Saturday, July 28, 2007

Grown-Up Chores

A sultry Saturday here on the Gulf Coast. Across the pond right now is a gathering of the white birds. Wood storks are farther up on the bank, ibis are in the pond below and one great heron is standing tall above them all in the water.

Well, I don't have a chore chart, but I do have a list! It seems everywhere I look today, I see something that needs to be done. Hubby is out working in the heat, poor dear. He's just finished mowing and will be starting to put together a new fence for around the garden! Hurray!

My list includes bathrooms that need to be cleaned, a bird cage that needs tending to as well, a front flower bed that needs weeding (the rain we've finally gotten has kicked them all into high gear) and ferns that need trimming in the front and back.

I should get to it, but first, here's just a couple of photos of a small lesson in tomato canning we had the other day with the girls and some friends. They all just loved helping and watching the skin pop on the tomatoes. Peeling them seemed to provide the greatest thrill all around! We didn't put up very much: just a few pints, but it was more for the experience. If your haven't tried canning with your children (if they are at least 6 or 7, I think), you really should. The more hands helping with the canning process, the faster it all goes!

One last note: I made mustard for the first time last night! Mmm. Fun and super easy! It is so delicious... and is currently mellowing out in a bowl on the counter, as it was exceptionally spicy. There are many delicious-sounding recipes to try online: Apple-Maple Mustard is one that sounds tempting to me. If I find something I really like, I may just have a new specialty to share at Christmas!

Off to the chores now. Hope you all are enjoying your weekends!


Jessica Chapman said...

This looks awesome. My kitchen is almost the same green. Love the little aprons!

Kez said...

I found your blog last night, and spent quite a while reading it. It's now been added to my favourites :)

I'm down here in Australia & considering homeschooling my 5 yo next year so I will keep reading your blog with interest.

The canning sounds fun and you've got me curious now as to how to make mustard!

Kelli said...

It sounds like a very productive weekend, Mrs. Pivec! The fun in the kitchen pictures are great! I would love your mustard recipe...Phillip is a huge fan!

Aisling said...

I've been having a hard time with commenting on your blog lately, for some reason. I commented a few days ago (about your leek and potato soup) and I don't think that comment ever showed up.

I love days spent "putting up" food for my family, but haven't done much canning in the last several years. I actually need to dry or freeze some herbs this week - and your blog post reminded me of that.

Anne Tromsness said...

Nicole -

Don't know if you will remember me, but I used to be Anne Bailey -- made the ill-fated move home with you in the summer of 1989. I love your blog -- seems like you have a beautiful life. Let's catch up! I have a 5 year old daughter, and a wonderful husband, and would love to talk with you...

Mrs. Pivec said...

WOW, Anne! Of COURSE I remember you! You don't get a comment in your blog box like this every day! :) I wonder how you found me? The internet continues to amaze me. Please do e-mail me:

Heather said...

I haven't tried canning with the kids because frankly I am afraid of canning--my mom used to make pickles and was seriously burned when I was about seven when a jar spilled as she was taking it off the stove. So it is one of the things I plan to wait on. :)

I love the idea and have taught them to make bread and lots of other things that we freeze to store.

It does look they had fun.

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