I don't think the temperature got much over 36 degrees today. And it has been raining off and on for a couple of days. I won't complain. The worst of the weather went around us and that included snow. Any time the snow gives us a miss, I am happy. But the chilly, wet weather is most definitely good soup making weather.
Friday before my dance watching marathon, I dug four ham bones out of the freezer, tossed them into my biggest stock pot, covered them with water and simmered them most of the day. I picked the meat from the bones and strained the resulting broth. There was enough good, rich ham broth to cook up three bags of split peas, which I did today. I added some diced carrots from the freezer, a couple of handfuls of my dehydrated onions, some garlic powder and the ham pieces. I let the soup simmer all afternoon and then ladled it into pint jars. I got 16 pints of split pea and ham soup, with enough left over for supper.
I have about 20 lbs. of hamburger in the freezer, so tonight I will take that out to thaw and can it up tomorrow. Seems like whenever I take something out of the freezer to can, I find more food underneath it that needs to be processed. I still have cranberries that were under the hamburger, so dealing with them is my next project. Maybe if I keep at it, I might actually find the bottom of my freezer. Maybe.