Filling the pantry!

Pick a peck of pickled peppers….

Mr.Tot and I have been on a tear.  It’s old home week here, between the cooking, canning, and yardwork.

(We’ve transformed our side yard – Mr.Tot did the bulk of the work, but I put in a few pints of sweat as well…  More on that later.)

We now have:

A gallon and a half of blueberry peach jam you read about in Mr.Tot’s post…

A big batch of blueberry peach scones  (okay, past tense on those)

One peach apricot crisp

5 gallon bags of frozen blueberries

4 pints of pickled peaches  (word to the wise – do NOT open the cover on a pot of boiling pickling juice with your face right there above the pot!  D’oh! that vinegar steam make your nose hairs frizzy!)

3 pints of sweet pickles

Only 12 or so pounds of sugar used in the last few days and another 2 or 3 pounds anticipated, because macaroons, blueberry pie, and peach jam or roll-up are all waiting to be made…

Why?  Because there’s a zillion egg whites, and blueberries and peaches on the edge in our frig, and it’s supposed to be 120°, I mean 102° but it might as well be 120° today!!  So, after a short swim this morning, you won’t be able to pry me out of my air conditioned comfort if my life depended on it….

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Baking is fun, but canning is like magic.

You can eat it whenever you want, not in the next 30 seconds to a week or so.

No room required in the freezer.  Wonderful treats to spoil yourself year round.

Here are my peaches – aren’t they pretty?  After skinning them, they had a beautiful blush coloring.  And the pickling syrup was delicious.  If you’re interested in the recipe, click HERE.

I think I’m finally channeling Gigi and Lydia, my other grandmother.  Thank goodness, it’s about time.

I even made fried okra, though I doubt my northern based grandmother ever made that southern dish…  I could be wrong…

OHHHH – might have to pickle some watermelon rind too, since there’s a big fat one sitting on our counter, and I’m in a pickling mood…

SO long as I don’t pickle THE pickle.  He’s not so sure about his namesake.

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