We live in a farming community and one of the farmers has taken a liking to my hubby and for the past few years we have been able to have first pick at his orchard...and right now cherries are ripe for the pickin'. He picked well over 30 lbs of cherries - yep you read that right! So we've been a canning crew for a few days.
He even found this web site: http://www.simplebites.net/?s=canning+cherry+pie+filling This is where he found this fantastic canned cherry pie filling recipe...and bonus we had enough left over from canning to try it out. Let me tell you - this was the best cherry pie I've ever had (could have been the crust...teee-heee). If you want a great cherry pie go to the link and follow the directions, it really is fantastic and easy!
If any of you know my husband, you know that even though he may love to can, his heart truly LOVES to have a well stocked pantry...because during the holidays he really enjoys a table filled with foods that we harvested and processed. (Gosh, I love this attribute of my husband...suppose I should tell him!)
What have you been canning up? Do you like to have a well stocked pantry? Do you like having a holiday table filled with foods you grew, harvest and preserved?
And this is what our children, (who did help pick, pit and process) did through out the 90 degree day. Another "thank you" is due to my husband who sacrificed something really needed to keep a promise to his family...a promise made in the early summer to set up the pool. It has been four summers since we have had this much fun in our pool...and we are so thankful!
Lastly our daughter who has really bloomed in the kitchen over the past few months begged me to help her make cabbage soup for dinner. We were given a cabbage from a neighbors garden so we fried up hamburger, added leftover corn, purple potatoes (I love using these potatoes - just look at the punch of color they added to the soup), as well as stewed tomatoes, yams, other veggies - oh, and wild rice. It was very tasty - even though it was close to 90 degrees outside!