Catfish Chili

For dinner today, we're having catfish chili.

Ingredients:
2 lbs catfish nuggets
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium yellow squash, small slices
1 medium zucchini, small slices
1 can garbanzo beans (since this is the only canned beans I have in the house at the moment)
1 6oz can tomato paste
4 large tomatoes, chopped
1 chicken bouillon cube
Chili powder
Ginger powder
Paprika
Ground cumin
Ground cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
Salt
1 tbs Olive oil and 1 tbs butter

Heat the olive oil and butter and saute minced garlic and onion. Add vegetables, tomatoes and garbanzo beans. Stir the pot and let the vegetables cook slightly. Add fresh tomatoes and tomato paste. Stir to mix well. Add a bit of water for easier mix. Add chicken cube, and seasoning to taste. Add more water to the desired thickness . Cover and let it simmer for 10 minutes. Add catfish nuggets and mix. Cover the pot and let it cook for another 15 minutes or until the fish is cooked through.

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First batch of canned tomatoes

I started the batch about half an hour ago. Right now I am waiting for the water bath to boil before I can proceed.

We picked a lot of the big tomatoes yesterday. I used about half of them this morning.

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It's simmering on the stove. I am going to cook it down a bit more before packing them in pint and quart jars.

We still have half of the batch to preserve and a bit more outside. The ones we picked before are in the freezer. The freezer is getting full so I thought I better can these to save some room in the freezer.

We may have another year worth of tomatoes this year. That'd be nice. :)

1:22pm - They're done. I got 2 quarts and 2 pints of canned tomatoes.

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Season change

It feels like fall. The neighbor's tree is already shedding its leaves. Their yard is already sprinkled with dead leaves. Our maple leaves are starting to turn color, too. It's chilly outside. We've had to turn on the heat a couple of times already.

Both Brian and I have a 3 day weekend. We will be celebrating Eid either on Sunday or Monday. There's really not much going on so we are thnking of cleaning up the garden; pulling out plants, harvesting, and start prepping it mor winter. Possibly put in garlic, too.

I am going to can most of the big tomatoes this weekend, too. There is a lot of them that we need to preserve.

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It reminds me of ice cream colors

The yarn that I am using for my sock has several colors. It is Knit Picks Felici Gelato. I gives me colorful stripes in my sock.

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It's a very nice yarn to knit, even if it's small and my fingers feel like all thumbs handling it. I have several socks made out of Knit Picks yarns and I can tell you that the colors remain bright even after several washes in the washer.

I am liking this current socks I am knitting. I love the color. I love the pattern. I love the yarn.

What else can I ask for when I knit something?

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Scarf, skirt, socks, soakers

Seems like I have been doing projects starting with "S" this past week. Coincidential, completely.

I finished Sarah's scarf and still working on Leens. I worked on a bit for Sarah's twirly skirt. I started on a pair of socks for myself.

This weekend I finally got wool yarns to make soakers for Adam. He leaks at night. I asked around about soakers and a mom told me her son did the same thing every night. He, too, wear disposable diapers. She said she made wool soakers for him to wear over his diapers and it helps with the leaks.

So... I knitted a couple of soakers last night and today. The first one, even though the gauge was right and it said toddler size, it was way too big. I think an 8-year-old could wear it! So I made a medium size this morning and just finished it. It fits Adam just right.

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The first soaker.

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Sarah's scarf

Got that done today.

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The color looks good on both her and Adam. Adam had it on for a while, twirling it. It's cute.

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I started a sock for myself earlier today, but alas, I was cooking dinner and little boy got to it and pulled out the needles. I had to undo it all. When will I learn to keep my knitting under lock and key?

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More preserves

We got up early this morning and started making the pudding and the jam. Brian set out to make the pudding pies and I started mashing the berries to make jams.

We ended up using about 2 1/2 quarts to make 6 cups of mashed raspberries. Later on, it makes 4 pints of jam and 3 ladle full of jam for the pies topping.

We were fasting while doing this. We didn't even tasted the jam until we broke fast at 8pm. Good thing the jam taste is ok. Otherwise, what a waste!

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We still have 2 pints of blueberry jam. Now we're adding 4 pints of raspberry. We have about 2 gallons each of raspberry and blueberry in the freezer. I think we're going berry picking again in 2 weeks. There was a LOT of new berries coming out when we were at the farm over the weekend. They will be ready in a couple of weeks.

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More berries

We picked raspberries yesterday. We got 5 quarts.

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One quart is already in the freezer.

As for the rest of them, we are planning on making jams. Brian is planning taking some of the raspberries once they're halfway cooked down and mix them with pudding for pies.

It sounds good!

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Drying

Mom sent a link about drying tomatoes instead of canning or freezing them. We have a lot of them already in the freezer, both big and small tomatoes. So we thought to try this method.

Brian and Sarah were busy picking more tomatoes off the vines this morning. Then he and I started preparing the small tomatoes for drying. We got two trays and have a quarter left for eating with salad.

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We'll dry the big ones later. For now, they're hanging out on the window sill for ripening.

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