Monday, November 24, 2014

A Monday Ramble

Today is grocery ordering day.  Yesterday I went through the weekly store ad that came in the mail and made out my list.

Celery is on sale for 99 cents a bunch.  I ordered a dozen.  I have quite a bit of celery dehydrated.  It takes a long time to rehydrate so I use it in soups that simmer all day.  The plan is to cut the celery into about half inch pieces and can them in half pint jars.  I had done that a couple of years ago and liked the convenience of adding canned celery to casseroles, stew, etc.

The store brand frozen vegetables are on sale in the two pound bags.  I ordered 10 lbs. of peas and 10 lbs. of cut green beans.  I'll can those in pint jars and that will bring those two vegetables back up to the amounts I like to have on hand on my pantry shelves.

Now and then mistakes are made.  Two weeks ago I ordered both dry dog food and cat food.  They brought me a fairly large bag of dog food but no cat food.  Good thing I order before I am down to two weeks worth of food for the animals, so Kizzie the cat did not run out of food.  Kizzie running out of food is not a good thing.  She whines and fusses when her bowl is down to half full.  An empty dish would make life unbearable for both her and me!  Lily, however, now has enough dry food to probably last the rest of her natural life!  Guess that is a good thing.

I don't often indulge myself, but a buy 1 - get 1 free sale on ice cream was just too good to pass up.  I ordered two old fashioned vanilla and will make a batch of chocolate sauce and a batch of butterscotch topping.  Ice cream is one of my favorite things, even in the middle of winter.

There were rumors of snow in our forecast, but it looks like it bypassed us again.  Not that I'm complaining, mind you.  I look at the reports of those folks in New York, opening their doors only to find a wall of snow outside, and I find I have much to be thankful for.

I have given up looking for exciting things to blog about.  Exciting just doesn't happen in my world.  I got rid of the drama in my life years ago.  But I can continue to write about the everyday happenings here in my little corner of the world.  And as this is more or less a record of what is going on in my life, as well as a place to remember the "good old days," that's OK.


  1. Do you find that canning frozen peas makes them mushy? How long do you pressure can them?

  2. Tewshooz...I can a variety of frozen vegetables. None have ever turned mushy but taste just like they would if I bought them in a can. Each vegetable is canned according to the instructions that came with my pressure canner. Peas are 40 minutes for pints or quarts at 10 lbs. pressure for my elevation.

  3. i like every day. we get enough 'exciting'. i think that is why there is so much illness. too much stress.
    i never thought of canning celery and it is interesting to read about.
    thanks. deb h.

  4. deborah harvey...I think you are right. Stress brings on all sorts of complications. Now that I'm retired, it is pretty easy to keep my life stress free, for the most part. I like it that way, even if it makes for boring blog posts!!

    I read somewhere about canning celery, so I tried it and liked the results. I like trying new things to add to my food storage. Just found a recipe for sweet & sour chicken to can that I'm going to try right after the holidays. And that is about as exciting as my life gets. :)

  5. Sunday, I bought four huge heads of celery for $0.69/head. I only was able to cut up and dehydrate one head. One head made about 2 ounces of dehydrated. I have it in a jar with a tightly closed canning lid and ring.

    Nothing exciting happens in my life, but I just keep writing about the mundane. I think your blog is just fine.

  6. Practical Parsimony...Wow - that's a really good price. 99 cents a head is the cheapest I've seen celery here in a long time. I really like having a variety of dehydrated vegetables stored. Some things I store in canning jars and others in zip lock freezer bags that I keep in plastic tubs or cardboard boxes to keep out the light.

    I joke about my boring life but truth be known, I like the peace and quiet of my days. Even though I don't have anything exciting to write about, I wouldn't trade my life for a drama-filled one!

  7. We moved almost 2,000 miles away to rid ourselves of drama, now, mine consists of dust and lint. I am content.

    You go girl.

  8. JMD...Good for you! I believe excess drama and stress will kill a person off sooner than later. Content is a good thing. I don't think many achieve it.