Piccalilli

Today I made Piccalilli otherwise known as Green Tomato Relish.  It is the end of the season and my tomatoes were just not ripening anymore so I figured this would be a good way to use them up. Piccalilli – makes about 7 pints 4 quarts of chopped, cored green tomatoes 2 quarts of chopped cabbage 2 cups chopped sweet green peppers 1 cup of chopped onion 1/2 cup salt 1 1/2 cups of brown sugar 2 Tbs mustard seed 1 Tbs each of celery seed and prepared horseradish 4 1/2 cups of vinegar Combine vegetables in a large bowl.  Sprinkle with salt and mix thoroughly; let stand 3-4 hours.  Drain; rinse and drain again.  Combine sugar, spices, horseradish and vinegar in a large saucepan.  Simmer for 15 minutes.  Add vegetables and bring to a boil.  Pack hot relish into hot jars leaving a 1/2 ” headspace.  Remove air bubbles,…

Frank

Meet Frank. FRANK Frank is the newest addition to our ever growing farm family.  He is a rooster. Let me make this perfectly clear to you, I did not want a rooster. Roosters are aggressive, smelly, noisy and they fertilize eggs.  I was happy with my girls and they seemed happy with me.  Life was good, why rock the boat? Until one day this past weekend, I was outside minding my own business when my son hands me his phone.  He tells me it is his friends mother and she wants to talk to me.  I thought this can not be good, somethings up.  Sure enough, Frank was up.  She has chickens and she has a rooster named Bob.  Well last week Bob went missing.  They couldn’t find him anywhere and because she free ranges her flock she thought he had either wandered off or fallen victim to an attack.  So in comes Frank,…

Ding Dong Ditch

I have to say that Halloween is my favorite of all the holidays.  I think part of it is because of the season.  I love the colors of autumn, the smells, the cool air, the changes all around.  I also think another reason is because you don’t have any pressures with Halloween.  No shopping, no wrapping, no stress, no worries.  Just plain old Fun!! Every year when my 3 youngest boys were little we used to pick a family that we were friends with to “ding, dong, ditch”.  Starting on October 1st we would begin to collect items that we felt this particular family might enjoy.  A fall scented candle, a mini pumpkin or two, a scary book the family could share.  A loaf of my pumpkin bread with caramel icing.   Small toys, trinkets and candy would get added to the bag, and the excitement would grow.  My children…

Chunky, rustic, candleholders

I keep seeing these chunky, rustic, candle holders that are made from tree branches everywhere.  They are in all the stores and  catalogs.  All they are is a piece of wood with a tea light candle inserted in the top.  Do you know the ones I mean? These are the ones.  So simple. Well, I love them.  I think they would be great for the fall and the holidays. They are so simple that I think they would go with just about everything.  Leave them as is or tie them with a wide ribbon, twine or raffia.  Use them in a centerpiece with apples, pears and acorns; pumpkins, gourds and bittersweet; or holly berries, pine boughs and pinecones. I’ve been wanting to make these forever so this morning that is exactly what I did. You will need: 1 tree branch about 3 inches in diameter  tea-light candles  saw, I used…