I really, really, really detest shopping. Doesn’t matter what kind it is, I don’t like it. Unfortunately, grocery shopping is a bit difficult to avoid.
Honestly, that is one of the things I like most about gardening. There’s just something about being able to head to the backyard to get the vegetables for that night’s dinner.
Last year, I made the leap to waterbath canning. We had so many cucumbers and banana peppers we couldn’t eat all of them fresh. I had so much fun with that, I branched out to other recipes.
Which brings me to tonight…we’ve been trying to use up what we have on hand this week. Too much food has ended up in the freezer. The fridge is pretty bare and I’m going to be at the grocery store tomorrow. Oh, the joy.
But to tide us over until then, I ran downstairs and grabbed a jar of apple butter for my husband and blackberry jam for me. I also brought up a jar of pickled banana peppers and another of rosemary garlic cherry tomatoes to add to a salad. And then just because it was there, a jar of cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving.
I won’t be able to avoid the store forever, but I have to admit I’m hopeful that as we expand the garden, my grocery list will shrink and the time spent in the grocery store will gradually lessen.
I can’t wait to see what staples I can make myself this year.