Gardening Continued, and Pumpkin Time…

–Preserving your carrot crop–

I decided to freeze my crop of carrots this year for soups and sides through the winter.

It is a very easy process:
Wash. Peel (and chop off ends). Slice. Blanch. Measure out. Vacuum Seal. Freeze.

My yield was about 9 cups of carrots. Not too shabby for a small plot.

{I wanted to show you guys how neat these purple carrots were that I grew:}

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Drying:

Another very simple process: Wash. Slice (1/4-1/3 in thick). Lay out on dryer trays. Sprinkle with course sea salt and dried basil. Dry @135degrees for 6-8 hours.

These are packed with flavor! You can snack on them, use them in soups, pasta dishes, etc.

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–Garden Spoils–

IMG_6899 IMG_6901 IMG_6903IMG_6905IMG_6908First ever useful crop of raspberries (second picking this season). Beautifully colored beet crop from my garden. Fabulous friends dropped off the 14 butternut squash from their farm. Can’t wait to start making things with them.

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My mom sent another amazing package full of costumes she made for my kiddos. Thomas’ ninja costume is one my dad found at a yard sale.

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Thomas’ First Preschool Pumpkin Patch Field Trip: 

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A trip to Dibble Farm’s Pumpkin Patch:

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What I’ve been up to: 

Painting class, and starting a cute salt and pepper shaker collection!

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Kids request: Pizza Night—

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Crafting: Toilet Paper Roll Sculptures

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Our fall season has been a lot of fun so far!

~Nostalgic Knucklehead

About stacey

I am the Mom of two young, rambunctious girls, a curious little boy, and a wee little man who is bursting with joy for life. I just wanted to do something for myself that allowed me to harness the magical moments of being a Mom. (A job that sometimes feels thankless, misunderstood, and considered easy by those that haven't done it.) I wanted to be more positive by looking more closely at the good things that happen every day via photos and my thoughts.
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