Monday, February 18, 2013

Gardening & Canning... 2013 Journey Begins

I am so not that kind of girl.  Dirt, heat, bugs, sweat, spiders, oh my.  The benefits?  Fresh veggies that taste terrific.    Fortunately, the gardening that I find, well, icky, is like recreation to my husband, Lowell.  He's already set up a place to start his seedlings and had his hands in the dirt, not to mention spent hours planning and preparing.  He's a man with a mission.  With our new way of eating lots and lots and lots of veggies and fruits, he's preparing to grow as many as he can.  He's a master gardener. 

Well, he's not really that kind of guy.  Cooped up in the kitchen with boiling kettles, cutting up endless fruits and vegetables for hours?  Not really Lowell's favorite way to spend an afternoon.  To me, the challenge and the reward of filling all those little jars and hearing all those little pings as they seal just thrills me with satisfaction.  I just love putting up.  ~smile~  Just yesterday, we opened jars of Pear Honey that I created last summer with pears that Lowell harvested from our trees.  Ooh, talk about a little jar of gold.  On homemade wheat bread. Oh now that was delicious.

Once again, in the LORD's wisdom, opposites attract.  So, we made a deal.  He grows all he can.  I'll can all he grows.  Well, not exactly, but it looked cute when I typed it.  We'll eat all we can, too.  ~smile~  Because it's the LORD who brings the rain and causes the growth, we'll give, too. 

 I will be sharing recipes, cooking, and canning posts here as the year progresses.  I have much to learn, and I look forward to sharing with you as I go.

Blessings to you from Harvest Lane Cottage!
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  1. It's a wonderful journey, Laura...welcome aboard.

    There's nopthing like the satisfaction of producing your own food...

  2. I love to read your blog! And I look forward to hearing more about this. Blog on Friend.

  3. I am ready for this years gardening and canning adventure! Hubby and I do the garden jointly and then my mom and I do most of the canning together.

    I can hear the birds singing today and am dreaming of some outside time!

  4. It sure did look cute!… referring to: He grows all he can. I'll can all he grows. Well, not exactly, but it looked cute when I typed it.

    Thanks for your sweet words yesterday :)

  5. I'm antsy to get outside and prepare the garden too. I'll be planting heirloom seeds inside next week to transfer to the garden when the danger of the last frost is past. This year I'll be focusing more on dehydrating the garden excess. I love how easy it was to incorporate garden excess into my wintertime soups and stews. (visiting from Farm Girl Friday)

    ~Taylor-Made Ranch~
    Wolfe City, Texas

  6. I'm emptying jars each week, so I'm itching to get canning too!

  7. I love it! And I think *wink wink* that it IS rather true that he grows all he can, and you can it all up! That sounds like a fantastic partnership to me!
    Glad to have you back on the Welcoming House and really looking forward to seeing more of you! :)
    ~Heather @ The Welcoming House


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