It’s How You Play

You aren’t even reading this. You’re skipping right down to see if you won, aren’t you. Bad girl. Don’t you know, it’s not whether you win or lose, but how you play the game?

You all played your hearts out. Many a sad story was told. Many a project promised. One shameless reader posted a second comment to see if she could up her odds by pleading 50 pounds of frozen plums and eight months pregnant.

Impressive.

And yes, Anisa, I’ll bite. I do love me a shameless dame. You win.

The other 9 winners are: Kylie, Terri, Heather, Amanda, Inner Pickle, Jill, Holli, Kelsey and Jenn. Email me your addresses, ladies. scarletfevir (at) yahoo (dot) com

For the rest of you. Harriet gave out a whopping ten dvds. Can her commitment to the Hallows of Preserving be questioned? Go buy her damn video already. It’s only $35.

And here is a link to an old pesto making post. To get your juices flowing. Pesto is a great beginner project, it stores beautifully in the freezer, no canning involved. Like the fridge pickles, nothing whatsoever to worry about. Except using it up! I will admit to you that the massive pesto expedition described ended somewhat anti-climactically with an overly strong tasting pesto, because the basil was past it’s prime (fully flowering). I’ve used it up slowly, but I do believe there’s still one jar left in the freezer.

Not remotely incidental to the subject of preserving is the subject of failure. Read up on that post too, before you get into the kitchen. Not to intimidate you, on the contrary. Let the reality of failure embolden you! Yes, you will fuck up at some point. Better get on with it, so you can discover how and when.

And if you really want to waste some time, err, learn more by video, search youT*be for Sandor Katz. I know there’s at least one saurkraut how-to on there.

Now, let’s get hot in the kitchen.

10 thoughts on “It’s How You Play

  1. Seriously? I won? Is there ANOTHER Terri on this list? Please say no, please say no, please say no! LOL. Okay, so where do I send my address? Do I post it here for the world to know (and possibly come and steal my DVD) ha! Or is there an e-mail address somewhere hiding on this page?

    Oh–I’m SOOOO exicited! Truly. Thank you so much Harriet and CJ!

  2. And BTW, I did read the post without rushing through because I KNEW there was no way I’d won. So when I saw my name, I have to admit it, I stopped reading for a flash. I mean, first I had to pick my jaw up off the floor.

    1. ha ha – Terri, I did the EXACT same thing. I was like, “Wait, what?!” when I saw my name. & she gives the email address in the same blurb where she lists names of those who won. I almost over looked that, too, in my “OMG I SERIOUSLY GOT IT?!” excitement. ;)

  3. Yea! I knew my begging and pleading would pay off! I’m so excited! Emailing you and my friends to come over ASAP so we can watch and get down to business! Thanks CJ and Harriet!! Yeehaw!!

  4. Are you fucking kidding me? Seriously? I don’t even win arguments – and there’s one in the pipeline, about ‘chickens’, actually, so I’ll keep you all posted about that – let alone prizes.

    Wow, thank you CJ. When the ladies arrive this morning, I’ll let ’em know.

    And before that, I’ll read the rest of the post. Promise.

    Kylie.

  5. Whoops. and thanks to Harriet, as well.

    I have a long-term dream from over here. The whole lot of us, in the states somewhere, sharing meade and information in front of a camp fire (or indoor heater, fuck, I’m not fussy) and calling it a ‘convention’.

    So yeah, that’s where I’m dreaming, anyway. That, and chickens.

  6. Just wanted to stop by and share how grateful I am. I was super excited to read the news, but in the middle of getting ready for a weekend trip. How is it that it seriously takes me 4 days to prepare for 2.5 days from home, and 4 to recover?!

    So, now I get to look forward to a DVD in the mail:)

    P.s. I adore you for noting the fact of facing failure. Rest assured, I have learned that lesson and will persevere.

  7. CJ and Harriet: Thanks! I received my DVD in the mail yesterday–it felt like Christmas in June. :) Now I have to wait until after Father’s Day to watch it. I can’t WAIT!!!

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