Fruits of our labor

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Today I am linking to the Tuesday Garden Party at An Oregon Cottage.  I have been amazed that Jami is still harvesting her crops, when ours are long gone and the garden is dry and parched!  But I suspect we had a head start.  Back two months ago, I took this picture while making salsa.  My husband dearly loves homemade salsa, and I dearly love him, so last year I canned the equivalent of 5 gallons of salsa!  This year it was more like 4 gallons.  Makes you feel accomplished, though, when you see all those jars in a row:

P1040314So thankful for the blessing of abundant tomatoes and peppers this year!

Here’s the salsa recipe, if you’d like it:

4-4 ½ quarts diced tomatoes

2 c. finely diced jalapeno pepper (if they are really hot, do ½ and ½ with green pepper)

5 onions, diced (2 cups)

3 T. minced garlic

1 T. salt

2 c. lemon juice (OR put ¼ t. citric acid in each pint jar before the salsa)

1 can tomato paste, if too thin

Combine all ingredients except tomato paste in large pot.  Bring to a boil, then simmer until onions are tender and liquid is reduced.  (This takes awhile,  cook until volume has reduced down about 2 inches.) Add tomato paste if desired.  Put into pint canning jars and process in hot water bath for 15 minutes.  Makes 7-8 pints.

The Family Quilts – part 2

Today we will look to my husband’s side of the family for our family quilt.  His grandmother was named Geraldine Iris, and she had her hands full raising six children in the Dust Bowl days.  But somewhere in there, she found time to quilt, and underneath the quilting frame was a fine place to play.

blog picI have no idea when she made this quilt, but I know she made many.  All her quilts that I have seen were very practical, designed to be used and worn out.  She used the materials she had on hand, and kept her family warm.

P1040342This pattern is called Rail Fence, Fence Posts or Roman Square.  She machine pieced the squares, and then quilted them in crosswise stripes.  The backing is plain muslin, and it has a single layer bias binding of solid pink.  The whole quilt is in remarkable good shape, considering it is at least 30-40 years old, and possibly even older.

P1040343I hope you’ve enjoyed this trip into the past–stay tuned for the next family quilt soon!