Homemade Sweet Relish

Homemade Sweet Relish

Made from scratch Sweet Relish

Canning season is full swing and today activity is canning Sweet Relish.    I had told you that I would share my recipes I have for canning and preserving vegetables from the garden, since I have had so many asking.  Now that it has slowed down quite a bit, I feel like I am taking back control of the schedule and can begin to share again.

In an earlier blog, Is Your Kitchen Busy These Days, the garden at that time was in full swing and total chaos was taking place.  I have just gotten my last run of tomatoes for the day and they are on the stove now to can pizza sauce.

The peppers and cucumbers are done for the season, but the okra and all the herbs are still in full swing.  It all seems to come in at the same time and for a few weeks, it feels like mad chaos.   I have said it many times, and I will say it again, it is a lot of work, but so very much worth it!

Anyway, today I thought I would share how to make Sweet Relish.    Read more

Is Your Kitchen Busy These Days

Is Your Kitchen Busy These Days

It’s the middle of July here in the Tennessee Valley and the garden is in full swing.  The 3 grandsons are here as well for the summer with school out and there is a whole lot going on at the homestead.  The kitchen is very busy with everything from canning green beans, tomatoes, and beets to making Bread and Butter Pickles, Dill Pickle Spears, Sweet Relish, Pizza Sauce, Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce and even herbs drying in the dehydrator.   I like to describe this time of year as controlled chaos in a good way.

I had to giggle yesterday when I stood back and really took a look at the counter tops, what an organized mess and no more room on them that’s for sure.  During this realization, from the other room, the two smaller boys 8 & 11 break out into an argument and I have to go in the room be the referee and stop the chaos in there as well.  Controlled chaos, it’s what summer time is all about I suppose.  It’s rarely dull, that’s for certain.  Read more