Sunday, October 28, 2012

End of Garden Goodness

I don't know how often this happens to anyone else, but every year I get a huge number of tomatoes after the first frost. Most of them are so green they are white, some of them are just starting to turn pink, and some of them are half and half. Many people look at that, shrug, and turn the whole thing under.

Rather than getting depressed and throwing away all these tomatoes I do the next best thing, I make salsa verde. It is the easiest thing in the world to make and even better it can be pressure sealed into jars for fresh salsa year round. The more tomatoes you get that are on the verge of ripening the better the salsa is.

Fresh Salsa Verde
15-20 lbs of green and partial green tomatoes diced
2 cps lime juice
1 cp dried cilantro
1/2 cp garlic powder
2 tspn of Cumi
2 Tbsn of Black Pepper
2 - 3 Tbspn of course salt
1 Tbsp pepper flakes or 5 fresh jalepeno

Place all ingredients into a large stainless steel pot and bring to a simmer.
While heating the salsa, wash and sterilize in boiling water 12 500ml jars, rings, and lids.
When the jars are ready, fill them with the hot salsa mix, wipe the rims, and add lids and ring.
Tighten each jar lid add to the boiling water of the canner, stacking them if need be, seal the canner and pressure seal the jars for 30 mins at 5lbs.

This is a tasty salsa and is not only good with chips, it can be used as a topping for chicken as well. As always follow the directions on the pressure canner.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Fall

Fall is here, and with it the chores. The garden hasn't produced for a few weeks now so it is time to pull all the plats and get the beds ready for next spring. Wood needs to be stacked and covered, made ready for the winter snows. The leaves from the chestnut trees have to be raked and tossed into the compost bin. And the chicken coop needs to be cleaned and readied for winter.

Besides the normal chores I also have several pieces to get sewn. These are commission pieces, part of my ever growing home based business. The Etsy part of my business is still slow, but locally I have been able to pick up several commissions for SCA fighting garb. I've also picked up a couple of non-fabric related commissions as well. A custom carved hair stick from apple wood and a wood and metal hairstick, which I haven't completed yet.

Besides my home based business I have also taken up the Scribal Arts in the SCA. I have created three or four scrolls, illumination only, and one of them was given to a person in Atlantia Kingdom. It is gratifying to know that a piece of art I created was appreciated by a group of people so far away. I've only been making scrolls for a few months so having one shared so soon into my practice is awesome.

So as usual I am keeping myself busy. Insanely so it seems, but in my case busy is a good thing. And, the fact that I am helping to pay the bills with my sewing just makes me that much happier. If I can keep it up I will actually be able to start saving some money to go towards buying us a small farm somewhere.