Fruits of our labor


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:

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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.


Garden Party!

Today I am linking to the Tuesday Garden Party hosted at An Oregon Cottage.  We planted sugar snap peas and spinach on Tuesday, February 12th, and I’m pleased to announce that they are UP!

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They did get a bit of a slow start this year, as compared to last year.  Our weather has been more typical for February–cold and rainy!  We also have 8 cabbage plants, since we had such great success with the homemade sauerkraut. 🙂


Once we get past March 15th, our last frost date, we will plant some warm weather crops:  beans, squash, canteloupe, and tomatoes!  I am trying to grow some tomatoes from seed as I did last year, but so far nothing has come up.

Hope all is going well with your garden, and if you haven’t started yet, there’s still time!