Garden Pickins

Every morning my ritual is to go directly to the garden, coffee cup in hand.

When I got out there this morning my intention was to start picking as many peppers as I could find, and boy did I find alot!

I was able to pick enough peppers, and green tomatoes and combine them with what I had from my earlier garden pick this week with the onions to make a small batch of salsa verde, or green chili as I like to call it.

Usually I will cook this on the stove until the peppers are nice and soft, when that happens its canning time!

This week I am going to experiment and see how it puts up after putting it in a seal a meal bag and freeze a couple bags.

The end goal is Winter! Those cold, stay at home wear the pajamas, don’t do much days, put a chicken in the crock pot and smother it with a bag of the garden salsa verde.

I always close my eyes and transport back to summer, those long hot wonderful garden filled days!

This morning I also came out of the garden with a bucket of beets.  I give some of the greens to the chickens, they luv them, and a few to my breakfast and dinner plate.

This afternoon I washed the beets, peeled them, par boiled, and sliced, right into the seal a meal bags they went and off to the freezer.  Once again I cant wait for winter!

Finally all the zucchini and squash I get go thru the spiralizer into the seal a meal bags and into the freezer.

Having a full freezer is like heaven on earth!





AboutLong Ears Farm

My passion for living is baking and creating in the kitchen.
From canning fresh produce and fruit each summer and fall with my grown children to
Flipping thru magazines and trying those impossible dishes.
I always know that I can rely on the old family tried and true recipes.
I have written many cookbooks over the years, _this one_, thisone_ and this one, they have reminded me that I always go back to finding my true self in the kitchen, when I am covered in flour, lost in baking or making the biggest mess ever in the kitchen.
Sometimes my kitchen looks like a tornado hit it! And I have a really small space lol.
Now that the kitche and i have finally found our groove we are able to further the journey with sharing my recipes, thoughts, and kitchen wisdom with the world!
Gone are the days of rushing into the house after a long day at work, and trying to beat Betty Crocker at her own game , tirelessly trying to whip up a nutritious and delicious meal for the family, making it look effortless and taste good too!
Many a night was spent in my work coat cooking dinner, as I had not taken the time to take it off.
Straight to the kitchen , a glass of wine and my favorite casserole dish I went.
I was brought up on a salad, main entree, with a ton of side dishes, and of course a home baked dessert!
You can forge the dessert, it was survival of the fittest for my kids as they grew up.
You had one chance to eat dinner, and if you chose to sit there and pout over the broccoli on your plate, many nights when dinner was over, you went hungry. Ahhh those were the days, the days when parenting was free spirited and fun!
I hope you enjoy what I share with you, and if you ever find yourself looking for a little bit of those tried and true recipes feel free to check out my cookbook, there's something in them for everyone!

There are many things I love about living in the Rockies For instance you can literally jump in the car and get to the mountains within 30 mins. You can also enjoy the semi-arid landscape and we have access to many rivers, lakes and mountain streams.
Homemade jam makes a wonderful food gift all year long. Taking a little more effort and making your gifts from your own kitchen can go a long way in showing someone you care. Not only that, but home canning also gives you control in what’s in every jar. Homemade jam has no preservatives or unnecessary additives and you can create new flavors that you wouldn’t find in the store. These are the reasons I love to make my own homemade jam

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