I had mentioned in a previous post that over the weekend, while at one of the farm stands, we picked up 60 pounds of fresh, local peaches.
Today we canned most of them. We got a total of 3 batches (21 quarts) of peaches. We also got two batches of muffins, a batch of peach freezer jam and some left over to eat out of the 60 pounds.
My mom and I had gotten on the subject about how in the olden days women used to can in houses without AC over a wood burning stove, in dresses with longer sleeves and long skirts. I had been thinking about that earlier in the day, and in the days and weeks prior to today, about how much women did in the summer in addition to their regular routines. Fixing meals, doing laundry, cleaning house all didn’t stop just because canning season arrived. They would be out in the garden and picking the fruit and putting it up in addition to taking care of a family and a home.
My mom and I do why we do because we enjoy doing it. In the current day and age it is easy enough to get fruit to put up. I can only imagine how hard it can be in years when the weather is uncooperative and / or crops fail, and you then don’t have food to put up for winter.
I had gone out earlier in the evening and picked raspberries and to check on my little lettuce plants. My lettuce starts seem to be taking. As much as I don’t like the hot weather, the plants do go better when it is warm / hot and sunny. I am totally hoping that I can get some lettuce off my little plants before the weather gets too cool.
Today was extremely productive, and I am tired for all the right reasons. I love days when I work hard and get a lot done.
The past few days I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking.
Over the weekend I made homemade pineapple curry 🍛 which turned out delicious. I also helped my mom make Father’s Day dinner, as well as having helped make gingerbread.
Monday, I baked up some gluten free popovers for myself as well as more gingerbread for the parents. Not to mention having mixed up more of the gluten free brown rice flour mix I use for baking.
Yesterday (Wednesday) I made a batch of gluten free almond tea cookies, I liked them so well I made more today.
I have also spent a bit of time on Pinterest getting ideas for decorating and other Homemaking ideas.
I am definitely yearning to have a job and a home of my own, as there is so much I want to do and try when it comes to Homemaking. I want to try different kinds of cooked jams and jellies as well as candle making.
This is the time of year when I would love to be living on some acreage, so I could have a nice garden and be raising chickens, a couple goats, maybe some pigs. I definitely want to be able to do more homesteading and Homemaking like what women did in my grandmother’s generation and before.
It’s great that women have more of a choice of what they do with their lives. At the same time being a homemaker has become stigmatized and taboo. Being a homemaker is a totally valid choice for women, and shouldn’t be stigmatized, when a woman chooses to be a stay at home wife and mother.
Today I had gone to the Old Spaghetti Factory with some of my mom’s side of the family. This one was definitely more decorated than the one we normally go to. It has way more antiques, especially in the way of lamps and chandeliers. They looked like they were all from the 1920’s and 1930’s.
I am fascinated by old decorations, particularly those of the 1920’s, 1930’s and 1950’s. So this was right up my alley.
I thought these lamps and chandeliers were beautiful.