Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Laborious Labor Day

What did you do on Labor Day?

Fall is a busy time of year at our house because we have to do something with all the produce from our garden. So Monday we were pretty busy here at the Honey House!

We picked a few of these from our garden:


We actually ended up with 6 big bowls of tomatoes, which I quartered (which took an hour!) and ran through my strainer to get rid of the seeds and skins (almost another hour).

Then we added some of these from our garden.

Honey Daddy chopped up the peppers and onions while I was working on the tomatoes.

We turned all our home-grown, garden-fresh produce into this:

A big ole pot of salsa!

We boiled the salsa down. Then we spent most of the late afternoon and evening putting all that salsa into these:


Count 'em! 30 pints of salsa.

These beauties will soon be lining the shelves of my pantry. It's a good thing too! Did I ever tell you that Jonah loves salsa? After he eats it on his chips he asks me if he can drink the rest!

See, I'm not kidding you!

Would you believe after all that I still went on a 16 mile bike ride later that evening?!
Whew!

26 comments:

  1. Wow! That is some garden! I'm consider putting my address here in hopes a can of salsa would "magically" appear at my door! C'mon...I did make the first commenter! That has to count for something!

    :-)

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  2. Phew your one busy lady! I love homemade salsa! Happy WW :O)

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  3. Wow...you need another holiday so you can rest!

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  4. Wow, you were busy and what a fabulous haul you got from your garden. My brown thumb is impressed.

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  5. Beautiful, beautiful produce and salsa!!! Yum!

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  6. That's it. I'm on my way over. Seriously, looks delicious......way to go!

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  7. That is astonishing, amazing, and awe-inspiring. And you might not want to look at my WW post today. I'm not quite up to your standards.

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  8. Busy day. I love salsa(wish I could make my own)

    Happy WW!

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  9. wow you must have a pretty big garden! that salsa looks yummy

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  10. My husband would be in heaven! Great photo, apparently salsa is a hit in your home! :) Happy WW!

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  11. Wow! I'm envious of the produce AND of all the energy it took to can it, then go on a bike ride!

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  12. Wow girl, you're amazing! Those would make great gifts too. Wish I was your neighbor! ; )

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  13. You must have tons of energy. ;-)

    Gotta love a kid that drinks salsa! LOL

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  14. Wow, that is alot of yummy salsa! Way to have a green thumb.

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  15. Wow! That is awesome! You are my new hero! I'd love to attempt that one of these days!

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  16. Oooo, I LOVE that picture of all the pints lined up! So beautiful!! And of course, the picture of your li'l salsa-drinker cracks me up, too! Too funny.

    Our summer was just not good for tomatoes this year. We've got a few that are FINALLY ripening, but certainly nothing that we can't keep up with eating raw and it won't be many more days before we start getting overnight frost. But what a good thing I've still got LAST year's crop of tomatoes sitting in frozen puree!!

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  17. That is impressive! The whole thing. I love it.

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  18. That is so awesome!

    We've been blessed with peppers this year, so I'm already thinking about next season. :o)

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  19. Thats a whole lotta salsa! I love salsa, my favorite that I just mastered is Pico de Gallo though. My husband is from El Salvodor so he has grown up with Pico de Gallo being served weekly. He is so happy that I finally know how to make it just like his mom!

    Also, stopping by to let you know that you have won the MJM Book giveaway on my blog! Congrats! I sent you an email too. Thanks for entering. ")

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  20. Yay for salsa and hard work and gardens. Some of us just sat around... I'm not saying who exactly. You understand... No need to point fingers (at myself).

    On such a solemn day, with such a heart-wrenching anniversary on the tips of our minds, I thank you for this colorful and blissful post.

    Congratulations on your POTD mention at authorblog.

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  21. How wonderful!! Congrats on the Post of the Day Award!!

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  22. i miss our pepper garden...homemade salsa is amazing! he drank it...ha. that is awesome! congrats on the POTD mentioN!

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  23. Wow - those are some beautiful tomatoes and a lot of salsa! How long will that last you!?!?

    Impressed with the biking, too! :)

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  24. Ok, I think you might have more than my mom does! Busy!

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