Small Successes — Needing a break from tomatoes.

It’s important for moms to recognize that all the small successes in our days can add up to one big triumph. So on Thursday of each week, we do exactly that.

1) I thrifted an old fabric shower curtain into custom curtain panels for our awkwardly sized kitchen window.  Doesn’t that sound so Martha Stewart?  Really now, it was just using the old worn out panel as a pattern, cut cut, sew a seam or two, and hang.  It was an eyelet curtain, and mercifully the rows lined up.

2) The list of canned tomato goods are now up to 39 quarts of salsa or spaghetti sauce and those 17 jars of tomato sauce.  I can’t say I’m done yet because our jalapeno plants are still producing.  We picked them bare for the first and second wave of salsa and now it looks like we’ll be doing a third.  However, I declare this coming week to be Haus-Frau-Will-Not-Can-Tomatoes week.  I need to get to the blackberry jam. 😉  Anyway, I was dissatisfied with the latest batch of salsa–everything looked great after being processed through the uber food mill, but once the pre-canning boil took place, the whole pot seemed half water.  Next time–remember the strainer!  On the plus side, Haus Meister found that the super salty sauce mentioned last week worked well in vindaloo.

3) I vacuumed beneath the couch cushions.   This is probably my biggest success of the week.  😉

5 thoughts on “Small Successes — Needing a break from tomatoes.

  1. Great job! I used some fabric shower curtain panels a few years ago to recover our kitchen chairs. It was cheaper than buying new material & easier to clean!

  2. Wow! That is a lot of tomatoes! If had all that canning stuff I might not feel so stressed when I have tomatoes going bad on the counter!

    I made kithen curtains from a tablecloth in our last house. I was so proud of them! But we moved and I had to leave them behind! 😦
    Oh well. Go Martha!

  3. Good gravy, what an amazing week! I’m so in awe of your #1 — I’ve been looking at my back window/door for almost two years thinking, “wow, I really need to make a curtain for that.”

    Here I thought my 22 pints of tomatoes were huge… I want to make spaghetti and tomato sauce!! Truly, wow, and truly, congrats!

  4. 22 pints is a big success! Believe me, it’s the food mill that does most of the work. If it wasn’t for that, I’d not have a third of the jars finished myself. 😉

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