Organizing and more

Can you believe the summer is almost over? I sure can’t. Here is a little of what I’ve been up to the last couple of weeks. I have been reading this organizing book since I have a strong urge to move stuff out of here! I really like her idea of organizing not by room,…

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How to: Tomato Leather

We have been blessed this summer with an ample supply of tomatoes. Our freezer is full of tomato sauce, puree, marinara sauce, and slow roasted tomatoes. I’ve also dried lots of these red jewels and Dave’s made ketchup. So I thought I’d try making leather again. I made some several years ago but it didn’t…

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Drying & Using Tomatoes

Over the past five years here at Happy Acres we’ve found that Juliets are one of our favorite tomatoes to dry. They are good fresh (Dave made some killer salsa the other day with them), but drying really brings out the flavor. So last week I harvested almost 10 pounds from our four plants. This…

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Harvesting Heaven

The harvest here this year has been unbelievable. Now, the cherries and blueberries didn’t do real well, but the other fruits and veggies are coming on strong. Because of that, we’ve decided to break down and get another freezer. This one is a chest freezer that will be dedicated to meat and fish. Right now,…

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Our Sweet Juliet

I know. I just can’t stop singing her praises! After pouring my first cup of coffee yesterday, I got dressed (long pants, tshirt, sunhat and Off slathered all over my body) and went down to find our sweet Juliets. It was another drying day for these beauties.¬† I had no idea that I would end…

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Putting Up Our Harvest

I’ve been busy drying tomatoes and putting up our blackberries and blueberries. Before I write more about that, Kristina had asked what the tomatoes look like when they are dried. I’ve never looked at them side by side, and thought it would be neat to see how they compare. Here is our favorite to dry…

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It’s Drying Time Again

Well, it’s that time of the year. The tomatoes are really starting to ripen so I’ve got the dehydrator going. For information on our dehydrator see this post. As I mentioned there, I sure wish I would have bought the larger tray version instead of just five trays. It’s fine for right now, but it…

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