Not really, but it rhymed. “Too many cukes makes me want to make pickles” doesn’t quite have the same catchy ring to it, does it? 🙂
We’ve got more cucumbers than normal this year, so I’ve been busy trying to get them used up. I’ve made pickles for the first time and I’m a little nervous. The recipe I followed was a very easy one, but it didn’t call for processing them in a canner, has anyone ever made pickles this way? I have to wait 3 weeks before I can try them to see if they are any good. My fear is that it’s going to be like that Andy Griffith episode where Aunt Bee makes these awful tasting pickles, but they don’t want to hurt her feelings, so they tell her they love them and then she just keeps making more and more of them and giving them to everyone. Does anyone have a good dill pickle recipe that they could recommend?
And it looks like I’m getting ready to have enough ripe tomatoes to start canning. I’m planning on spaghetti sauce, salsa and just plain tomato sauce for our chili this fall and winter if I get enough. I love being able to send the girls out to the garden for cherry tomatoes when they come at me with their “I’m hungry Mama!” cries for the 700th time of the day.
We’ve had the most delicious sweet corn from our neighbor. He plants a lot of corn every year and we just sit around salivating and waiting for him to make the rounds to everyone and deliver it.
My peppers are slow going this year for some reason. Brian is dying for the habaneros to ripen so I can make him some special “hot”salsa.
I love being able to use things that we’ve grown ourselves to feed my family. I will especially love it this winter when I can hit the pantry rather than the store for a lot of things!