Picked up some cheap old gates yesterday as well, always on the lookout for them on CL.
Started to make "Cowboy Candy" yesterday, chopped 3 lbs of jalapeno peppers, and then discovered I was out of sugar. Went to WalMart today and restocked ! Hope DH likes this. I am part of a Canning FB group and they all raved about this, so I thought I'd try it.
Well, back to doing something productive.
Bought sugar and a couple of other things, including some roses at 75% off from Meijers to replace the roses that Wanda killed and some hostas to replace the ones the chickens killed.
Made the Cowboy Candy, 4 pint jars, plus 3 jars of the juice that I canned for future use, then did 7 quart jars of various dry beans, and 3 lbs of Sweet and hot Italian sausage, which I then froze in little pieces for future pizza for DH. Cooked some chicken for tomorrow, and I wonder why my kitchen never ever seems to get, or stay, clean and tidy ! Have canned 101 jars so far this year. Whoopee ! Have gifted 6 so far, to my friend Salle and DHs mum, and of the jams and preserves I've made some have been eaten, blueberry preserves, blueberry syrup and apricot jam.