Monday, September 20, 2010

How many greenbeans?

I had forgotten to write about just exactly how all those green beans got canned.  Yes, that was 131 qts.  No, I did NOT do it all by myself.  If that were the case, I would probably still be canning them.  : )

On the first picking, Ed and I picked, with the help of my sister Mechelle.  My Mom and Dad snapped them all.  Took them 4 hours that day.  Then  I washed them and Mechelle  put them in jars and I canned them.  Then Ed and I washed all the jars and put them in the pantry.

The second picking Audrey and I did the picking with Dad doing some.  Then Mom and Dad snapped them all again.  There were even more this time!  It took me a couple of days to get them canned that time.  Ed is always so helpful to unload the canner for me and to carry all those jars to the pantry.

It is a group effort and I am so thankful for all the help.  Next time we pick beans these will be for Mechelle's family we will can up.

According to the weather report we will have a couple of dry days on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  That is when we will be picking more beans, and probably peppers and tomatoes and more cucumbers.  I am thinking we will be ripening some of our tomatoes in the greenhouse.

I will be sure to take pictures and keep you updated with all that is going on here at Bountiful Acres Homestead.  May the Lord bless your day today!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Today's accomplishments

When I looked at these peppers I immediately thought Christmas!  Aren't those the prettiest green and red peppers you have seen?  The red peppers are Paprika peppers.  the green ones are an Ancho pepper.  Today was pepper day at Bountiful Acres.

I canned 23 pints of pickled banana peppers.

Ed helped me chop them all up yesterday.  That was a chore!  Plus we did onions and tomatoes and all the bell peppers, Anaheim peppers and some garlic and cilantro.  That turned into salsa.
Here the salsa is mixed up and waiting for jars.

A close up of the yummy salsa.

And another close up of the pretty Christmas peppers.  : )

These green peppers got canned in pint jars.  This made 4 pints.
Then I got 16 pints of salsa, and 23 pints of pickled peppers.  So I have a total of 43 more jars on my pantry shelves today.

I think tomorrow I will have a day of rest.  Even the good Lord rested after creating the universe.  : )

Friday, September 17, 2010

What's Cooking?

Remember the beautiful cauliflower from my garden?  The purple, the cheddar colored and some white?  Here is a quick recipe for all those garden veggies available to us now.

I took some yellow crookneck squash, zucchini, assorted peppers, the yellow and purple cauliflower and chopped them.  I heated my big cast iron skillet and added about a tablespoon of coconut oil.  Then I cooked the veggies quickly in it.  Added a bit of sea salt and some pepper.  Meanwhile, I boiled some whole grain seashell pasta.

When it was finished cooking, I drained the pasta, added the veggies to it and a tad bit of butter and more sea salt.  Ta Da!  Lunch is served at Bountiful Acres!  I love cooking with fresh produce from my garden.  Sort of makes all that hard work worth it.

Speaking of hard work, here is what has been going on the past several weeks.
This is how our garden looked in June.
This is the garden in September!  It is so big and lush I had to take two photos to get the whole thing in view.  This is the view from the left side.

This is the view on the right side of the garden.

Here is a kettle full of summer squash.  I am going to blanch and freeze some of these.  We love to eat the small zucchini and crooknecks sauteed in butter with a fried egg for breakfast. 

Here we have a milk crate full of peppers.  The two big yellow things are lemon cucumbers.  The red pepper are my paprika peppers.  I love to dry them and then grind them for my own paprika powder.  It is just sooo good!

One big batch of my bell peppers and Anaheim peppers.  These were made into salsa today with my other big batch of peppers shown below.  I also used a big batch of tomatoes from the garden in this salsa.
Aren't those such pretty peppers? 

This is a photo of some of my apple juice and applesauce we made last week.  The apples are red, so they make a pretty pink color when cooked.

And the Lord really blessed my green bean harvest this year.  I took this photo during a bean canning session.  So this year thus far, I have 131 quarts of green beans canned and in the pantry from the garden.  Yes!  I was completely out of them. 

 Now you know why I haven't been online and blogging much.  I have been doing so much harvesting and putting food up for winter.  : )

I will share more with you as I go.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Looking for a house to buy? : )

On the off chance someone is looking for a house to buy on the beautiful Oregon coast, here is a link to a house we are selling for a friend of ours.  : )

It is located in North Bend, Oregon