What we have been up to this fall….

I think fall is definitely here. We are supposed to have our first night in the lower 30’s and I covered my beets and one volunteer potato plant in the garden this evening.  The kids have been picking up walnuts and there are still a lot on the trees to fall, but the wind the last few days is helping with that.

Here is the truck loaded down…

Munchie and Mini-me took their earnings from the first couple of batches of walnuts we picked up and bought a Nut Wizard. We all love it and fight over who gets to use it.

It sure saves on the back when picking walnuts up!

Saturday The Hunter and I processed a bunch of meat that has been in the freezer (hunting season is here, we need to get it out of the freezer to make room for more!). It took ALL DAY, beginning at 6:30 in the morning, until 4:45, just before the time when we had folks over for dinner. We were scrambling to get cleaned up and in the shower, plus cook for them!

This picture shows some of what we processed. The thick tubes are summer sausage – each weighs about 3 pounds for a total of 15 pounds of summer sausage. The thinner tubes are snack sticks and we made up 20 pounds of those. We also made 8 pounds of breakfast sausage. Both of the snack sticks and summer sausage had to sit in the fridge overnight for the flavors to blend, then we baked them all afternoon Sunday to finish them up. Boy, they were good! Most of them are now in the freezer and some will eventually be gifted this Christmas.

The kids and I dug up the sweet potatoes Monday evening prior to the frost. Mom had given me extra plants she didn’t have room for and I guess she tried a variety she hadn’t ever grown before. They are kind of larger than any we have had before….

These are just the ones the kids and I classified as humongous. This one is the mother of all sweet potatoes. It weighs 3 pounds and 4 ounces. To give you an idea of the size, the scale underneath it is 7″ in diameter! We had three that were two pounds plus at 2 lbs 10 oz, 2 lbs 12 oz, and 2 lbs 6 oz. Three were also more than one pound. I have another bucket with smaller ones in it, but most were in the large group.

Now the big question is, “How do they taste?”. Personally, I think we will have plenty for Thanksgiving and Christmas as long as they taste decent!


2 thoughts on “What we have been up to this fall….

  1. Those are some large sweet potatoes!!! I once had a few that size when I planted my first sweet potato plant. They tasted as good as the smaller ones too. Where do you take your walnuts to sell? I am assuming they are black walnuts. Brings back memories of my youth at my grandparents home. They had 3 trees in the front yard and we loved to collect them and grandpa would drive over them with the car to take off the outside covering. Haven’t had any for many years. You have such a good upbringing for your kids. They are truly lucky to have such great parents like you and the Hunter.

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