Ben's first-day-of-school shirt is done and I'm starting on the lunch buckets.
The bushel of tomatoes is canned and the children helped enormously. Yesterday, I canned 9 pints of pizza sauce and 10 pints of salsa (both recipes from Simply in Season).
Today, Genevieve washed 20 quart jars and Ben placed them in the oven.
Then I ran all the tomatoes through boiling water, dumped them in ice water, and cored them. The children peeled the skins off all the tomatoes with their fingers.
I smushed them down into jars, added a splash of lemon juice to ensure acidity, and canned them. I got 19 quarts. Everything sealed. Nothing broke. There wasn't even a big mess, really. What a happy, happy sweet summer day!
We celebrated with some candy and a picnic supper at the pool, all of us together.