The leaves here in southern Minnesota are beginning to turn colors. The daytime temps are now in the 50's and 60's and the northern part of the state has already had a hard frost. It is the time of year when we in the north begin to prepare for massive amounts of ice and snow and sub-zero temperatures.
I taste tested the chicken vegetable soup I canned last week. That is some seriously good soup. I had layered 1/2 cup chicken, 1/3 cup each corn, carrots and peas and 1/4 cup each of celery and onions in each pint jar. On top of that went a chicken bouillon cube and the jars were filled with water. They were processed for 75 minutes. This has become my new favorite go-to soup.
I am running low on canning jars again, so it is time to concentrate on other items for my food storage. I transferred four containers of cornmeal to zip lock bags and stashed them away. Bugs seem to like the cardboard and paper containers, but I have had no problems with keeping dry food in zip lock bags. I also have been ordering extra sugar and flour with each grocery order, and need to get more molasses to use in making my own brown sugar (1 Tablespoon molasses to 1 Cup of sugar).
I had bought 10 lbs of potatoes, thinking I would use some of them in the soup, but decided instead to dehydrate them. So later today I will be peeling, slicing and blanching and getting them into the dehydrators.
Yesterday I made up several more of my cookie mixes - chocolate chip and oatmeal - which are my favorites of the cookie mix recipes HERE. I need to make up some brownie mixes and more hot chocolate mix. The hot chocolate mix seems to disappear quickly these days.
Winter is my time for needlework. I have picked up where I left off on my youngest grandkid's graduation afghan and have been spending evenings with a crochet hook and usually a movie. I am sick to death of the dog and pony show that is Washington these days and am back to reading headlines only. Keeps my blood pressure on an even keel. :)
That's about it for me here in my little corner of the world. Hope things are going well with all of you and that your pantrys are filling up. I am hearing rumors that a long, cold winter is coming, at least for us here in the tundra. Keep on prepping.