Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Welcome, July!

We spent the past weekend visiting a dear family's home! When we arrived, we went to their town's festival. We all enjoyed walking together, observing all the different booths. I always make a point to stop to buy or sample the Kettle Corn! I couldn't resist!!
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"...That our daughters may be as corner stones,
polished after the similitude of a palace."
Psalm 114:12
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Down the lane...

On Sunday evening many families gathered on the lawn to watch the festivities :)

I thoroughly enjoyed the fellowship all weekend.
We had a delightful time!!

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We don't have many blue flowers,

but this touch of color is a beautiful sight along the cottage walkway.
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Speaking of Blue...

My sister and I picked Blueberries...
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We've been eating fresh berries as a snack for a while, so I thought I'd try to pick enough to make preserves!
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{I love this old scale!}

I measured 1 lb of blueberries for Blueberry Jam.
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As the berries were crushed, the aromatic pulp was incredibly fragrant--Ah, lovely!!

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Using the Pomona Pectin, I was able to make 3 half-pints using only 1 cup sugar!

My brother wrote 'Blue Berry Jam' on the lids :)

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Later that day...

I used our vegetables to make Sweet Pickle Relish.

*6 cups chopped Cucumbers, *3 cups chopped red, green & banana peppers, *3 cups minced onions.

ps) My goodness, chopping all these vegetables seemed to take me forever and a day! lol

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Pour 1/4 cup pickling salt over vegetables...
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Pour enough cold water over the vegetables until its covered. Then let it sit (room temperature) for 2 hours.
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Pickling Spice

In a large pot combine: *3 cups sugar, *2 cups Cider vinegar, *1/2 tsp Turmeric, *1 TBsp Pickling spice (or 2.5 tsp celery seed & 2.5 tsp mustard seed)

Heat to boiling, strain out the spices, then add drained vegetables; return to boiling. Cook over med/high heat for 15 mins. or until most excess liquid has evaporated. Ladle relish into sterilized jars, leaving 1/2 in. headspace. Screw on lids and process in a boiling water canner for 10 minutes.

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Makes 7 half-pints or 3 pints & a 12 oz jar. If you enjoy sweet relish, this recipe is delicious!! Next time, I'll pace myself though...the prep was close to an hour. Also, it's best to let it sit for at least a week on the shelf..the flavor improves, trust me!

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Mother on the front porch shelling our purple hull beans
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Our peas must be Really delicious....

I tried to tell you Homegrown tastes better... :)

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We also have been shelling the dried beans as well.
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"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:
wait, I say, on the LORD." Psalm 27:14
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My red onions are ready! I'm carrying some of the onions in the basket, not all :)
Are those onion tops wild or what!? I didn't expect them to be so tall!
Out of 80 bulbs, I lost about 10-15 due to rain.
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lol. My cat loves to 'tap' me on the shoulder!!
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A few upclose.
I'm going to be storing them in a dark cool place for a few days, then hang them to dry.
So after they've been stored for a week or two, we'll try them!!
ps) If they're kept in a warm place (like near the oven) they'll be more prone to rot.
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So today I'll be attempting to can/pickle our okra and see what I can do with the green peppers.
Is it just me or are these weeds in the garden tryin' to TAKE OVER. lol
Pray for me, Y'all!!
:)

38 comments:

Stone Bridge Farm said...

As always Mia...another wonderful post. Have a blessed weekend.

rebecca said...

Mia,
Thank you for your blog and inspiration to me and my family. Each time I visit there is so much wisdom and positivity which is like a breath of fresh air.
We too have a garden and there is nothing like eating what you have grown yourself, with Christ of course.
Please keep it coming, because at my age (41 shhh:)) I am learning so much.
BTW, thank you for responding to my email about hair a few weeks ago.
God Bless,
Mrs. Rebecca S.

*~Sarah Lynn~* said...

Your pictures are always so gorgeous. I feel like I'm stepping back in time. :)

Laura Lee said...

I will definitely pray for you, Mia. Our garden has aspirations of taking over the world.....so far it is well on it's way of taking over our farm. Lol. We desperately need rain, we haven't had any in about three weeks, and it's reaching upwards to 108 degrees.
:[ Our vegetables are *slowly* dying. Sad day, sad day.

Love ya!

Laura

sem said...

What an inspiration your garden is! Where I live in Florida, if it isn't grown between February and May, it won't make it. The only thing still hanging in there right now is the tomato plants. Most of the canning and pickling I do comes from farmer's market offerings.

Thank you for sharing your experiences with us. I do so enjoy your posts and your lovely pictures!

kpaints said...

What a delight your blog is to the eyes! I really enjoyed seeing all your canning, I have done my fair share but haven't kept in up in recent years. I make dills every other year as everyone loves them so much. Love the cat pictures in the beans....so cute! And once again I must tell you what a wonderful job you are doing on your photos. Beautiful!
I have a question about my dills, is Alum....aluminum?

StrivingSimply said...

I'm pleasantly surprised that you appreciate your cat's antics. I would have chased after my cats and hissed, but then I would have missed such adorable pictures!

Anais said...

Lovely bunch of photos. Looks like you had a beautiful holiday. Gorgeous garden, yummy jam, cute kitty - life is GOOD.
OK, how in tarnation do you keep your cloths SO WHITE! Me and white clothes - yikes. After awhile my whites start looking "gray" especially under the underarms (even when I use borax)
Thanks for your email. I'll be getting back shortly. Happy summer!

Regan Family Farm said...

Hello again Mia!
You are such an inspiration to my daughters, (I'm sure Jenna will tell you more). If our cukes do well, I'd love to try your relish recipe.
Blessings,
Mrs. Regan

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hello Miss Mia,

Your post was really fun to read. I love how you are a young lady striving to be the beautiful godly woman God has created you to be. That's so encouraging to see younger generations following after God :) :)
The photos were great.I loved the dress you were wearing in the photo with the red onions. I would wear something like that!!!...

And your kitty cat is just the cutest. I love kitty cats...and how sweet that your kitty likes to tap you on the shoulder :) :) :)

Have a great Friday and a fun weekend. Oh, the photos of the flowers were beautiful too!!!

Love and hugs from Oregon,
Miss Heather :)

Blodgett said...

Dear Mia:
It has been a while since I visited your blog (or ANY blog, for that matter!). I've been very busy with summer activities with my kids. I just wanted to say, again, how much I LOVE your blog! You are such a sweet young lady with a heart for her Lord and turned toward her family. You are an inspiration to me and my daughter!! (She is only 11, but we both love to read about your goings on and to look at your photos.
God bless you sweet Mia, and keep posting your wonderful pictures!!
Love Mrs. Blodgett

Abigail said...

Such a gorgeous post! I especially love the dress you're wearing in those last few pictures.

And thank you for the note about storing onions near the oven!! For the last year I have not been able to figure out why my onions are going bad so fast! I've been keeping them in the cupboard RIGHT next to the oven!!

Julian said...

wow! what a bounty! We got some corn my 5 year old planted, but now it has dried up, and had a very good turn out of tomatoes. The zucchini and squash did not grow. the plantss grew but not the vegetable. Is there some special trick to this?
Looks like Georgia is having a better season than Texas! lol:)
Blessings, christina

Carolyne said...

Hi Mia~
Do you ever braid your onions together to make hanging them easier? We do that with garlic also.
If you allow the tops to 'just wilt' a day or two, then braiding the tops will be easy-peasy.

Enjoy the blessings of your garden!
{{hugs}} ~Carolyne

sweet locus lane farm said...

Beautiful post. Your pictures are just lovely as I am sure the canning is too.

Blessing MArlyn

Acacia said...

What a lovely post, Mia.
It looks like you had a really nice time away.
In Chirst,
Acacia

Cassandra said...

I love all of your pictures!

Persuaded said...

Just delightful! What a joy you girls must be to your mama♥

And I don't know if you'd be interested or not, but this week I am hostessing a giveaway on my blog for a wardrobe of headcoverings... it's kind of a celebration as I open my little headcovering shop over at Etsy. I'd so love to have you stop over and enter...and your mama and sister, if they'd like!
warmest,
Diane

http://tomatosoupcake.blogspot.com/2010/07/headcovering-wardrobe-giveaway-woot.html

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,
Your berries are beautiful, your relish looks and sounds delicious, your sweet,, sweet kitty is adorable (great pics),and your fellowship precious. Thank you for letting the light of Jesus shine through you. Your fam is loved and so appritiated.tp

Leslie said...

Mia, I am so inspired by your beautiful blog. I am in awe of your lovely photography!

Barbara said...

What a lovely young lady you are, Mia! I am sure you are a joy to your parents. Thank you for letting us take a glimpse of your life.

from me to thee......... said...

Mia...your blog is simple and beautiful...a treat for the eyes and soul...........smiles, Linda

Roxanne said...

You have a way of making everything look effortless-the next free time I have I'll try your jam recipe. Mia - you an extraordinary person and a wonderful blessing to all those who visit you. May God continue blessing all your footsteps.

Sophia said...

Ooh, yummy jam! I just love blueberry season!

I love the butterfly picture, could I copy it, and maybe use it for my blog header? I say maybe because I can't yet figure out how to do it! It'd make a great header though :)

Mia said...

Thank you all for your encouraging comments!! Your kind words always make me smile..it's so nice to know there are kindred spirits out there who appreciate the simple things in life. Thank you!
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KPaints,
How nice! I really do enjoy sharing my little bit of photography with y'all~!
No, Alum and aluminum are not the same. I've never used Alum in canning, but apparently it keeps the vegetables crisp etc.
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Dear Anais,
lol! I know what you mean! I wear layers to avoid that, however, I do have darker floral patterned aprons that I wear to protect my dresses as well (especially if I know I'll be out in the mud, lol!)
That sounds good, I look forward to hearing from you!
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Dear Julian (Ms. Christina)

If you use plant food, perhaps what happened was your plant was being fed with too much nitrogen--that creates beautiful leaves, but a lack of fruit! Or did you plant the same plants in the same spot as last year? If they're not rotated, certain plants deplete certain nutrients from the soil.
No, I don't think the growing season is any better here, lol! I have a long way to go before I get the garden right :)
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Ms. Carolyne,
What a delight to hear from you!!
Yes, I am planning on braiding the stems, however some are pretty flimsy/brittle...but if it works out, I'll post it on my blog!
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Dear Persuated (Ms. Diane)
Thank you for letting me know about the giveaway!! How fun!
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Ms. T.P.,
We simply had too much fun spending the weekend with y'all! Thank you for your loving hospitality and friendship; Your family really encouraged us :)
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Dear Sophia,
Thank you so much for asking!
Yes, you may use the picture :)
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Blessings,
*Mia

Acacia said...

Lovely post!! - And what BEAUTIFUl pictures!!
Blessings~
Acacia

Miss Michelle Marie said...

Hello! I just wanted to say how much I love your blog! It always gives me such a peacful feeling just to read through it. It gives young girls like me a really good example of how we should be living our lives as Christian young ladies. Thank you!

Linda said...

What a lovely young lady you are. I hope that you become a model for many others to follow.

custom seamstress said...

Your photos are great. Thanks for sharing.

The Scribbler said...

Hello Mia,
I've been reading your blog for a while now, and this is the first comment I've left. Surprising, yes? You have such lovely, encouraging posts, they're such a pleasure to read. :)
When I first found your blog a couple months ago, I was surprised not only to find someone who lives out the life I hold so dear, but also that we share names! My name is also Mia, and so far you are the second person I've met who shares such our somewhat uncommon one.
I just wanted to pop in and let you know what a blessing your blog has been to me.

Please, keep up the lovely blogging!

May Yahweh bless you,
Mia

Anonymous said...

Dear Mia,

Your garden looks wonderful.Mine is coming in very slowly this year. All we've had to eat so far from it is beans. You seem to have quite a green thumb.
My daughters and I were blessed to meet you and the ladies of your family at the Mother/Daughter Tea back in January. What a sweet family you all are.

Blessings,

Victoria

WesternWoodburner said...

Your pictures are always so lovely and the white dress is pretty.

Bella Michelle said...

I just found your blog, through the recommendations of a dear friend. She was right, a "visit" with you is lovely. Your photos are just stunning. Thank you for sharing!

sarah beth said...

what a colorful post! I love your white dress at the end, did you make it?

Anonymous said...

Discovered you site today 7/27/10. I love it. I am 66, retired pastor. If my son were 20 years younger and single I think I would contact your daddy. Keep on and you will be a wonderful wife.

My three girls and my son all married after a courtship. No man ever '' dated'' a daughter of mine. The girls knew the man and his character and when he showed interest they all told him to talk with their father. On a couple of occasions they girls told me to tell him NO. That's a daddy's job, protect his daughters.
My son also ... asked permission of the father of his now wife.

I have been blessed with 19 granchildren. All the adult children are in ministry.

Stay the course of godliness and simple living ... joy will be yours.

My wife's birthday is also May 26th, 1942

dwight eldeen
pennsylvania

Hoop said...

I love your blog, it is to sweet.I also have a passion for homemaking and love vintage style clothes. I have made a few dresses but find it hard to find patterns. I love the dress you are wearing in this post. May I ask were I can find it? Keep up the good work and you canning looks like it is coming along very well. You should be well shocked for the winter. Thanks a lot Selena

Elise Spacek said...

I love reading your blog and looking at your great pictures!

But I just have to say that your cat is SOO cute!! Looks very happy too. :)

Susan said...

Dear Mia,
I just happened upon your blog today, and I must say, you have a most beautiful and blessed life. Thank you so much for sharing such lovely glimpses into your world.

Blessings,
Susan