Thursday found a box by the door... it was from Paula Nadelstern. She'd said she'd send scraps from her home workshop and she did; a delightful mix of her recent fabric line. Leofwyna and I had lunch together at KFC then I returned home to can roasted bone beef broth and bake three batches of banana bread. Still piecing Kronberg blend blocks at the sewing table.
The last thing before going to bed I started a batch of Thai Beef in the large crock pot so Sunday morning it was ready to can up in six pints for the pantry. A quart of the broth went into the fridge; I have an idea to use it for a sort of sloppy joe mixture this week. Part of the afternoon and again in the late evening I continued work on the Kronberg blocks. Gaming tonight was at Theron's with Mark as DM, I was playing the Buck Bannerman character.
Tuesday I found a pair of beautiful steaks at the grocery store and splurged.  I also skipped FoodNet this week and loafed until Leofwyna came home from her afternoon errands with, surprise!, movie tickets later that night.  I hurried and put supper together before going to see Passengers which was a nearly perfect space adventure movie.  Wednesday I set the oven to clean itself while I inventoried the pantry.  Our Wednesday was an unscheduled farbel and since we were few for supper we hit Lazlo's for a nice change.  Thursday I made cranberry orange sauce and canned up 16 pints then made a big pot of potato-hamberger soup.
Friday after lunch and library time (working on Ancestry.com) I got busy at home scrubbing the stove before canning the turkey broth (four quarts).  At the sewing table I'm sewing strip ends together for the Kronberg top.
Friday I went to three of the Goodwills for 99-cent sale.  I found a little something at each place, including a 'sparkly fruit wreath for Leofwyna's della robia tree, a journal I'll use for a canning recipe book, two cotton cutters, four tops and a pair of capris.  Back at home I finally baked the banana bread and washed a load of cotton accumulated from several trips this year.  
Monday I called NTT to try and get the computer at home connected onto the internet.  The gal there said she'd call back, in about an hour.  I wasted two hours waiting on her before giving up and going on to other things.  Delivered the brassicas to the Children's Zoo.  They've always so surprised and appreciative.  Apparently no one remembers me from one year to the next but those plants are just too much roughage to put in my compost piles and I'm glad I have somewhere useful for them.  On to lunch and the library for computer time.  Later back at home I canned the ripened green tomatoes (1.5 quarts) and baked bread pudding using the croissants from FoodNet.  Leofwyna doesn't usually like bread pudding but she really likes this and says feel free to make more anytime.  I had to discard the hubbard squash from a few weeks ago.  I don't think it was properly hardened off and was turning to mush on the counter.  I finished some prep work on the mountains majesty blocks then set them aside to do some machine maintenance and sorting scraps from the pumpkin project. 
Monday headed to the library for computer time.  Back at home I took a nap, then canned the last of the tomatoes including the ones ripened from the green tomatoes.  Got another 3.5 quarts by using a few of the cherry tomatoes to fill in the last of the pint jar.  At the sewing table the sniglets squares pile grows and the rough pile shrinks.  Leofwyna started putting together the shelves in the laundry room. 
Wednesday after computer time at the library I headed home where I used the water barrel to thoroughly water the tomatoes.  I hope to get a few more from these vines before first frost.  I canned the tomatoes I had... 3.5 quarts.  Again most of the liquid has escaped the jars.  I'm thinking the pressure cooker instructions are too stringent.  I need to call the extension agent to see what they think.  Leofwyna didn't sleep at all last night so she napped the afternoon away and skipped going to A&S.  I went but after wasn't able to find the restaurant and ended up going to Red Robin alone for the salad I like there.  Back at home at the sewing table I'm cutting print strips and washing the next load of cutters.

NOTE:  Now I'm thinking hot water bath for tomatoes... and maybe peaches, too... instead of the pressure cooker.
Friday we had decided we weren't up to doing the Scots-Irish Festival in Estes.  So instead Leofwyna took a quiet day.  I made the run to the Loveland Goodwill hoping the pint canning jars were still there.  I found eleven wide-mouth pints and a half-pint.  So back at the house I spent the afternoon picking apples and canning eleven pints plus one quart of sliced apples.  I'm thinking they're pretty thoroughly cooked but I'll try them as crisp, in muffins and in cakes and see if it's worth the effort to repeat another year.  That wore me out so we went to the Chinese restaurant we found the other night for supper again.  Back at the house I quilted while we watched "Oh God!"; hadn't seen that one in years.
Wednesday morning was wakened by the phone at eight and the housemaid at 8:30 so gave it up and got up.  So much accomplished before noon, shopping for meals the next couple days and more peaches to can as well as marking the next line to quilt.  After lunch I canned seven jars of peaches... packed as tight as I could with quarters and still have an inch under the floating fruit.  Oh well.  Leofwyna made spagetti salad and apple crisp for supper.  Quilted some more after supper until fingers hurt too much and switched to reading backlog on a new quilter's blog.
Monday we both stayed in our jammies.  After lunch I canned four quart jars of peaches to finish up in a hot water bath.  That used two-thirds of the peaches so we've decided to get another flat and can up two more batches later in the week.  Leofwyna continued with the laundry through the day.  After supper I returned to quilting on Ingabiorg's quilt almost finishing another line while we watched a movie, Next, that we hadn't seen before.  I liked it but she was frustrated by how it ended.
Oops, I let this go nearly a week so lets see what I can remember.  There were a few tomatoes available for picking beginning with the little'uns this week, a few Early Girls and a really big and appropriately named Big Boy. I dealt with garb laundry off and on all week.  A lot of time has gone into putting sniglets together and I'm only beginning to put 'threes' together.  Thursday while Leofwyna was out I mowed half the lawn, rain rolled in and put a stop to that.  Friday afternoon we went to a movie, Jason Bourne.  The saga continues.  Back at thome I finished the lawn while Leofwyna work on weeds invading the sidewalks.  Saturday was Gwyneth's pre-cook. I went for cutting up, left to go to the library awhile, then returned to help with clean-up.  Our computer was acting up over the weekend but has settled down again.  Sunday I went again to Theron's for gaming.  Monday I grilled steaks for supper with green beans and garden potatoes   In the evening I finally got the cinnamon pickles canned... 13 pints of pickles plus one pint of cinnamon syrup.  Tuesday Leofwyna was gone for a pre-cook.  Quick storms came through; one out by Pioneer Park and one through Havelock.  Fighters thought they might have to cancel but they were spared.  After going to FoodNet I brought home one potato, one lime, strawberries, spagetti, one artichoke, one zucchini, a veggie tray, half a dozen brown eggs, cooked salmon, a jug of diet pepsi and fat free cream cheese,  I've cooked the eggs and potatoes (accumulated from FoodNet and my garden) to make potato salad.  I made a lettuce salad for my supper with strawberries, pod peas, tiny tomatoes but no salmon (it was too fishy for me).  I'm still working on that bottle of wonderful cherry vinegrette.  I sure hope I can find more of it when the bottle's empty.  Wednesday afternoon I cleared up the kitchen, made banana bread and muffins and cleared up the kitchen again before heading out for A&S-largess a little late but I won't miss out on the supper group going to Old Chicago.
Thursday I slept late and loafed through the day.  At the sewing table in the evening I worked on the Kronberg strips.  Friday we were up and out early to go to the 99-cent sales and stop in at NSQG to see if there was a quilt show included.  We visited the merchants' area and saw the Nebraska challenge quilts hanging there.  Once we were home I was surprised by a visit from Haldora with more overgrown cucumbers, yay!  Tonight I made spagetti sauce again and canned one quart.  We had the rest for supper.  At the sewing table I finished two Kronberg strip tops.

NOTE:  This 'sweet' spagetti was pretty bad and the canned sauce was tossed along with the tomato jam still in the cupboard. 
Tuesday afternoon I got the cinnamon pickles canned (7 pints).  Then I made a double batch of spegetti sauce and canned five pints and used the rest for supper.  Late movie at $5 night; Star Trek was full so saw Ice Age 3 which was not quite as good as the first two were.

NOTE:  This batch of spagetti sauce was made with some of the tomato jam, thinking I could use it up that way, but it didn't work out and these were dumped a couple days later along with the rest of the tomato jam.
Wednesday afternoon, once Leofwyna was up, I put the cukes on to boil 2 hours, canned four quarts of beef with broth, and prepared the cinnamon syrup which went with the cooked cukes in a jar back into the refrigerater.  After a hot afternoon in the kitchen I decided to skip A&S tonight, thinking I might get to composting the potatoes but that didn't happen afterall.  Too hot at 100 degrees.  At the sewing table in the evening I started piecing a set of Mountains Majesty for a kronberg top.  
It has been a full week and I need to catch up on the journaling.  Monday I mowed the yard and made a run to the community garden to harvest several pattipan squash.  Tuesday we loaded up the Aliner and headed west.  We didn't find anyone in Kronberg to take the quilt tops for the Sew'nSews but in Marquette Leofwna found Clint Petersen to assign him the task of delivering them for us.  We reached North Loup about 9:30 which was much later than we'd intended. We quickly got set up and plugged in so Laurel could turn in.  Wednesday Leofwyna went to tour the Chalk mine where Dennis was docent(ing) and Thursday afternoon I helped Dennis can tomatoes in Laurel's kitchen.  Thursday evening we all were at Chris's for supper and her granddaughter's birthday celebration.  Friday we came back home by way of Grand Island where we stopped at a couple thrift stores and JoAnn's.  Saturday I canned the tomatoes Dennis had given us while Leofwyna was at a pre-cook.  I wasn't able to do them all because she took one of the big pots with her.  Sunday I went to Sash's to collect the materials for Halftroll's tunic so I can finish it.  Sash was in the hospital while we were out of town; he's had bad news and faces another round of chemotherapy.  This will hopefully buy him through to the new year but he won't be attending any events.  I've cancelled the reservations for Battlemoor since Sash won't be going and his going was our reason to go ourselves.  Instead I'll be able to concentrate on prepping for and doing a rummage sale and getting my glass hoophouse put up this fall.
Thursday I stopped over at the community garden to harvest and water.  I brought home several pattipan squash, a couple small cukes and another bag o' green beans.  In the home garden I brought in several tomatoes off the Roma bush.  Friday Leofwyna and I canned five quarts of Peaches, four pints and six half-pints of dilly beans.  It rained very vigorously during the night, knocking branches of various sizes down all over town.  Saturday we had good results going to all five Goodwill stores for this month's 99-cent sales. We have plans for making stuff for camera key, gold key and Kris Kinder.
Friday... I put turkey legs in the crockpot with a pint of 'pineapple squash' and made mashed canned potatoes.  We won't mash canned potatoes again, not horrible but definately meh.  There was ten for $10 at Goodwill and I brought a bag of ten home plus a 4 yard piece of wool that will become a winter tunic.  Saturday we went up to Omaha for coronation and Sunday was Baronial A&S so it was a busy and incredibly hot weekend.

Sunday

Jan. 26th, 2015 01:40 pm
I used the canned beef to make stroganoff for supper.  That was an unqualified success and I'll be canning beef again sometime in the future.  I did a little sorting in the garb totes in the afternoon, though I still need to deal further with that. Leofwyna lined up a massage date Monday, which I am looking forward to.
Had an add-on Friday taking Chiara for a job interview.  I sure hope she gets the job so they can stay here in Magmor.  I made chili for supper and canned up the extra... four quarts.  Although I scorched the bottom of the pan, neither of us coulld taste it so I was glad.  Although I think the red pot is ruined as even three boilings of baking powder hasn't gotten it clean.  Saturday I loafed and Leofwyna took us out to Perkins for supper.  I continue frippering cotton cutters.

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