Wednesday, July 18, 2012

3:42 pm . . .

. . . and this is what was captured on my camera . . .

 32 jars of tomato sauce that were canned yesterday (the jars still need to be wiped off and labeled), and 8 jars of barbecue sauce that were the result of Monday's canning

 Lots of ketchup simmering on the stove for its first cook down (Mom, Leah and I had a busy morning as we worked to get it to this point!)

Delicious granola that Leah made in the midst of all of our work with the canning

Two loaves of bread rising on the counter (and that are now in the oven baking as I type)

A sewing order that I have been working on between canning steps and stirring the simmering ketchup . . . it is a pioneer costume which has been fun to work on!

A book that I have been enjoying reading during a few spare moments. . . it is one of my favorites!


  1. Great job!! I love days when so much gets done! Also love the jars as they build up on the pantry shelves just waiting for winter. That is a good book too!

  2. The tomato sauce looks pretty in the jars. Whenever I can, rather than immediately putting the jars in the basement,I leave them on the counter for a few days so I can admire them.

  3. Doesnt that give you a feeling of great satisfaction? I have begun to save jars again for some jam making later in the summer.

  4. Love all the jars! ;o) I should finish up my canning today! I want to try and do ketchup as well. :o) If I do I'll let you know! The granola looks yummy! ;o) I'm officially semi-retired now ;o) So hoping to really get a lot of canning done in the coming weeks!

  5. Thank you for your comment, K. Family! We love days like these, too . . . and it’s so rewarding to see all of the filled and sealed jars after coming out of the canner.

    That is wonderful that you have read this book as well! I always find it to be encouraging to me in my walk with the Lord.

  6. Welcome to my blog, Amanda, and thank you for your comment! I can relate to enjoying leaving the jars out for awhile before putting them in the basement. Canned goods have a charm and beauty about them all their own!

  7. It does indeed, Elizabeth! Enjoy your jam making! I know the end product will be delicious. :)

  8. That is exciting that you almost have your canning finished, Nabila! We’re working on spaghetti sauce today . . . there are two huge pots on the stove right now that are simmering down, and hopefully they’ll be ready to can before it gets too terribly late in the evening. :)

    I am so excited for you with being “officially semi-retired”!! Congratulations! I am sure you are simply loving it. :)

    Enjoy the rest of your canning!

  9. AnonymousJuly 22, 2012

    Hi Sarah!
    All the jars look great!
    I haven't started canning yet ~ just have some cukes ready and will have enough for Bread and Butter pickles this week. :-)
    The garden is struggling even with watering it every night. The heat is really hard on it. This is a very hard summer.
    Blessings to you,

  10. Hi Sarah,

    Harvest is such a busy time of year.

    We moved to eastern Montana last year and and we won't see any harvest until late August ... Your post has me excited and eagerly awaiting putting our harvest up for winter.

    All those jars of tomato sauce are BEAUTIFUL.


  11. What a happy post! I love seeing all the homey pursuits that are keeping you busy.

    We are overwhelmed with tomatoes right now. We've been making salsa at least once a week. I'm thinking of freezing some of the tomatoes. I just don't have the energy to can right now. :)

  12. Thank you, Mrs. Anne! I hope your canning goes well for you once it is time to begin . . . and that you have fun! Bread and butter pickles sound delicious.

    I know what you mean about the garden struggling even with being watered. The heat is really beginning to tell on our plants as well. This has been a hard summer! And it doesn't look like relief is anywhere in the near future. I hope that even though your garden is struggling some that it will still produce well for you!

  13. It is always so nice to hear from you, Mrs. B! Thank you!

    It sounds like your garden and canning season has changed a bit with your move :), and I am sure you are looking forward to harvest time! The wait will be well worth it!

  14. Thank you for all of your comments, Joy! And I’m glad you enjoyed this post. :)

    So you can relate to all of the tomatoes, too? It’s nice to have so many, but it can get a little overwhelming at times! That’s great that you have been able to use yours in salsa and then freeze some to. If we had freezer space we would be doing the same with some of them!


Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)