Things are definitely winding down. During the slow, winter months I may change to posting every other week or so since there isn't as much to talk about.
1. Plant something- No, but I did package up and stash away all my saved seeds from the garden this year. We're still in the planning stage of herb garden and a few other raised beds for food production next year.
2. Harvest something- peppers, basil and the last, lone tomato- that is the last we'll be getting until spring. We had a hard freeze and then snow on Saturday so we are officially DONE for the season. We're expecting a visit from my parents this week bringing us apples and a few more winter squash.
3. Preserve something- dried a few hot peppers and made some pesto for the freezer.
4. Waste not- the usual, not much exciting here. Recycled, composted, reused and repurposed as much as possible.
5. Want not- lets see, picked up a few winter squash from the local pumpkin patch that will go into storage. Stocked up on coffee and a few pounds of cheese. We eat a lot of cheese and I'm trying to decide if I want to try freezing some or if we will eat it quickly enough. I'm leaning toward just leaving it in the fridge.
6. Community food systems- We visited a farm about 10 miles down the road. They have a pumpkin patch and the children picked out pumpkins and I picked up a few other winter squash. She had some "Cinderella" pumpkins that I would have loved to get but I refrained. I would have wanted to save the seeds and I'm sure she didn't keep them separate enough to prevent crossing with others that were there.
7. Eat the food- Lots of pesto and stuffed peppers. I had hoped to get a little chard for our lasagna last night but even it didn't make it through the freeze. J15 and I have been experimenting with a variety of vegetarian recipes. V declared that what the bean loaf needed was bacon. sigh. But it was tasty tonight as leftovers with egg noodles and mushroom sauce.
I12 is the latest at our home to succumb to illness. He came home late (his bus broke down and they had to wait for another) made some soup for himself before I even started dinner and was in bed by 630. Definitely NOT normal for him. K9 has begun to cough so he is probably next. Evidently, even though there was no testing and only a few kids showed respiratory symptoms, officials are calling the outbreak at J15's high school H1N1. Who knows.