Welcome to my blog! I hope you enjoy reading about my busy life with my husband of 30 years and our four sons and daughter-in-law. We are now empty nesters and my blog is helping me through the journey. I love the Lord and I love my family. I also love to decorate and go to thrift stores!
Oh how I love having a garden! It is just so wonderful to go out and pick fresh produce to eat for dinner!
I also love the feeling that we canned and froze a lot of our produce so we will have food for the winter!
What a haul!
This year we dried our onions, froze berries, canned beans and made pepper jelly.
I'm so happy that my husband is interested in this and we worked together.
We cleaned the jars.
Next step is rinsing the beans and....
.....snapping them and filling the jars.
We added 1 tsp of salt to each jar.
Then filled them with boiling water leaving an inch of room at the top of the jar.
Then we put them in the canner and sealed.
My hubby set up his propane burner out in his shop.
We started timing it when it got above 12 pounds of pressure.
I sat there and watched it to make sure it never went under because if it does go under 12 pounds, they won't seal properly and can grow botulism. We also didn't want it to go over 14 pounds.
We did another batch and this time added yummy garlic!
They look so beautiful! I hope they taste as good as they look.
A few days ago my daughter-in-love, Rachelle, came over and we made Dilly Beans, which are picked beans.
I made them many years ago, but forgot a lot, so I basically was starting over.
We didn't make very many, but they turned out great!
A few days later, Eric and I made more pickled green beans. This time I'll show you the steps. First you must blanch the beans for 8 minutes.
Meanwhile, boil vinegar and spices.
I bought this dill at the store, but next year I am going to plant some!
Fill each jar with garlic, a little dried pepper and a sprig of dill, then fill will beans.
Put the lids on tightly and boil for 20 minutes.
We broke into them and they turned out delicious!
Now it's time for peppers! We grew some dandies this year!
This time, my other beautiful daughter-in-love, Megan, came over and we made pepper jelly together. We also made plum liqueur
This was very special to me as we used my dear mother-in-love's recipes. Alice was known for her delicious pepper jelly and plum liqueur!
We had so much fun together.
I wish blogs had smellavision, the scent is marvelous.
They turned out perfect and such a pretty shade of green!
Next we went out to the garden and picked berries and made raspberry liquire along with the plum liquire. The plums were given to me from a friend at work. It's really simple, you fill jar with fruit, pour gin and sugar over the fruit and seal. Put the jars in a cool dark place and turn them weekly. In a few months we will strain them and put the juice in pretty jars just in time for Christmas!
Everything turned out great! I am feeling so domestic and productive! I'm so thankful for my helpers too! It's so nice to know that I can can! :)
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord." Colossians 3:23a