Back to work!

So far, so good. My break from writing ended at 7am this morning as I went back to my story. A secondary character has grown significantly since I went on vacation so I spent all morning reconsidering the opening chapters in light of her changed position. It was not the kind of writing day you can measure in page production, but I think the story has more depth now, which is every bit as important.

I kept canning through the weekend…. and have more pantry adventures lined up for the weeks ahead.

If you can stand to see more pictures of preserved food, here they are.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I wound up making another batch of pickles. This is what pickles look like when they are called “cucumbers.”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic You chop them into messes and boil yourself a batch of pickle water.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic The day’s production – pickles and homemade salsa (red stuff in the back)

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Ummmmm… pickle love.

Image and video hosting by TinyPic I also froze a bunch more peaches and green beans (not together in the same container, though) and I made plum jam and dilled green beans (in the back)

Image and video hosting by TinyPic And today I made another batch of spaghetti. For those of you who care, one-half a bushel of Roma tomatoes with a bunch of garlic, onion and herbs thrown into it cooks down to six pint jars of sauce.

I’ll post about the TWISTED teacher contest tomorrow. Be sure to drop by Sarah Dessen’s blog and congratulate her on the birth of her baby girl, Sasha!!

8 Replies to “Back to work!”

  1. My mother would be so proud of you 🙂 I’m not so much proud of you as just salivating all over the place. You’ll be eating good well into the winter months!


  2. Your canned finery looks awesome!

    Also wanted to say, welcome back to writing, and I look forward to meeting you at the Fall Philly con this month!

  3. Salsa please…………

    It appears you got the salsa recipe that you were looking for, care to share? It looks yummy!

    Your home vacation was sure productive. You can really show the “fruits of your labor”! Pardon the pun.

    You and BH look like you are more than ready to takle another one of our lovely CNY winters. BRING IT ON!

  4. That looks like so much fun! I’m totally being serious, too. It looks so yummy!

    I was really excited to see Sarah’s post on her LJ about her baby. I’m sure she’s going to be a great mommy!

  5. Sasha is a beautiful name! I am so happy for Sarah! That is awesome that you are working again! And you are quite the little susie-homemaker eh? That is awesome, I wish I was in some sort of way domestic but I fail miserably in all such areas 🙂 Have a good rest of the week!

  6. Are all authors pickling this month?

    Funnily enough, Meg Cabot also managed to finished a lot of preserving over the last few weekends….

    Good luck on your book!

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