One Flourishing, Frugal and Fun Family!

One mother making ends meet and surviving today's recession by writing. One family learning to live off the land, cut back on expenses, and to live a simpler and a more self-sufficient lifestyle.

Adopted Motto

"Eat it up,
Wear it out,
Make it do,
Or go without."
~A Pioneer Sampler, by Barbara Greenwood~

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Cucumbers Galore!

This is only about 1/3 of the cucumbers I picked this morning.  I've been in the kitchen ever since.

This was a totally unexpected day.  I had no idea how busy the bees have been, underneath those cucumber leaves.  I am so glad I peeked today.  Although they were larger than I'd like for pickles, I made them anyway.  We cut one up and tasted it.  Delicious!

I prepared 8 quarts of refrigerator pickles, and still had more cucumbers.
While I sent the girls to town for celery seed, I canned grape jelly. 

When the girls returned, I canned my first sweet pickle relish - 6 pints.

And I still have more cucumbers.........

It's 7:47pm and I am done for the day.  Now I need to go take my laundry off the line.  My three older kids are gone for the night (one went camping for several days), and my husband is gone.  That leaves my 12 and 9 year old to help.  Guess they are doing the folding for me.  It's 89° in my kitchen and I am ready to stop.  Tomorrow may very well bring on another canning day.


Candy C. said...

Good looking pickles and relish! I posted a different relish recipe on the MJF chat room for you.

nancypo said...

So what did you put in your relish and how did you process it? Used a food strainer or?