Saturday, September 13, 2014

Pickled Banana Peppers

My really good friend Jen blessed us with a large amount of peppers.  We had banana peppers, jalapeƱo peppers and habanero peppers.  So my husband and I chopped and canned the peppers today.  We love pickled hot peppers.  They are great on pizza and added to roasts.

So lets get started shall we!  Get all of your items together that you need before beginning.  Now this is not a complete how-to for canning.  If you are not familiar with how to can search for the Ball website.  They have great instructions.

The longest part of the whole process is chopping up the peppers.  Word of warning...if you have sensitive skin please wear rubber gloves.  I have never had trouble with hot peppers burning me.  I am very thankful my husband came out to help me in the kitchen.  It made the process so much easier.  It was also a lot of fun working side by side with him.

Pickled Banana Peppers

4 cups vinegar (I used half white and half apple cider)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon mustard seed
1 teaspoon celery seed
1 pound of banana peppers (enough to fill 4 pint jars)

Remember I assume you know all the dos and don't about canning with this recipe.  So that includes what you need to do with the jars. 

In a large pan add the vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed.  Bring this mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to keep it warm.

Fill your pint jars with the sliced peppers.  So they are full.  With one of the batches I started playing around with the flavors.  I added granulated garlic (1 teaspoon), dried minced onion (1 teaspoon) and some allspice (1/2 teaspoon).

Fill the jars with the brine leaving 1/2 inch headspace.  Process the jars in a water bath for 10 minutes. 

So what have you been canning?  Tomorrow I will be making a peach jelly and hot pepper jelly.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Forget....9/11/01

You say you will never forget where you were when you heard the news On September 11, 2001.
Neither will I, I had just put my oldest daughter on the school bus, and was getting ready to take my other daughter to preschool.



I was on the 110th floor in a smoke filled room with a man who called his wife to say 'Good-Bye.' I held his fingers steady as he dialled. I gave him the peace to say, 'Honey, I am not going to make it, but it is OK...I am ready to go.'


I was with his wife when he called as she fed breakfast to their children. I held her up as she tried to understand his words and as she realized he wasn't coming home that night.


I was in the stairwell of the 23rd floor when a woman cried out to Me for help. 'I have been knocking on the door of your heart for 50 years!' I said.'Of course I will show you the way home - only believe in Me now.'


I was at the base of the building with the Priest ministering to the injured and devastated souls.I took him home to tend to his Flock in Heaven. He heard my voice and answered.


I was on all four of those planes, in every seat,with every prayer. I was with the crew as they were overtaken. I was in the very hearts of the believers there, comforting and assuring them that their faith has saved them.


I was in Texas , Virginia , California, Michigan , Afghanistan . I was standing next to you when you heard the terrible news. Did you sense Me?


I want you to know that I saw every face. I knew every name - though not all know Me. Some met Me for the first time on the 86th floor.


Some sought Me with their last breath.Some couldn't hear Me calling to them through the smoke and flames; 'Come to Me... this way... take my hand.' Some chose, for the final time, to ignore Me. But, I was there.


I did not place you in the Tower that day. You may not know why, but I do. However, if you were there in that explosive moment in time, would you have reached for Me?


Sept. 11, 2001, was not the end of the journey for you. But someday your journey will end. And I will be there for you as well. Seek Me now while I maybe found. Then, at any moment, you know you are 'ready to go.'


I will be in the stairwell of your final moments.



But take this moment to remember those lost this day 13 years ago.

God Bless everyone.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday

Breakfast time…what is on the plate this morning...
Toast and Jam.  It has become my go to breakfast in the morning.  Quick and easy.

On today’s to do list...
I worked today.  When I got home I had a little more canning to do then it was clean the kitchen time.  Boy am I tired.  I have to say I absolutely LOVE babysitting my niece and nephew.  They are so much fun.

Currently reading...
I'm reading through 1 and 2 Peter.

On the TV today...
Nothing but kids shows. 

The weather outside is...
Pretty cool out now...I am loving it!

On the menu this week...
Sadly I am not making much this week.  I really need to get some freezer meals done.

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will...
Sleep!  Haha  No I will probably just sit in the quiet.

New recipe I tried, or want to try this week...
Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring

In the garden...
Potatoes are still growing (I think).  At least the plants are still green.  So we shall see.

Favorite photo from the camera...
This past weekend Andrew decided he wanted to redo his room.  He did the whole project on his own from start to finish.  We just have a couple of pieces of molding to put up.  It was a very dark brown before.  I'm pretty proud of him.  The handprints were an after thought.  He accidentally put his hand into the paint then stumbled forward leaving a handprint.  Haha 

Homemaking Tip...
Sorry I have nothing for you today.

Visiting with Blog friends (blog to share)...
I did not read any new blogs this week.  But I do want to share with you a blog written by a friend of ours.  A month ago her husband fell into the local river and never resurfaced.  He left behind a wife of 5 years, and three beautiful children.  The youngest is just a few months old.  Where Feet May Fail is a very real and heart wrenching blog about Chrissy's journey of grief.  She is very real about what she is going through.  I would not expect anything less from her.  Everything in their life is real...especially their faith in God. 

Praying for...
Chrissy and her children
Our church
Our family

Bible verse, Devotional speaking to me...
Psalm 143:10 "Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Your Spirit is good. Lead me in the land of uprightness."