Canning Peaches

Well, I didn’t finish my list, and my husband gave me two days of work that must be done now, and I looked at the weather and saw that it was supposed to start raining the middle of this week and then rain indefinitely. (That might give my location away.) So I decided to start school when it starts raining, and let the kids enjoy what’s left of sunny weather.

My sister and I did get all the windows washed inside and out and tracks vacuumed and frames wiped down. Yeah! Check! And bless my sister’s heart, she repainted all the gutters around the house and did a bunch of other touch-up painting. I cleaned out one last closet and have more to take to Goodwill now. My kids and I cleaned out two fireplaces. Don’t know why I waited until it’s about to get cold before I did that. Hmmm… Now I’m down to computer work for my husband and typing up my schedule for school. I do have all my books though and my month-by-month plans done. It’s just trying to figure out how to make everything fit in the day that still has me mystified.

We also canned forty-nine quarts of peaches and froze thirty-plus quarts. Yummy! We saved twenty pounds to eat. Here are some pictures of our canning process.

Canning Peaches

Top Left: A dozen empty but clean jars ready to be filled. Bottom Left: Seven of nine boxes of peaches. Right: Peeling peaches and filling jars. We did it in the garage, so that we could hose off the floor when we were finished. The peaches were just right and we decided not to blanch them.

Canning Peaches

Left: Jars full of Peaches. Right: Canning in my steam canner. (I love it. It’s so much lighter to haul it around than my waterbath canner.)

Canned Peaches

Rows of canned peaches! I just think they’re pretty. I don’t know if it’s sentimentalism or what!

Since we consider work and service an integral part of school, I think my kids have been getting a fine education the last week, even if we haven’t "hit the books" yet.

3 thoughts on “Canning Peaches

  • September 7, 2009 at 12:34 am
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    I'm with you on doing school when it rains. I didn't do much this week, but just because I had a lot of appointments and other things going on. I'm looking to that warm weather at the end of this next week and hoping it sticks, then maybe we'll do one last camping trip.

    That's awesome to have a younger sister like that. I'm sure she'll appreciate having an older sister in a few years as well.

    I say just come up with a basic daily schedule and check off what you finish as you go. I'd never get a whole year's worth of daily schedules done ahead of time.

    I love those maps. Too bad I already spent my map budget for the year (and then some). Maybe I'll have to add those maps another year. I hope you enjoy getting back into the swing of things with homeschooling. I know I enjoy it. I think in a lot of ways, days with school are easier than days without. I can't work on my projects so much, but the house stays calm and clean(er).

    Blessings-

    Cathy

    Edited by basketflat on Sep. 7, 2009 at 12:44 AM

  • September 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm
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    You might not have gotten to all of your list but you got a ton done! Love the pictures of the peaches~yum!!

    Becca

    Time Well Spent

  • September 9, 2009 at 10:59 pm
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    Love your outdoor canning set up!

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