Thursday, August 6, 2009

Hi everyone! My last post was kind of a downer. I was just in a funk. I am back to normal now. Why? Because of all of YOUR blogs. You may wonder sometimes if it is worth writing your blog anymore or if it really matters if you do. Well IT DOES!!!! It helps to know there are others out there like myself, who thinks like I do. As I was reading other blogs these past few days, it makes me realize why we do what we do, why we work our tushes off to can beans and corn and pickles. One for the money saving "free" food, one for the satisfaction of knowing what is in the food you eat, and one for the feel of being out in the garden and creating things with your own hard work.(okay, nature had a little bit to do with it too.)So to everyone out there who is actually thinking of quiting with the blogging.Please don't. You may be making more of an impact than what you may think.

Okay, on to another topic. I've had a few people ask me about my peach butter recipe. Well here it is...

Get a bunch of peaches, peal them and take out the pits. Now you have a few decisions to make.You can either put them in a blender and palse them, or you can put them in a pot whole. If you keep them whole, cook them down and then mash them with a potatoe masher. I use a blender. It seems like it is faster. Then I add about 2 cups of sugar for each blender full. Actually I just add to taste. I find that some peaches are a little more tart than others. Then add cinnimon to taste.(do you see a pattern here?) If you want, add a bit(that's a technical term) of ginger. It's very simple. It's just what ever you like. Cook it down until it's the consistincy that you want. If you want it thicker, cook it longer. If you want it runny, don't cook it as long. But one thing,out of all of this that you have to do is, make sure you constantly stir it. It will stick and burn on the bottom if you don't. Then put it in jars and seal. Or, if you want freeze it in freezer bags. It taste the same. Hard recipe huh? lol

Well it's getting late and I'm going to go to bed.

Until next time.....

Small Farm Girl,motivated.


Kelle at The Never Done Farm said...

Okay I suffer this very same thing, every harvest. Here's what works for me, take a deep breath, go out behind the barn( or where ever you're out of sight) Now let out a scream or two, it really does help. Now go to where all your beautiful canned goods are and just sit and gaze at the beautiful jars of natural, homegrown goodness. Now I will say a prayer and ask that the good Lord let me use time wisely and make the best of the produce we have been blessed with in the garden. This ALWAYS makes me feel better and ready to go hit it hard again!*wink*

BTW feeding the oversized cukes to your chickens is NOT a waste, it's actually very good for them and it cuts down on your feed costs. We feed ours the weeds from the garden, over ripe produce, leftovers from the house and grass clippings and you'd think it was lobster or something, LOL!!!

Keep on canning, and blogging my friend you( as you are aware) are in good company* wink*


Faith said...

I think one problem is that we are having to try to maintain two lives' worth of living.

In the 'Old Days' you stayed home, built your house, raised your food, your kids worked the farm, etc.

Today no one does that, it's all about college, careers, gadgets, new cars, etc.

We love the old ways and are trying to live them out, but, out of necessity, cannot leave the other life completely out of it. We must prepare out kids for this life as well, and we have to live it as well.

Not only canning, but working a job. Not only mucking out the chicken house and sewing, but running the kids to an activity and getting the car repaired as well.

So we get burnt out trying to do it all. I can't tell you how many times I just wish the whole earth would get hit by an EMP and put us ALL back to the horse and buggy days. No computers, no Blackberries, no cars, just home, family, and raising food for ourselves.

Anyway, I love that I can come here to a community of people that loves what I love and we can share what we know. I have one local friend who is like me, and lots of local friends who think it's cool, but it's sure great to have more online. :)


Sarah said...

Sounds delicious!

Bill S. said...

Keep an upper chin!!! When you get older the old values for family, friends, talents and simple things once again are valuable. My two youngest daughters are now canning, couponing and my job is to keep them in produce by picking huckleberries, raising raspberries and a large garden to fill their needs. I'm the winner and so are they!!!

small farm girl said...

Thanks guys! It's nice to know you are out there on my side.

Tracey said...

I posted a reply to this yesterday but it must have went poof. Anyway, I totally understand what you are going through. I feel that way every once in a while too. I just think about how good it makes me feel to can my own veggies or make jam from my own fruit. All that hard work is definitely worth it.