! I hope you'll have a huge garden of your own soon!

Epicure68 said...

I'm right behind Sherrie in the lineup for dehdydrated tomatoes! And holy pot on steroids Batman, you could cook for an entire nation in that one pot.

Love the rest of your bountiful harvest as well (bountiful compared to what I get). Good luck with cutting back on the computer time, I don't know if there's a patch to help with the withdrawal symptoms.

TeresaR said...

We'll see what we can do for you, Epi! ;D And LOL! re the patch. Why don't you invent that? You'd make lots of money!

Epicure68 said...

I'm sure you can make a bit of room to bring me some to-mah-toes right?

Nah, I'd rather make money the easy, mindless way: starting my own religion. ;D

The Blonde Duck said...

Have fun with your giant pots! :)

TeresaR said...

Epi, whatever works for ya...I'll help you manage your billions, ok? ;>

Duckie, LOL! That could sound very strange.

Together We Save said...

Oh I will miss your posts and visits. Hope whatever project you turn to it is fun for you.

Michelle said...

Hey T! I can relate to how you feel. Now I find myself trying to FB when I'm waiting for the kids to pick out school clothes or find supplies. I find myself missing blog posts and such and now I'm feeling maybe it is better to stay off than a lame attempt to get on :( I have no time management skills at all :(

I'll miss you but understand that you are really busy. So if I stalk you with 500000 emails, it isn't my fault, it is yours because you really leave me no choice. LOL!!

Your rice putting is calling my name! Yum!

I need to talk to you about that dehydrator one of these days. I'd like to incorporate something like that into our household as I think the dried fruits would be great for us as snacks but know nothing about how it is done.

And... what type of basil is that. We purchased some this year (first time) and potted it. It smells awful. It has flowers on it and the leaves are different than yours so it must be a different type of basil. Stinky basil. LOL! I want what you are using.

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

mmmmm basil! still jealous of your garden!

Epicure68 said...

Well natch! I expect you to be standing right next to me when we swindle, I mean, give people what they want.

TeresaR said...

Together, thanks! I'll miss your posts too as I cut down on some blog-reading time.

Michelle, you crack me up! Please stalk me all you want; you know where to find me. ;) I'll email you about the rest, 'K?

Misty, gardening is a bit easier when others help out. Many ppl I know who try to garden often fizzle out when the weeds are winning the war; it's because weeding is seriously hard! And then you have to harvest and process on top of that. :}

Epi, bwahahaha!

Under the Willow said...

I want to be neighbors!!!!! I love all the fruits and veggies that you harvest, etc.... AND omgooodness that is the BIGGEST pot I've ever seen!!!

Under the Willow said...

I want to be neighbors!!!!! I love all the fruits and veggies that you harvest, etc.... AND omgooodness that is the BIGGEST pot I've ever seen!!!

TeresaR said...

It'd be tons of fun having you as a neighbor! We'd give you lots of veggies in exchange for my watching you make soap...I love watching artisans/crafters work! The pot is so big, I can barely wash it in our sink, and my sink is not very shallow either. :)

Amber said...

Wow-ee!!! You hear that coughing sound? That's me choking on your dust. ;)

Everything looks so amazing. You are truly so gifted at running your house. I wish I had half your drive!

And the raspberries on the rice pudding looks heavenly. We just finished up a nice batch of rice pudding a few days ago and I think I might need to make some more now...

TeresaR said...

Amber, get freakin' out! Your nose is getting long from lying. ;D You are 1,000 times the domestic goddess that I am. If dh didn't do so much of the gardening and harvesting and processing, I'd not have this little blog. My blog would be "The One Thing I Accomplish Each Week".

Teri said...

Oh, I will miss you, but I totally get it. Enjoy your break with all the other life activities.

Those pickles look delish. What kind? Even your "slim" pickings from your garden FAR exceed anything we could ever hope for here in our little bitty yard.

MyKidsEatSquid said...

I'm inspired by all of your cooking and gardening efforts. Fresh, sun-dried tomatoes sound heavenly and white raspberries--yum. I'm hooked on white nectarines and really and fruit or veggie that's an unusual color. I made roasted purple potatoes last weekend. I'm bummed you won't be blogging more.

TeresaR said...

Teri, I knew you'd understand! :) You'd be surprised at how much one little basil or cucumber plant can produce.

Squid (I love that!), thank you! What variety is your purple potato? Ds#1 picked Peruvian Purple one year, but it was a fingerling type and we didn't care much for it.

The Blonde Duck said...

Hope you had a good labor day!

The Blonde Duck said...

Hope you had a good labor day!

Michelle said...

That is the biggest pot I've seen yet! My how fruitful your garden was this year. I canned pickles too!! I didn't slice them all neat and tidy like you guys did but I cut them into spears instead. Good luck with all your projects Teresa! Just a warning, my next post will have a big fat Quincy pose on it just for you. :))

xoxo

Lots of love and hugs!

Michelle and the kitties

Maureen said...

Teresa, I have a blog award for you! It's posted at http://www.homeschoolmo.com/2010/09/my-first-blog-award.html.

Joanna said...

You are amazing.

Homesteading Queen.

suzanne cabrera said...

Look at you!!!! Wow, have you ever been busy. You're like a squirrel, saving for winter. In fact, you're way better than a squirrel....lots more than nuts here!

sonnenblume said...

very nice blog ! Best wishes from Germany !

Anne-Marie said...

You have been so uber busy! That is a bunch of tomato sauce AND tomatoes. You are my canning, cooking, home ec hero. =)

Michelle said...

Welcome home! I can't wait to see pictures of your vacation!! I posted some pics of Quincy just for your homecoming. ;)