Just biding my time as I watch the canner percolate away pressure canning some red beans and rice. Uh minus the rice( to be added when serving) can't can rice. You end up with something akin to glue I suspect. I got the idea to just make up the recipe instead of just canning beans. I don't know why I didn't think of this before. Hey I'm slow, but I get there eventually. The convenience will be awesome. Just open the quart jar and heat up while I am cooking some rice. This is going to be so awesome this winter.
Finished up with the harvest of navy beans for the summer. I figure I got about 4-5 lbs from about 1/2 cup of beans to begin with. I would say a great return on my investment. My pinto bean plants aren't quite ready yet, but they are hanging with beans. I am just waiting on them to get some color. I have 10 watermelons that will more than likely be ripe before the first frost. Add to that I found potato volunteers growing and pretty good size yesterday. We will see what I can get from these by the first freeze. None of these items came from heirloom variety seeds/tubes. Yet they are not only producing, but producing well and producing an item true to the parent. My navy beans are white little beans, look like navy beans, act like navy beans; my watermelons are green on the outside, red on the inside(with seeds) and sweet! My pinto beans so far are exactly like pintos should be. We have all eaten this stuff from the garden. No one has a dread disease or anything, so I am feeling fairly confident that I can save pretty much any seed I need to. Yesterday I harvested my first group of lettuce seeds. They are currently drying on top of the bread box. Along with some jalapeno seeds
Onto a different subject, remember the doll I told you about? The one a wonderful co-worker gave me? I am going to post a pic of her so you guys can see what she looks like right now, and hopefully I will be able to repair her and post a new pic of her. Now more than likely I will have to send her off to someone who can take care of the really hard part, but the cleaning, etc. I am hoping I can do. Here she is:
Well that is all from my neck of the woods. How is everyone else?