- A wine tour of some Traverse City wineries – a great day, and a great way to enjoy time with friends and nice weather!
- A cousin’s wedding – not only did we make it to the wedding, we did so amongst a weekend of camping. Don’t worry, we stopped at my brother’s house for showers before we went!
- More harvesting and preserving – let’s see if I can remember all we did…blueberries – frozen, peaches – frozen AND canned, peppers – frozen, tomatoes – frozen AND canned, elderberries – (collected, de-stemmed,) juiced and canned (and then started wine with!), cucumbers – pickled, zucchini – froze a small amount, 27 ears of corn blanched and frozen, basil – pesto-ed and frozen. Now that I write it all down, I feel a lot better about my “time management” issues. A HUGE thanks to my uncle (gifted me with some sweet corn!), my mother (elderberries wouldn’t happen without you!), my father (waters the garden like every day!) and my husband (constantly turning mountains into molehills!). EDIT: I knew I'd forget something - we also hulled a couple quarts of dry beans. Pic below.
- More recipes – check out this squash/zucchini bake, double chocolate brownies from scratch, and lime yogurt cake with huckleberries.
- Deep cleaning of the apartment – uh…I thought about it several times, and put several related items on my to-do list. They are still sitting on the to-do list, untouched.
last year. It may not be simple, exactly, but I’m still living well. Last year I was getting crushed by all the things on my to-do list, whereas this year I’ve been taking care of business. There’s still a good portion of my to-do list that doesn’t get done, but so far all the time-sensitive matters have been handled.
And a quick guide to preserving peppers!
This doesn't get its own post because peppers are sooooo easy. No blanching required. Chop and freeze!
Okay, so I know that's a lot to read, which is why I'm saving September goals for next week!