Sunday, September 30, 2012

Green Tomatoes

What do you do with green tomatoes that aren't ripening on the vine late in the season .....?  And have little hope in ripening ? You can pick them green and bring inside and hope they turn red.  I haven't had much luck with them ripening inside and often will go soft/rotten before they're close to red. 

Instead, I made better use of those green tomatoes.... Green Tomato Chutney.   

This mild chutney recipe is one of the best I have tasted.  It's great served with pork, ham, tourtiere, hamburgers, sausages or cold meats.

Chop up 3 lbs (1.5 kg)  green tomatoes (10-12 medium sized)
Chopped red apples, sweet pepper, onion

cooking on stove with added cinnamon, ground cloves, sugar, apple cider vinegar
Pour into hot sterilized jars
Green Tomato Chutney

 Recipe - makes 3 quarts
3 lbs (1.5 kg) green tomatoes (10-12 medium sized tomatoes)
1.25 (625 kg) red applies unpeeled (4 medium sized apples)
3 medium sweet red peppers
4 medium onions, peeled and quartered
1 1/2 tbs salt (20 ml)
1 1/2 tsp pepper (7 ml)
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (7 ml)
3/4 tsp ground cloves (4 mL)
2 1/2 cups granulated white sugar (625 mL)
2 cups apple cider vinegar (500 mL)

Wash tomatoes, apples and peppers thoroughly.  Trim and quarter tomatoes.  Core and quarter apples.  Seed and slice the peppers.  Peel onions, quarter and set aside with preceding items.  Put vegetables and fruit through the coarse blade of a food grinder or process in small batches in food processor.  As each batch of fruit-vegetable mixture is processed into medium sized chunks, place in a large pot.  Add all the remaining ingredients to the pot and stir thoroughly.  Bring mixture to a slow boil over medium heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently to prevent scorching for 30 minutes.  Remove from heat.  Immediately pour hot relish into sterilized jars.  Fill to within 1/2 inch from top of jar and seal at once.   Cool before storing. 

Enjoy !

Saturday, September 29, 2012

First Cross Stitch Project

My very first cross-stitch piece I did was on stamped cloth, way back when I was in high school
I still have this piece on my wall and it has some sentimental memories.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

My First Knitting Project

My first knitting project I made when I was 10 years old.   It was for my "knitters badge" for Brownies (Girl Guides).   A pink baby blanket.  I had no pattern, so I made up my own - knit 5, purl 5 to make up the squares - for 5 rows each, then switch.   For the border I knit 20 rows - garter stitch.  For the border sides - knit 20 at the beginning and end of each row.  When I reached the desired length of the blanket, knit 20 rows garter stitch, bind off.

I got my badge those many years ago and still have the blanket and my own babies used this blanket and now the grandchildren will too.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Soda Stream

It's not often that I advocate an item/gadget ... but this one has been and still is our favourite.

We have got alot of use out of it, especially during the hot dry summer we had this year.   We don't buy soft drinks and this little machine called the Soda Stream, makes ordinary water turn into the most delicious carbonated water.  I add combinations of sliced lemon, lime, orange and even cucumber to the water.   It's so refreshing !

For those who like carbonated soft drinks, you can also purchase concentrated liquid to make your own colas, ginger ale, etc.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Crocheted Table Runner

One of the first lace crochet projects I made was a table runner.  I made this one years ago from a Phildar pattern.   The runner is made up of tiny squares joined together.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Thrift Store Shopping

One of my favourite things to do is visit thrift stores.  After shopping at thrift stores, I rarely ever buy anything new anymore.  

I'd been looking for a hand towel for our small powder room.   The big linen stores want up to $25 for a single "luxury" hand towel.   Before my cleaning splurge this summer, I needed more cleaning rags and bought a big bag of old towels/face cloths for $2.99.  When I got home and opened the bag - Hidden inside was a perfectly good, clean, stain-free, "luxury" hand towel  - perfect for my powder room!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Making Lace

After a weekend of cleaning out closets, cleaning house top to bottom, including steam cleaning all the carpets (as well as my father in-law's house), finally finishing the "mending pile", odd jobs, paint touch ups, and organzing -- today is a rest day and the first real day of my stay-vacation.  It's raining here - beautiful, glorious much needed rain - a slow and steady rain - the kind that allows to really soak into the ground and not run off.   

Over the summer, I've been slowly going through our house room by room minimizing.  Somethings have gone to relatives and friends, Salvation Army (Thrift Store) and a few boxes when to the neighbour's boys - to sell at the Saturday morning "trunk sales" - their summer job.  It's been freeing to go through each room, getting rid of stuff which no longer has a purpose in our home.  See my earlier post on Simplifying .  I've been reading "The Joy of Less - a Minimalist Living Guide" by Francine Jay, and been working on Part Three", which gives practical advice on de-cluttering room by room.    The hardest and most time-consuming room so far has been my home office.  My small little office - a 8 x 9 foot room with a window, also serves as my sewing area and knitting supply room, books, filing cabinets, desk and computer.  This room is away from all the other rooms in the house and often becomes a dumping area - keeping the rest of the house clutter free. 

While de-cluttering I came across some crocheted lace I had made many years ago. I actually found a number of things stored away that I'd forgotten about, which I'll post pictures later.  I've been bringing these pieces that I made years ago out and using them again.

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