I wouldn't blame Youngest Son if he didn't volunteer to take me shopping any time soon. My Sam's Club haul included 100 lbs. flour, 50 lbs. sugar, 50 lbs. rice, 50 lbs onions, several flats of canned goods and a bunch of other stuff. When we got back home I said that I would get my cart and help him haul the groceries up the stairs. He handed me something small and light in weight. He told me to take that up, unlock my apartment door, sit down in a chair and wait for him to bring my purchases up. Because I know better than to argue with him, I did and he did. Bless his heart.
It was too late in the day to start canning, so I put away everything that I could. Then I opened one of the 6 lb. bags of frozen hash browns, filled my dehydrator trays and got them to drying. Six pounds of hash browns dehydrates down to two quarts of potatoes. One bag done - three to go.
Sunday morning I started on the 20 lbs. of sausage. I browned it, drained it and packed it into jars. Into the pressure canner it went. I got 24 half pints and 9 pints of sausage crumbles plus 40 sausage patties in the freezer.
There are a whole lot of onions in a 50 lb. bag! The second batch of chopped onions is drying now, and it will probably take me until the end of the week or longer to finish drying the whole bag. But I sure am glad to have them.
I needed a break so I checked Facebook to see what my kids were up to. The first photo I found was of my oldest daughter. She is on a business trip to Florida. I'm not sure exactly where she is, but the photo had the caption, "Should I take this baby alligator home?"
Youngest daughter had posted a picture of my granddaughter Nicki's first day of school - both first grade and Senior year. When Jeri called this afternoon I told her I thought Nicki wouldn't let her take a first day of school picture. Jeri said she didn't give Nicki a choice. It is her last school year. Mom was getting a picture. I wonder where the time went. Seems like only yesterday that first picture was taken.
Oldest son in Phoenix posted this picture taken this morning. This is a freeway.
He called me earlier today to see if I had seen the picture. I told him I thought Arizona had "dry heat." He laughed and said that the storm in California was sending rain to Phoenix and there was widespread flooding. He said he was OK where he was, but there were people stranded everywhere. They either got caught in the water or didn't realize it was as deep as it is and just drove in only to get stuck there. He told me about a police SUV driving out of the water with people clinging to the top of the vehicle after they were rescued. I said I supposed I had better not tell him what nice weather we are having here in Minnesota. He said come February, we'll talk.
So I've goofed off enough. Time to get back to chopping more onions for the next dehydrator batch. Will post as time permits. It is a lot of work right now, but I surely am glad to be able to restock and will be even more glad to have all of this on the shelves come winter.
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