Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Work now, enjoy later

Yesterday afternoon, we waded through this:

dealt with hot, cranky children who often looked like this:

brought it home, loaded it into the wheelbarrow, sat in the yard and as a family shucked it all while arguing, I mean, conversing with each other. After all of that my dining room table looked like this:

Then I stood cutting it from the ear and freezing it so that this winter I can grab one of these 38 quart bags for our meal (and praise and thank God each time for wonderful friends like Charlie who share his bounty with us):

Other work for future rewards includes:
  • two chicken tetrazinnis in the freezer thanks to David and Hannah who made a triple batch while I was preparing the corn. We ate one and froze the other two.
  • a double batch of buns (both hamburger and dinner buns) in the freezer.
  • 3 meals of sloppy joes, because I made way more than I needed for the family fun outing for church in order to freeze some.
Today at the farmer's market I bought a big bag of Roma tomatoes to make into salsa. I also have cabbage to make into chow chow relish. The freezer and shelves are starting to fill up again. It is a good thing.


Country Gal said...

I love having food in the freezer or in cans and jars on my shelves- it's like money in the bank!

My mom always played records (Smothers Brothers or Bill Cosby) when we did long hot jobs like corn. it kept our minds busy so we didn't complain or pick on each other as much! I use Adventures in Odyssey.

Kristi Heinz said...

I thought I was really doing something when I froze 16 bags of conr! WOW! We didn't have to pick ours either, it was brought to us :0)

I would love to know your salsa recipe. I have tomatoes to deal with.

Do you make pepper jelly? I just did that! Yummy.

Now it is time to pick our grapes. I will soon have grape jelly to had to the blueberry, blackberry, raspberry, and strawberry!

Glenda said...

Thanks for reading Country Gal. What a good idea your mom had. If we would have been near an electrical outlet, we might have had the radio on. I even offered to continue our read aloud (The Swiss Family Robinson) while they worked, but surprisingly (not!)every one of them vetoed the idea.


No I've never made pepper jelly, nor blueberry, nor blackberry. Blackberries were always for pie (my favorite!) My family loves strawberry and raspberry jam the best, so that is what I make.

Now, I have to get my mom to freeze some persimmon for me so I can have pudding. I haven't had that in a long time and it is a favorite.