Our first eggplant!

When we were growing a traditional garden we tried growing eggplants a few times and it never turned out well for us or the poor eggplants.  This is out first year implementing the Mittlieder Gardening Method but I decided to try it again as a benchmark.  It’s not yet close to being ready to eat but this is further than we’ve been able to grow one in the past so I’ve got high hopes it will continue and we will get to eat it.

eggplant grown with the Mittleider Gardening Method
eggplant grown with the Mittleider Gardening Method

Canning and adding great northern beans to our pantry

I followed a video I found on YouTube of Starry Hilder canning beans with a no soak method.  (I will include the video below.). In pint jars we added a heaping half cup of beans and added hot water before placing in the canner.  As you can see in the picture they expanded quite a bit once cooked in the pressure canner.  We wil make up labels and get them into the pantry.  It was super simple and we will do more beans of a different variety soon.  

great nothern beans ready for storage in the pantry
great nothern beans ready for storage in the pantry
Great Northern Beans before and after canning
Great Northern Beans before and after canning

Here is Starrys video on canning beans with a no soak method.  

My favorite kale smoothie recipe with bananas and blueberries

my favorite kale smoothie recipe
my favorite kale smoothie recipe

I’m beginning the process of eating healthier. As part of that process I try to add two kale smoothies to my meals daily.  I’ve borrowed bits and pieces from various kale smoothie recipes found online to end up with my go to recipe.  Because I prefer a really cold smoothie the banana and blue berries are frozen.

 For this recipe I use half a frozen banana, approximately half a cup of frozen blue berries and two large kale leaves.  Zero percent milk is used to fill the blender container for our Nutri-bullet to the fill line.   Blend thoroughly and enjoy!

Canning butter for storage in our pantry

Today we decided to put up some butter in pint sized jars.  During our last trip to Costco we picked up 8 pounds of unsalted butter to add to our pantry.  There are lots and lots of opinions on canning butter, so please look into it extensively and form your own opinion before you do it.  We sterilized all our jars and lids and re-pasteurized our already previously pasteurized butter during this process.  

After the butter is in jars with the kids secured you will need to frequently shake the jars as the contents will separate.  You can see the separation in the second picture below. We were shaking to combine the contents every 10-15 minutes for several hours.  We continued to shake until the color was returning to normal.  This morning, as seen in the last picture, the butter has solidified and has its usual appearance.  The 8 pounds of butter yielded 10 full pints. In the future I hope to work out how much butter is required to fill an even 12 pints. 

melting 8 pounds of butter for canning
melting 8 pounds of butter for canning

canning butter for storage in our pantry
canning butter for storage in our pantry

canned butter ready to go into our food storage pantry
canned butter ready to go into our food storage pantry