October 11, 2011

Canning Time!

It's canning time! This harvest season I decided to head over to Larry's Produce (aka the best farm stand on the planet) and stock up on some bounty that I could can. On the list: Strawberries, Green Beans, Tomatoes, and Tomatillos. Over the course of a few days, I made the tastiest green enchilada sauce (from this recipe), spicy green beans (for bloody mary's!) from this awesome book, stewed tomatoes from this site, and lots of low-sugar strawberry jam. I didn't realize how involved it is to can tomatoes - you have to take the skins off, boil off the water, and make sure to add vinegar to the mixture (otherwise it's unsafe to eat due to the unbalanced ph values). No one wants to get botulism! Anyway, I know that I could get any of these items any time of the year from the supermarket, but I wanted to fill my pantry with the yummy (and cheap) goodness of the summer.

October 3, 2011

He's here!

a Raider fan already!

Those of you on facebook probably already know this, but I'm very excited to announce the birth of my first nephew, Brayden John Geissler, born on September 28th, 8lbs. 4oz. 21 inches long. Proud mama Jean and papa Eddie. Jean was a rockstar and only had to push for a little over an hour (though they had been waiting in the hospital for days...) I can't wait to spend some time with this cutie!!