Yesterday and today have been busy, busy, busy. Labor day was definitely full of labor. I did laundry, weeded, cleaned house and canned tomatoes. I managed to get 7 more pints of diced tomatoes (although one jar didn't seal- my first failure of the year) and another 10 pints of enchilada sauce. We are definitely set for enchilada sauce for the year. Good thing we like enchiladas! And the diced tomatoes are useful in all sorts of things. I think I've finally perfected spanish rice- it's still not quite Zatarain's but it's pretty darn tasty. That is the one thing I use the diced tomatoes for the most. Now, having finally figured out what I have been missing (paprika!) I'll need to make sure I freeze some sweet peppers, This is the first year I've had enough bell peppers to actually have some for storage. And the Sweet Italian peppers are going crazy this year so I'll have plenty to freeze.
Today, I labored at work. It was insanely busy and we had someone off sick which always adds more stress into the mix. And I came home to chicken chores, dinner, pantry reorganization and deep conversations with children.
Tomorrow looks to be about the same. Work is still stacked up from today's unfinished tasks and I've got more tomatoes that will need to be processed. Sheesh! Doesn't a girl ever get a break? I guess not this time of year. But I'm trying to not complain. This is the life I've chosen for myself and all this food preservation works to help feed my family.
I sometimes wonder how women managed all of this in the past when they were responsible for preserving enough food to feed their family for the year. That always just blows my mind. I think of how tired I am after a day of housework, gardening and canning. And to do that day after day plus caring for children and animals. Wow! It gives me much more respect for what these women were able to accomplish. Of course, I also try to give myself some credit that I'm managing what I'm doing while working outside the home. That said, if I had to feed my family for the entire year we would probably starve.