We got the meat back from butchering our bull calf, Beefy. He was a small guy but still managed to pack a wallop of 222 lbs. of meat:
On top of the meat from the steer we butchered last December, this meant our freezer is packed. We had to sort through and prioritize what was in it. I removed anything I could possibly can up, in order to make room. This meant that for the last three days I've been canning my brains out. My tally: 33 pints of mixed vegetables, 25 1/2 quarts (the "1/2" is an extra pint's worth) of corn, and 18 quarts of chicken breasts:
Yesterday (Saturday) was my big canning day - I literally canned from 5 am until 9 pm. The corn was defrosting and I had to get everything done before it went bad. I can only fit 7 quarts at a time into the canner, so it was nonstop. Talk about pooped!
Obligatory cute Lydia picture. Can you believe she's already a year old? And she still fits in her favorite chair. She is the most seriously awesome watchdog you'll ever meet.
My folks came over for dinner on Saturday, and my mom brought this big beautiful bouquet of lilacs and other flowers. Then later in the evening I went and gathered some eggs and set them on the table. It wasn't until dusk that I noticed it made for a rather pretty tableau: