Dilly Beans

First I have to post a pic or two (ok maybe more) of the kids. This was one of our property shopping trips.

At a school playground waiting for the realtor to show up.

Clifford, of course!

Hannah and Kalina.

Melissa and Michelle. I know it’s not very good but it’s what I have.

Walking one of the properties. (I’ve lost 5 lbs. since we started looking!)


O.K. Dilly beans.

We haven’t had dilly beans for almost 2 years so at the pleading of Kalina we now do. I didn’t take pictures while putting them together but I do have a picture of the finished product! I did some slight modification of the recipe which can be found in the Ball Blue Book but nothing that would change the safety of them.  I doubled this recipe and it made 8 pints.

About 2 lbs. green beans – long slender ones look so nice

1/4 cup pickling salt

1 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1 1/4 cup white vinegar

2 1/2 cups water

4 tbl.  crushed red pepper (I used 4 jalapeno peppers in 4 of the jars)

4 cloves garlic (freshly dug!)

4 tbl. dill seed (I had fresh dill so out to the garden and snip, snip)

Place salt, vinegars, and water in a pot and bring to a boil.

Hot, sterile jars,  place dill and garlic in the bottom and pack leaving 1/4″ headspace. Add 4 jalapenos (I put small slits in them) to 4 of the jars. Not everyone here likes spicy!

Add hot brine with 1/4″ headspace.

Remove bubbles, wipe tops of jars, and put on lids and bands finger tight.

Boiling water bath for 10 minutes. Be sure to check if your altitude changes your processing time. Wait at least 2 weeks to eat. I said they couldn’t open before winter!

Some garden pics from earlier in July. Yellow crookneck.

Black beauty zucchini.

Fresh from the garden!

Our 1st picking of beans.

Bell pepper. I still haven’t picked any but soon, soon!

Jalapenos. I used these in the dilly beans. We’ll also make Jalapeno poppers when we have a few more and I’ll try to post about it.

Now that I’ve overloaded you with garden pics it’s time for me to finish up and get ready to head to bed. (And I didn’t even post all of them!)

Night all and God bless!






Packing – still.

I really think I need to get rid of more stuff! There’s just so much to move. I packed some more today and the girls picked about 1/2 bushel of beans. I need to take care of them tomorrow. I started some squash chips in the dehydrator this evening with homemade seasoned salt. Can’t wait to try them.

Fresh homemade bread. Yum! Smells good, Momma!


It tastes even better than it smells!

I think it’s past my bedtime.

Night all and God bless!

Still searching!

We had another long day of driving looking at farms and property. The one place we had the highest hopes for was a bit of a disappointment. The old 1800’s cabin needs major repair which I not sure we can manage with everything else. And much would need to be done before winter. We’re supposed to look at another place Monday.

A few pics from last month. Blackberry cobbler served with fresh cream. So yummy!

Homemade butter is the best! I love my cow!!!

Shelling peas.

Eating peas! It’s the only way he’ll eat them!

I have more to post but not tonight. It’s late and tomorrow will be busy. We need to pick beans and weed the upper garden. Especially the roma tomatoes which are up there to keep them away from my heirlooms and have been sorely neglected with all our property shopping. And we’ll probably get our first corn next week. Yippee! Yesterday I picked 10 heirloom beefsteak tomatoes. So good. I just need to remember not to eat all of them as I would like to try saving seed from them. Do you save your seed?

Night all and God bless!

I’m Still Here!

It’s hard to believe it’s been a month since I’ve posted.  We’ve sold our farm and are searching for one to replace it. We went to a place today that we really liked but the house needs quite a bit of work. If they won’t come down a little in their price we may not be able to do it. We’re looking at several other places tomorrow but it will be hard to beat this one! We’ve also looked at several that just won’t work. Not enough fields for pasture and hay and my large garden!

So much has happened since the big power outage. We lost one of our dogs during that awful heat. So sad. We miss him very much. We were without power four days but many were without for almost 2 weeks!

The garden is doing fairly good. Bugs are a problem with some things and I’ve been on this computer and on the road so much looking for property it’s hard to keep up. I HATE being away from home so much!

I’ll get some pics posted in the next day or so and try to keep my blog updated.

It’s late and we’ve got a busy day of looking at more property tomorrow!

Night all and God bless!