Scattered Sundays – Sustainable Cooks

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Joyful Sunday, loves!

Only a reminder, waaaaay again in June (possibly?) I discussed that I might be doing shorter Sunday posts in the course of the summer time. After which I grew to become a dang soiled liar about sticking to that.

That ends as we speak!

The boys and I’ve been up in Skagit Valley (of the tulip competition fame) since Friday morning for a soccer match. We have now one other one subsequent weekend, and the season hasn’t even formally began.

It’s been a really busy week with work, and with some backyard goodness preservation, to not point out attempting to get work accomplished forward of being at a soccer discipline for 3 days.

Additionally, thanks SO MUCH for what number of of you weighed in and confirmed curiosity in eager to study extra about electrical canners. I used to be in a position to supply an electrical water tub canner at a neighborhood farm retailer for 50% lower than the net worth.

And I snagged a flash sale on an electrical strain canner. Which continues to be positively sitting within the field.

canned peaches on a towel on a countertop with a closed shade behind it.

I used the water tub canner on Wednesday to can some peaches, and I discovered lots. As an skilled canner, I discovered the instruction guide that got here with it was tremendous complicated. I can solely think about how irritating it could be when you have been model new and following these directions.

The remainder of my summer time is really shot attributable to soccer and work, however I will likely be making guides on use each machines sooner or later sooner or later. Possibly in Fall? Possibly in Winter throughout a canning lull.

So with that, I want you a improbable week forward whereas I leap from shade puddle to shade puddle on the soccer fields attempting to remain cool. It takes lots of work to remain this pasty.

Oh, wait. Talking of the solar, we’re completely crushing our photo voltaic manufacturing in comparison with final yr. July 2023 was our highest manufacturing month since we obtained our panels again in April 2022.

two photos showing solar production.

We’re nonetheless so thrilled with our choice to get photo voltaic. When you’ve got questions, try this outdated put up the place I discuss in regards to the technique of getting photo voltaic.

It’s not for everybody, but it surely may be best for you. And I don’t earn a dime from anybody when you put panels on your home. Smooches!

Within the Backyard This Week

Berries, berries, and extra berries – YUM! Along with the blueberries and raspberries which might be in our backyard, there are ripe blackberries throughout the neighborhood which might be simply there for the choosing.

It’s to my everlasting disgrace and disappointment that we’ve been too busy to this point to go blackberry choosing. Hopefully that modifications subsequent week. I solely have one gallon of frozen blackberries left from final yr.

Should you’re blessed sufficient to have extra berries, listed below are just a few concepts of what to do with any berries in your life:

The lettuce appears to be formally accomplished for the season. I had shade material over it, however the crops simply aren’t designed for summer time climate. The chickens will benefit from the crops, and I’ll be transferring some rooster compost to that mattress for Fall planting.

Tomatoes are ripening, and burrata has been procured. Yay for {the summertime} deal with of tomatoes, good cheese, olive oil, salt, and balsamic.

We additionally loved an enormous batch of Garlic Butter Inexperienced Beans with inexperienced beans from the backyard that I picked 20 minutes earlier than they have been cooked. Life is sweet and summer time is tasty.

lilies in a garden.

Years and years in the past, my grandpa gave me and my sister a potted lily at Easter. We mentioned thanks after which as quickly as he left, we put it outdoors as a result of it made us sneeze a lot.

My dad randomly planted it within the yard. And yearly, it blooms and jogs my memory of how a lot I really like my grandpa. We miss him a lot, however each July, it’s like he comes out to say hello. And make me sneeze.

What I’m studying this week

I completed One thing within the Water sooner or later within the final week. It had some good twists, and I don’t need to give something away, but it surely has my least favourite kinds of characters. And that made it tougher to learn than I anticipated.

I began Code Identify Helene, and principally, it’s precisely the sort of e book that I like to learn. An superior robust however flawed feminine character, WWII Europe, spying, blah, blah, blah.


Randi left this five-star assessment on our Canning Peaches tutorial {Pin this recipe}:

Nice recipe and simple to observe. Thanks! I faucet the jars with the peaches and syrup evenly on my reducing board to take away all air bubbles. Works like a attraction!

Jars of canned peaches on a wooden board


This week’s posts scream IT’S SUMMER AND TIME TO EAT ALL THE THINGS!

Zucchini RelishA easy and simple recipe for canning selfmade Zucchini Relish. This tangy squash relish recipe is ideal for anybody new to canning. Take pleasure in it on burgers, sizzling canines, or in potato salad. {Pin this recipe}

3 jars of zucchini relish on a marble board with a tile background.

Blackberry and Apple CrumbleThis tasty Blackberry and Apple Crumble will turn out to be your go-to dessert! Really easy to make, this apple blackberry crisp captures two unbelievable fruit flavors in a single scrumptious dish. {Pin this recipe}

a white dish of blackberry apple crumble on a wooden board.



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