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What do you do with 16 pounds of organic strawberries that you got for $10 because they’re overly ripe? Good question!

A few pounds were quickly devoured fresh, about half a pound had already succumbed to the mold & I cut the tops off several pounds before freezing them. (I trim the red bits from around the tops to use for a quick freezer jam, waste not want not, right?)

With about half of the strawberries left, my arms were tired & the baby needed attention. I sprayed the remaining berries with a 50/50 vinegar & water solution to stave off the mold before putting them in the fridge.

The next day I decided to puree about 2/3 of the remaining berries which I then froze into cubes.
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These cubes can be used in smoothies/shakes, to make strawberry sauce, and…. I’m not sure what else, but I’ll figure something out. (I’ve got 84 one ounce cubes. I *have* to find a use for them!)

The last bit of strawberries got roughly chopped & mixed with some apples, water, sugar & lemon juice in a big pot to make strawberry applesauce.
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Yummy stuff, if I do say so myself!

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I haven’t mentioned it to to many people I know, & I certainly haven’t said it in a non-joking manner to anyone, but I want one more child. To people who have known me for a long time this is a major surprise. I’ve always said (even when I was five) that I just wanted two kids, a girl & then a boy. I didn’t change my tune until meeting my husband 3 years ago. Now that our little one is a toddler, I find myself yearning for one more tiny bundle…

We’ve discussed it quite a bit recently & have even forgone most contraceptives. Until a few weeks ago, we weren’t even sure getting pregnant would be possible just yet because I still hadn’t gotten my period back. For about a week I was getting horrible pains (most likely due to ovulating) & my brain kept fearing it was an ectopic pregnancy.

Finally, I discovered that, no, my fallopian tube was not about to rupture, I was just getting my first postpartum period. My 17.5 month old breastfeeding champ had kept my period at bay for as long as he could. For the next 5 days, I felt like death warmed over. Like I got hit by a bus when I already had the flu & a stomach virus. Yes, seriously that bad!

Now that it’s over, we really have to make a decision about if and when we should have another child. Depending on what our moods are like, each time we have this discussion we change our minds. Until then, I’m researching natural methods of contraception.

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I haven’t tended to my garden at all the last several months. I put all my transplants in late this summer & I haven’t even thought of autumn plantings. (In TX I can still plant things.) TX mosquitoes make tending to the garden a bit of a nightmare.

I planted 4 seeds for bush beans in July, only 1 has taken off, the other 3 died shortly after sprouting due to the heat & drought. Pictured above is my first “harvest” from that plant. Enough for a small sidedish for one :)

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It may not look like much, but that is the first zucchini I’ve found growing in my garden. I transplanted my seedlings about a month later than I intended & I thought the Texas heat was going to kill most of my plants. I was so excited to see this late bloomer :D

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