Our harvest has been much more than this ridiculously fun Full Moon (Harvest Moon) lift ride.
This year it was warm for once. I know we looked all bundled but we are usually freezing our toes, fingers, noses and tushes off.
My mom came a while ago and showed me the ropes of canning. This is the real beginning of our story.
See our harvest of cayenne peppers! What to do with them all? Anyone have any other ideas then using their seeds for pizza toppings?! And this is all from one little lovely plant. He pleases us so much. One hard worker he is.
That is the window over my kitchen sink. So it makes for some fun decor as they're drying.
You probably want a close up of these cute little fellers. It's funny how much joy these little rock homes give me. I just stare at them as I do the dishes. Dreaming of a far-off homestead lined with fruit trees. While my chicks lay golden polkadotted brown eggs.
Hoping to make my backyard into my dream garden. Maybe next year.
Matty hard at work turning our tomatoes into sauce.
He is loving it
This is my favorite part - the pooper!
I'm busy making loads of fruit leather. This batch is nectarines - nothing added. SO yummy.
In the past few weeks we have added peach jam (local peaches), huckleberry jam(which we hand picked in the Wallowa Moutains of Oregon), raspberry jam (from our garden), strawberry jam (also from the garden), and salsa (much of it from our garden). Many more to come!!! A lot of it will be the same though, maybe I'll mix some up.
Dried apples, and Matt's roasted soynuts in the back.
Always loaded with fresh veggies.
And in different places through out the house (if you are lucky) you will run into some good smelling herb bundles left to dry (also from our garden)--here's oregano, rosemary, and lemon balm. I'm totally bragging - sorry.
Matt has been very diligent about saving everything--sage leaves
And has been collecting every seed and herd from our yard--sage, oregano, coriander, rosemary, dill seed
Tonight we had pizza with Matt's sauce!!
Oey with his pumpkin pie pizza. Don't mind the messy table. The kids have also been working hard at trying to find all of our Halloween decorations.
And this bag and box of apples is our next target. Applesauce!!!