So, I've made several dozen sugar free strawberry jams. Then I made several dozen blueberry jams. Today I've made 18 jars each of 3 different types of salsa. A simple but flavorful tomato, a tomato and 4 pepper and a mango/pear. They look wonderful, my sample mini jars I keep out to test each new attempt all taste wonderful. Today's salsa venture was a ton of fun. Prepping all of those tomatoes etc was much more work (not hard just lots of tomatoes!) than the jams. But my awesome S/O put all his class work aside and we spent the entire day working in the kitchen. My cousins son is having a sleep over (she's having a date for the first time in about 15 years!), so we took a break to make homemade tacos with the kids for lunch. Worked on in the kitchen while the kids giggled and got up to harmless mischief until ending by making homemade pizzas with the kids for a verrrry late dinner (just finishing up now). Now the kids are in easy child's bedroom unwinding over the late dinner and watching a movie before they head to bed. S/O and I are lounging in the living room with our food and S/O just made me a cup of one of my favorite teas. We get a break for 2 hours through the movie, to just rest and enjoy the happy sounds from the kids rooms and to chat a bit etc. Today was a wonderful day . There is something very special on a rainy day to not do "work - work" and just spend time with family, do something fun and simple together, having the entire family cook together which is rare around here so was extra terrific, and just end a day feeling you accomplished something while spending quality time with the people that you love most and might take for granted at times. I think this canning thing is not only going to give us healthy alternatives to processed stuff while saving us a ton of money, but also gives us a fun activity that we can spend an entire day doing together. Maybe I wouldn't feel this way if the salsa was disastrous though (Lmao). How is everyone elses weekend going?