Hello Friends, how was your Friday?
We had lots of rain and storms off and on all day today, and lots of Baltimore Orioles and the Orchard Orioles too. Right now I only have hangers for two hummingbird feeders on the deck, so I need to find another hanger of some sort. The orioles seem to be sticking around for awhile, some years they do that during stormy weather. the rainy weather did not stop the orioles from drinking almost all day today.
This was a real treat for us today to watch these two species of orioles hang out with us most of the day. We are also seeing a few hummingbirds but strange as of yet no males only females-wondering if the males got lost in one of the storms.
I also cleaned out a food cabinet today-a big job as I had around 40 home canned jars of juice, salsas, and pickles that needed to be dumped, glass jars washed and put away. These all were 10 to 15 years old and needed to go. I didn't have time to do it when we moved to the lake. Since I use vintage glass jars for canning-as they are thicker glass I wanted the jars. A rainy day was perfect for this job. I still have about a dozen canned wild grape juice quart jars that I need to test out as these are 10 years old but look good.
When I went food shopping this week the store was still low on no salt canned bean products and no sugar added canned fruits. Also more items were missing on the shelves and the fresh produce was low as well.
I went online and discovered Wal Mart online-and they had most of what I needed-a variety of canned black beans, light and dark kidney beans no salt added, chili beans and lots of fruits no sugar added-so I got most of the cans for around a dollar a can I ordered over 30 to get the free shipping, and to fill up my pantry. I usually can all these beans but can't use the pressure canner on this electric stove.
I had discovered canning your own beans-pinto, black, kidney etc-a couple years before we moved to the lake. Easy to do and tastes delicious Start with dried beans soak overnite-rinse fill jars add water and follow instructions for canning in your pressure canner.
I still can not find no salt cannellini white beans or the no salt chick peas canned in the stores or online so will keep looking for those. Also when I went food shopping I made sure I was stocked with canned chicken, no salt beef and chicken stocks, and those large cans of usa beef and turkey meat. So I am pretty set with my pantry right now if things get worse in the stores.
Depending on the price of produce at the Amish market this summer I would like to can a small batch of salsa, and freeze some fruits.
Going through this food cabinet, allot of things were hidden from view as things were not sorted out well-wow I had forgotten that I had brought over all the extra baking sweets we will ever need of sorghum, molasses, agave, honey, and homemade maple syrup- a gift from our Wisconsin friends-I knew I had those maple syrup jars somewhere haha.
So by the time our 2pm main meal came around I was really happy I had leftovers to warm up.
Hoping no rain tomorrow-we'll see what tomorrow brings.
Oh and just for fun our Wisconsin friends are going to have a hippie birthday party since Rob turns 60 next month. She has been asking me about hippie clothes etc haha-yep I am that old. I looked online to see if there were any hippie type rubber stamps so I could make a birthday card for him. I just ordered this set The seller gave me a deal that was better than just ordering two of these from other sellers. So this should be fun to create.
Happy Friday and Weekend