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Canning on a Fall Saturday

My daughters and I canned last Saturday. It was our first family canning experience. We’ve been saying for years that we were going to do this, and we finally did!

Initially, we were going to make spaghetti sauce with meat and pressure can it. But, when I got out the pressure canner, it was missing parts. So, we went to plan b and made it without meat.

Let’s Get Canning
Canning
We cored and cut 30 pounds of tomatoes!

 

We started with the Ball’s Home Canning recipe for Spaghetti Sauce with Meat. This called for coring and cutting the tomatoes, then putting them through a food mill. We did our first 15 pounds of tomatoes like that, so when we switched recipes we continued with that process for the next 15 lbs.

Canning
Cooking down the tomatoes

 

 

The sauce needed to simmer for at least 2 hours. Once the sauce was ready, we added it to the jars and put them in the canner to process. Then we celebrated on the back patio while the first batch was processing.

 

 

 

We used pint jars and processed them for 35 minutes.

 

All total, we made 18 pint jars of spaghetti sauce. Since my canner holds 6 jars at a time, we processed three batches.

 

Not bad for a Saturday’s work and we had a lot of fun doing it!

Here are a few of my recipes that you can use this spaghetti sauce in:

http://thefeatherednester.com/index.php/2017/08/18/italian-meatball-casserole-dinner/

http://thefeatherednester.com/index.php/2017/07/19/lasagne/

 

Family Fun With Mason and Dillon

We have had some family fun with our little grandsons, Mason and Dillon, over the past month. We watch them a few days a week, and these two together are the definition of fun! I thought I’d share some of our more memorable moments.

We Found A Baby Frog!

The cutest moment has certainly been this video I made of Mason hopping like a baby frog! We were at the park last week when we found a baby frog. After watching it hop around in the grass, Mason decided he wanted to hop like it!

 

At the Park
Family Fun
At the park a few weeks ago
Family Fun
Grandpa helps Mason on the jungle gym
Doing the “fitness trail” last week
At Play in the Backyard
Family Fun
Playing with play dough
Family Fun
Team work
Around Our Neighborhood
Our neighborhood ducks, in a neighbor’s front yard. We enjoy seeing the momma and her 8 ducklings as they wander up and down the street.

 

Out for a ride

 

Hope you enjoyed my cuteness post today. These guys are a hoot, that’s for sure!

Manic Monday

Hi there! I haven’t posted a blog for several days though I did post directly to the Travel, Family Fun, and Beautycounter tabs. Check them out! I posted some darling photos of our play day with our two grandsons, Mason and Dillon, under Family Fun.

I had a really busy week! Earlier this year, I fell in love with Beautycounter products. Their natural scents, the way they make my skin look and feel, and how good I feel about using more natural products. In fact, since then I’ve compiled nearly the whole product line to use. I decided I wanted to share the mission of providing people with safer products, so I became a consultant. Have you heard of Beautycounter? If you’d like to learn about safer products for you and your family, visit my personal webpage HERE. We even have a line of products for babies and children!

Last night, I made my special homemade pizza. It came out soooo good. I love the recipe that I use for my pizza crust. If you follow the directions, it is virtually foolproof.  I am going to share it and a photo of my pizza on my Food & Wine link. I haven’t shared much about cooking yet, even though it’s one of my passions in life. My goal is to post a new photo and recipe each week. There, I’ve said it – so now I have to follow through…

So, Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Do you have family traditions for Mother’s Day? Post below and let me know what they are. Last year, my daughters and I went to Santana Row in San Jose for the day. We had fun shopping, having lunch, and spending time together. We decided to do that again this year, except we’re staying at Hotel Valencia there overnight. It will be a total girls trip, with us three mommies and my seven-month old granddaughter, Makenna.

Check out the tabs on the top to see what I posted last week. I will be working on uploading some before and after pics of our house this week. It’s coming up on two years since we bought out current home, though we moved in full-time a little over a year ago.

See you back soon!