A Work Weekend

Ever feel like you need to go back to work to rest up from your full and busy weekend? I hear ya!

This past spring I mentioned my summer ‘to do’ list for around the house projects. There were 3 large’ish tasks that needed done:

Re-finish the deck. Check.
Paint the outside of the house. Check
Replace siding on the garage. Check – as of this weekend.

This was a work weekend for me, and my parents. Saturday I spent the entire day bonding with my parents, putting up siding. Turns out, I’m not too shabby at swinging a hammer! I have only two wounds on my hand, and whacked my thumb only a couple times as well.

It is such a relief to have that project taken care of!!

Sunday was spent catching up on the cleaning & laundry that wasn’t addressed Saturday. I also had to take care of the tomatoes-sitting-on-the-counter situation, and turned out 8 jars of these:

Canned tomatoes are so wonderful during the cold winter months. I use them in casseroles, soups & stews. I love having my own harvest in the pantry as a go-to item all winter.

Canning tomatoes isn’t a real difficult task, here’s the procedure I follow:

-start by washing and sterilizing the jars. (I used pint sized jars for this these since it seems quart sized jars have more tomatoes than a typical recipe calls for)
-blanch the tomatoes, core, peel & stuff them into the sterile jars. Leave about 1/2 in head space.
-run a spatula around the outer edges of the tomatoes, on the inside of the jars to release any air bubbles.
-add 1 Tablespoon lemon juice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt
-wipe the jars down, including the rim, and screw on lids (the lids should have been submerged into hot water to soften the seals before they are screwed down on the jars).
-process in a hot bath for 85 minutes. (process time is the same for pints and quarts)

While the jars are processing it’s a great time to tackle a few tasks around the house – which is when I got my cleaning done. What an efficient use of time!

How was your weekend? Tackle any projects? Get to cross anything off your ‘to do’ lists?

Hope you have a wonderful start to your week-
-Hilary

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2 responses to “A Work Weekend

  • Lisa Ammerman

    Sounds like you had a really busy weekend too. Mine was a working weekend as well, but I accomplished a HUGE task of getting my Christmas ornaments ready for craft show season. BIG sigh of relief.
    And, BTW, I’m so jealous of your tomato crop. Ours was probably the worst we’ve ever had! I’m so disappointed!!

    • simplyeclecticlife

      Sorry about your tomato crop. I guess they can’t be good EVERY year, and hopefully next year will yield better results.
      Congrats on all the work you got done last weekend. Must feel good to have such a task crossed off your list!

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