Salsa Across the Page : Watercolor
I didn’t get to post last week as we came off a busy weekend and fell into the new school year. The first day was met with unexpected delays as the school server crashed due to the amount of traffic. Our charter school enrolled an extra 17,000 students this year. Imagine all those people logging in at once. Needless to say, it overwhelmed the server. It took a while but they fixed the problem and the day went smoothly despite the delays. So far, my kids are loving the freedom to work at their own pace. It confirms my suspicion that brick and mortar schools waste a lot of time throughout the year. Granted, we are only through the first week of school but my oldest has a full schedule and he is still finished before noon everyday. Quiet time is still on the schedule. What more can I ask?
My hubby’s family has a tradition where the woman gather and make salsa every fall. I joined in when we moved to Pennsylvania and I have had so much fun that it is a must every year. My hubby’s grandmother has stopped hosting as she is unable to stand on her feet all day. The last three years, my MIL and I have been carrying on the tradition. We usually use 1 bushel of tomatoes which yields about 52 quarts of salsa. This year we did a bushel and a half which gave us 72 quarts with plenty of veggies left over to can more. Our county had a shortage of canning jars and lids and we had to run to the next county to get jars. We were still unable to get enough lids so that is why I had leftover veggie mix. This blue tub is sitting on the floor and it was full to the top!
This week I baked several different kinds of muffins but the most interesting combination was Ginger Carrot Muffins. Surprisingly, everyone like them. I used grated fresh ginger, carrots and raisins.
The recipe is from the book, Specialties of the House: A Country Inn and Bed & Breakfast Cookbook by Julia M Pitkin. This book has so many great baked goods and breakfast recipes from award winning bed and breakfast’s in each state. Everything I have made out of this book my family has loved.
Today was the first time in weeks that I was able to have some creative time! I got a few things started and a few things completed. Overall, it was a successful day. First, I made this piece of mail art using stamps and watercolors.
This baby card was made using the StencilGirl Art Deco Alphabet and watercolors. Not my best work because it is on cardstock instead of watercolor paper.
I completed this page in my watercolor book. I love that you can work right in the book since the pages are made using watercolor paper. The sketch is already there so no drawing skills required. My piece is on the left and the example is on the right. This watercolor series is really fun for beginners and a lot more challenging than I thought it would be.
Can you believe I got most of this accomplished today?
I am joining the T Day ladies hosted by Elizabeth and Bleubeard. My tea today is Sunflower Jasmine Tea 1 LB (454 g). I drink this tea whenever we have our weekly chicken stir fry meal. I also combine it other teas that are too strong and I want to tone down the flavor.
What have you been canning or baking?
Happy Tea Day,