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Thank you, thankyouverymuch

26 Sep

I tried to type that in my best Elvis accent.


I finally got off my keister and made the canned goods I planned to make!  My two recipes yielded 4 jars of Pickled Squash and 5 of Pear Honey.  If you remember, the pear honey made it into the county fair back in 2012 and sold for $70.  Not Texas State Fair worthy, mind you, but a start for someone who had only been canning/preserving for less than a month!

Anyway, it’s been one of the most popular amongst my friends and was a natural choice when deciding what I wanted to give away as thank you gifts.  The second choice seemed the least time-intensive of most of the pickle recipes and I had yet to conquer the pickle realm.


And so, I give you…my goods!

photo(5)Yeah, I know, not the best photo…but it will have to do.  The squash was surprisingly easy to make and I did it first since it took the longest.  You can find the pear honey post here.  I’ll share the pickles recipe because I think canning/preserving is a lost art (though there are many who still do it) and it it easy to do.  You need no special canning equipment other than pots and pans!


Pickled Squash

  • 8 Cups sliced squash (think pickle chips)
  • 2 TBSP salt
  • 3 cups vinegar
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 3 bell peppers (green or red give the best colors)
  • 2 tsp mustard seed

Sprinkle squash with salt and let stand one hour.  Except for the squash, mix everything else and bring to a boil.  Drain water off squash; add to boiling liquid.  Bring to boil again and cook an additional minute.  Then put in jars and seal.  Yield: 5 pints.

Grandma’s Notes: 10/1/99- 52 degrees at 8:45; walked to Lance’s driveway and back.  The four-o’clocks are so pretty since the rain.  10/3/99- Zach came; visited and talked about some of his future plans.  Crocheted, read, and picked up pecans.  I BRING MY LIFE TO YOU LORD BECAUSE I KNOW WHATEVER IS WRONG IN IT, YOU CAN FIX IT, AND I WILL BE WHOLE AGAIN.


I just realized that the above journal entries are almost right back where I needed them for the time of year.  I guess I planned that just right.

A shopping we will go…

30 Dec

I think I’ve been lulled into a false sense of security.  My shopping list for week one is uncharacteristically short. However, I do only have two days of recipes to try.  The first day being New Year’s day and I’ve got two written recipes and two “note-mentioned” ones.  Of course one of the first concoctions is for a canned mixture!  I like to jump in to the pool with both feet and in the deep end!  However, once I have the canning supplies, I will really only have to replace seals and jars of those I give away.


Now for the list.  This is not inclusive of all recipe ingredients, but rather what I don’t already have on hand.

  • pineapple
  • mandarin oranges
  • peach pie filling
  • bananas
  • maraschino cherries
  • avocados
  • jalapeno
  • tomato
  • cilantro
  • onion
  • 3# of pears
  • lime
  • sugar (I usually have enough on hand, but this one calls for 5 cups!  Better get more)
  • Canning supplies: jars with lids and seals, jar tongs, boiling rack (maybe)


I bet you can guess one of the recipes…the other two are a bit more hidden.  Although I will say that one comes from the Appetizers/Beverages section; the other from the This & That section.  Here we go!


Recipes for Food and for Life

29 Dec

Just before leaving town Christmas weekend, I was surprised to find a small white package in my mailbox. I saw the return address was my Aunt Barbara’s and smiled. I was positive I knew what was in the box. A few months back, she sent emails around asking all the cousins for their five favorite recipes. I just figured she was FINALLY getting around to writing a cookbook (she is an amazing home “chef”). However, upon opening the box, I was VERY surprised!

There, in my hands, I was holding two copies of “With Love from Grandma’s Kitchen: Her Recipes for Food and for Life.” It is a compilation of recipes, notes, journal entries, and love from my grandmother, Gladys Horton (1910-2007). Many of the recipes I remember and many of the journal entries were like photographs from her memories. From our home until we arrived in Orlando (about 1.5 hours) I had read most of the notes and many of the recipes. There is such wisdom and love in her words. So, I decided to share.

Much in the style of “Julie and Julia,” I thought it would be a lot of fun to go through every single recipe in this cookbook and blog about it. Yeah, so I’m a copy-cat of sorts, but what of it.

I thought the best way to go through the book is to just start at the beginning and go page-by-page; but, that is too predictable. I figure I will find journal dates that correspond with the actual date (only a different year) and go from there. The only exceptions will be the recipes submitted by my cousins and me. Those will be filler recipes or maybe I’ll have readers vote on those as to when they are served.

The cool part, most recipes my grandmother used were with seasonal or canned goods. When I say canned, I don’t mean of the Red & White canned variety. I mean old-school canning and preserving of veggies and fruits. So, I am excited to actually shop for groceries at the time of year in which they are to be consumed! I am also excited to be able to utilize ingredients I’ve never used before…Swan’s Down flour, Oleo, and molasses, just to name a few.