Sunday, July 31, 2016

Garbage Jelly?

Recently I tried my hand at making fried corn for the first time ever.  I guess I am a purist and am so partial to corn on the cob I never tried fresh corn  any other way.  After I had cut all the kernels and scrapped the cobs I looked online to make sure I remembered correctly how to cook it. (The guy who grew it had given me pretty specific instructions but it was about 45 minutes from home and I had seen all kinds of shiny diversions between the lake and home, so I really didn't trust my memory) As it turned out, I had remembered after all, so instead of just starting to cook the corn I followed a link to Corn Cob Jelly?!? I had never heard of such before, so of course I had to try it because it is weird and  I had everything on hand to make it plus, did I mention, it was weird. "Nuff said!

This was so incredibly simple that I saved some of the cobs from the bushel I just processed for the freezer and have juice (Is there actually such a thing as corn juice?) frozen to make more after the weekend.

                                                              Corn Cob Jelly

6 or more corn cobs
Water to cover them (About a half gallon maybe)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 box powdered full sugar pectin
Sugar to equal the final amount of corn juice

Cover the cobs with water and cook on a low boil until the water smells corny and has a soft yellow hue. (I actually put a spoon in to taste it and it tasted like corn water) Remove the cobs and bring the heat up to a full rolling boil  and reduce it until you have about 3 1/2 cups of liquid.  Remove from the heat, strain the liquid to remove any random buts and pieces, measure the it and return it to a large pot. (if you have under 3 1/2 cups add a little more water to bring to liquid up to that measure)  Add the lemon juice and the pectin to the corn water and bring it to a boil. Add the sugar (an equal amount to the liquid you have) and stir to dissolve.  Bring it back to a rolling boil and keep it there for 1 minute, stirring constantly.  Skim off the foam, turn the heat off and ladle the liquid into sterile canning jars.  I am not going to go through the process of preparing jars, lids and rings and water bath caning. You can find all those instructions right here. Seal the lids finger tight and process for 10 minutes in a water bath. Remove the jars from the canner and place them on an absorbent towel somewhere that they can sit undisturbed for about 24 hours.  After several hours check to make sure all the jars have sealed. (Listen for the wonderful "ping") If they did not seal properly, process in the water bath again.  I used four 1/2 pint jars because we do not use a lot of jelly at one time and I prefer to make small batches so jars are not stored opened too long.  It is entirely up to you to decide what size you want.

I read that this tastes like honey and I do get a faint honey taste.  It is mainly just really tasty jelly and every person who has visited me this week has been subject to the taste test.  Thus far it has passed with flying colors. (See above about making more) .

 Guess who is making Christmas presents a few people on my list have surely never had before?  Now I just have to find me some more weird ass jelly recipes and I can make jelly gift baskets!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Advantages of Buying Direct

Today I went to our local Farmer's Market on the north side of town.  It is one of those places where the farmers come in with either huge trucks to sell the truckload wholesale to local grocery stores, or small pick up trucks loaded with whatever is ready for market and set up a small truck farm underneath a tall metal shed. They generally have a small table for display purposes  (usually a sheet of plywood on top of two sawhorses)  and sell whatever they picked the night before or that morning, then drive back to the farm and do some serious late evening farming.

Or they operate like the young man I bought from today. His dad is the working farmer and he is the working salesman. They both get up at dawn to harvest everything that is ready to sell and the son makes the drive to the market, if not daily at least every other day, while his father stays and works the crops.  Judging by his assortment of fruits and vegetables they grow an amazing variety of crops on a small farm. I was not the first customer, in fact it was a little after noon when I got there, but he was ready to make a deal and head back home.

Nerd alert: Beware of a nerdy woman with a new digital scale!

I wound up with a bushel of silver queen corn for 18 dollars, (71 ears for anyone counting) 11.2 pounds of perfect peaches for 7 bucks,  13.85 pounds of beautiful squash for 10 dollars. 11.52 pounds of very ripe tomatoes for 8 dollars, 2 watermelons $3.50 (for both)  2 pounds of okra 6 bucks (not great but he only had one carton so I had no bargaining power and really wanted okra) 5.1 lb. green tomatoes for  5 dollars, and 14 large red and green peppers for 6 dollars.  In addition I got a bushel and a half of  lady peas for 30 dollars, including the price of shelling them.

I did not buy a basket of green apples  and now I am kicking myself, nor did I get any pears which I also should have bought.  I was looking for a large basket of jalapenos, cucumbers and pattypan squash, along with a large basket of zucchini, but could find none. Part of shopping the market here is being flexible and buying what is there when it is available, knowing that some things you want might not be around that day.

When I compare prices to the grocery store, I came out ahead on everything except  the okra and the lady peas.  They cost about the same, but even so I am getting  much fresher and better quality produce for my money.

Now begins the process of processing everything.  I was planning to go to a play tonight, but I think I will be shucking corn, blanching veggies and stuffing freezer bags instead.  Y'all have fun!

Tonights menu changed from the grilled chicken I had planned into a sautéed squash, okra, fried green tomatoes, bell pepper slices and corn on the cob meal.  What is the saying "Want to make God laugh? Make a plan!"

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

This has been all over my facebook feed lately.  Evidently a lot of my friends have decided they want to make this and have shared it with each other countless times. I was cleaning out my pantry the other day and found a cake mix that was kind of old so I thought I would kill 2 birds with one stone: get rid of an old cake mix and try a new recipe.

                                                 Ooey Gooey Butter Cake

Cake Layer
1 yellow cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Ooey Gooey Layer
1 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
16 oz. confectioner's sugar + a couple of tablespoons for sprinkling
2 eggs
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350.  Grease and flour a 9x13 baking pan.

This is pretty straight forward.  Mix all the ingredients in the cake layer in a medium bowl.  I stirred it by hand because the batter is fairly thick and I thought it was easier to use a wooden spoon than to use the mixer.  Pat the batter evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan (I saved my butter wrappers and used the buttery side as a buffer between my hands and the batter.  The batter did not stick to the wrapper and I managed to pat it evenly with zero mess.)

Mix the cream cheese with the confectioner's sugar, then add the eggs, butter and vanilla.  Mix with a mixer until it is nice and smooth.  Pour on top of the cake layer and bake until the top is slightly brown and a little crisp  (I took mine out too early) Sprinkle with powdered sugar and wait until the cake is cool to cut it into pieces.

Truth time!  I only had about 12 ounces of confectioners sugar so that is what I used.  The consensus here is that was plenty.  Any more and we think it would have been too sweet.  It really did have a perfect sweetness using 1/4 less sugar.  Next time I will bake it a little longer so the top layer is set a little firmer, but it did not stop us from enjoying it just the same.  Since I had less confectioner's sugar than was called for I skipped the sprinkling bit altogether. For presentation purposes,  if I make this for guests or to take to someone I will opt for the sugar dusting.  It would be much prettier.

 I put the leftovers in a refrigerator storage container and the next day we ate it cold.  I did like it better at room temp/slightly warm, but it was still pretty dang good cold.  I have a couple of odd cake mix flavors and I will probably try a variation of this with at least a couple of them. (Why in this world did I ever buy a pineapple cake mix, or did I think I was buying yellow cake and just didn't pay attention, which is my guess btw.)

Anyhow, if you want something easy, ooey and gooey and pretty delicious this might work for you.

Monday, July 25, 2016

This Is Really Good, Trust me!

I happened to see this online the other day while I was trying to find a recipe for a hot mustard bbq sauce.  I did not write down where I found it, nor did I write down the recipe so this was a wing and a prayer trial that turned out really well.  If you are like I am and have a spare head or two of cauliflower this is a seriously tasty way to get rid of one.                                                    

                                                      Baked and Loaded Cauliflower

1 head cauliflower, steamed and blotted dry
1/3 cup finely diced onion
4 strips of crispy bacon crumbled, reserve 1 for topping
1/2 cup sour cream 3/4 cup grated cheese (reserve 2 tablespoons for topping)
1 or 2 scallion tops coarsely chopped

Separate the cauliflower into florets. (Cut, break, mash or whatever works for you. I am pretty sure there is no "right" way to do this.) Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl. Pour into a baking dish and bake at 350 degrees until the cheese is melted through and the onions are soft. (It took my oven about 20 minutes.) Sprinkle the cheese, bacon and scallions on top and serve piping hot.

Son2, TheHub and I ate this and we all had seconds. It was just delicious and tasted very similar to a baked and loaded baked potato. I was extremely happy that there were leftovers, because I had them today for lunch. They were equally fantastic eaten cold straight from the refrigerator.  This is going to be used in our regular dinner rotation from now one.  What a delicious way to get major servings of our daily vegetables!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Let the Season Begin!

While I was babysitting The Granddaughter I did very little watching anything but her and what she loves to watch most (Tumble Leaf and Finding Nemo, which she calls orangan fish) When I got home I thought it was a good time to catch up on what was going on in the world so I sat in the den, remote in hand. Last night as I was clicking through the guide and noticed QVC was having their annual Christmas in July sale.  I will admit to stopping there for a second, just to see what new and marvelous crap they are trying to unload on the public.  I mean nothing sounds better when the heat index is 104 than Christmas junk, right? But it did make me start thinking about this upcoming Christmas and how fast time seems to fly for me. Later last night I was cleaning out a cabinet in the breakfast room hutch when I found my wonderful Christmas organizer.  Since I acquire gifts all year long, I thought it might be a good time to start jotting down my Christmas 2016 plan.

About 8 years ago I bought 20 of those black and white composition books at Walmart's "Back to School" clearance sale for 15 cents each.  At the time I had no idea what I was going to do with them, so most of them sat unused for a couple of years. Then one year I decided I needed a Christmas organizer but I didn't want to buy one and had a eureka moment.  I had several sheets of scrapbook paper that I was doing nothing with, glue tape, duct tape, and leftover ribbon so I began a little craft project that has lasted through 6 Christmases.

This is the outside of my book.  I am one of those function over form type of people so it is not as cute as it could be, but I did want it to look slightly Christmasy, (Just so I would be able to tell at a glance which book it was. ) I also wanted to have a pocket inside for any receipts of things that might need to be returned, plus a closure of some type.  Since I had ribbon on hand I allowed the universe to make my decision for me.  I made a rough cut slightly larger than the exteriors of the book and used glue tape to adhere the paper to the book. (lots of glue tape). I trimmed it to size with tiny uber-sharp scissors, then taped the ribbon to the inside covers of the notebook.  The inside interior covers were then glued on top of the ribbon, trimmed to fit,  and an envelope size piece of cardstock was glued on 3 sides to create a pocket for the interior front and back. Red duck tape was used to bind the front and back sheets together  and my planner was born.

Inside I suppose I could have made tabs but I didn't care to go to that much trouble so I just have strips of card stock that serve as tabs but are more like very short bookmarks.  It has 5 sections: decorations, gifts, card list, events, and foods (includes needed seasonal food prep items, as well as a master plan for  baking, treats, and party meal menus along with tablescapes and linens) I save only the pages from the past year so I don't duplicate presents, decorating schemes, menus, etc.  This cut and paste planner saves me a lot of time and energy, is easy to carry, and I am never at the mercy of power or an internet connection to make any additions to my plan.
I also keep one page, the very back page to list mail order items (to tic off ) when they arrive at the house .

I fully understand how nerdy this makes me, but I have known I was a nerd most of my life so I might as well live my life in the open and share my nerdiness with the entire world.

As a matter of total nerd exposure I also have one called house matters that is covered in a funky black print with a silver sharpie drawing of a hammer.  It has ongoing lists of all projects and home to-do's and is simply divided into 3 sections, Inside, Outside and Yellow Pages, which has names and numbers of every service person I use for the house and yard. (electrician, bug man, tree service, plumber, etc.)

The other book is covered in suitcase card stock and is our travel book.  I keep all our airline, hotel, AAA, car rental, etc numbers listed as well as  trip itinerary, flight times, numbers, reservation confirmation numbers, restaurant numbers and any other incidentals I might need when trip planning.

Now if you will excuse me, I am going to begin my gift list for this year.  I have about 20 presents that I need to list and possibly even wrap.  Like I said__major nerd!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016


While the rest of you are enjoying life as usual ( or unusual, no judgements here) I am in the Pacific N.W. enjoying a visit before my duties as babysitter for the most beautiful girl in the world ( otherwise known as The Granddaughter) begins.  This will be the first time I have kept her for any length of time so I am summoning all my inner child play possibilities and honing my various character voices to give "life" to her  dolls and stuffed animals.
I'm reading all your posts but will not be commenting often because I am on an older version IPad and it is so touchy that I become frustrated and say unkind and obscene words when it does not behave as I think it should.

Will catch up when I am back in Alabama.

Did I mention it is about 70 degrees here and feels like our fall? Absolute Heaven after the liquid air and oppressive heat at home lately!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Hot Stuff!

I am not sure how many of you are from the South or not, but if you are I am fairly sure you will recognize what is in the picture.  For the rest of you let me explain. This is a jar of what we call pepper sauce, not to be confused with the red stuff that we call hot sauce. This is one of those condiments you will see on the table at every "meat and 3" joints in town.  For those of you unacquainted with the term "meat and 3" it refers to restaurants or diners that serve an entree plus 3 side vegetables. (For the uninitiated, mac and cheese, rice, and cooked apples are all "vegetables". For reference I am copying and pasting the veggie menu from Mary Mac's in Atlanta.  It is one of the South's best known "meat and 3's".)

Side Items

Extra vegetable or side $3.50 each

* Indicates one of our Vegetarian Friendly Items.
  • Apple Sauce*
  • Baked Potato*
  • Black-eyed Peas
  • Broccoli Soufflé*
  • Brunswick Stew
  • Butter Peas
  • Carrot-Raisin Salad*
  • Cheese Grits*
  • Cheese & Vegetable Soufflé*
  • Cream Corn*
  • French Fries*
  • Fresh Fruit*
  • Fried Green Tomatoes*
  • Fried Okra*
  • Cole Slaw*
  • Dumplings
  • Collard Greens with cracklin’ cornbread
  • Cornbread Dressing & Gravy
  • Green Beans
  • Hoppin’ John
  • Macaroni and Cheese*
  • Okra & Tomatoes*
  • Pickled Beets*
  • Potato Cakes*
  • Potato Salad*
  • Pot Likker
  • Rice and Gravy
  • Spiced Apples*
  • Squash Soufflé*
  • Vegetable Soup*
  • Whipped Potatoes*
  • Steamed Cabbage*
  • Steamed Carrots*
  • Sweet Potato Soufflé*
  • Tomato Pie*
  • Turnip Greens
  • Vegetable Medley*
On this menu you will notice, black eyed peas, collard greens, turnip greens and pot likker.  All of these are rather bland or bitter cooked as is, but add a healthy dash of pepper sauce and you are in food nirvana.

You can purchase pepper sauce at any grocery store here, (The most popular brand is Texas Pete green pepper sauce)  but why buy a small bottle for nearly 2 bucks when you can make a quart for a dollar.

Wash a quart mason jar, (sterilize it if you want to be safe, unlike me who is willing to live on the edge) Pack with as many washed hot peppers* as possible in a quart mason jar.  Bring 2 1/2 cups of cider vinegar to a boil in a small pan.  Pour over the hot peppers, put a lid on the jar and let it cool for a bit.  Then put it in the refrigerator.  After sitting for a few days this is ready to enjoy liberally on your favorite veggies.

By summer's end I will have about 12 quarts of this made which I will can using the water bath method for longer storage.  When I return home from Oregon vegetables will be at their peak and I will get started processing! Can't wait?

* You can use whatever your hot pepper of choice is, but remember the hotter the pepper the hotter the pepper sauce! Caution, my friends!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Reformation Movement!

I have mentioned before that TheHub does not like to eat leftovers, but sometimes he just has to. Tonight, for instance, we have a slab of ribs left from the 4th, and I am not about to let those die an unnatural death in the meat drawer of the refrigerator.  There is no way I am going to try and reform the actual ribs, but am changing the sides into something that is still barbequish but not the traditional corn on the cob, baked beans, cole slaw we had on the 4th. Tonight we had leftover ribs, collard greens and a very simple pasta salad that I make quite often.  It stands the taste test and many nights we will have only it for dinner. Tonight its purpose was to serve as a side decoy dish.

                                                            Fast Easy Pasta Salad

1 1/2 cups uncooked pasta (cooked al dente and drained)
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Cavender's Greek Seasoning
3 tablespoons chopped sweet onion ( Vidalia's are the best)
1 roasted, peeled and seeded red bell pepper, chopped (how-to here)
1 medium tomato, seeded, peeled and chopped
1 small can sliced ripe olives, drained or 1/8 cup other pitted sliced olives (I use kalamata)

In a medium size bowl pour the oil, vinegar and spice mix over the pasta. Toss gently. Add the remaining ingredients and toss together. Refrigerate covered for at least an hour. Eat and enjoy!

And to be honest and transparent here, I did not peel or seed the tomatoes. It was going to take more time than I was willing to put into the preparation.  It did dilute the dressing a bit but such is life.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Quick Morning Casserole

I am almost embarrassed to even post this because it is so incredibly simple, but it is too delicious to not share.

1 can Flaky Grands Biscuit
3/4 pound sausage, bacon ham or smoked sausage
gravy (pan drippings, 2 tablespoons flour, 2 cups milk, salt and pepper to taste)

Spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut half of 1 can of Pillsbury Flaky Grands biscuits into 4th's and place in the bottom of the pan. Cut the other half into fourths and reserve them. Bake for about 10 minutes.  While the biscuits are baking cook the sausage, bacon, ham or smoked sausage in a skillet until done.  Remove from the pan reserving 2 tablespoons of drippings. (If needed add a little olive oil to the pan to equal 2 tablespoons.  Add 2 tablespoons flour and cook until it turns a very pale brown, stirring constantly. Whisk in the milk and cook until smooth and thick. (whisk constantly) Add salt and pepper to taste.  Remove biscuits from oven and place your meat of choice evenly over the cooked bottom layer.  Pour gravy over all and top with the remaining half of the tube of biscuits. Bake until the biscuits are golden brown.  Serve immediately!


Saturday, July 2, 2016

July Joy List

First off let me share what did and what did not happen in June

 1. Volunteer at Independence Place made Father's Day Gifts with them
 2. Do something with a homeless mission
 3. Have houseguests Jack and Audrey
 4. Have guests at the lake place Jack and Audrey
 5. Find and enjoy some free music The music came to me this time. Son's guests were musicians
 6. Paint picture for the lake place  *Sketched but no paint yet
 7. Find a couple of nearby towns to explore  I can drive 45 minutes in any direction and find a                                                                                 small town.  There is no excuse for me not doing this!
 8. Go to a movie matinee by myself and eat popcorn  I have my wonderful discount coupons, but                                                                                        there has not been a movie playing that I                                                                                               want to see.
 9. Make homemade ice cream   Just bought beautiful peaches so I am moving this to July's list
10. Have a small dinner party  Lovely dinner for 7
11. Read 4 books  "Our Crime Was Being Jewish" (Every person should read this just to see the                                     brutality humans can unleash on other humans) "The Auschwitz Escape" "The                                Good Goodbye"  "Wrecked" (Don't bother with this one. It was free as a kindle                                  download and is a total waste of an afternoon )
12. Make a Christmas gift
13. Randomly talk with someone I have never talked with before Lovely conversation with a                                                                                                                     stranger
14. Reconnect with an old friend  Sandy
15. Take food to someone having a hard time Food for a cousin going through difficult treatments
16. Try a new food (at least new to me) Laap  The Blue Paradise (local Thai restaurant)
17. Try a new beverage Pineapple/coconut infused rum
18. Swim laps at least 5 times each week *Laughs at this one!
19. Have a picnic lunch or dinner on the boat * Just didn't happen
20. Go to a restaurant in a totally different part of the city (expand my horizon)
21. Learn another jazz piano piece Black Orpheus
22. Try playing the violin again   *Can't find it. Wondering if I gave it away
23. Work on the family cookbook
24. Learn a little more Spanish
25. Mend at least 2 squares of the quilt   I am almost finished mending this!
26. Spend at least 4 consecutive nights at the lake place * Maybe in August
27. Try a different hair color (For the record I am strawberry blonde this week) Copper!  I love it!
28. Watch an opera  Watched half of one on Youtube
29. Star gaze on a clear night (bonus points if it is at the lake with little ambient light)
30. Learn to do something new *Nope
31. Paint those dang corner cabinets in the dining room *Calling Eduardo
32. Have Mom up for dinner each week (or take it to her house and eat with her there)
33. Keep a gratitude journal documenting every good thing
34. Be kind, especially when I don't want to be
35. Pray for the entire world
36. Buy something needed for someone who has lost everything * Did not get an SOS this month
37. Take peanut butter, cereal and canned meats to the food pantry (really needed during the                 summer when there are no reduced cost school lunches)
38. Take flowers to someone Picked wildflowers from behind the auto shop.  Took them to Mom

July Joy List
 1.Go to Portland to babysit the most beautiful girl in the world Got to enjoy mass quantities of Pip                                                                                                             time!
 2.Volunteer at Independence Place  Made snowmen for their November fundraiser   
 3. Do something with a homeless mission
 4. Pray for the entire world
 5. Be kind, even when I don't want to be.
 6. Mend at least 2 squares in the quilt
 7. Work on the family cookbook
 8. Learn another jazz tune on the piano Caravan, but I am not very good at it yet
 9. Take flowers to someone
10. Take food to someone having a hard time My Beloved Sister needed some help this week
11. Find and enjoy some free music This is kind of cheating but Son2 has just begun playing the banjo (he is amazingly good at it already) and I have heard a ton of banjo music this month
12. Have Mom here for dinner at least 1 time per week.
13. Have a small dinner party
14. Take peanut butter, cereal, and canned meats to the food pantry
15. Work on the family cookbook
16. Begin a lake cookbook (Quick, tasty, easy to make recipes using limited ingredients)
17. Paint that blooming picture for the lake place
18. Find something to be thankful for in every circumstance This becomes very difficult but I am being very mindful of it.
19. Try a new food Pescado Con Coco from Pambiche, a Cuban restaurant in Portland
20. Try a new beverage Forget the name of the cocktail, but it was made with rum, apricot liquor                                           pureed mangos and haberno. It was delicious
21. Make ice cream
22. Visit a small town near me
23. Go to lunch with friends I haven't seen in a while  Went to eat with my Curves friends
24. Be welcoming to the new neighbors. Have not even met them yet
25. Invite the neighbor's kids  (with parents) for hot dogs and a swim
26. Have guests at the lake place
27. Use the horrible machine  daily (Yes the dusty elliptical one in the laundry room)  Hahahahaha!
28. Swim laps an average of 5 times a week Hahahahaha
29  Sit on the screened porch at least 3 times a week at night and listen to crickets
30. Visit with extended family. SIL and BIL had a double birthday bash
31. Send at least 2 congratulations cards or notes . (Good things happen to people and I need to                                                                                         be more intentional about recognizing them.)
32. Try to see the world through less judgmental eyes  Trying daily
31. Vote in the upcoming local election I thought it was July but it is August.  Oops
32. Go to a movie by myself, eat popcorn
33. Find some local lecture that is interesting and actually go.
34. Make a Christmas gift
35. Organize Christmas gifts that are already bought/made
36. Start a master Christmas list
37. Donate 10 items per week to Goodwill
38. Revamp wardrobe (if it hasn't been worn yet this summer get rid of it) Done mostly, but I am having a hard time letting go of some shoes
39. See some fireworks Thank you people who live across the lake
40.  See a play or opera (bonus points for both)
41. Try to limit food waste to peels and trimmings only.  The operative word here is "try".  Some                                                                                                things were not eaten while I was away                                                                                                and had to be tossed.  Bummer
42. Meet someone new Nice conversations with Jessica and Stefan's guests
43. Renew contact with someone I have been out of contact with for a while.
44. Cook something I have never tried to make before. Southern fried corn (it's not my favorite so I                                                                                         never cooked it before. I did it like the guy                                                                                           who grew the corn suggested and it was                                                                                               pretty tasty.)
45. Take Mom out 3 nights this month  Took her out to eat 3 dinner, making sure we stayed out till                                                                 dark)
46. Practice patience (This is not my strong suit)  
47. Read at least 3 books "Beat, Slay, Love " (not literature but a fun read) "Good Kings, Bad                                                      Kings", "Sia" (free book, waste of time but I was on the plane and doing                                            nothing else) "Sinful Cinderella" (again not literature but a fun beach                                                  read)  "The Secret Daughter " 

Friday, July 1, 2016

The June Put Em Up and Use Em Up List

Use em up;

6 lb. pan of pastichio
6 hamburger patties
3 chicken breasts
quart bag of picadillo
pint bag of peaches
whole fryer
1 bag butterscotch chips
12 ounce bag green beans
1 lb pulled smoked pork
1/2 lb smoked sliced turkey
10 lb. ham (whoo hoo! major space gained)
1 lb. ground chuck
2 lb. smoked sausage
14 chicken legs

Home canned:
1 jar cherry preserves

Put em up:
2 lb. hamburger patties
4 1/2 lb. cherries
2 pints peaches
6 lb. ground chuck
5 lb. chicken breasts

The summer produce is just beginning to come in so I anticipate a lot of foods to freeze and can this month