We were very happy to have our good friends Ozzy and Shenna come to visit this weekend. They are friends from West Virginia and it is always good to see them and spend time with them. They have on daughter, Shelly, that is the same age as Savannah and one that is the same age as Katie, Jaeden. All the girls loaded up and took off to Lexington on Saturday leaving me and Ozzy on our own. They were gone pretty much all day and half the night on their shopping trip. Katie and Jaeden found tricycles that they just had to have, or so the story goes, they rode all over the house that night and the next day. Katie had to make her funny face for the picture, that girl is really some character.
Once the girls were on their way Ozzy and I thought about what we may do for the day to entertain ourselves. We both enjoy canning and talked about the canned peppers that we both love. "How many peppers do you think you have" ask Ozzy. "Maybe 15 or 20, why?" Then Ozzy said "let's go to the market and get some more and can them". So we were off, we found a box of about 35 mild bannana peppers, picked up a bottle of ketchup and headed back home to get started. First we canned a few qts. with viniger and a little sugar. Then on to the good stuff.
About 50 peppers (cut into rings)
1 qt of canned tomatoes
1 very large onion1 bottle of ketchup
2 cups of sugar
2 cups of viniger
1 cup of veg. oil
about 6 to 8 little smokie wenniers per qt. (optional) We wanted them but forgot to pick them up in town so we just left them out.
Cook all ingredients for about 30 mins. slow boil. Makes 6 - 7 qts. Add hot product to hot jars and seal.
Ok, here's the funny part. While we were at the market to get peppers, Olivia's Uncle Howard called to say that he had a bunch of HOT peppers to give me, just call when I get back home. Well I didn't check my messages until we had got the first batch done. I called and he brought down the HOT peppers and we made another batch of VERY HOT canned peppers. These are great with pinto beans, fried potatoes or chilli. You just gotta try them. We made about 16 qts in all, gave my buddy Ozzy half and I kept half for the pantry.
While Howard was at the house he ask if I'd like to make some peach jam. I'm sure you know the answer to that. He has a peach tree that is loaded with wonderful peaches. He ask if I would can them for half. He brought down some half pint jars and lids and I told him I would pick them on Sunday. Well I have all this stuff out, why not make strawberry/blackberry jam too. I had some in the freezer waiting to make jam with them. I jammed 13 half pints and 2 pints of peach jam and 10 half pints of strawberry/blackberry jam this evening. Been a pretty busy few days here.
There has been more than a hint of Fall in the air here in KY, nights down in the 50's. Well I guess the fall crops will be enjoying the cool weather.