Cucumbers! What to do!!??

I got out my old “Favorite Recipes of Alabama Vocational Home Economics Teachers” cookbook this morning to look for a pickle recipe.  Remember those cookbooks?  We sold them in high school to raise money for different projects.  Since my cucumbers were doing so well and I’m running out of space in the refrigerator I decided to try pickles again.  I always loved my mom’s bread and butter pickles and so I thought I’d give it a try.

Sliced cucumbers and onions from my garden. I love using my mom’s old canning pan. It brings back memories of when she would put up tomatoes, corn and Bread n Butter pickles! Continue reading

16 Hours Later – Apple Rings and Jelly!

It’s time to give the dehydrator a needed break.  Six trays of yellow squash and apple slices finally done.

Dried Apple Rings and Squash

Dried apple rings and yellow squash vacuum sealed for storage.


While I was waiting on the apples and squash to dry I decided to try my hand at making some jelly.  I’m not sure if it’s going to work or not since the recipe says it could take up to two weeks for the jelly to set.  Oh well, if it doesn’t set I’ll just label it Apple Honey and no one will know the difference!  There wasn’t much to the recipe at all: apple juice, sugar and pectin.  Heat, stir, stir, stir, stir…can, hot water bath, wait, wait wait…

Apple Jelly

Apple Jelly – aka Apple Honey if things don’t jell up!