While doing my little stint at the computer this morning, I realized that it has been a month of Sundays since I last blogged. Well, OK. Maybe not quite that long. But it has been a while.
I tend to get sidetracked. A lot. Especially if I have a new toy to play with. I have been dehydrating veggies. Cub had a sale on frozen veggies, which work really well in the dehydrator. Just open the bags, spread them on the trays and let them dry. I tried some shredded cabbage, too. I like cabbage in soup, and that worked really well. I also dried 10 lbs. of onions. I use lots of dry onions, and they turned out great. The other day, I opened a jar of canned chicken broth and a jar of chicken, dumped them into the crock pot, tossed in a handful of each of the dried veggies and let it all cook. All of the veggies rehydrated really well and that was some seriously good chicken veggie soup.
I also tried drying a variety of fruit. The strawberries turned out OK as did the mandarin oranges. The oranges are a good snack. But I wasn't thrilled with any of the other fruit, so I probably won't be drying much of that. Maybe enough to chop up and use in muffins or quick breads. I haven't tried apples yet. They might turn out fine. We shall see.
I have another new kitchen toy that I have been playing with. When I got my new dehydrator, at the same time I got a jar sealer attachment for my Foodsaver. That is the neatest little gadget since the invention of the bread slicer. I wasn't happy with using plastic bags for storing my dried stuff. Little creepy crawlers can get into Ziploc bags. I know this because I had to toss out a bag of wheat flour that I had in a plastic bag. So I put all of my extra dry stuff into glass jars and vac sealed them. When I use the veggies, I just pop the lid, take out the amount I want to use, and reseal the jar. Cool. The dollar store had brown sugar for a buck a bag, so I bought some and sealed that in quart jars and stashed it in the pantry. It stays soft and I don't wind up with brown sugar rocks. I love it!
Then there was the sale at Joann's. Flannel for $2.50 a yard. That's less than half of the normal price. I am in need of blankets. I am not fond of blankets from the local big box stores. I really like quilts. Especially warm, snugly handmade quilts. So I bought enough flannel for three new quilts. These are not fancy, but are more utilitarian. There were lots of little kid prints and not much of a selection of other styles, so I went for bright and happy as opposed to beautiful.
This orange quilt top is done and the other two are in various stages of completion. I expect that winter will be nearly over by the time I get the backs and batting put together with the tops, but that is OK. I will be all snugly warm when next winter comes blowing in on us.
So that's what I have been up to for my Month of Sundays. Pretty tame stuff compared to your lives, but it works for me.
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