Godless in the garden


Godless in the garden

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Comment by kathy: ky on December 4, 2016 at 4:46pm
Joan, I don't have that recipe and neither do my sisters. I guess it died with mom. Mom never used a recipient that I recall. She had just made the same things the same way every year. She could always tell by taste if it was right. And we're talking making a dozen or more quarts every batch. Several times during the summer. With the five of us kids working alongside her to core and quarter the apples, green tomatoes, sweet green peppers, onions and the few hot peppers that made the hot variety added during the last batch. With the younger kids working the hand cranked grinder. If you ever feel really ambitious I tell you the tart apples and green tomatoes were drained before being put in the pot. I remember mom hanging them in a clean pillow case on the line to drip. Vinegar and sugar was what she cooled it in. With several table spoons of lemon juice. Everything was coarsely ground.
I found some recipes on the web are similar but with major differences. They used cinnamon or garlic and several other odd spices. Mom just used sugar, salt and apple cider vinegar.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 4, 2016 at 12:26pm

Daniel, I'm also amazed at your ambition, and I'm sure your garden will appreciate all the leaves you feed it.

Joan, your Paradise Acres looks beautiful, and I too am glad you've got your spirit back.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 4, 2016 at 7:29am

I agree with Joan, Daniel. Your work ethic is incredible and inspirational. My neighbors have no garden and consider sitting on a lawn mower for 3 hours every 3 days is work and exercise. Even at a quarter mile away, I hate hearing their noisy mower.

I didn't quite get my geraniums indoors in time. The frost got them. No matter. They seldom survive anyway.

Joan, it does look like "Paradise" where you now reside. I'm so glad you're happy and positive.

Comment by Plinius on December 4, 2016 at 4:07am

Good plans, Joan, and I'm very glad you've got your spirit back! It looks a wonderful place to live, very special to someone in the city!

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2016 at 2:53am

This is L&L Paradise Acres, at least that is what I call it. It is built on huge sand dunes left over after the last Ice Age, and the Great Missoula Flood that swept over this countryside, helping to form the small hills and valleys hidden by the forest. New second growth forest. This property was stripped of all its trees in the early 1900s. There are about seven cedars on the 17 acres. The rest is covered with red and white Fir, and occasional Larch where there i s more water. 

We have a good aquifer and it provides for our two families. The house nearest the county road, to the North, is Michelle's and Jared's home with there five children. The house at the bottom of the page, South, is where Laura and Larry live. The good thing is I have my spirit back. They are still clearing the forest back from the houses for fire protection. The chicken coop is at the Northern house. Dominic and I take our daily walk to the coop to give them fresh greens from the greenhouse.  

I will be renting my home to Larry's son and his wife. I know the property will hold its value through the coming depression while cash and investments will evaporate                      

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 4, 2016 at 1:51am

Randy, I put out some new bird feeders and look forward to watching them as the snows come. 

We have had a few snifters of snow, not enough to shovel, but enough ice to make driving hazardous. 

I picked some spinach, kale, celery from te greenhouse today and made a huge salad with leftover turkey. We had a nice loaf of sourdough and that was our evening meal. 

Kathy, do you have the recipes for your Mom's beets and green tomatoes? 

Daniel, your energy level astounds me! Where do you get all that energy? Your garden will show some appreciation when spring comes. All those leaves that you give back to the soil will reward your efforts. 

I always keep geraniums when I have them, and sometimes I take care of other people's plants in my garage. It is so easy to bring pots in from outside if they are not too heavy. 

Daniel, you seed bed will bring you pleasure at blooming time. The echinacea, rudbeckia, and carnations will bring you pleasure. 

I feel so much better here, having Laura and Larry to chat with at meals and we each go to our computers, L & L to work and I to read. I have a few chores that include Dominic and the chickens. A big male cat of Michelle's started coming up to take on the mice population that seems to have exploded at this site. He is a great hunter and proud of his catches.  

We continue to have beautiful, sunny and warm weather between snow showers. We've had no heavy snowfall. 

Comment by kathy: ky on December 2, 2016 at 8:38pm
My mom made the best beets in the world. The sweet ones. And what she called green tomatoe ketchup. Which is like a sweet relish but far better, and one batch that had hot peppers. That was made from green tomatoes, tart apples, onion, sugar, vinegar and probably a couple of things I've forgotten.

Joan, I'm glad you're with family now. Family helps a lot of things.
Comment by Idaho Spud on December 2, 2016 at 11:56am

Daniel, I've never seen cacti that brightly colored.  They are not attractive.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 2, 2016 at 7:18am

Daniel, when I first saw your cacti photo, I thought "wow!". Then, it sunk in--GROSS! Just not right.

Joan, it's good to hear you're out of your blues (my word for depression). Most of our birds have migrated, but I now see blue jays and cardinals more often. I don't think sandhill cranes have left for Florida just yet--at least I haven't heard them.

Dug up the last of my carrots and stuck them in my fruit cellar along with potatoes. Still eating basement ripened tomatoes. And out of the garden, I'm getting kale, collards, and small brocolli heads. My Brussels sprouts were pathetic this year.

One more thing: I caught (trapped) my third rat in my unattached garage! Dog Dot nails them when the rats are released. Primal instincts. Hopefully, that's all of them.

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 1, 2016 at 9:44pm

Spud, I liked pickled pigs feet, too, when I was a kid; not so much now. The taste of fermented foods suits me fine, now, especially since I have time to make the varieties. Yes, lemon still feels wonderful for me. In fact, I made salmon fillet for dinner tonight and cut lemons for squeezing over them. I like to pull the fruit away from the skin and eat it. Refreshing and tart, with just a hint of shiver as I eat them. 

Randy, you missed a wintertime treat by not making up a batch or two of pickled beets. The beets I used were from the grocery store, and they turned out very nicely, tart, without too much sugar. 

I didn't see many bird varieties but heard many different songs. Dominic and I spread more sunflower seeds today; I doubt the bird populations will notice because there are many seed heads of their favorites flavors available.  


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