You are looking at mountains of tomatoes, loads of peaches, unmeasurable stacks of peppers...
Your fingers resemble a painter's- full of vegetable stains and strangely wrinkled.
Can anything keep you soldiering on, pushing forward with your plans to preserve Summer, while still dealing with outdoor heat indices over 100 and no let up in sight?
First ask yourself this question. What do the next pictures have in common with all those vegetables and fruits you still see cloning on your countertops?
Answer. The holidays! Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas will all need special FOOD to be prepared. And the raw materials for those holiday dishes are sitting in front of you on your kitchen counter right now.
So, I'm asking you to get through the rest of this Harvest with a new goal in mind...
Think of everything you are preparing NOW, as a prep for a holiday meal LATER.
For example, here are a bunch of sweet banana and baby bell peppers, cleaned, sliced and blanched, then rinsed with icy cold water and draining, being ready for packaging in freezer bags.
They'll defrost in the future and be sauteed for use on beef sandwiches before trick-or-treating. Another bag will be chopped up and included in a cornbread to eat with chili on a Halloween or Fall buffet. Or maybe that cornbread with diced peppers will end up in a Turkey stuffing!
I know you're canning tomatoes, but why not make a batch of your best marinara sauce today and FREEZE it for the holidays? Can't you just imagine serving a wonderful lasagne with this sauce as a dinner before a Christmas play or recital?
Last, but not least--remember how everyone LOVES food gifts at Christmas? Why not make a batch of your best jam while you have all those over-ripe peaches in front of you? Can you see a jar of peaches paired with a loaf of homemade bread or a beautiful cheese?
I hope these ideas will keep you soldiering on with that harvest in front of you! Don't give up! Think of everything you do today as contributing to less work during the holidays when we all have so much to do and when what we cherish most--time with our family--is such a precious commodity!