Cheryll Gillespie, Harvest

The kids are back at school, the leaves are starting to turn and I find myself back in the kitchen, canning, freezing and getting my kitchen ready for the Fall harvest. As much as I love summer, and never seem to get enough of it, I do enjoy this time of the year. Our kitchen is the heart of the home and I love making salsa with the girls, a labor of love and everyone enjoys the spicy salsa with wine and organic chips over the winter. Roasted tomato and white wine pasta sauce is next on my list, this is put into freezer bags for easy winter dinners. Then I dehydrate apples for healthy yummy low-cal treats, the tarter the apples the better. Jams are another family favorite, especially peach and raspberry. What are you canning and freezing this season? It truly seems like a bit of a lost art, it’s too convenient to run to the grocery store and pick up what you need, but once you’ve dazzled your taste buds with homemade treats its hard to settle for mass production bought goods. Nothing authentic ever comes without some effort so make a great night or Saturday afternoon of it- gather up your favorite girlfriends, everyone pool resources and distribute the work load and share in the bounty. Print creative, fun labels for your canned goods and make everyone a personalized apron, have fun with this and you’ll start a tradition that your family and girlfriends will look forward to every year.

There is nothing more important to our health than the food we eat, I make every effort to support my local farmers and to buy organic when ever possible. Living fabulously means paying attention to detail, buying the best quality produce I can, making it accessible as possible and as appetizing as I can. This is a great weekend to clean out the pantry, defrost the freezer, organize the refrigerator and plan your harvest party. I love to walk into the pantry and to be greeted with organized efficient shelving. No digging through piles of hunting for the crock pot buried under plastic containers, or that bag of beans you now you have. When I open the refrigerator I want to see clean, organized shelves with lemons and apples in little wooden teak boxes, washed concord grapes in a white bowl ready to enjoy. My dry goods are all stored in glass jars with easy to read labeling that’s clearly dated so I know how long it’s been in there.

Cooking is fun when your kitchen and you are organized and ready for the food ‘prepping party’. Take the weekend to ‘ready your kitchen’ and then set the date and invite the girls, give everyone a copy of the recipes and a shopping list. Chill the wine, get ready for the most delicious fun! That’s living fabulously.

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