Preserved Figs

I didn't grow up eating figs, well, except for Fig Newtons, you're darn tootin!  If you weren't lucky enough to have a fig tree or two growing in your yard then this little bloggin' about figs will probably relate to you.  Here's my figs story and an easy preserved figs recipe. For me, figs are…


Spicy Peach Chutney

Got peaches? Our peach crop wasn't anything near great this year, but our two little peach trees did produce enough peaches that I could make a batch of spicy peach chutney.  I am so glad I decided on the chutney for the use of our few peaches.  This stuff is incredible and has a thousand…


DIY Homemade Dill Pickles

My Chief gardener started bringing lettuce from the garden a couple of weeks ago.  This past week he brought in the first basket full of yellow squash and cucumbers.  Today, I received my second BIG basket of cucumbers.  It is time to start pickling! Last summer our cucumbers caught a nasty bug and died on…


Weekend RoundUP with Squash Relish

Last spring my neighbor Gaye was telling me about a squash relish that she makes and serves with pinto beans and cornbread.   Growing up in Nebraska my mom would make white navy beans and ham with cornbread, but it wasn't until I married my Southern-born husband that I actually cooked pinto beans.  I was a…


Crispy Cucumber Freezer Pickles

When my neighbor, Kathy, called and asked me for a good freezer pickle recipe I said, "can you freeze pickles?" She laughed and said "I hope so! I have waaaay too many cucumbers but I don't want to can them."  Okay. Freezer pickles. I began searching for recipes and much to my surprise -- I…


Weekend RoundUP July 21 and My Ball Blue Book

Last summer my friend Sue convinced me that I shouldn’t go through another canning season without a Victorio Food Strainer. At first I didn’t even understand what she was talking about. I don’t have a technical mind and in no way could even fathom how this works,  let alone design something like this. But my hands, that is another story — they love this Victorio!  I don’t have a food allergy to tomatoes but my hands really break out when I cut them up and process them.  With the Victorio my handling of fruits and vegetables is much less.  (more…)


Last Cookbook Drawing! Looking Back Moving Forward

““Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV Today is the last day to sign up for this cookbook giveaway. Just leave a comment on today's post and you will automatically be entered!  Can't think of a comment, how about -- what are you…


Squash Pickles

Verse of the Day “Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near.” Isaiah 55:6 NIV Thank you to my friend and dental hygienist Connie Miller!  Recently I ran into Connie at a local restaurant.  She told me she needed a recipe for Squash Pickles.  I wasn't sure I…


The Pickles I’m In

Originally I didn't plan to blog on Sunday.  However, we have been traveling the last 11 days and so yesterday I didn't get a chance to be at the computer at all.  So, I have already broken my first rule -- and I am updating my blog today!  Happy Father's Day to all.  My dad…