Welcome to our sausage- y kitchen!
I love sausage. One of my favorite memories of childhood is watching my grandma McNabb can and cook it and the way the smell would fill the house. I still love that smell. I love the smell of bacon too and my sister often remarks how my hair smells like bacon. Weird? yes, but Mmmmmmmm. We live in an old farm house and I feel like the house itself has absorbed the smells from years of wonderful cooking. Anyway, I digress.
I am so lucky to have married a man who loves coming up with ways to prepare and enjoy meat like I do, and I must say… He is AWESOME at it! We always have a variety of local meats in our freezer: chicken (ours we raise and process), beef (ours), lamb (4-H, local), pork (local). We regularly grind and freeze sausage but Jake just got a stuffer for links and they turned out amazing! He used intestines for the casings. (Ever heard of chitterlings?)
I can’t wait for him to stuff a variety of sausages! (This was breakfast sausage)! Maybe I will try canning it this summer.
Sorry for the poor picture quality, but, I use my iPhone. I am just an ordinary girl trying to capture a moment. Even this can be hard with kids.
Trying to stay warm
It has been a while. What do you think? Should I revive le blog? My kids are a little more self sufficient so I may actually have some time.
This is what happens when you take a year’s sabbatical from blogging: a baby plus another surprise pregnancy takes a lot of time! However, I am back at it and lots of things are happening including baking, cheese making, gardening, and that second baby any day now! Be back soon!br />
I love my pantry. It is extremely old fashioned. Every summer we stock it full of canned veggies, pickles, jams, preserves, chutneys, almost anything that comes out of the ground or on a tree from our farm ends up in the pantry… even some meats… yeah, I go that far. Here is what it looks like now- healthy looking from this angle right?
Well, that picture only shows a quarter of the pantry… we have eaten SO much from it! The empty side, and the empty bushel basket usually full of potatoes:
So sad. My herb box and dried peppers have dwindled down to nothing…no onions left either.
However, there is hope, and I am preparing for the times to come! Jars (thanks Megan!), vinegars-essential, my flours/ salts/ grains, and pressure cookers just itching to come out:
I can’t wait to get started!