(Be sure and go and visit Amy at Homestead Revival for lots of more Barn Hops.)
These past two weeks have been so busy, but I would be hard-pressed to tell you exactly what I have been busy with. I know I have been busy sitting outside and enjoying this absolutely beautiful wonderful weather we are having. And also, busy with strawberries. Yep, strawberries.
I innocently walked into ALDI to do our grocery shopping and lo and behold they had strawberries for 49 cents a quart! It took me awhile to process the low price and then I started throwing those berries in my cart. I told Mark I don't know that you can GROW them for 49 cents a quart!The next day began strawberry processing day which didn't take nearly as long as I thought it would. I had some help from the kiddos so it went pretty quickly. James designated himself the taste-tester. He did a fine job of it too.
We ate lots of them and then I froze some sliced and some whole for smoothies. Two days later I went back for more and then on Friday I went back and got almost the last ones. While there I saw they had 5 pounds of potatoes marked down to 59 cents. Some of them were already bad, but I grabbed two bags. I used my little food processor to shred them to freeze. I looked at them later and they had turned black. Not very appetizing to say the least. Does anyone know why this happened and what I can do to prevent this in the future?I also cooked some chicken breasts one day this week and froze all the broth. I really want to learn how to shop from my pantry/freezer and this was an easy thing to do.Lastly, and definitely the most fun was getting six new chicks to replace our older hens. We are still getting lots of eggs from them, but I know that won't last so we are thinking ahead. And plus, what would spring be without new chicks????(Sadie isn't so sure about the new chicks yet)
I am also linking up at Frugal Days, Substainable Ways, and Raising Homemakers so be sure and stop by there also.
I am linking this post up at Amy's Preparedness Challenge for March. You can go and see what are others are doing to be ready on their own little homesteads.