It Sure Is Chili On This Hot Day!

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I am on a roll and I’m not about to stop now!  I finished up all the canning of my Chicken/Vegetable soup last night – 33 jars!  Then I put them in the canning cupboard and cleared some room for my chili!

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I have been making batches of chili all afternoon and the kids have been me helping out.

My youngest daughter added the beans…

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and did the stirring.

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My oldest daughter did some tasting and adding of herbs and hot spices.

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And my youngest son did some tasting as well.

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And once it was approved, with hamburger, onions, tomatoes, beans, herbs and hot spices, we let it cook for a while longer.  While I waited I washed the jars and lids.

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Now I’m putting the first batch in the jars, while making the second batch and into the pressure cooker they go! MMMMM! 🙂

Canning with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

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Well that’s enough canning for me this year!  How fun – I love doing it the homestead way when we can.  It smells good and I can’t wait till I hear, “Mom can you make some soup?” and I can say, “Get it yourself!!!” With a smile of course :0

UPDATE:  I just finished all my chili canning! 28 jars of homemade chili –  Old Mrs. Hubbard’s cupboards are no longer empty! 🙂

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Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

 

 

It’s Canning Time Again!

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Canning season is upon us again and I love it!  Since we still have plenty of jams and apple sauce to get us through until next fall, I’ve decided to only can my soups!  I love my soups – they are so warm and so yummy when the weather gets cold out.

Soup by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Soup by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

I have actually made two huge pots of soup in September already and we have eaten it all.  It has cooled down just enough after our really hot summer, that it seems perfect for a hot bowl of soup in the evening for dinner.  Coupled with a piece of sour dough bread – Oh my!

Soup by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Soup by Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Today I set to work again and made another big pot of soup and am now putting it in jars to be canned by my oldest daughter.

Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

She won’t allow me to use the pressure cooker – probably for good reason! Ha! 🙂  But I let her do that work because I get to make the soup which is fun for me.

Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

Tomorrow my youngest daughter and I are going to make up some homemade chili and we’ll can that too. Vegetable/Chicken and Chili soup canned for the next year is a beautiful thing and it’s fun to make with the family and eat with the family 🙂

Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

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Are you doing any canning this year?  Are you canning jams or soups?   Maybe you are super excited to can and doing both!  I’d love to hear about it.

UPDATE:  Got all the Chicken/Vegetable soup made, three huge pots!

It’s definitely enough to last us a while 🙂  Which means not as much cooking for me – and this is a good thing because the only meals I can cook without burning it or catching the kitchen on fire are Tacos, Soup, Turkey Dinner (I have caught the turkey on fire before and set off all the fire alarms) Ha!, and Spaghetti and Meatballs.  I think there is one other thing, but I won’t include salads…  Oh!  Chocolate Chip Cookies – that’s a meal right? 🙂

Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

WOW – I’m impressed!  That’s a lot of jars of soup 🙂  Canning is so much easier if you share the job with someone.  Especially if you tend to be a little dangerous in the kitchen.

Here’s my daughter putting in the jars and pouring in the water…

Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

And there’s the lid!  I can’t wait until they are all done!

Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com
Canning soup with Constance of SimplyLiving101.com

I love this time of year – Autumn brings fun times in the kitchen with my lovely girls and yummy soups and jams for all to enjoy all year long!  Thank You God for family and food!

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

 

Eggs and Art?

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Around our homestead chicken eggs and art go hand in hand, but I try not to mix the two 🙂  I’ve been working hard on a couple new art projects – the second of the three projects I mentioned in my “Getting Inspired Artistically” post is the heart and oval pendants.  They are made with a deep metal pendant, a piece of teal or brown leather, some fabric glue, a leather stamp and a complimentary colored pen to do some highlights.

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But as I looked out the window from my art desk, I saw the sun peaking through the big fluffy white clouds and from the front porch I saw the yard is greening back up with the rain we’ve been having of late, and I just had to go out and play!

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The first thing I noticed was my Hon- cleaning out the gutters and getting ready for the heavy rains we typically have during fall, winter and spring.  He looks happy to do his “Honey Do This, Honey Do That” list (that’s what my Grandpa Millican use to call it 🙂 – I hope he doesn’t mess up the patio I swept and re-arranged this morning.  But I’m not going to complain – I’ll just sweep again, if I have to.

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Then I headed down to the pasture to see how the chickens were enjoying this beautiful sunny, but not too hot day.

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This new flock of chickens we purchased in May are now busy laying eggs – and lots of them!

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They are so fun to gather from the hen house every morning, and again a few times through the day.  The nine girls are being quite obedient in putting them into the nesting boxes inside the coop.  If you are living in my area and would like some eggs, I sell them for a reasonable price – just let me know.  They are freshly picked every day, organic and free-range.  The best eggs ever!

My husband is glad to see that he didn’t waste any time by building the boxes.  I like to keep some nice clean hay inside each box to encourage them to “Come on in and lay an egg!” It seems to be working…

Inside the coop, I can see all is well…

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Oh look, one more egg !  That makes 6 that I’ve collected so far today!  You go girls!

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They are still so small and adorable!  And they are all different colors since I have an “Easter Egger” hen in their midst.  Her name is Egger Allen Poe, but my kids call her Lois.  I’m not sure why…

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After checking out the chicks, I stopped by to see how Mopsy is doing.  I found her in her run, sitting on her throne in the sun – what a cutie pie!

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Well, I have to buzz out and run some errands.  Hope you all have a blessed Day – take some time and enjoy the sunshine! 🙂

Happy SimplyLiving!
Constance

 

“Every Living Thing”

Banner3333333threehearts2It has been hot here in the Pacific Northwest, much hotter than usual, and when it started raining over this past weekend, and even cut off our electricity a couple times due to the storms, I didn’t mind at all.

However, last night I was kind of chilly and thinking it’s a little too cold.  Not to complain or anything. 🙂  But today, the sun is back and I’m glad!

I am going to have lunch with a friend and her little baby, and then I’m going to come back home and sit in the sun and enjoy a book.  I have been reading “Every Living Thing” by James Herriot.  He also wrote “All Things Wise and Wonderful” which I have read a couple of times.  His books make me laugh out loud! :0

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Looking out toward my chickens, you can see The Queen of England, my white Plymouth Rock hen, just above the purple flowers… and Egger Allen Poe, my brown Easter Egger hen, just to her right.

Blinkin SquiggleSo what are you up to?  Have you been reading any good books lately?  Leave a comment and let me know.  I would love to hear from you 🙂

Blessings for a Beautiful Sunny, but not too hot, Day!
Constance