Saturday, September 27, 2008

Busy-ness Can Be A Good Thing

Animal chores are first on the list (mental list) of things to do each day. Some times there is more to it than other days. Today was one of those "more to it days". The milk barn needed some attention and the feed area was messy from alfalfa "crumbs". A couple things were hastily put in a convenient place the night before, rather than in their proper place. I spent some extra time on "Bucky". He is not tame and he is in kinda rough shape. I want to put a collar on him so I can later hook him to a fence while I give him a bath and trim his horribly overgrown hooves. Well, getting a collar on a not very friendly buck is no easy task. I am taking it slow, having him get used to having me stand near him, that sort of thing. This morning I was able to lay the collar across his neck and he left it there. That is great progress. He seems stronger every day too. A bit of some wheat germ oil on his feed has helped too. After the animal chores, it was garden time. Weeded the herb garden a bit, watered it too, and the plants in the pots we need to plant in the ground this weekend. Watered the garden and toyed with the idea of making some rows to plant seed, but decided it was already getting warm and it might work better to do it when its cooler in the early evening. There is wash to be done and some shirts to iron for Emery and then pounds of little cucumbers on the table waiting to be made into bread and butter pickles. That has to be done today. So at the table I sit, chopping board in front of me and my favorite knife for cutting vegetables. My bread bowl, which is huge, is finally full of sliced up cucumbers. Full to the brim. The spices, vinegar and sugar have come to a boil. I carefully pour the liquid over the cucumbers and will have some coffee while it cools a bit. The jars are in a sink full of boiling hot water, ready to pack. The big black speckled canner is on the stove, water dancing up and down inside of it. Ready to go to work. It's just noon time and I have accomplished a lot already. But, more work waits. There are apples to can into apple pie filling and there is Harvest Bread to make later. This busy day, for me is a good day. Hands that kept busy, reap a harvest of plenty.

Bread & Butter Pickle Recipe
from the "Mennonite Community Cookbook"

30 medium sized cucumber (1 gallon sliced)
8 medium sized onions
2 large red or green peppers
1/2 cup salt
3 cups sugar
3 cups vinegar
2 Tablespoons mustard seed
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon whole cloves

slice cucumbers in thin rings. Do not pare.
Slice onions in thin rings
cut peppers in fine strips.
Dissolve salt in ice water and pour over sliced vegetables.
Let stand for 3 hours and drain.
Combine vinegar, sugar and spices and bring to a boil.
Add drained vegetables and heat to boiling point. Do not boil.
Pack into sterilized jars and seal.


Leanne said...

I really am enjoying your blog.

Thanks for recipe hope to use it when we have excess of cucumbers this summer.

Love Leanne New Zealand

Catherine said...

I usually can also but my garden did not do very well this year. I'm hoping that we can go pick some apples this year and make applesauce and apple pie filling.(I hope you share your recipe for that one too.) We have miniature horses that need their hoofs trimmed that very hard to do? We've had chickens for 7 years now...but the horses are new to us. The kids want to get goats next.:) Thank you for sharing your day!

Patty said...

Hi Catherine,
The recipe for canning apple pie filling can be found by clicking the red font in the post.
Horse hooves are much different than goat hooves. We have had a horse and had someone do his hooves for us. Goat hooves are not hard, you just have to go slow and use really good hoof trimmers that are sharp.

nancyr said...

Patty, I made 14 quarts of apple pie filling, using your recipe, last year. I made a deep dish pie using two quarts of the filling yesterday and my DH was very happy. It is delicious.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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