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My own personal milestone is much safer than Alex's was. This week, I successfully canned a ginger-peach butter, and last night I did plum butter! The whole process wasn't quite as difficult as I thought and I just love seeing those little jars in my pantry full of sweet, spreadable fruit that I picked off the trees myself. Today or tomorrow, I'll start working on all of my apples. I'm thinking apple butter, apple sauce, some apple cider (if I can find some mulling spices again). I even have plans for an apple pie, after all, I have plenty of apples. I need to go back to Walmart again for another flat of mason jars (pint jars this time) for my apple sauce. Alex loves apple sauce so he'll be super excited about it. And I think I'll use Kelly's recipe for the apple butter because hers turned out so good and I don't have to worry about adding any extra sugar to it. With all the sugar in the other two recipes, it'll be nice to have one that's better for us.
Speaking of recipes, my MIL gave me one for a veggie chili that was fantastic! It made a good amount, not too much but enough for a few days worth of left overs for my family. It was a big hit with everyone except Alex, who decided after laying eyes on his bowl that it was "gross". He went to bed without dinner and with no story just to avoid eating it. But Dante and Aaron both really liked it. Aaron gave me the standard "this is really good...now it just need some meat in it", which is how I know if he likes a vegetarian recipe. Anyway, the recipe calls for a 'large pepper', which could really be anything (I used a green bell-pepper), a zucchini, a yellow summer squash, an onion, some garlic, some canned tomatoes, corn, and two different types of canned beans. There's no mention of whether or not the beans should be drained (I didn't), if the corn should be drained (I did), of which types of beans to use (I had black and Great Northern in the house), but overall it was quick and tasty. It went really well with the Jiffy corn muffins that I baked up while it was simmering, and like most chili it taste much better the next day. This would be a great recipe for people like me who are vegetarian, living with a family who aren't. I can make this ahead, put some aside, and put meat in the rest for guys, or I could just put in large chunks of chicken or steak tips which I could easily pick out of my own bowl.
School and knitting are picking up. I'm already in week 4! There's a big writing assignment due for my art & humanities class this week so I've got some serious reading to do. I'll be doing this while trying to host a knit-a-long that I challenged my buddies to. One of my friends is knitting a beautiful sweater, and I decided that I needed on too. So we're all knitting a sweater of our choosing, and we'll be
Well, I'm off to fix lunch for a hungry little boy. I'll update soon with my yarn choice and maybe even a photo or two :)