...and I hate it! I DID, however, can 33 quarts of roma tomatoes! Woo Hoo!!!!! And I only did 3/4 of them -- at least 10 more quarts to do...
But those I did took 6 hours! The girls were SO good all day -- I heard a couple arguments between them and Gregg telling them to clean up a few times but by and large they played and played and left me alone. Greggie came in the kitchen maybe once, to ask for an apple. I few times Alex started down the hall, "Mom, can I have..." Pause. "Daddy, can you help with with..." Growing up! Realizing that Mama is busy!
When I was done and the kitchen was cleaned, I took a much needed shower while, Gregg, bless his soul, went to buy me some wine. The girls came in the bathroom. From in the shower stall I heard, "Mom, where's our toothpaste. We wanna brush our teeth." I yelled out that it was in the cupboard over the tub. Alex climbed on the step stool and got it and Gregorie exclaimed, "You found it Poodle! You found it!" Then Alex put paste on both their brushes and they brushed and rinsed. Yup, growing up.
100 pounds of romas:
Mama, this one is squooshed:
Alex helps wash the tomatoes:
The first batch waiting for the hot water bath to peel their skins:
Coming to a hard boil:
The finished product:
And the loaf of bread we had for breakfast: