I have had a lot of irons in the pot lately.
First of all, my garden won’t let go of me! It is still producing vegetables, despite the date on the calendar! It is true that I live (for now) in the Sacramento Valley of California and our weather is pretty mild in the winter, but jeeze louise – it’s time for the summer vegetables to stop growing, don’t you think?
And I still have hoards of tomatoes ripening on the vine.
This zucchini got a late start (I had to replant because of the squash mosaic virus – see HERE) and I wasn’t sure it would produce anything, but here is it’s fourth zucchini growing, and it’s November for Pete’s sake!
I have also stopped picking my McCaslin green beans (I have enough frozen green beans in the freezer for a year) and so the ones still on the vine are being allowed to mature and dry. They will be used in soups this winter. I already have a quart of dried beans with much more to come! Those plants are amazing.
On top of all the gardening, I have been experimenting in the kitchen. My biggest project has been working with acorns, and you can see the latest post about some of my experiments HERE. It takes 10 days to leach my acorns to get all the tannin out and a few more days after that to produce acorn flour. My next culinary adventure with the acorns will be making shortbread cookies! I’ll let you know how it turns out……. or doesn’t! 🙂
And then I read that you can make your own extract from lots of things. My first foray into the “extraction” world was with stevia extract/syrup, which turned out great. You can see that article HERE. Now I am trying a lemon extract, using a tutorial from “The 2 Seasons“, and will follow that with orange extract, almond extract and vanilla extract. I just need more vodka! 🙂
Between doing all of this, I am also working on some K-Cup Advent Calendars for my grandchildren. You can find the tutorial to make one HERE. My dining room table hasn’t seen the light of day for a few weeks because I can’t find more than a few minutes here and there to work on these!
Up on our future homestead we have been working some summer and fall weekends on building an outhouse. It’s finally at the stage where we can use it, but it certainly isn’t done. We still need a front step, trim on all the outside corners, a rain gutter so we can collect water into a storage tank for summer irrigation, and then finish off the inside with a sink, mirror, and some tile work to make it easy to clean (easier than just plywood!)
Speaking of bathrooms, probably the biggest iron in the pot, these days, has been the remodeling of our master bath. In the end, it will be a complete gut job. We are going from two rooms to one and replacing everything! Originally there was a divider wall with a pocket door between the shower/toilet room and the sink room, which just made them both seem so small. We are putting in new cabinets, new shower, new sinks, new tile counters, new lights and a new tile floor!
So, you can see, I have had a lot of irons in the pot. But, truth be told, I wouldn’t have it any other way!
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