Too Many Projects (I’m ready for Fall!)

I was all set to do a series on the many projects we have going on, but honestly it’s just been too much. By the end of the day, I’ve not felt like using any brain power to write. I just needed some mental space. In the middle of the pandemic, and gardening and canning season my daughter-in-law needed surgery which would require 8 weeks of down time. Along with 5 kids and 4 adults who expect to eat every day, this required every bit of strength and energy to get through each day.

Sarah would homeschool the children after she had a few days of recovery time. The children were good about getting their own breakfast and lunches. Sarah made sure to have plenty of foods that made it easy for them.

John pitched in to weed and water our huge garden that was rapidly producing. We’ve never had a garden that produced in this quantity. I would pick and can whatever was needing it the most.

We purchased Mrs. Wages Pickling mixes earlier in the season so we’ve canned Polish Dill, Kosher Dill, Spicy Pickles, and Jalapeno Pickle Relish. We’ve kept John supplied in cucumbers and onions mixed with vinegar. We’ve given cucumbers to our neighbors and relatives. I’m out of ideas for cucumbers! Any ideas? Maybe I should try to make dehydrated cucumber chips. I know they are pretty good breaded and fried.

The tomatoes have been bountiful. We have heirloom varietys and the standard Big Boys which are doing great. I’ve canned whole and diced as well as dehydrating them. Recently I pressure canned okra and tomatoes. When I was growing up my Mother would fry some bacon with diced onions and add a can of okra and tomatoes. Delicious! I’m the only one in my immediate family who likes okra cooked this way. Everyone else wants okra fried.

I’ve been slicing okra, dipping it in buttermilk and egg and rolling it in a half/half mixture of flour and cornmeal. Each piece is frozen separately on a cookie sheet and then put in a gallon bag in the freezer. This is the traditional Southern way of cooking okra.

We’ve been blessed with an abundance of squash, pumpkins, banana peppers, jalapeno peppers, basil, zucchini, green beans and beans of every variety. Not sure what to do with all these peppers!

Yesterday I was really excited to find this!

There are many more projects going on around The Prairie but need to get busy for now. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy. My prayers are for those battling Covid and for the families who have suffered so much from hurricane Laura.

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