Thursday, October 1, 2015

Relish Recipe

I'm canning.
You're canning.
This time of year lots of us are canning.

I've said it before but I'll say it again, I love garden produce! 

The garden is producing nearly faster than I can keep up with. If I miss one day of picking, the cucumbers seem to double in size! 
I ended up with an enormous amount of cucumbers after my last trip to the garden and many of them had gotten really large. Those are the kind I use to make relish. 

 The relish recipe I use is from a sweet lady, Dixie Christensen, who I'd known my entire life.  Dixie had given this recipe to my mom many years ago and my mom shared the recipe with me. 

If food is love, then passing on recipes is a way to share the love right? 

                     Dill Relish

 8 pounds cucumbers - seeded and chopped
1/2 cup pickling salt
2 tsp tumeric
1 quart water
1 lb onions 
1/3 cup sugar (I didn't use this much)
1 large red pepper
1 large green bell pepper
2 TBSP dill seed or 1/2 cup chopped dill weed

Place chopped cucumbers  in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and tumeric. Pour water over the cucumbers. Let stand for 2 hours.

Drain cucumbers - rinse and drain again.

Combine cucumbers, onions, sugar, dill and vinegar in large kettle. Bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 minutes. 
Place hot relish mixture into jars. Process in water bath for 10 minutes.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Mums the word

 As much as I hate that the flowers and trees are beginning to lose their leaves, I am l.o.v.i.n.g the cooler mornings of autumn.

One of my favorite things about Fall are the colors of the leaves changing and mums exploding with blooms. I looovvveee mums. As other plants have called it quits for the summer, the mum is stealing the show with her delicate mounds of color.

All summer long I watched this plant grow and it didn't bloom nor did it show signs of blooming. I wasn't familiar with this plant so decided to wait and see what it would do. I figured I could always dig it up in the fall if I wanted. 

Good things come to those who wait...

The bees certainly are enjoying these beautiful fall flowers as well. I still don't know the name of this plant but I sure am thankful I didn't dig it up.

Saturday, September 26, 2015


I visited our local greenhouse today and I'm so excited to learn they are open all year long now. Yipee! I bought several perennials including a few ornamental grasses and fun pink conehead flowers to add to my 'next summer' space.

These conehead flowers may be my new favorite flower.

 I dug out even more plants today. I'm excited about putting a bit of my own touch on the yard while keeping lots of the original flowers I inherited with the existing plants.

Right now it looks so bare with new plants in this space. I'm looking forward to next summer when the plants start filling in
This is the 'before' picture.

Friday, September 25, 2015

A New Look

Seven years ago we built a nice patio area onto the house which faces west. The intention was to build a pergola or some type of awning to cover it. That never did happen so we rarely use the patio because it feels like the surface of the sun in the summer time. 

Fast forward to our new house and I am determined to be able to sit in the backyard during the summer time without melting into a puddle of goo. I'd like to sit out back with a glass of iced tea and enjoy a book while enjoying the flowers and all the summer colors . 

While I’m waiting for the kitchen cupboards and flooring to arrive I’ve shifted my thoughts to the backyard and how I can transform a small area. It looks great in my head. I hope I can take those images and transfer them into something wonderfully fun and relaxing. 

I started by pulling up lots of plants in this corner. 

We need to take this clothesline pole down which will be quite a project. It has a TON of cement around it.  If you look to the left of the clothesline pole, that is the corner I cleaned out. 

This is what the corner looks like now. If you look at the dumpster in the background you'll get an idea of how much I pulled out.

Saturday, September 19, 2015


Yesterday I subbed in a first grade classroom. Before starting our writing assignment we brainstormed ideas. I asked the kids if anyone knew what brainstorming was. One little guy gave me this definition.

"Is it like when your brain has so much in it that there's a storm?" 

    Kids just make me laugh.