“Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage/journey to Zion.”- Psalm 84:5

Thursday, October 6, 2011

::right now::

Happy... that hubby picked up chickens and they are all snug in the freezer.

Waiting... for the beef and turkeys to come next.

Ordered... onions and will picking them up soon.

Amazed... at how many green peppers we harvested. Now we are eating fresh and chopping and freezing for the winter.

Got... a phone call that on this coming Monday we can pick some crab apples at a friends house.

So that means... more jelly making.

Starting... to bring in the other apples and preserving them. Thinking apple pie filling, more apple sauce, apple butter, dried apples.

Finally shredded... up zucchinis and have enough for 22 dozen for this zucchini muffin recipe. (more might be coming, hopefully)

Need to... freeze the basil harvest.

Dreaming... of making pumpkin butter, pies, and pumpkin scones. ( yes, I said pumpkin scones! )

Thinking... of lighting our first fire in the wood stove this year.

Admiring Hubby's work... he cleaned up the raspberry patch for me. [o= And he has been is cleaning up raised beds in the garden. He is such a sweet hardworking man.

Watching and waiting... for the Italian Plums and certain apple trees to be ready to pick.

Thankful... for a hubby who steps in and helps when I feel overwhelmed with preserving.

Remembering... the year we had a bumper crop of apples and had to pick apples for 7 hours in the first snow of the year on Thanksgiving week end.

Thinking... of all the things I need to do before the Canadian Thanksgiving dinner celebration THIS week end. We host the extended family dinner and 20 are expected.


  1. Wow, sounds busy. I forget how early your Thanksgiving is. I hope you have a great weekend. :)_

  2. Sweet friend, you are one very busy home maker :)


  3. Oh my dearest, sweet Mary-Girl! You are so busy, your harvest is blessed! Wow, that's a load of green peppers! I was thrilled that I came home with about 7 of them from my garden at Christine's, LOL! We made what my mom always called "Italian Salad"...it's just peppers and onions, cut into about 1.5 inch (big bite-size, but not small chopped-size) squares, plus halved-tomato-quarters (quarter the tomato and then cut each wedge in half, so it's bite-size also), tossed in a good standard Italian dressing like Wish-Bone brand, then add salt and pepper to taste. So simple, so good with the crunchy peppers!

    Do you par-boil the peppers prior to freezing them? I'll look here in your comments or on my cbox for the answer (not sure if you'll have time).

    Much love and prayers for energy and stamina as you work your harvest!

  4. Lori-girl,

    No we just flash freeze them in the freezer. What I mean by that is we freeze them on cookie sheets in the freezer and then we store them in freezer bags in the freezer. They way they stay loose and easy to get when we need them. And so easy to measure only what we want too. [o=


  5. Thanks! I think I'm going to do that with onions, then, as well. If I find a good sale on sweet onions, I'll light a few candles (helps burn off the tear-making vapors), then put my chop wizard to work...it chops them quickly, all I have to do is thick-slice them.


  6. Lori you could also dehydrate onions too. It is soooooooooo easy!


  7. Wow you are busy!!! Fabulous pictures! I hope you get to put your feet up a little before your Canadian Thanksgiving fun!

  8. Wow you are busy! The pictures look fabulous. I hope you get to put your feet up a little before your Canadian Thanksgiving fun!

  9. wow your harvest is great. so many green pepper and apples.....all that looks wonderful.
    i wish you a wonderful thanksgiving,

  10. I just love coming here..your world is so different from mine and I wish I could hop in the car to come give you a hand...what a blessing that would be for me.

    I remember canning as a child.

    Go girl...may the Lord continue to strengthen you as you prepare you harvest, may you continue to work like the ant so you aren't like the grasshopper come winter.

    Hugs and blessings

  11. Oh I am Hodel because I had to give my gender!

  12. Thanks so much for the lovely comments you leave on my blog, they always brighten my day!

  13. Wishing... I had half your energy and a good portion of your produce.

  14. What a wonderful bounty of produce God has provided for your family. I have apple sauce bubbling in the crock pot. I remember my mother making it in a big black pot outside. I'm making a much smaller portion but it makes my home smell like autumn and fills my heart with joy. This was a beautiful post and I just praised God for you!

  15. When are you ever going to slow down lol!!
    Wow! Busy and blessed - that's you, my friend!
    Picking the apple harvest in the snow must've been so tough.
    You're a real trooper, Mary :-)

    Blessings in Jesus..Trish

  16. Trish,

    I get to ( and dream of) slowing down on November 20th. Then I will be done with my 2nd craft fair and hopefully most of my canning and preserving. But we will see! [o=


  17. What a harvest! The Lord gave blessings in abundance, my friend! :)

  18. You really know how to prepare for the winter you Proverbs 31er you!! It all looks and sounds perfect.

    Blessings, Debbie

  19. Taking a break from my (not quite as busy) schedule for a little visit here. You are one productive woman! Praying God's blessings upon your Thanksgiving Day and endurance for the continuing days of harvest. Country life is full and blessed!! ~Lisa

  20. I get tired reading about how much you are doing! I'm a little envious too. Perhaps in a couple years I will be back to working very hard in the kitchen too. I hope you enjoy the pumpkin scones as much as we do.


  21. Oh my you are in a busy season! Lovely photos of the apples. And I love pumpkin scones! They are amazing!!!


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