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 life 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.
However I always know that I can rely on the old family tried and true recipes.

I have written many cookbooks over the years, you can order them directly at, The cookbooks 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 kitchen 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.
This is partly the product of being brought up on a salad, main entrée, with a ton of side dishes, and of course a home baked dessert!

However 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!

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