Today, I made hot pepper jelly. This is a favorite of ours. We serve it with cream cheese and Ritz crackers. When I take it to church on Sunday night, it goes super fast. I did not have enough hot peppers to make it but the pastor’s wife gave me enough. I have been so blessed this year. Even though our garden did not do as well as I would have liked, others have given us so much. Anyway, the recipe I use is on the sure-jell recipe instruction pamphlet. I guess the only different thing I do is that I put the pepper mixture into the blender and pulse instead of trying to chop them up finely. I’m lazy that way. I always put the hot pepper jelly in half pint jars. I did not have enough empty ones so I bought a dozen yesterday at Wal-Mart. I think they are soooo cute, don’t you? The lids came with them.
Saturday, we did go with the Horn’s to Paint Bank. However, I forgot the camera. For those of you who have been reading my blog for awhile, this probably does not come as a surprise. What might surprise you though, is that Vicki forgot their camera too. We did take a few pictures with the phone but I am not sure how to get them off. Well, anyway, we went to the fish hatchery, to the general store, ate lunch at the Swinging Bridge Restaurant (which was way over priced in our opinion), saw the buffalo, and walked around some at the campground. It was such a fun day.
Yesterday, we went to Sam’s. It rained off and on all day and then in the evening the heavy rains came. We have probably gotten over 5 inches. Our power was off for about 5 hours. We lit some candles and went out to the glassed in front porch. Hubby played guitar for us and we told the girls stories of when we were young. It was fun. We are still getting heavy rain in spurts. We really needed rain-just not the whole years worth in one day.
I also wanted to share this soup recipe with you all. Our local supermarket sells a 15 bean soup mixture. They have it with the dried beans. The brand they carry is http://www.hurstbeans.com/. I follow the instructions on the back of the bag (kinda). Well, I did cook the beans like it said. I added kielbasa sausage to it and a can of my homemade salsa. I used a qt of our fresh canned tomatoes. I then added some potatoes, corn, peas, and spinach to it. It is a really good hearty soup and fairly inexpensive. It is really good without adding the veggies. Either way you like it. I have made it with hamburger, ground turkey, whatever I have on hand. It is also good without any meat but Hubby is a meat eater. We serve it with hot cornbread. YUM! Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, I do not use the ham powder base that comes inside the bag of beans. Just my personal preference.
I hope you all have a great evening and God bless.
You have been busy. I have never made hot pepper jelly. I do like the little jars. I am going to have to buy some quart jars and maybe some pints this week.
I don’t always think to put the camera in. Josie usually has hers in her purse. It sounded like a great place to visit.
Your soup looks really good. That would hit the spot on a rainy day. Have a great evening with your family.
The jars are so cute! I love hot pepper jelly-thanks to you 🙂 I was hoping to make some jalapeno poppers again this year, but I didn’t get any jalapenos. I will have to settle for the frozen ones that aren’t nearly as good. Your evening on the porch without power sounds so relaxing and fun. Your soup looks so good! I grocery shopped on Sunday for the next two weeks, so I will have to remember to have bean soup on the menu next time. Saturday was so much fun! We made a stop at Dollar General on the way home for popcorn 🙂 We needed it for our Yogi Bear movie. We stayed gone all day Sunday too- Church, Wendys, Walmart for new tires, movies to watch Smurfs, grocery shopping, then home around 5:30. These last two rainy days were very welcomed. I so love HOME!
Hot Pepper Jelly on Cream Cheese! Yum!
The soup looks fantastic as well. And I could use it today! 😉 We just 99 degree weather yesterday and then today is low 70s! It would be nice if it stays this way! I am ready for some chili!
I love pepper jelly! We serve it the same way here. 🙂 Your soup looks yummy. I am so excited that the last few days have been good soup weather. I’m glad you guys had fun on your trip.
Oh that sounds like a wonderful trip you all took! My kids love for us tot ell them “stories” about when we were little smile. Those jars are cute! I have never had pepper jelly. I have been canning “frying” okra this week. We really needed the rain here as well.
I am gonna put that soup on my list! I have seen it in the grocery but have never bought any. Your’s looks delicious!
Wow, you are a talented cook and that soup looks absolutely delicious! My hubby is a meat eater, too, so we would have to have some sausage in it. I need to make that soon with some yummy cornbread!
Thank you and God bless,
I am glad you had a fun time with Vicki! I LOVE pepper jelly, but I don’t think it said it was Hot Pepper jelly ~ do you know if there is more than one kind? I have never tried making it. The soup looks delicious. I have a jar of bean soup mix in the pantry ~ it’s about time to get it out!
Oh, and your spaghetti sauce looks delicious too!