Wednesday, January 18, 2023

TADD 1/19/23

 Hi Everyone!
Today is TADD over at Rain's. Be sure to stop by to see what goodies she has. 
For me I am still working on show items. Elizabeth from Alter Book Lover ask me how many bottles I have made. The count right now ready for show is 50 bottles!
Now I am working on fast and easy items. Here is what I got made this week. Even with numb face. LOL

 I was going to make these all different but decided the same was better.

 5 in Silver. There is no red, I think it is a reflection of my shirt.

 5 Gold

 I made labels and packaged them up. warrior witches brooms.

I did work on other projects but they are all drying now.
I am trying to keep really busy. It takes my mind off things. So I decided to can. I got 10lbs of red potatoes a few weeks ago and and some London broil meat very inexpensively to can
However, last year I bought some different kind of canning jars with lids. They are made in America and were a lot less expensive. They are called PUR. DON'T BUY THEM. I used them on the meat. I got 10 pints and when I opened the caner 5 pints had their lids sitting at the bottom of the caner. I was very disappointed.

The potatoes turned out beautifully. I used Kerr and Ball jars and lids.

 16 Pints of goodness.




 The uncaned meat is perfectly good and soooo. 5 pints of meat and juice.


First thing is a big pot of stew with home canned potatoes and carrots. Lots oF onions, celery, crushed tomatoes and I can't think of what else.

 Some of the best stew ever.


There is a lot of meat in 5 pints. Next I shredded, seasoned and made enchiladas.   

 Ready for the oven

 You can't believe how good my house smells.



I also made butter this week. However, I am tired and will share this  process next week.
I hope all of your are well and life is treating you with goodness.


Debra She Who Seeks said...

No red on the sword of that warrior-witch broom? It's a reflection of your shirt? I don't believe it for a moment. I know it's the blood of your enemies.

Gene Black said...

I hope you were able to salvage the meat from those bad canning jars. (Is that the five pints?)
I understand doing things that are fast and easy when a show gets closer.
I hope you have help transporting all the things to your show. (I think I will be carrying all my items to the exhibit by myself. Oh well!)

Tom said...

...I love your witches brooms. Evergreens will mutate into a new form which is called a witches broom in the nursery business.

kathyinozarks said...

wow a busy day for you, especially for not feeling well. so sorry about the canning lids I have never had that happen to me-so disappointing for sure-did you use Ball or Kerr lids? I only use those or bulk lids from the amish store are good for me too.
your foods look delicious-hugs Kathy

Christine said...

That is a lot of bottles! The food looks delicious! -Christine

ashok said...

Everything looks so delicious Nicole!

David M. Gascoigne, said...

You are a busy woman! Do you ever stop and rest a while?

My name is Erika. said...

How frustrating to lose all that canning. That's not a good thing for certain. And nice new projects. I can't think of what they are called but I know they're used to brush away spirits. Have a great Thursday. hugs-Erika

Jeanie said...

Thanks for the tip on the canning jars. That had to be enormously frustrating for you. Such a lot of work.

Boud said...

Good morning! I'm here after seeing your comment on Debra's blog. Now to read more in here and get to know you a little.

Barbara said...

Menacingly adorable witch’s brooms. I’d buy at least two!
Barbara (even if it doesn’t say so)

Iris Flavia said...

You have been creatively busy!
Ack, sad with the pints...

Divers and Sundry said...

I like the little witch brooms. Your stew looks tasty, perfect for winter. I look forward to your butter-making post.

Mae Travels said...

Your art and craft projects really are taking on a whole new look, and they are wonderful.

best… mae at

roentare said...

These look scrumptious to taste. You have a great rest and rejuvenate

Jennifer Rose said...

those enchiladas look great!

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Those wtches brooms are well done, Nicole. Goodness. I am glad you explained how many bottles you had ready, because I thought I had lost my mind when I read only 15 bottles on Tuesday.

I stopped canning after I gave up my veggie garden, so I am glad you warned us about the Pur lids. You have a LOT of meat to deal with there. Sorry I won't offer to help eat it (grin)!

Carola Bartz said...

Your warrior witches brooms are something! I do like them a lot. How annoying about the canning lids. I think I saw those Pur jars somewhere. I usually use Ball or Kerr jars for my jam making and they are good.

Fundy Blue said...

It looks like your show will have lots of unique art to buy, Nicole!

carol l mckenna said...

I am amazed at you being able to do all you do despite how you are feeling physically ~ Way to go! Love the broom creations ~ Xo

Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
A ShutterBug Explores,
aka (A Creative Harbor)

Rain said...

Oooh enchiladas!!! Yummers! Your Witch's Brooms are spectacular Sis! I love them!!! I made that mistake too regarding canning equipment. I bought some rings from Amazon, don't know the brand. When it came time to can, they were all warped and it was too late to return that crap! I only buy the brand name now, here in Canada it's Bernardin.