summer’s end……

Joe left for work yesterday and then came back inside to place one red leaf on the counter.

Autumn is on it's way.

Last summer was so hot and humid I swear it was late September before it felt like fall. Now I can hear it in the rustling of the leaves….. you know that sound? The nights are getting cooler too…. and I need a sweatshirt on in the morning to cut the chill. I'm going to blink and the whole yard will look like this. I can't help but feel sort of cheated, having been gone all summer… like I didn't get the chance to soak up the sun I love so much. Oh, those lazy hot days in the hammock…..

Now here we are nearly at the end, full swing into picking and preserving things from our garden and the farm we get our CSA from. We've canned 50 quart jars of whole tomatoes and there are two 30 pound boxes waiting to be turned into sauce and salsa over the next two days. I froze 7 gallons of blueberries and another 2-3 gallons are waiting to be made into jam. Calendula from the garden is drying for some medicine making when things are less busy. Four 1/2 gallons of salsa are fermenting in the basement. A couple 1/2 gallons of liquor are in the works (blueberry & peppermint). The kitchen is a constant mess of something being diced and chopped and blanched and peeled and tucked into jars or freezer bags……

summer's end......

summer's end......

summer's end......

summer's end......

summer's end......

Tell me….. what's going on in your kitchen these days?

xo,

s

 

 

16 thoughts on “summer’s end……

  1. Beautiful pictures! Autumn is my favorite time of the year I do not do well in high heat and humidity.Colorado is not humid thank goodness, but the sun here can be brutal.I am looking forward to cooler days.

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  2. Beautiful, Steph. I remember once upon a time. Lots of work but certainly a great pride of accomplishment & fruits of our labor for a later date. Those sweet peppers & cherry tomatoes look good enough to eat.

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  3. Steve just walked by while I was reading and said, “Stephanie is a good photographer, good perspectives!” I think so, too!

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  4. I love your pics!!! Im a weee bit jealous to be honest. Hopefully my garden will be up and running next summer. My kitchen looks like a bomb went off it in over and over and over. I have 3 guys in my house ages 17,30 and 34. Ive been too sick to clean anything up so not only my kitchen looks horrible but the rest of my house does also. And then my hubby invited his mother to dinner tmrw night. *sigh* IM thinking im just going to hide in my bedroom and let him do all the cleaning and cooking. Don’t wanna get the MIL sick. (That’s my excuse and im stickin to it)

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  5. We will be canning apple sauce very soon. As your season winds down our season here is just getting going. As the days get cooler we can grown more. Which means I can plant both summer and fall veggies Yay!

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  6. i know just the sound you speak of ๐Ÿ™‚ i’ve been noticing so many signs of autumn… i’m not ready though… we still have so many things to do. an early autumn makes so much since because everything has been early this year… at least here in oregon they have been. we have been doing tomatoes, albacore, zucchini relish, pickled beets, freezing strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, making blackberry jelly… and now the plums are just about ready, and the apples are getting so close… there will be apple sauce, apple juice, and hard apple cider… whew! i have never heard about the process of making liquor.. those jars full of goodness look so beautiful ๐Ÿ™‚ i shared a bit about what we’ve been up too in our kitchen today actually… http://phishybee.blogspot.com/2014/08/all-that-is-now.html. happy preserving to you! -jenny

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  7. Holy moly, that is a lot of tomato canning! I am canning applesauce every chance I get. Hope to get some peaches done too. I will dry apples and freeze greens soon as well.

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  8. Ah tomatoes, how I love thee! You are preserving happily it seems, and that is a beautiful sign it is still summer. I’m hoping it slips by slowly too…

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  9. Autumn is my favorite too. Especially as the end of summer transitions and the nights get cooler. We went to open house for my oldest daughter last night and crunched our way through leaves. My youngest guy said “do you hear that sound mama?” And apple season is soon! Oh how I love apple season……

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  10. The farm has had a wonderful tomato year and I caught the tail end of it. We bought 130 pounds from them and we have a lot of canned tomatoes! I didn’t do a lot of sauce, but I did do a lot of salsa. It seems more bang for the buck since I really appreciate good salsa. 23 pints! I’ve been freezing my extra peppers, just cut them into strips and freeze them up. And I made zucchini relish! It’s like a spicy sweet relish….. should be delicious on hotdogs and sausages. Always fun to try something new too!

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  11. Thanks you two! I thought of you when we were bottling up our honey….. we were naming a small handful of friends that would really appreciate a jar of fresh honey and you guys came to mind ๐Ÿ™‚

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  12. Oh my goodness. Get those boys kicked into shape! It might not be mama of the house clean, but they can certainly do something! If it makes you feel any better…. I am still reorganizing kitchen cabinets, closets, and kid rooms after being gone for a month. They did a really good job, I’m not complaining one bit, but a month with no mama means no one remembers where anything goes. Lol.
    Hope you are feeling better! xo~

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  13. Apples just started here! I left a whole shelf for those. We plan to go once a week for a few weeks so we can do several batches and taste different flavors of apples. I’m calling it our fall science ๐Ÿ™‚
    My garden needs some serious attention…. it’s so neglected after such a crazy summer, but a lot of it did pretty good. It’s time to start pulling some things up and planting fall stuff soon though. I am looking forward to kale! I always miss kale and spinach the most. I think we’re going to build at least one cold frame to keep some greens in over the winter. Urban Garden just had a great article about it……

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  14. Everything was early here too. I’m glad we ordered extra firewood because I hear it’s going to be a long cold winter here. I just made zucchini relish too! And I’ve been pickling a few jars with extras from our CSA share. This week was 1 jar of basil pickled eggplant, one jar of curry carrots (whole baby carrots, they look beautiful in a jar!), and two small jars of spicy dillid beans. It’s kind of nice doing small batches. I think I’ll keep doing that. As long as I can fill at least four jars to make it worth filling the pot for a hot water bath……. and apples!! I love apple season. We plan to go several times this year ๐Ÿ™‚

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  15. I just made peach jam! We got two small buckets from the farm and they were so ripe you had juice dripping to your elbow when you ate them. The jam came out heavenly! Peaches are next to honey in my book for tasting like summer ๐Ÿ™‚

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  16. It is truly one of my favorite things to do. There is just something about it that makes me feel so connected to the seasons…. a jar full of summer is a lovely thing come January ๐Ÿ™‚

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