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June 2nd, 2012 at 12:29 am

The mother of a girl I work with loves to garden. She starts LOTS of plants and then enjoys giving the extras away. She started over 10 varieties of tomato plants and gave away over 100 plants. I said I would like a variety, surprise me...and so she gave me one of each. So I have 10 tomato plants..I will share with my daughter and a friend and keep 3-4 myself. That is WAY more tomatoes than I can eat, so once fruit starts ripening, I will take to work and share. Ive never canned, but I might check into it to see if it is something I want to try. Canning has always looked intimidating to me.

A couple of years ago I got a mileage credit card and have used it to pay for the hubs airline tickets. After the trip to Boston, I have enough miles for a free, I booked a flight to Alaska to meet up with hub and do some sight-seeing in August. The ticket was $10. We are going to go on a mini day cruise to see glaciers and take the train to see the country. Hopefully we can get lots in on a budget- he has had good luck getting discounts in AK because he is a slope worker, so I hope that works while we are there...if not, it will just wipe out the vacation budget for the rest of the year...but oh how fun.

A couple of my co-workers surprised me by whisking me out of the office this afternoon and going to a nail salon for a pedicure. My birthday is Sunday, so this was their gift to me. What a fun afternoon it was. I feel so pampered!!! I havent had a pedicure in over a it was wonderful.

Now, I am enjoying a quiet night at home. Life is good!!

10 Responses to “Free is good”

  1. ThriftoRama Says:

    Canning tomatoes is super easy and worthwhile. It does seem scary. Just find someone who knows how and have them show you.

  2. rob62521 Says:

    Or, you can make marinara sauce and freeze it. I don't get enough tomatoes to can, but we do get enough here and there that I make sauce and freeze it.

  3. baselle Says:

    Canning is pretty straightforward, but if you like and use "sun" dried tomatoes, oven drying tomatoes cut in half is really easy. And your excess is easier to store.

  4. Ima saver Says:

    Have a wonderful birthday!

  5. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    The AK tip sounds like a blast, and so cheap. Smile
    Happy early birthday!!

  6. Looking Forward Says:

    Happy (early) Birthday! Big Grin

  7. pretty cheap jewelry Says:

    omgosh, you are lucky! (not a robin either!) I don't think I've EVER had a pedicure at a salon. My 12 y.o. did one at home for Mom Day a couple weeks ago and THAT was fun, just loved that she even wanted to (she saw a suggestion in a magazine). It was milk and honey- nevermind she used all the honey in the house and didn't tell me Big Grin
    I use a pressure cooker to 'can' and was afraid at first. But just did it. And that was at least 15 years ago and NEVER will give it up! I thought I was the last one in the country doing canning, seemed so hopelessly old. Amazed how widespread it is, look for a YouTube. You will not be sorry!

  8. SicilyYoder Says:

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like you have an awesome office crew working with you!

  9. Thrifty Ray Says:

    Thank you everyone! I am having a wonderful birthday...and am starting to feel like I could try this canning process...I appreciate all the feedback and wishes!!!

  10. My English Castle Says:

    I see Ball now has some kind of special canning device. If you're intimidated by the process ( I am--even when I do it), it might be worth checking out.

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