We could sure use the rain though. The fires around here are "contained" for the time being but still smoldering. They are still putting out hotspots and have the bulldozers out working too. There is talk on the radio about them starting some backfires to clear up trouble spots. We are staying vigilant and hoping that the winds don't pick up.
I haven't let my panic mode stop me from doing some canning though. I was in Little Big Town a few days ago shopping and stumbled on another "real deal" in the produce department. They had several big bags of banana's and three 2 lb bags of plums marked down to $1.29 a bag. Yep! I snatched up all three bags of plums and two bags of the banana's . One might think I might have gone overboard on the banana's as they were about 10 lbs each. But! I had a plan! I made 8 half pint's of monkey butter, 5 half pints and 2 pints and of banana butter with it. The rest of them were just too "squishy" and dark to do more so I just stuck them in the freezer for using later. I'll have some to make banana bread with if it ever cools down long enough to bake in the house. I put up 6 pints of plum jelly too! I'm officially out of 1/2 pint jars now so anything I do will have to be in pints or quart jars.
Another thing I was able to do was to get rid of that old freezer burned pork ( that's a story for another time) that has been taking up room for over a year now. I boiled it all up and canned it for dog food. I'll just add rice and veggies as needed. I figured it would take sooo many less jars (and canner loads) to do it this way. So that makes a total of 21 quarts. It won't feed her long but its a start. I can get three feedings a jar from it with added goodies so thats not too bad.
And why was I all the sudden on a canning spree, you might wonder? Well I got an awesome gift from my mom this past week. (Thanks Mom, I Love You) I am now the proud owner of a KajunKooker three burner high pressure propane stove! It is awesome too. I can boil a canner of water in less than 15 minutes now. It was taking me over an hour before. I gave it a work out doing all that canning I was telling you about. It hardly took any time at all to get it done either. It was taking me all day to do just a couple of canner loads a day on the burner I have been using. Now I can get it done in just 2-3 hours. Amazing how the proper tools make the work so much easier!
Oh, if you are wondering why there is no picture today, I've been put in "time out" again by WildBlue Sucks. It seems once again I have exceeded my bandwidth. Of course to upgrade to an even worse plan would cost me $200. I think I'll pass. So for now I'll just take the time out.
Well folks, I hope you all have a wonderful day. I'm off to SmallsVille to run some errands. I need to fill a propane tank :-)
UPDATE: The name of the cooker is actually a King Kooker (Made in La. which is probably why I called it by the wrong name...)