31: Canning and thrifting
Thursday was a mixed bag. I did not write. The kids and I did not play games. I was on the computer very little, so at least that part was good. But here’s what did get done. I started the day crazy-tired so made my specialty– super strong Ethiopian coffee with my little refillable Keurig gadet. When that didn’t taste quite kick-ya-in-the-teeth strong enough, I augmented it with my homemade ‘extra shot’ –half a tube of Starbucks instant coffee. Perfect. Add homemade granola, and it’s the breakfast of champions.
After running our 17 year old to a friend’s house to braid hair for two little girls, my youngest and I went thrift store-ing. We found all sorts of goodies– shoes for her, a clear vase to for this project (except I used split peas), some cool storage containers for my teenagers’ shelves, a couple of girls’ tops, and an Aeropostale shirt for my son.
The very best find of all was these two cute wicker chairs that I paid a cool $3.85 each for. They are well constructed and surprisingly un-rickety. I am wondering if I could use a dark stain on them to freshen them up. Do you think they’d look good dark?
I came back home to can tomatoes (7 quarts) and grape juice (20 quarts). I listened to kids read while I worked. Lunch was split pea soup and these yummy things, which I made with cabbage, mushrooms, bell pepper, and avocado. Canning stretched on for most of the afternoon. I was glad to have help from the teens with dish-washing afterwards. (They also helped me chop tomatoes before school.)
All those new canned goods meant reorganizing the pantry to make more space, then wiping down shelves and adding the new jars. I think we have around 300 jars canned now, and it is FULL. That’s nearly a jar a day of food– might be a record-breaking year by the time we can the rest of the tomatoes and do the rest of the grape juice.
In the evening I did get just a bit of sewing done– altered a thrift store top to better fit my twiggy 14 year old daughter, and mended another top. All in all, a productive day. How about you?
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