Thursday, September 15, 2011

being a little domestic

i've been busy being a little bit domestic lately.  last week i froze 65 bags of corn. made lots of raspberry and raspberry-peach jam, and canned salsa.  i've always been a little intimidated by the whole canning process. i've only done it on my own a time or two, but once i actually got the courage/my mom told me it was time i learn, then it really wasn't that bad.  i love the feeling of knowing that my storage supply is building up with all of these fresh foods, saved up for a rainy day.  

the corn process wasn't nearly as bad as i thought it was.  we picked sooooo much corn out on our farm and husked it the night before, and then trae and i got up super early and had it all done by 11 am.  it was so good to have trae help, seriously would have taken me 15 hours without his help.  we are still enjoying fresh corn on the cob but can't wait to dig in our freezer and enjoy it the rest of the year.

(ave sneaking a piece of pre-cooked corn)

(bits of the process)

(she was a serious champ while being neglected for a few hours)

next were the raspberries.  i wish i could explain the awesomeness of these berries.  our farm has 18 rows, each about 75+ yards long, full of the most amazing raspberries.  meag went out and picked yesterday and got 2 gallon buckets full on one row.  it takes forever to pick but i am so in love with raspberries it's always worth it.  i have enough jam to keep me happy this next year, enough frozen in my freezer for smoothies and desserts and will probably keep picking until i am sick of seeing raspberries or until they stop growing, which ever comes first.  they are seriously the size of small strawberries.   these were my pickings last week. 

i didn't document salsa making, but i dont think i'm done yet.  trae's grandparents bring up bags of tomatoes to us daily.  i think i might try marinara sauce or something else with the rest.  hopefully peaches are next and last, and i hope i can get them done before baby girl makes her debut.  oh man, i can't wait for peaches!

here are a few just for fun.

as for baby girl news, she is still growing, and so am i.  i'm the girl who hopes this baby stays put until at least my due date, if not past.  i think i'm getting a little nervous and want her to stay put for as long as possible.  i'm kinda having the same problem as my first pregnancy and continually measuring a few weeks behind. i had a ultrasound a few days ago just to make sure everything is still okay.  i'm a little low on amniotic fluid again, but not yet to the point where they are super worried.  i'm crossing my fingers that i dont have to get started early.  she's a little bit small but looks healthy! can't wait to meet her, well i can wait a little bit longer, but i am getting super excited!

i really do hate pregnant pictures of myself but because i was just searching my blog/computer for a picture of me pregnant with avery and couldn't find one except for right before delivery i decided to take one. i'm about 35 weeks here but this was in the morning and by night i think i about double in size.


Deidra said...

Canning is always such a mess, and then so rewarding after!

My mom has a huge raspberry patch too (used to have just as many strawberries). Last month she kept complaining about having SO MANY BERRIES. I told her I would have been glad to pick them and take them off her hands if I were anywhere close. It's not such a awful burden to have!

Teandra said...

I canned a few weeks ago too. It's tons of work and i'm still trying to decide if it's worth it. I chose to can corn, instead of freeze it. We did peaches and salsa too! as well as jam and butter...yum! You are so teeny you don't even look 6 months pregnant. Hope she stays in there for a few more weeks!

Macey Peterson said...

that $3 buck sweater i got for ave sure is cute. especially with that flower.

im really excited for that corn. you're the best. :)

Jordan & Brooke Brady said...

you look super cute! i'm a bit jealous at all the raspberries you have. i LOVE raspberries!!! I need to go get peaches and raspberries cuz i have wanted to make raspberry-peach freezer jam for a while!! How does it taste? it sounds yummy. Well you look super cute, again. love you girl!

Katie Jane said...

I am so excited for you to have sisters!! It is seriously the best. And I too am soooo jealous of your raspberries.

Curtis and Whitney Giles said...

So jealous of the raspberries!! Best fruit ever! Canning is rewarding when its all done. This was my first year canning green beans on my own, and it is kind of nice to know that you can do it on your own. However, help is always super nice!! I would love your salsa recipe you use! Excited for your new baby!

ThE KeNNeDy'S said...

I want some jam!!! Thats like my favorite, rasberry home made jam!!! Whats ur number miss lis!!! BTW u look amazing for being due next month!!!