In The Kitchen With….

Man…if you knew me…this title would make so much more sense. (insert eye roll)  The salsa I canned with SB last Saturday was a huge hit at work and I had requests for birthday presents and or Christmas presents. I thought it would be a good idea to can some more. My canner isn’t as big as SB’s and how in the world did I forget in 1 week that the processing time was 40 minutes? Needless to say…I was in the kitchen most of last night.  I have 12 more pints so that is a good thing!

I spent some time moving things around in the basement today. I am in no way done but I have a good start. Now that I have been here three Summers I feel more certain of where things should go. I have miles to go but I am getting there. I know I am not done canning for the year and this is what my shelves look like so far….The shelves where I store my jars need an overhaul as well. The half bushel cardboard containers fit better than the old crates. The old crates might make a nice upcycled Christmas arrangement with photos of the family for the family history project….maybe? I’m still thinking about that one.My canning shelves will thin out after Christmas for sure but I have canned more this year than I have in a while. Plus I am playing more with fermented vegetables. I have some hot banana peppers fermenting on the counter as we speak. Every day I “burp” them and get a whiff…. they smell scrumptious.

I purged a few jars from 2018 and early 2019 which open up some new possibilities since the smaller jars are hard to find right now. There is a gingered cranberry-pear chutney I am dying to dry! I always have frozen cranberries on hand so I can make the dark chocolate cranberry brownies for my work peeps….I can’t eat them but I can make them. They are always a big hit! This means I have everything I need to make the chutney mentioned above.

The Girl and I spent a brief time at the neighbor’s pool yesterday. The water was cool and I never made it all the way in but I hung out on the steps, mostly submerged. At this point of the game…it’s all about the vitamin D. Even one of the neighbors said “she doesn’t need the pool, just throw a bucket of water on her and give her a towel.” In the middle of summer I need the pool, now I am just there for the company and the excuse to soak up what little sun is left. I treat every day at the pool like my last…this Wednesday might be the last but who knows for sure?

Between the sun and the mask I gave the no foundation thing a go, but I couldn’t do it. I have worn foundation since 7th/8th grade so to go without was a big deal for me, especially with the grays. I think I have found a happy medium with BB cream. I don’t think I could have gone from foundation straight to BB cream,the three weeks with nothing made all the difference. BB cream is a nice compromise for me, I’m too vain/self conscious to go with nothing. I can honestly say I gave it a try.

I’m still dreaming of my grandma and the farm so I am not sure what that is about, other than not giving up on the genealogy? KB would never let me give up, anyway …she has become quite the expert! Genealogy, Kentucky, manifestation, all of these things tend to be tied together… I guess we will see where this goes?

I am typing all of this while listening to Front Range Radio’s interview with Zak Sloan. I almost feel like I know both of them, just from listening over the years. If you get a chance, you should give them a listen….Zia



About dragonflyzia

I am just a woman finally accepting that I was never meant to be in the box. I don't fit into any stereotypes, please don't try and label me, that doesn't work either. I am embracing my uniqueness in ways that are new and challenging to me, so that I may continue to grow and never stop learning.
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4 Responses to In The Kitchen With….

  1. So very kind of you to say. Thank you very much. I am looking for ghost stories if you have any good short ones.

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