Meatloaf and a tray of veggies ready to go in the oven. I don't know if we have been eating healthier, but it kinda seems like it to me. Maybe not, but yum. The other day before the storm I noticed that the side of my compost "bin" had been torn open. It doesn't look quite as clear anymore but I think it was a deer who stepped in and their body just tore it, and from there it gets more torn. I'm... okay with this... for now. I mean I didn't really expect the cardboard box to withstand the entire winter, but I don't have a proper containment area yet. It's gotta be downland from the well, close-ish to the house/future summer kitchen, and also far-ish so any stinkiness doesn't waft into the windows. Not really sure where yet. I made a batch of mac and cheese so I could chuck it in the oven the day of the housewarming party. There's three 8"x8" pans. I have NO clue how many people are going to show up so I just hope its enough. I'
I wanted a nice tidy place to keep my canning notes so that I could have info on each batch. At one point in time I would have given each batch a code number(like 220912CAR01 would be the first batch of Carrots I canned on Sept12th 2022) and use that number to find the right row in an excel document... That was not very good because I didn't really have a nice way to access it or store photos. As I was playing with label templates and talking about not really knowing how I wanted to do this, Hugslut suggested starting a new blog and using QR codes on the labels to go to the post for each batch. That sounded like an amazing idea so I got to work on the Growing Hope Pantry Blog and designing labels. After a few iterations I settled on a design that had a large enough QR code, clear basic info, and an appealing look to them. A bit of a paper jam on the first page wasted half a page of labels and some bad math wasted another 1/2 page, but the jars now have labels pointing to blog p