Tuesday, August 27, 2013
and so the squirreling continues
i went into town to have lunch with my mom and to hit up a few garage sales & to buy corn
(we don't grow corn as it is like candy to the raccoon's )
i know, i know
you can buy canned corn all ready to dump into a pan
but there is nothing better than fresh corn
the hubs being the good guy that he is
removed all the husk
a quick bath & a scrub to remove the silk
into a pot of scalding water
onto a rack to cool
and here's the nifty part
use a angel food cake pan!
this makes for easy removal of the corn from the cob
catches it all in the pan
i learned this tip from rachael ray
i double bag & squish out the air & use those twist ties
that are growing by the hundreds in my junk drawer
throw in the freezer & enjoy that when everyone else is eating
that awful canned corn, we'll be enjoying fresh corn
even lucy loves corn!
she grabbed a cob & ran as fast as she could
(to the living room on the rug of course)
Thursday, August 22, 2013
the jars of green beans didn't have a chance to cool off before my mom called & said she had apples!
moms are great aren't they!
our family friend Rich had excess apples & offered them to us
we love homemade applesauce
such pretty little apples
core, quarter & cook
i'm lucky in that my mom found this attachment for my kitchenaid
it makes for easy work when it comes to making sauce
see what i mean!
no seeds, peels or cores...magic i tell ya
and there you have it
yummy, wholesome & free with just a little bit of time & effort
Monday, August 19, 2013
Sunday, August 18, 2013
i love canning
the love of gardening and canning was passed down from my granny & granddad
to my mom & dad
and on to me
and i'm happy that my daughter (babs) also has canning fever in her blood
we're all like a family of squirrels...always putting something up for winter
(i think we have a squirrel gene)
we have a garden, but the rabbits ate our green beans....twice!
so...... i was thinking no beans for us booooo
yesterday my mom went to my sister in laws & picked up nearly two bushels of green beans!!!!
she (marianne) had a bumper crop this year and offered her excess to us
i started canning yesterday afternoon & i'm still going strong today
i'm thinking i'll be canning tomorrow as well
given that i now have a surplus of green beans
i'm giving dilly beans a try
green beans bathed in brine & the spicy goodness of garlic, mustard & dill seed & pepper flakes...yum!
ahhhhhh, is there any sound sweeter than that of canning lids popping when they seal
Monday, August 12, 2013
this little tip has saved many a page in my cookbooks
the cookbooks i borrow from our library
i place a sheet of plastic wrap over the pages & tuck it in so as to
keep the pages free of splatters & messiness
if you would like to share your favorite tip, feel free to leave a link
Friday, August 9, 2013
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Monday, August 5, 2013
i was recently the recipient of a very sweet teacup & a variety pack of chai tea (one of my favorites!)
it was so much fun to receive a gift in the mail!
in this era of email, the art of handwritten notes is nearly a thing of the past
as are packages with sweet handpicked goodies
how cute is this teacup!
and i just loved the little mouse on the saucer!
much thanks to heidi from pensacola florida for sending such a special package
to stephanie at the enchanting rose who was so sweet & thoughtful to organize & host this fun event
a special thanks to sherri at little house for letting me know about the exchange
if you were part of the exchange, leave a link to your blog for all to see