Monday, September 13, 2010

Tattler Lids Giveaway Winner and Other Stuff

No, I have not dropped off the face of the planet.  Yes, I know I had a giveaway here that I said would end Wednesday night.  I promise it did end Wednesday night, it just took me until Sunday to get the winner notified, so without further ado . . . . .

Congratulations to koikeeper in MN who is the winner of the 6 dozen Tattler Reusable canning lids!  And a big thank you to the Tattler company for sponsoring this giveaway!

Now, for further news, things have been the usual crazy here lately.  Our little town fair was last week and I am in charge of the exhibits where people bring their quilting, woodwork, needlework, art, photography, canning, garden produce, etc. to be judged and displayed.  It it always nice to see what other people have done and spend a few days surrounded by beautiful things, but it really does take most of my time for about 4 days.  Oh well, it's only once a year.  So that is why I was AWOL last week, but now I'm back.

In the garden news, we had a totally unexpected light freeze on Saturday morning.  That is about a month earlier than usual.  It killed off the tops of the tomatoes and peppers, and about a third of the squash leaves.  However, it looks like there is enough of each plant still alive that they should keep producing for a while.  Would have been really bad if it had been a harder freeze as I haven't gotten enough out of the garden yet to feel it's been worth my time and effort this year.  I might have had to get mad!

In other preparedness news, I'm teaching a class on dehydrating this Saturday at a preparedness fair in a neighboring town.  They only gave me 40 minutes to teach and I'm sure I could talk and demonstrate for at least twice that long, but it should be fun.  Turbo Dehydration class!  There are also some other classes being offered I want to take and some are while I'm teaching, so I'm drafting sweet husband for the morning so he can go to the classes that are the same time as mine.  This looks to be a well organized and educational preparedness fair and I'm thrilled to be a part of it.  Hopefully people are able to come and learn and leave ready to DO something.  It's always good to learn something, but even better to DO something.  So I'll be putting together the dehydrating class agenda this week and doing a little extra dehydrating so I've got some yummy samples (deer jerky is in the dehydrator now smelling absolutely delicious).  If you've got any ideas on topics you would like covered if you were going to attend a dehydrating class, feel free to leave me a comment!  We'll probably cover some of them on the blog also.  :)


small farm girl said...

Oh, how I wish I was close enough to go to that fair! If I could learn something from a dehydrating class, it would be to just learn the basics. I know nothing about dehydrating. But, I would like to learn.

BeMistified said...

Well when I come home to Utah for a visit, I will have to check your blog to see if you have anything going on and where. I just wish I could can and dehydrate and even make simple loaf of bread. Thank you so much for sharing.

Heidi said...

Oh, I wish I could go, too! Or that we had preparedness fairs here... But maybe we do and I don't know??

Anyhow, I'd love to hear your take on making a solar powered dehydrator. I'm new to this and that's the route I'm thinking of taking and the research I've done assures me that it's an easy, straight forward project. I hope so!

Also, I just wanted to say I think you're a cool gal. I love your down-to-earth and humorous blog voice. Thanks for all your work on here!

Anonymous said...

the hardest stuff for me to dehydrate is juicy fruit and berries...

You should try tips on those especially in your class :)

Have fun!


Anonymous said...

PS -I was waiting, and hoping, to win the tattler lids..... however, since I didn't, I just ordered them :)

Thanks for the info on them!


Debbie in Washington said...

I do alot of dehydrating but have not tried yet potatos. I love to have those little small round goodies to us for augratin casseroles instead of buying those awful boxed things. That should be my to do but haven't done yet. Of course my local grocery sells them in bulk and I plan on buying a case of those for this winter. It's perfect for just the two of us here at home.
By the way, love your site, keep up the good work.

koikeeper said...

I received the Tattler lids and rings,I will be using them this week.Thanks very much !!!!! A GREAT BLOG !!!!!!