Saturday, August 21, 2010

I totally believe that we as people should share our knowledge. I believe this is one of the reasons that we are here. We each excel in a talent. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, equipment operators, carpenters, farmers, ranchers and the most important is the homemaker, etc. I have been canning and preserving food close to 25 years now. I sure have come along way. I remember the very first time that I tried canning peaches. I am chuckling as I reminiscence. I thought you were suppose to boil the water in the canner first and than add your jarred peaches. I couldn't figure out why the jars would crack every time. So in frustration I finally called Bina. What a sweet lady. She was 1/2 Cherokee Indian. She stood no more than 5 feet if that. She was my neighbour and friend. Bina was already getting close to her 70's when she came over that first time. She tsk me, shook her head, called me a ninny, and proceeded to teach me the proper way of canning.

I believe in karma. What goes around comes around. I learned alot from Bina.

Yesterday at work, a young lady of 29, Sharon, asked me if I can. I replied yes. "Do you can beans?" Yes, why? I asked her."I would like to learn how to can." I tried explaining to her how you do it. She had more questions. I finally told her, Sharon would you like me to show you what I know? Today, Sharon came over, and I showed her how I can beets. I explained the basic process of canning. Sharon was here for a few hours. I,  throughly enjoyed her company today. We have made plans to go wild blueberry picking later this week. 

Share your knowledge.

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Friday, August 20, 2010

sweet 'n sour

Sometimes, plain ole dill pickles get pretty boring. And if you have some one in your household who loves sweet 'n sour this is a good recipe.

sweet sliced dills
4 lbs of cucumbers
6 medium onions

-wash cucumbers, slice off and discard the blossom ends. Cut into 1/4 inch slices.
-slice the onions thinly and mix with the sliced cucumbers, set aside.

-mix together in a large stainless pot the following:
4 cups sugar
4 cups white vinegar
1 cup water
1/2 cup pickling salt

-bring to a boil. Add sliced cucumbers and onions to the pickling liquid and return mixture a full boil.

this is what it looks like after it has come to a boil.

-sterilize 5 (500 ml) pints. To each pint add a garlic glove and 1 head of dill.

-pack cucumber and onion slices to within 3/4 inch of top rim. Add pickling liquid to cover cucumbers to within 1/2 inch of top rim. Remove air bubbles with a spatula, readjust head space to 1/2 inch. Wipe jar rim removing any stickiness. Centre your lids and rip and finger tighten. Place jars in canner.

-cover canner; return water to a boil; process for about 10 minutes. Remove, and cool for 24 hours.

These are so yummy. My grand-daughters really enjoy these.
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Monday, August 16, 2010

Uncle Frank, Austin and Georgia.

I have had a busy past few days. Our grand-daughter, Austin, had been  visiting for the past three weeks and trust me, she was such a great pleasure to have her around. That kid is so funny! I will deeply miss her. We will not be seeing each other until next summer. It will be a very long year.

This past week, we went home to visit family for a few  days. We headed down to Banff on the 11th to visit   our baby girl, Madeline. She has been working there  as a trail guide. Austin's dad met us the there on the 14th to take her back to Kelowna. We made our way back to Drayton to spend the night at my sisters before heading home on Sunday.

It was an enjoyable visit. It is with mixed mixed feelings that we are back home. I enjoyed visiting and getting away from home and from work. However, I don't look forward to all the work that has piled up on me in the garden since I have been gone. There are more cucs, beans and peas that need picking. Yesterday, at my sisters', I went to grab the coffee pot, to make a pot of coffee, and I pinched a nerve in my neck. Trust me, it was no fun travelling for six hours with a gimped neck. I am hoping tomorrow, that it won't be as bad as today, and I can get those veggies into jars!

At the post office today, I had a hard time getting back into my routine. A lot of my customers missed me while I was away, and they all came in for a visit. This made the day fly by, but I was behind on my work. I never realised how much the community missed me. It makes a gal feel appreciated. Oh, just so you all know, my post office only consists of me. I am the only worker there. Gotta love it, no politics!
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