What a week. A good week, for sure – but stuffed so full it takes mental effort to separate the days, one from the other. The peaches and the zucchini and the canning and the baking feel steamrollered into one week long blur. It’s a memory fruit leather.
Here’s this week’s list of accomplishments. Please join in, and list your own weekly (or monthly, or whatever!) achievements in the comments, or if you have a blog and want to do your own post and link it up, that’s great too.
Planting & Maintaining
I finally got out there and tackled some of late-summer maintenance. The biggest summer producers are still pounding out food. Still haven’t transplanted my fall crops yet. I hope you guys are more on schedule than I am this year.
- Pruned and tied up tomatoes
- Pruned up cucumbers
- General weeding of the main garden and perennial bed
- Summer Squash
- Green Beans
- Hot peppers
- Kale – my son “helped” me harvest by cutting down every Cavolo Nero kale plant I was growing. All that kale is now blanched and frozen. Le sigh.
- Canned Dill Pickle Slices
- Canned Thai Sweet and Spicy Pickles
- Canned Peaches in Syrup
- Canned Nectarines with Ginger and Lime
- Canned Peach Ginger Syrup
- Froze Fresh Tomato Sauce with Garlic and Basil
- Froze Whole Tomatoes
- Blanched and froze kale.
- Made and froze 11 jars of Lemon Walnut Pesto
- Baked and froze 8-dozen Chocolate Chip Zucchini Muffins and 4-loaves Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread. I following this basic formula but left out the cinnamon and everything almond and substituted in chocolate chips.
- Baked and froze Apple Cake.
- Dried Peaches
- Dried Diced Tomatoes
- Dried Green Beans
- Dried Zucchini Chips with Black Pepper and Parm (so yum!)
- Dried Mango
Cooking & Eat Down The Larder
A few noteworthy meals:
- Steak, sauteed garden veg and roasted garlic fingerling potatoes (pictured above). Date night in for Homebrew Husband and me.
- Zucchini fritters. I believe I have discovered the trick to the best zucchini fritter ever: lots of lemon zest and parm.
- Grilled hot dogs out back over the fire pit with the neighbor kids at “sunset” during the eclipse.
- Basic maintenance.
- Adjusted duck tub pump for shorter run time in cooler weather.
Business, Finances & Frugality
- Over $510 of direct funding on my Patreon page.
- I’ve mentioned GoodBudget – the app we really like for recording our spend – enough. The two other budgeting tools my friends over at Mr Money Mustache arm wrestle about are You Need A Budget and Mint. If you’re looking for a budget management or tracking solution, take a look at all three to see what works best for your situation.
Energy Use & Solar Panel Production
- Replaced halogen work lights in the vent hood with these LEDs. Our halogen vent hood lights were some of the last non-LEDs in the house and they were big electricity hogs, but until recently it wasn’t possible to get cost-effective LED PAR20s.
- Total electricity used: 194 kWh
- Total solar energy produced: 189 kWh (= $101.55 in production incentive)
- Energy purchased: 5 kWh (= $0.52 in net spend)
- Total earned through our solar panels this week: $101.03
Home, Homeschooling & Family
- Deep cleaned the kitchen after canning and baking chaos. It was hands-and-knees, scrubbing peach peels off the floor type cleaning. Afterwards, I went and took a 40 minute nap.
- Oliver: basic tablework, including reading, handwriting, phonics, and math.
- Bella: music, music composition, history, writing, research skills.
- Nick continued curriculum planning for the “official” school year. I still have more to do but didn’t get a whole lot done on that this week.
- School is so close. I feel the acute presence of the beginning of the school year far more now that we homeschool.
Planning and Research
- Uh….does watching Jeff Piotrowski’s Periscope feed from the carwash in Rockport, TX count? Blue shed lives! The winds might have backed off, but Harvey isn’t over yet. Please stay safe Texas friends and don’t drive through floodwater!
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