Thursday, October 20, 2011

In Place of Stitching.....

this week has been crazy busy...normal extra activity on Monday & Tues. am....hubby had a meeting on Monday night, I had a meeting on Tues. night, we had flock on Wed. night...this is the first evening we are BOTH home...
Yesterday & today, I spent in the kitchen. Yesterday, I made 14 pints of applesauce, using my favorite apples for sauce...Ida Reds. They make a very light pink sauce & it is a sweet sauce...no sugar at all needed to flavor it. After the sauce, I got the supplies out to make Caramel Apple Jam...I didn't have any small jars, so I only got 4 pints out of the whole process.
Late yesterday afternoon, my brother text me & asked if he could come over today & we could do jam & jelly together. I said sure, because I wanted more of the caramel apple jam & he had a recipe for Caramel Apple Cider jelly.
I had to run to get a few things before he got here...I wanted 1/2 pint jars, I needed lids & I HOPED to get more Ida Reds...a local store had them on sale for 2.99 for 5 lbs. They were out thou..... :<(
Before he got here, I made a batch of Cherry Pear jam....I got 7 1/2 pint jars of it.
When he got here, we made 2 batches of the caramel apple jam & 2 batches of the caramel apple cider jelly. Those 4 batches yeilded 42 1/2 pint jars, which we split between us.
Denise of Riverside Stiching asked how much canning I do...she also said I should show pictures of my canning pantry. I am sort of ashamed of how it looks right now. I always ORGANIZE it, after I am done canning for the season...I am not done yet, but I went down & took pictures anyway. My canning pantry is under the stairwell in the basement.
L-R: Cherry Pear Jam, Caramel Apple Jam, Caramel Cider Jelly, Ida Red applesauce

main section of canned goods
overflow of canned goods
Tomorrow, my plan is to STAY OFF THE COMPUTER & STAY AWAY FROM THE PHONE & STITCH THE DAY AWAY!!!! We shall see!!!
Have a great rest of the week & weekend...Thanks for stopping by & those of you who leave comments, thanks even more...sure do love knowing people have stopped by!

24 comments:

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Yep, love a well purposed pantry, your is great! Enjoy your stitchy day:)

Denise said...

Holy Smokes Shari! Look at all those tomatoes too! Your pantry tells of the many hours you have spent gardening and canning!

Enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Have a great day stitching tomorrow!

Lizy said...

Hi Shari,
I bet they all taste so good!!!! I wish one of this day I learn how to do it!!!!

CindyMae said...

You entire pantry looks amazingly wonderfuly yummy!!!

CalamityJr said...

Now I'm hungry! What a nice treat for you all year. It's good to see that canning isn't a lost art!

Blu Stitcher said...

I just learned how to can or I should say seal the jars. I am so excited to make more jams and soups to stock up for the winter.

Lesleyanne said...

Your pantry looks great.

butterfly said...

Pantry full of lovely goodies wow.

Heth said...

Oh wow! wish my pantry looked half as good as yours.... yummy! enjoy your stitching day
Heather

Mouse said...

good grief thats one heck of a lot of canning you did there ... love how it looks in your pantry ...would love to be able to do that kind of stuff but unfortunately not able :( hope you have a fab day stitching :) love mouse xxxx

Tricia said...

You are my hero! I tried canning once.... let's just say I wasn't very good at it!!! : )

Carol said...

That is one impressive looking pantry, Shari--your hard work will certainly pay off this winter!!!

Julie said...

A well stocked larder. Love the sound of the cherry pear jam yummy!

Sarah said...

Wow you have been one busy bunny. How much stitching did you get done today, hope you have thoroughly indulged yourself with your threads and needles.

Jodie said...

Whoa Shari, this is amazing....that's a TON of preserving!! I'm teaching my 11 year old friend how to make jam on Monday....'twill be an adventure I'm sure :-)

Vicky L said...

I just love your canning goods. Your pantry looks great too

Sheilasembroidery said...

Wow - an amazing amount there. I made one jar of crab apple jelly this year and my apples are due to be picked any time now.

Denise SA said...

Well done on all that canning

Berly said...

Canning looks great!! Can I talk you into sharing the recipe for te Caramel Apple Jam??

Hazel said...

Oh my goodness! Look at all that food! Wow you have been busy. I would love to be that productive. Wish you were my neighbour so I could get some tips off you. x

Lois said...

Hope you got your stitching day! You have been busy,your pantry looks to be full of lovely things!

paula said...

Thanks for sending me the message about your dad making the wooden bowls on Denise's blog.

Do you know if he is ever in the Western New York Area? I would very much like to see them.

Maureen said...

That is an impressive amount of canning! I really like the sound of the caramel apple jam mmmm...

Vickie said...

So when it snows...I am coming to your house! I am o impressed!