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. :)