Christmas Pickles

I feel like I’m running low on pickles. I’d blame the mice for getting into the canned goods, but I know it’s really because it’s close to Christmas and at Christmastime all of my canned goods begin to disappear, finding new homes as they are given out as gifts. I’m actually pretty sure that Fr. Read More …

Pickled Peppers

Right now, my garden is full of peppers, mostly banana peppers. You know the ones I’m talking about.  They come in the box when you order pizza from town (at least when you order it from Papa John’s). With just two of us, I think the 4 banana pepper plants he planted might have been Read More …

Jam On

I got the Jam On cookbook for Christmas, and have been waiting for the perfect time to try out a few of the recipes.  Thanks to the local FFA having their annual strawberry sale, I got the chance. I tried out two of the recipes from the book.  I started with a batch of Strawberry Read More …

Friday Favorites

There are several things I love about this time of year. Leather & Furs I’m not really a big fan of cold weather (or hot weather for that matter) but one of my favorite things about this time of year is that when it gets cold outside, I get to add some things into my Read More …

Time to Garden?

The last 2 days have been beautiful here in Southern Indiana.  It’s been a balmy 70 degrees with bright sunny skies.  I’m sure it will get chilly again.  After all, the middle of March is a little early for this weather.   But it does have me thinking about my garden.  Well… gardens, really.  I’d like Read More …

Bread-and-Butter Pickles

The following is the recipe for the bread-and-butter type crisp pickle slices in the 1972 Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.  They win blue ribbons each year at the county fair.  I make these with fresh garden cucumbers every summer and give them away as gifts at Christmas. Ingredients: 4 quarts sliced, unpared, medium Read More …