As I squeeze enjoyment out of the last few lovely days of autumn with simple pleasures of crunching leaves and evening walks, my mind has started to prepare for the coming months. For me, September is still ingrained as the time to go back to school. So, with age, I now use it as a time to choose something to learn or rediscover through the next few months. This year, our branch garden turned me on to once again preserving the bounty of fruits and veggies so abundant during the summer months. Along with maneuvering my crawl space to find my canning items, I borrowed several titles on canning and preserving, Preserving: the Canning and Freezing Guide for all Seasons by Pat Crocker and
the Complete Preserving Book by Christina Anson Mine. With their lovely photographs and mouthwatering recipes are two of the many titles perused for inspiration. To date, I have lovely blueberries, peaches, and beets ready for the months ahead.