Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Canning !!!!!!!!!

Today I did the first canning of the year. I made dill pickles. 10 pints and 1 half pints. This is a new recipe so I hope that we will like them. It calls for dill seed so I went and bought a little tin and it only did nine of the jars so I remembered that our dill from last year came back in and I had just enough fresh dill for the other two jars. I need to find a bigger container of dill seed next time. Pickles wise I am only making dill this year as I still have a lot of bread and butter and relish.

Tomorrow I will turn my attention to the zucchini and yellow squash. I am looking at zucchini relish and use the yellow for part of it. Yesterday I baked a zucchini cake and two loaves of zucchini bread. Yummy. The cake was soooo moist it was amazing. I will make it again.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My Heart Breaks .....

for my son. His fiancee, his high school sweetheart, has broken up with him and would like him to come and get the ring. They had dated four years and been engaged for 18 months of that time. He is beyond sad. He needs our prayers. Thanks.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Encouraging the next generation

I have put a lot of thought into encouraging the next generation of young people to garden, canning and preserve. These are among topics (with needlepoint, tatting and sewing) that if we don't teach these skills they will be lost. Last summer I concentrated on the daughter and she loved it. It made this momma proud. She did entire batches by herself and saved me a lot of time in our very warm kitchen. Yes she was 19 almost 20 but still, she had not shown any desire to learn so when she wanted to learn I struck while the iron was still hot. She has already told me that she wants to help this summer also, I was hoping she would, but that she wants me to teach a friend of hers who is a newlywed. Sure I said and then I seconded guessed myself, can I teach someone who isn't my child? I am disappointed that my future daughter in law is not interested in helping just the eating part. Oh well maybe with time.

First of all, it seems like I am not going to have one student but upwards to four now. All different ages too. Should be fun !! With the economy the way it is more people are looking at having gardens. Even my sister, who is 19 hours away, is going to need help this summer as she has planted her first garden. I am so proud of you girl !!!! We will need to sit down and find out what they want to start with. We all need to do this. This year for me is going to be weird because I don't need to make relish or bread and butter pickles as I went way over board last summer. So I am only going to make dill pickles. However, if they want to do bread and butter pickles or relish we will do this in a class that they take all of it home. ~smile~

The second thing I will need is a huge dose of patience. The Lord knows that I struggle with this. My kitchen is on the smallish size so it will require a great deal of patience if I have more than two students. Hopefully it will not be one of our very hot and humid days.

And my third thing will be organization to make sure we have enough jars. Last year I had to purchase three dozen more jars than what I had. Once they have committed to come I need to have a list of items ready for them. I am donating my time so I can't really donate my supplies also.

Lastly I ask for your prayers. As an "older woman" I know it is one of my God directed duties to teach the younger women. As I strive to become a Proverbs 31 women this is a step that I need to take more seriously.

Still hot and muggy

Well we are still sweating away in Middle Tennessee. The next seven days the "coolest" day will be 93. Not my idea of cool. With the heat index we will be at or above 100 still.

My garden is happy to have the heat, they just want a little bit more rain. We lucked out this morning and we had a good rain that cooled us for about two hours before it got really humid again. We have been picking zucchini, yellow squash and cucumbers. We have gotten a few green peppers and banana peppers. Our hot pepper plant is not the kind we thought it was. Oh well. I will be making my first batch of dill pickles this weekend. We finally have enough. I have one large zucchini that I am going to shred to make bread. The rest will be eaten or frozen. We are trying very hard to eat instead of freeze as we have not had a lot of luck remembering the frozen squash.

I am going through my deep freeze as we are looking at buying an upright freezer. I have been fighting it put I am having difficulties reaching the bottom now so it makes more sense. We are looking at a 21 c foot one. I am attempting to eat from the freezer right now. I recorded what meat I had in there and they are all ready tired of chicken ~ smile~. Last night we had the last of the turkey burgers, the night before we had the rest of the fish. Tonight is chicken night or the rest of the hot dogs. Not quite sure yet even though I should be fixing it now. It is too warm inside and our gas grill has died and gone to grill heaven. It didn't owe us anything as it was 16 yr old. No money yet though to buy a new one.

Well off to take out Snowball and to figure out dinner. God Bless

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Heat and Crafting

We are in our third day of heat with a heat index above 100. I can not handle normal summer heat but couple it with high humid and I must stay inside. It looks like the entire week will be the same or very close. I will leave for swim class and grocery shopping but if I can help it that is it.

Staying inside means more time to craft. Yeah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am working on a Christmas gift and a cute piece for me that I think I am going to stitch again for Christmas. My bff will be here to stitch the entire week so I should get a lot done. I don't think she has plans for us to travel somewhere. We will have to see what the weather is like. ~smile~

Menu Mondays

Menu for June 13 - June 19


Breakfasts:

boiled eggs and toast
eggs, bacon and toast
waffles
pancakes


Lunches:

left overs
hot dogs and slaw
hamburger helper
burgers and mac salad
soup
tuna sandwiches


Dinners:

chicken lo mein
chicken fajitas
salad with grilled chicken
spaghetti with meatballs
baked chicken thighs, corn, zucchini and summer squash
fish, peas and carrots
barbecue chicken leg quarters, corn and zucchini and summer squash

The garden is giving us: kale, broccoli, zucchini and summer squash. We harvested a huge bunch of rosemary that I am going to dry and store.