Due to lack of freezer space I was not able to make as many pies as I usually like to ... but was at least able to put a dozen in the freezer. Marietta happened to be home for the morning recuperating from strep throat the day I tackled this project so she was quite thrilled to help out ... and I must say is getting to an age where she is actually helpful.
I was just finishing up when the kids came home from school so I made sure I saved some pie dough for Rebecca so she could make a pie for herself as well.
Some of the things we canned this summer/fall. I did a couple batches of salsa. The garden didn't grow very well (an ongoing problem here that I've come to accept) and so my tomatoes were not as plentiful as I had hoped. Our pickles also got a fungus and died off, much to the girls disappointment as this also happened a couple years ago when we tried to restock our pickle supply. Since a few pickles did grow we decided to let them grow big so we could
get more jars made by slicing them and making them into pickles that way. The kids still like that that way, so it worked for me ... although I much prefer baby dills. The neighbour has a pear tree that she doesn't use so we ge the pears on our side of the fence and can them. My peach supply is a little lower then I thought ... I should have done more this year, but by time I realize it was getting a bit late and I ran out of time.
The freezer is full of frozen broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, green onions, beans, peppers, cabbage, beets, strawberries, apple pies ... on top of the usual meat, bread and other sales items we stock up on. But I won't take a picture as they look quite disasterous :)
I missed the celery sale (I do carrots, celery and green onions for soup) so I'll have to keep my eyes open for the next dip in celery price as I am now flat out of celery. And I decided to wait a bit before I do my applesauce as I have no more freezer space and prefer freezer applesauce over canned applesauce.
So it feels good to have the cupboards full and the freezers full and have lots of variety that I can just grab when needed. Rob always said we could survive months if a extreme blizzard ever hit us :)