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Busy Time of Year

November 8, 2009

As with most families, this is a busy time of year for us … but for us it’s more than the holidays (which we all love and really enjoy).  A lot of gardeners start putting their gardens to bed around this time of year and begin planning for next year.  We’re trying something different this year:  year-round gardening.  Our fall garden has been in the ground for a few months now (green beans, squash, lettuce, carrots and turnips).  I have a few other seeds to get in the ground for the winter (spinach, onions and more lettuce).  I hope to do that this week.

But, aside from the gardening, our family is a hunting family.  Gun season started this weekend and while it’s been a little too hot for my husband, it’ll soon start to turn colder (at least cold enough to hunt!).  Last weekend was youth early hunting and my son shot a 3-pointer (which is already in the freezer, waiting to be processed completely).  I canned 7 quarts of venison stock and I also made a wonderful venison stew out of the rib meat.  I’ll post the recipe in a little bit.  I’ve discovered that a huge pot of stew lasts for several meals, which makes it easier in the pocketbook.

I love deer season.  We don’t waste a bit of the meat and what scraps are left are given to our dog.  The meat we either turn into breakfast sausage, stew meat, ground venison (for hamburgers, chili, spaghetti, etc.) or jerky.  This year we plan to make lots of each.  God willing we’ll be able to put enough meat away to last us several more months after hunting season ends.  It really saves us money and we have quite a few requests from family & friends for sausage.  And I can’t say that I blame them because it’s really good!!!

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