Well, when I hit my mid 30s, this all changed and now, I'm happily pursuing the very activities that I swore I would never do again. I sit in front of the tv and break green beans (surprisingly relaxing!) or I peel fruit while my daughter (6) stands beside me at the counter sneaking bites when she thinks I'm not looking. I started with apple butter which in my book, is a great place to jump into processing fruits.
In the last couple of years, I expanded into different fruit preserves and chutneys. However, this was the year of a BIG leap. I bought a pressure canner. :D
This past week, I've been a canning fool!
I've made blackberry jam.
Here's my peach preserves (a request from my dad)...
Finally, my first batch of canned green beans!
I am so flippin' proud of myself. My husband already has all kinds of ideas for our new canner. Whee!
EDIT: I forgot to add that I used the recipes in the pectin box for my preserves and jams. The process for the beans came out of Canning for Dummies.