Low Ambition!!

Getting darker and darker in the mornings now so could not go out to pick beans until 6 a.m. so I got the next pattern ready to cut out.  Then I went down to the garden and picked some beans to put into a salt brine.  Rosemary told me about pickling green beans in a salt brine to keep them for winter use and I just had to try it.  I got about one meal worth but wanted a few more so looked in the kitchen garden.  There were three plants there that had good sized beans on them so got some there and left the rest to pick and can on Saturday.  Then after breakfast Norman and I went to the cellar and did two batches of jelly.  My big stew pot lets me cook 1 and 1/2 quarts of juice without boiling over so we did two batches and got 12 jelly jars full of nice grape jelly.  I never add pectin as I don’t care for the taste of the jelly unless I do it without pectin and grapes have plenty of their own.  When we finished we had a short break and then I canned three quarts of dill pickles, I found quite a few cucumbers when I went to pick the beans and wanted to get those into jars while they were nice and fresh.  Then I got the beaned into a brine in a two quart canning jar and put that into the refrigerator with the corned beef.  By then I had to start making dinner.  I discovered something great!!  I read that blueberries can be used to tenderize meat and tried it the other day on a small piece of sirloin steak.  It came out good but did not know if it was the cut of meat or the blueberries so today I had cubed steak which has a tendency to be a little tough.  I pounded the blue berries into the steak and let it marinate for three hours and it was wonderful- so nice and tender and the flavor was outstanding so from now on we will try the blueberries on all kinds of meat to see if it works on other kinds of meat.  Good way to use some of our blueberries and so good for you.  Oh, by the way, when Norman was tested at the doctor’s yesterday he was told his eye had improved quite a bit and wondered what he had done, when he told the doctor he was eating more blueberries the doctor was not surprised he just told Norman to keep it up!

I was going to make bread this afternoon but I ran out of steam so will fudge it tonight and have zucchini  bread for supper and make the whole wheat bread tomorrow.  Norman insists on two slices of whole wheat bread with his supper but I only have two slices left.  I could care less what I have so rather than make bread when I feel lazy, I’ll have the zucchini  bread with my baked beans for supper and he can have the two slices of whole wheat bread.  I use only stone ground whole wheat bread flour to make my bread and it does wonders for the digestive system but I use the same flour in my zucchini bread so to me I don’t see the difference.   Time to feed the birds again so must run and get more food for them in to cool.  Have a great day.



About Carol (Ouma) Petts

I am a retired teacher. I have taught all levels from kindergarten through college and have been retired now for over 20 years. The last ten years we have lived on a farm and lived off the land, growing our own food and canning for our extended family. Now we have sold the farm and are moving to Florida to truly retire. I guess I have always had a short attention span as this is our 11th move. We have moved from a small farm in New Hampshire, to more city type living, small business adventures, focusing more on traveling, Florida living, Georgia, and Tennessee farming and now back to Florida. My blog is a way to keep my children up to date on what I am doing and letting them know I am still alive and well. My children are spread across the country from New England to Florida, Nova Scotia to New Mexico and CA and several places between, They let me know what they are up to by commenting on my blog but they are so busy with their own lives most times I have to assume " no news is good news". Now I are starting on a new adventure so will try to give daily updates until we get settled into a routine. Then I know even if I am getting older and should settle down I will start looking for some new and exciting adventure to start. Welcome aboard. Norman died Oct 30, 2017 so I am continuing the journey alone with the aid of my children, grand children and great grand children. At present I am living with my daughter and we are 7 in one house and cover four generations. We range in age from 7 to 85 and are finding common ground, we are living proof that multi generations can live and function in a three bedroom house if they really want to. Soon my grandson will have his house built next door so we all will have a room of their own except for the seven year old twins who by choice will share a room.
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2 Responses to Low Ambition!!

  1. nancy ogrady says:

    Carol, I have nothing to say about all that food you deal with. Just wish I were one of the flies around your house so I could nibble on a bite of everything. As for me, my house is now empty. I sign the final papers on Monday. Sorry to see the place go….beautiful land and perfect house for me but………..it is time. The house sold 24hrs. after it was put on the market. Meant to be I guess. I am now at Peter’s and will see how that goes in the future. O.K so far but who knows? I eat blueberries every day on my oatmeal, plus banana, almond milk and yogurt. Take care now and slow down a wee bit!
    Love, Nancy

    • Hi Nancy, So nice to hear from you. What a wise move that was to sell your house. When they take Norman out of this house the house will be sold the same day. There is no way I would try to keep this house without him and he says the same for me. We both love this place but not alone. I wish our house in Whitwell would sell, I think we would give it away if we could find a person who would make any kind of offer. It is a nice place, an acre of land, four bedrooms and two baths but Joe no longer needs it and we have no time to go down there to even mow the lawn so we need to get some of our money out of it. We own it but it still cost money to keep it up with water, lights, taxes and insurance. Any ways- Keep up the blue berries and eat plenty of them. They are call the blue bombs they are so good for you. Both of us have seen a big improvement in our eye sight since eating them every day – we have been eating them for about three years now and this year we have had such a big crop ourselves we are eating even more and notice a difference. The nuts in any form are also very good for you. I have a handful of walnuts each morning with my dried cherries so the cherries don’t stick to my teeth but the best thing in walnuts for you the the Omega 3 fatty acid – they have as much as fish and cost a lot less. Enjoy your self. Love Carol

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