Happy weekend! This weekend you’ll find me making some of this sauce with tomatoes that need to be used, stat. I’ve also got enough grape tomatoes to make some of this thick sauce and I’ll be freezing my last batch of green beans (that I saved before the deer – read more below on that!).
Oh, and packing! Yikes – I got nothing packed this last week, it was so busy. I’ve got to stop just thinking about it and actually work on getting it done. I think I need a list, but I can’t find one online that doesn’t include “tell the movers where you want things” – not all of us have movers, ha! (If I make one that works for me, I’ll be sure to share it with you.)
On to 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)
This dwarf buddleia that just keeps pumping out blooms (and it’s story). It’s called Lo & Behold ‘Ice Chip’ Buddleia and my son gave it to me for my birthday a couple years ago. This will be a plant I will be sad to leave: he had heard be talking about how I lost all the buddleia bushes to our harsh winter (well, I thought…a year later, they both bounced back, the hardy things!) and he decided to buy me one.
Problem was, buddleia have been declared a “noxious weed” here in Oregon (they do not reseed for me – though I’ve seen them reseed other places) and not many places carried them. He found one store that was on the other side of town that carried one variety. He was in college, without a car, but he rode the bus all the way out there, bought the plant, put it in a backpack, and rode the bus all the way back home. The card was soaked from the watered plant and it was a dwarf variety that I couldn’t use in the same places as the others…but my heart melted. That he went to all that trouble to get me something he had heard me talk about? So sweet and loving.
But here’s what I want you to get out of this: buy this plant if you have space for it!! (here’s the link again) I hadn’t ever heard of it and wasn’t too excited about it – and it took a couple years to find it’s footing, but holy cow has it performed this year! It has been blooming for more than 2 months – and shows no sign of stopping. My other buddleias have been done for a month. Plus it’s just such a nicely shaped, contained plant for the front of the border. I LOVE it. You know I’ll be looking for a place to add this where ever we end up landing in the future!
A deer visit – file this under “not loving.” (Every once in awhile we’ve just got to go there, even on Three Things…) The deer found our garden again. After years of not being visited by deer – and letting my guard down – they are back in a big way. Shoot. I’ve lost tomatoes, a few peppers, lots of green beans and all.the.kale. They even took a bite out of one of my white pumpkins.
The odd thing is they’re not bothering any of our flowering plants out front. And they’re having to really search for the way into the garden -it was the only opening we had left and I thought it was hidden. A-hem. We’ll be closing that gap this weekend, too.
This stainless steel canner. I just got this Stainless Steel Canning Pot/Stockpot from Amazon this last week and the first thing I thought when I opened it was, “where had this been all my canning life?” It is SO much better than the wavy-bottom enamel canner we all know and love. Yes, it’s more expensive, but not terribly, and when you use something a lot, it’s usually worth it to spend more, right? It is heavier, though, so that may need some consideration if you already felt a full enamel canner was heavy.
I got it because I wanted a smooth bottom that wouldn’t rock on my electric stove as much – and discolor it around the edges. What I found out, though, was that this is safe for all those smooth-top ranges, whether electric or induction (because it’s the right kind of metal for induction). This is a great option! You don’t have to give up canning or use a separate burner if you have a smooth-top stove. Plus when you need to cook a huge batch of something, it’s a great stockpot, too (I would never say that about my rusty enamel canner…).
It doesn’t come with a rack, though, and it’s not clear on the sales page what fits, but I read in the comments that this Victorio Stainless Steel Canning Rack canning rack that I already had fit, and I’m happy to report that’s correct – it does. I’ve mentioned this rack before, since it’s WAY better than the standard rack with separations between the sections. This fits smaller jars without tipping and allows you to put more than 7 when using pints and half-pints. I’ve been using this for a few years now and love it. Bonus? It’s stainless, too, so doesn’t rust like the old enamel canner racks do.
Links To Check Out:
30 free beautiful fall printables.
Where to find affordable lighting.
Greek whole grain salmon salad with feta.
A complete fall gardening checklist.
It’s not just muffins & cake that can have fresh apples – why not cookies?
What do you think about savory bowls for breakfast?
Cozy ways to decorate for fall.
Do you think it’s too early to make these? I’m sure I could give some away…
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