Sunday, September 4, 2011


Good Morning Everyone,

Well, the cool air that we were told would come is finally here.  Yesterday, (Sat) it was chilly, and the wind was blowing about 25-30 mph and I went to the farmer's market and it was cool.....felt good, but chilly, when a few days ago earlier, it was 100* F.  So it was a change.  I am not sure what the temp was Sat morning, but this morning, (Sunday), at 7 am, it was 38*F.  You could see your breath this morning when I went out to get the paper.  My tea tasted very good this morning. and it is so wonderful not to turn the AC on.  I want to give that poor AC some time off, it has run since the first week of July and has not been turned off, and I want a break from the damn electric bill too!
I am hoping this cool air gets to my southern readers, and a hope of rain to them also.

I am getting ready to process again today.  Since it is cool, I can work a little better.  I got beautiful red peppers and some orange sweet peppers from my favorite vendor from the market, and I will do my pepper spread probably on Monday, or Tuesday.  I have to roast the peppers so I need to fire up the smoker and do them and let them sweat and develop flavor. Then puree them with onions and garlic in the food processor and then I will place the mixture in my crock pot to heat so it does not burn and then put it in canning jars and can and then I am done for a little while.  I also am going to get next week, some small red onions to pickle and can, and then look for something adventurous to try that I have never done before. Not sure what, but I will keep my eyes open.

The vendors at farmer's market have told me that it was a mixed year, some things did very well, other things didn't do good at all.  Some, like my pepper lady, had a wonderful pepper season, while others who grow peppers, had a bust season.  It is funny how people's gardens and farms, some of the farms are separated by 100+ miles apart, while others where separated merely by blocks, had success or failure.  I have my opinions, but I seen a bizarre of strange weather this year all over the country and here as well.  We didn't even have a spring so to speak, just winter, then summer, now it is fall-like now.  Go figure.

Well, other than that, I don't have much to talk about.  I am enjoying the quiet, and solitude. 
Well, I had better get off my duff and get to processing all of this produce. 
Take care everyone, have a great Labor Day holiday and have a great up coming week.

Hugs to all.


  1. Hurray for you Denim ~ Cooler air, being able to turn off the a.c. I hope it stays nice for you for awhile before really cold weather comes. At least with the cooler weather processing your goodies is more of a joy to do. Your photos of all that you've put up look wonderful!

    I hope you have a great week. I've been embroidering with some of your beads again this morning, while a loaf of Parmesan/Pepper bread has been baking in the machine. It was just too dang hot and humid for me to work outside.

    Have a nice holiday tomorrow.


  2. We haven't cooled off much, yet. The very early morning hours are a tiny bit chilly...but then it warms up to the 90's quickly. I don't like canning in the heat..but it must be done. Today I'm working on Asian pears, peppers and summer squash...this will be an all day process...but we'll eat well this winter.

  3. wow! you have been busy, all your produce in the photos looks fab!!!

    the strange weather this yer has been in evidence here across the ocean too, very odd, very unseasonal. its not good, is it?

    Leanne x

  4. Hi- I'm Terry,
    I was posting a comment on Lynda's blog and I read your comment.

    I really never thought about why the check out person wanted to know what I was doing, I just thought they were making conversation/curious. Are people really watching what I buy?
    7 lbs. of flour is not that much if you do a lot a baking.

    Yes, I'm stocking up, but why would anyone care? Shopping sales is normal isn't it?
    How do they know I'm not running a restauraunt or feeding the homeless?

    Now I'm off to read your older posts to get a handle on this!

    A boy at work recently told me,
    "when the world falls apart, I'm coming to your house, you have all the food, and if you don't give me some, I'll kill you and eat you"!

    Perhaps I should be more discreet?
    I really never thought about not telling anyone I have food!
    I think I need to follow your blog!!!!
    Terry @

  5. Ahhhhh, I know what you mean. The cold front finally arrived here. It was 55° here this morning with a promised high of 75°. Perfect temps.

    No rain though.

    You may have to turn the furnace on!

  6. Hey, girl, how about a recipe for that canned pepper spread? What do you do with them after you smoke them?

    We got some cool weather, too! A little rain but not enough to wet the ground and we really need rain badly! We had rain coming but the hurricane sucked it up and dumped it where it became insult to injury for those folks along the eastern coast. Yesterday we had so much wind. It cooled off the house really fast through open windows but it was bad for all the growing things. We had to water again.

  7. I found myself thinking about you--and your garden-- today. Not sure just where you are in Nebraska, but its a state we drove through a great deal when J. was trucking years ago. I think I've been across the plains in a semi in every sort of weather. I think of NE as having some fairly harsh extremes. Badly needed rain arrived here yesterday, giving us much cooler temps and some hope of a fall garden--if only we aren't in for an early frost!

  8. We are a little cooler here in Florida. Hooray!

  9. PS What do you use the pepper spread on? Just curious. I wouldn't know what to do wit it?