What have I been up to?

A little of this and a little of that.  Hubby has a garden, and we have about 53 tomato plants.  That’s a bit much, even for our family.  I’ve learned to cook a couple new recipes to figure out what to do with tomatoes and zucchini.  One that was a big hit (at least with hubby) is ratatouille.  And no, no rats were harmed in the concoction of said dish.  I actually made it in the crock pot, which cuts down some of the work.  Hubby is a carnivore, so I had to add some meat to it, which I did in the form of italian sausage.  I plan on making it again tomorrow, so I will try to post a picture.

We also discovered eggplant this year.  The one we bought was small and white, it isn’t bitter at all.  We haven’t gotten very many, and they didn’t get as big as they were supposed to, and we’ve determined that they need LOTS of water, which is something we haven’t had this summer.

But I have mostly been into crochet, and I’ve even launched my own online shop.  Right now the items I’m selling I want to earn money to buy hubby a birthday gift — something he can really use, it’s not a frivolous gift.  We also want to take a vacation at the end of the month to our family cabin.  That doesn’t cost much, but we are going to be there during a folk festival where they make — from scratch — apple butter.  It is HANDS DOWN the best apple butter in the world.  They make it on site in a copper kettle with a special mixing paddle (some special wood to add to the flavor, i forget what it is).  You can buy apple butter there, and we can only get it once a year.  So hubby would like to buy several jars, but at $8 each that is an investment.  I’m hoping I get some sales from my crochet to help us get a couple jars and I can get hubby’s gift.

Typically what I do is turn around and put the money back into ministry projects — I like to make shawls, throws and baby blankets to give out to those in need of comfort.  I will also do special orders.  I can’t work it up on my market site, but I would be happy to make a comfort item and ship it to whomever you wish — you just cover the cost of materials and shipping.  I’m working up poems and scriptures to add to these items too….

Keepsake Krochet

http://www.zibbet.com/trapperhoney

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2 thoughts on “What have I been up to?

  1. The shop looks great, trapper. Even I can see that you have a gift at crocheting very intricate garments, and obviously put a lot of love and work into it. I’m unfortunately not able to purchase anything these days, other than power from the light company, and hopefully food for the table.

    I will be praying for you to have a lot of success, and continual passion for your art, however.

    Wow, 53 Tomatoes plants? Better get the canning jars washed and ready. Hey, that’s a LOT of Spaghetti sauce right there.

    One thing, though I could offer you dozens, that you can do with zucchini,and tomatoes that is awesome, especially if you have some left over home made bread now and then is to make a bread pudding type meal with them.

    Pretty much the same as Ratatouille, only you out number the tomatoes and squash with the bread, rather than the other way around. And, I’m sure there is a fancy sounding Italian name for it, but, who needs that, right? Actually, depending on the area of Italy the Italian grandma came from who baked it, there’s probably a dozen different names for it.

    I love Fried Zucchini also, but, I don’t fry as much of anything as I once did.
    Anyway, I wish you the best with your ministry, canning, art work, and gift for your husband.
    God Bless You
    paul

    P.S. Didn’t you have an “Etsy” shop with your work on it?
    Talk to you soon.
    paul

    • no, never tried “etsy.” they charge for your listings, and zibbet doesn’t, so that is why i went with that one 🙂 i don’t have the space or the gumption to do any canning. we have been passing tomatoes off to a friend who IS canning. she just made salsa with some tomatoes she picked from our plants and some of our hot peppers. hubby and i are going away to the woods for a week and i generally do a lot of cooking there. will probably even make bread. just got a pumpernickel recipe hubby wants me to try, so we will have a german dinner day — sausage, apples and kraut casserole with pumpernickel….

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