Tuesday, January 28, 2014
I Can. Obviously that word carries a myriad of meanings, suggestions and allusions. I can because I can. I can take care of myself even when I'm sick for months on end because we thought ahead and prepared. I can have decent, even decadent food to eat even when I don't feel like going to the store or out to eat. We can have healthy snacks and side dishes any time with minimal effort. I only wish I had felt better during the summer so I could have put up even more fresh food from our garden, but I did pretty good as it was. This is just a portion of what I canned this past summer. Lots of fresh fruit, jams, soup base, pickles, beans, peas and salsa! Not to mention some frozen and cruciferous foods I have harvested from the garden during the winter or have in cold storage now. I believe we'll have enough veggies and fruits to make it until fresh stuff starts coming in from the garden this spring.
I don't cook many desserts but a warm fruit cobbler on a cold winter's day is really nice and really easy too when you already have your own canned fruit ready. I think I gave ya'll this recipe for Peach Cobbler with Blueberry Muffin Crust?? Holy Smokes, it is good! I eeked out enough rhubarb that I think we'll soon have a Rhubarb/ Strawberry pie or cobbler.
Maybe tonight even! We got a fair snowfall today although I have seen much heavier. Days like today make me VERY thankful that I can. No trying to get to the store in this or having to remember to go way before it hits. Or, as was the case this time, not going to the store ahead of time at all because they really didn't call for much of anything in our area. Instead, we played in the snow a bit while a big pot of soup made from pantry goodies simmered in the crock pot!