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Canning Corn

 Hi Everyone!
Today we are canning corn! I got some delicious, non-hormone, non-gmo corn from Olatha, Colorado. The Tuxedo Corn Co. has been growing organic sweet corn for over 27 years. They also have commercial corn and dry beans. 

Raw Pack canned corn - adapted from the Ball Blue Book. 3 -6 ears of corn, per quart1⁄2 teaspoon pickling salt/Canningwater
Directions
Husk corn, remove silk and wash. 
Cut kernels from cob. Pack loosely into hot jars, leaving 1 inch headspace. Do not shake or press down.
Add 1/2 teaspoon canning salt to each pint jar, 1 teaspoon salt to each quart jar, if desired. Ladle boiling water over corn leaving 1 inch headspace. Remove air bubbles and apply lids. Process pints 55 minutes, quarts 1 hour and 25 minutes at 10 pounds pressure in a pressure canner.


A great tip:Use an angel food cake pan when cutting the kernels off the cob. Just place the cob on the center point of the pan and cut around the cob...all the kernels fall into the pan beautifully with…

DIY Halloween and NO Sew Minion Costumes

Hi Sweet Friends!
It's Fall and you know what time that is! Harvest Time & Halloween. And most of you know this is my Favorite time of the year. I love the Season Change and the Bountiful Harvest time. Not that I don't love Christmas, I don't LOVE Winter! But I love FALL!
This year, since I won't be making any costumes, I thought I'd just make a great resource costume list.
Just sayin' for an Adult Costume, when I was in college, I took an old white sheet, ripped it in lengths, and put some dirt on it to make it look dingy. I painted my face white and drew in grey over my veins and red around the eyes(not on the inner lids!). I got help wrapping up and then at the party, I didn't speak. Not once. No one recognized me and I won best costume!! Simple, easy & cheap! (but it was hard not to talk or laugh at funny things!)

The current top 10 Halloween Costumes are:
Minions, Pokemon Go, Olympians, Ghost Busters, Super Heroes, Star Wars, Disney Characters,  Gam…

Pickles!

Hi Friends,
Today we are canning up our cucumbers, zucchini & squash for Pickles! Pickles are a wonderful addition to a meal, side condiment, or just for eating! Try making some pickles for yourself or your family today!


 Use the time chart above for your altitude. We live in Colorado and use the 3,001-6,000 , so we add 10 minutes to the final processing time. Total time for my pickles is 30 + 10 =40minutes of processing time for each individual batch.
 I make up the "brine" for the pickles in a steel pan. Bring to boil and ladle over cucumbers or veggies or relish in the hot jars.
 Keep your jar lids hot, not quite to boil, but hot.
 These jars are ready to be "cold packed". Cold Packed means that the vegetables will be placed in the jar with out any cooking or heating process done to them.


 Ladle the brine over the veggies and wipe the jar edge dry.
 I use a jar funnel in the photo above. It keeps the brine from spilling all over the jar and counter.
 Use a cannin…

Zucchini Grilled, Sautéed , Stir Fried, Steamed and Stuffed!

Hi Sweet Friends!
Since Harvest Time is upon us and the Zucchini is a bit, well... much, I am going to give you a few extra ways to use up the zucchini in your garden before the frost sets in. We were inundated with Zucchini this year, to say the least, but we love it and share the bounty with our family & friends.

First, Grilled Zucchini is terrific! I usually cut my slices and lay them on a oil sprayed or coated grill rack and sprinkle on some herbs & spices. They don't take long and I usually flip them at least once. Keep an eye on the grill so the heat does not burn the zucchini.


Sautéed Zucchini has to be one of my favorites! I so love the caramelized onions and the flavor is so delicious! After slicing the zucchini, add them to a large sauce pan with 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, Sesame Oil or Peanut Oil.
Heat to medium high and add the onion slices. Cook until the onions caramelize and the zucchini is fork tender. I sprinkle a little sea salt over the dish and serve hot…