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Archive for August, 2009

It’s been awhile since we gave any updates.  My mind is often blogging, but unfortunately there’s just not enough hours in the day to actually get on the computer and type… in between the gardening, canning, and caring for the normal day-to-day with little children, and nursing a three-month old.  Amazingly, he expects to be fed every 3 hours!  Usually he needs me about the time I’m trying to load the canner with the next batch of jars.

I must admit, I’m not good at multi-tasking…but often I have ten things going at once and it drives me crazy!  Then I must take a breath and at the end of the day let the undone stay undone….sigh…

It’s been an exciting, busy and sometimes stressful summer.  Our garden has done well.  We are so thankful to YHVH’s blessing on our harvest.  Here’s a recent picture from the summer…

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This is my second summer to use my pressure canner.  I really enjoy getting our pantry stocked up.  It’s a lot of work, but it’s very rewarding to preserve food this way.  Most all of our jars belonged to Paul’s grandmother.  A few years ago they were passed on to us.  We are so thankful!  I often think of her when I’m filling the jars.  These are the very same jars she labored over for her own family too. 

That very thought comes to mind often when I think of women of the past.  I realize more and more everyday that we have no clue what is real work.  Maintaining a large garden to feed your family year round was a necessity just a couple generations ago.  A couple other bloggers whom I frequent have great ideas to share on this very subject…visit them at Vaughnshire Family blog
and Country Hearts Blog

Here’s little excerpt from Country Hearts at Home….very thought provoking…

“I realized that I had become dependent on the local grocery stores to provide my every need as far as food goes. I was beginning to wonder, how would I provide food for my family if something happened and the stores were not able to keep the shelves stocked? Am I ready to feed my family during a local, national or economic disaster? As the keeper of my home, these were serious questions.
Furthermore, how am I preparing my daughters to be keepers of their future homes in regards to this issue? Surely I can teach them how to make weekly/monthly menus and grocery lists or teach them how to find the best deals through coupons or weekly sales. Those skills are very important when if the grocery stores are overflowing with food, but what if that was to change some day? Perhaps this would not happen in my lifetime, but what about my children and grandchildren? What kind of skills can I pass down to the next generation that will be of great value during a difficult time? “

For me, in addition to these reasons there are also other reasons for learning these skills. When you preserve your food, you know exactly what has been done to it and what has been added to it. Once you make the initial investment in the items you need (canner, tools, jars), you are preserving food much cheaper than what you would spend to purchase the food, plus factor in the nutritional value and there’s just no comparison.

If canning is something you’re interested in doing…I encourage you to try it out. It’s pretty simple and a great skill to learn!

Feel free to send me questions if you have any about canning.
Blessings to you~
Ma

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