Sometimes Storms Are Good and Fill the Soil in Our Hearts With Love

My week started out quiet with gentle rains, shelling beans and spinning wool.  I had lots of beans picked to shell during the rainy days that were forecasted. I did find more cucumbers and tomatoes to make another batch of our favorite salad between rains. I also took some time to card and spin some wool along with working on knitting another pair of socks.

On Tuesday I was able to get all the sweet potatoes I was curing moved to their dry storage bin in the root cellar and I also started working on filling in a hole on the root cellar floor with a concrete patch . Between rain storms I got 9 of the half barrels of sweet potatoes  dug and have already filled 3 full curing racks of potatoes. I still have 15 barrels left to dig.

Wednesday was my friend Teresa Akey’s birthday, we had a day of yard saling planned for Thursday and my cousin was coming Friday for a visit so I did some light house cleaning.  . I had made a pair of mittens out of a sweater with sheep on it that I had been saving for a special occasion to give to Teresa so I put together a gift bag for her. Teresa raises sheep and I thought of her when I was cutting out the mittens from a wool sweater I had shrunk. I had tucked them back thinking of her.

On Thursday morning I picked up Rachel for yet another yard sale adventure. We went to a couple yard sales while waiting for Teresa to meet us after her egg run to Ft. Wayne. Once together the three musketeers were on a treasure hunt. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Teresa, Rachel and I, stopped our treasure hunt around noon to have lunch. I knew Rachel had brought a couple gift bags but was so surprised that she had a gift for me too. What a special gift it was. A beautiful little tea pot that I can make loose leaf tea in. I am experimenting this morning with some different herbs I have dried and tucked in jars in the kitchen. We all found good treasures that day. I found a beautiful set of high quality sheets for a very good price. They were like new and sheets were on my list as a need to buy soon.  Thursday night I took jalapenos from Teresa Akey and peppers from the garden and ground them up for a batch of jalapeño jelly. I noticed that the peppers from the garden were really juicy and by Friday morning knew they had more liquid than I added pectin for. I would need to pour my jars back into a pot and add some pectin for jelly. I have never had this happen. I have been making this recipe for years without a fail. I hope the extra pectin will turn my spicy green syrup into jelly.

My first recipe this week is …

Hot Pepper Jelly

  • 3 jalapeno’s
  • 3 sweet bell peppers
  • 1 1/2 cups vinegar
  • 6 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 bottle certo. It comes in pouches now

Grind peppers in food processer then put in a large pan with vinegar, and sugar. Boil at least 5 minutes. Stir and watch closely so it does not boil over. Strain through a calander and put it back on stove in a clean pot. bring to a boil again and boil 3 to 4 more minutes. Add certo and red or green food coloring if you want. boil a couple more minutes and pour into jars add lids and rings and process to seal. Water bath 10 minutes.

Mulled cider

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cloves,
  • 1 orange sliced

Put ingredients on a pot on the stove and simmer on a low heat for a couple hours before serving. Even the oranges are delicious.

Friday morning I was so excited. I had missed our family reunion and was so looking forward to a visit from my cousin here on the farm. We were close in age growing up and her family provided me with so many special memories. She now lives in Arizona and I don’t get to see her very much. When we get together our conversations are always so refreshing and encouraging. You see we both share a special love for our savior. What a blessing it is to catch up on what Christ has been up to in both our lives. It is always hard to say good bye and I am looking forward to our next visit whenever the Lord allows it. It seems as the years go by people and not things become more important. We had a wonderful time and I hated to see her go.

Thursday before her arrival I had packed our bags and after she left I quickly through a basket and cooler of food together for a weekend with Heidi, Bill and our grandkids. When Duane got home from work He picked the kids pumpkins and loaded them in the car along with the things we had packed. During quarantine Heidi stopped by the house to get keys I accidently brought home on my last visit. Our granddaughter did not understand why she could not spend time with us and only got to waive at us. Mom said she cried when she left. We had to cancel a visit when we first got sick and then having to say good bye without a hug was not understood by her. We decided that we needed to see the grandkids. While there it was funny because every night when I put the little ones to bed my youngest grandson would ask “Oma will you be here when I wake up?”  The last nap I had to tell him no. My heart was so full by the time we left. Each child has a special place in my heart and I am so proud of each one. My post was a little late this week, because sometimes just one more driving lesson or helping your grandson figure out how to throw and catch a football is more important. It was good to sleep in our own bed last night but well worth the days away spending time with the kids. I look back over this week and my heart is so full of fond memories made with family and friends. God is good and we are blessed here on the Wade Homestead