Tag Archives: Canners

A New Dress for Katie

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Remember how I told you all Mrs. Sally (our pastor’s wife) is teaching my girls how to sew.  Well, this is their latest sewing project.  Julie made the dress and Grace made the hat.  I think they did a great job.

It has been a busy but productive and fun week for us.  Monday we went down to Jessica’s.  Tuesday, I helped Hubby and then the Horn’s came over for a visit on Tuesday evening.  We had a great visit.  We had hamburgers on the grill.  The wind was blowing so hard though that we had a little trouble keeping the grill lit.  It was a beautiful evening with temperatures in the mid 70’s. We sit outside on my green swing and enjoyed the breeze. You wouldn’t know that today though.  It has been hot and humid.  Oh well.  Yesterday, the girls and I made sweet pickle relish.  I have never made relish before.  I think it will be very good.  Today, we worked on green beans.  We canned 28 quarts.  It really helps to have two canners going.  Grace has an eye appointment tomorrow in Salem.  Tomorrow evening we are going to the pastor’s house to cook out, then we will be picking beans as they are so generously sharing with us.  I hope to remember my camera so I can show you all some pictures.  His apples trees are loaded with apples this year.

Well, it is time for the last canner to come off.  YEAH!  I think we are all tired.  I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.

Little Tomatoes

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Aren’t they so cute!  These little guys are on the big tomato plant we bought.  Makes my mouth water just looking at them.  Today has been dry at least.  No rain.  We were able to hang clothes on the line.  YEAH!

We received a wonderful blessing yesterday.  Billy gave us a quarter of a beef.  You will notice on my canning log a new entry.  Thank you, Lord.  My computer is out of commission-so sad.  Dave says he thinks it is the hard drive.  I will be using Hubby’s computer for a while.  I miss my computer already.  Hopefully, we will be able to get it fixed before too long.

Time to take one of the canners off.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

Yummy!

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If I were making a list of things that make me happy, this would definitely be one of them.  I feel so blessed when I go out in my garden and gather delicious food for my family to enjoy.  I know it sounds kinda way out there but it is true.  This evening’s supper will incorporate all these healthy veggies.  I’m just not sure how yet.  Maybe grilled chicken, grilled squash-I’m not sure but I know it will be good.  Today has been busy.  I’ve been trying to get some of the outside work done before it gets too hot.  After seeing the big snake yesterday evening, Hubby immediately started weed-eating.  I started mowing the yard.  We got about half finished before it got to late.  I finished mowing the yard early this morning.  I have been washing clothes and getting them on the line to dry.  They are probably already dry.  It is hot here but we have a really great breeze so it’s not so bad (especially in the shade).  I am going to work some more in the garden after lunch.  I need to tie the tomatoes, get rid of some nasty potatoes bugs.  It also needs to be weeded but I think I’ll save that for this evening.  The girls have been busy inside doing housework.  The ladies come tomorrow for bible study. 

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This is a picture of what we call the canning building.  The bottom is our cellar and on top we store all our empty cans, our canners and all our canning supplies.  When the girls were little, they started calling it the canning building and the name has just stuck. 

Well, I think it’s time to get some lunch going.  Enjoy your day and God bless.

A Good Job

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We were extremely impressed with the food strainer.  It was super fast compared to the old food mill and had very little waste.  We processed a bushel of apples in about 4 1/2 hours.  We used both big canners.  We got 12 qts and 24 pints.  YUM!  I have always used the hot water bath canner to process applesauce.  However, I read in my Mennonite cookbook, they could be processed in the pressure canner.  We tried that yesterday and it went very fast.  15 min. on 5 lb. pressure.  Much faster than using a bath canner.  Vicki and I had a great time and of course the kids had fun.  It is so much more pleasant sharing canning with a friend.  I am so thankful the Lord placed our families together.  Good friends are sometimes hard to find and I consider Vicki one of the best.

  The girls and I are planning a “girl day” out today.  We are going into C-burg to run some errands.  This will include Wal-Mart and Goodwill.  Temperatures have been very warm here in Floyd.  On the farm though, it isn’t near as bad as it is in town.  We are usually a few degrees cooler.  In the summer this is a plus, in the winter not so good.  Thankfully, we have quite a few shade trees in the yard and that really helps. 

Time for us to get ready to leave.  Enjoy your day and God bless.