Greetings from beautiful central Oregon! We are in the majestic forests of LaPine enjoying time with family, kayaking on lovely lakes, and hiking along the river. AND enjoying sweet time with our daughter again (see more below on that).
I’ll be sharing a photo or two next week (gotta pick the best from our time and it’s not over yet, ha!) because I love showing you all how wonderful Oregon is, but this week I’ve got some other things I think you’ll like as much as I do. Mainly because there are a lot of summer fruits and veggies that I think you’re wanting to preserve for the winter and I’ve definitely got you covered in that area. 🙂
Okay, here’s this week’s things I’m loving – and a few links I think you’ll love! (as always, some of the links I provide are affiliate links)
Our newest video that shows all the steps to water bath canning. I have had a step-by-step canning 101 tutorial on AOC for years (um, as in really old – you may have noticed I recently updated it with better photos & formatting…), but we’ve never done a video just about how to water bath can things like pickled green beans, certain tomato sauces and salsa, chutneys, and the other recipes I have on the site that are safe for boiling water canning.
I really want everyone to know how easy it is – but also let you know I get how you may be nervous if you’ve never done it before, because I sure was! So I tried to be very thorough in this video and I hope if you haven’t tried it before, this will help give you the confidence to start! And if you have any more questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Visit this page to view the how-to (scroll down a bit through the written steps).
You can also see it running occasionally in our sidebar with our other videos (have you noticed this? I love that it’s our videos that are there for you to see!) and you can always visit our video page to see what other videos we’ve made.
Our girls safe arrival home from Colombia! Our daughter and her friend arrived home safely from their six weeks in Medellín, Colombia this last week and it was beyond wonderful to see them. We (the parents) met them at the Portland airport, along with a couple of their friends (pictured with them above) – isn’t that sweet that they made the trip to welcome them home?
They had such a great experience and we’ve been loving hearing all the stories and lessons learned. I think international travel is such an important part of expanding our world and how big our God is – if it’s in the realm of possibility, I encourage everyone to plan a trip to a different part of the world!
A wirefree way to listen to books, podcasts and music while gardening (or walking,etc.). My friend Amy of Mom Advice shared these SoundPeats bluetooth wireless headphones this summer and I just had to try them out. I have spent a lot of hours in the garden with my standard wired iPhone headphones (it’s a way to ‘read’ more books!), which included many times getting tangled in plants, my knees, ripped out of my ears, and so on.
And these worked great! It is so nice to not have to worry about the hanging wire. They are easy to set up, paired right away with my phone and have controls that are not difficult to use. Easily worth the $20 for me. Do you listen to things while gardening or walking? I think you may like these, too.
Our plentiful August harvest – even with a smaller garden. Even though our garden is smaller this year, we’ve still been harvesting a good amount of food – both for fresh eating and preserving. This late-August harvest basket is a good example: pickling cucumbers that I’ve been transforming into easy refrigerator pickles, basil that I’ve been making into our secret-ingredient pesto and freezing, tomatoes for fresh eating and for chutney and roasted tomato sauce to freeze and our beautiful grapes for eating. Buried under there is also zucchini…because there’s always zucchini, lol.
Links To Check Out:
Cheesy zucchini bites for your excess zucchini.
Chicken Lo Mein – who needs take-out?
The sound of letting go.