Tomatillos in the Garden ~ Sparks, Nevada

I love verde sauce…much more than rojo. So I planted four tomatillo plants that I bought at the UNCE Master Gardener plant sale in May. Three of the four took off, so I plucked the runt out of the garden. Good thing too as those tomatillos are getting pretty dang big!

They’ve been loaded with flowers…


Bees are loving ’em…like they’re loving all my plants this year.

And now lookie! I’ve green lanterns hanging from my plants. It’s amazing how excited I get over my garden…but we won’t go there.

Can’t wait for those husks to contain fat tomatillos!

Do you have a favorite tomatillo recipe? I’ll be googling to look for some recipes to try, especially ones for canning.

Weekend of Jam & Jelly Making

I had the pleasure of a weekend by myself! Husband went down to Carson City to a friends house to watch the extreme fight on PPV so I had from Saturday afternoon to Sunday afternoon for just ME!

I decided to make some jams…had half a flat of blueberries from the farmer’s market to use up. Made Blueberry-Lemon jam, Blueberry Jam, Strawberry Daiquiri Jam (had a whole flat of frozen strawberries in the outside freezer), and then saw I had the makings for Jalapeno Pepper jelly, so I made it too. I’m starting my Christmas presents early. 🙂

Lucy kept me company while Leo slept upstairs most of the day.

I love the jalapeno jelly ~ very pretty (tasty too, I already started eating that one)…I used green jalapenos and an orange bell pepper. Recipe was simple, peppers, cider vinegar, sugar, and pectin.

Just used the water bath for the jams…

And read the whole instruction manual for my new canner ~ a 16 quart Presto Pressure Canner.

Can’t wait to try it out! I plan on canning stews/soups, veggies, salsas, and meats when they go on sale.

Garden Pictures For Today ~ Sparks, Nevada

Pictures today…it’s been one heck of a week here at work! Seems all I’m up for are picture postings. Sorry.

Maters! We ate our first garden tomatoes of the year! Red Siberians. Yum Yum YUMMMMMIE GOOD!

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I’ve cucumbers growing! There are four plants throughout the yard…here are the Spacemasters.

I still think these wee bees (they are not honeybees, some other type or bee-like) are the cutest things…they were all tucked into the sunflower this morning. 🙂 NOTE: I talked to the beekeepers at the Nevada State Fair (8/26/09) and they said these guys are Native Bees!

The Lemon Queens are blooming! They are also over 8 feet tall! Holy Cow! I was finally able to submit data on the Lemon Queens to The Great Sunflower Bee Project. My other data submitted was for the honeybees on the lavender, russian sage, beebalm, and coneflowers.


Please look past the water stained windows (they are very very very old…like 70 years old) and instead gaze on the pretty jar with lavender buds and white vinegar. I’m making my own clothes softner/rinse.

For Today ~ 9 July 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 9 July 2009

Outside My Window… Same ole construction workers, only the building is much taller now. Concrete guys putting in walls and sidewalks. Blue sky…no clouds looking north out of my window. A big crane.

I am thinking… My head hurts. Me thinks I’m scrowling and furrowing the brows too much the last 3 days. I want a massage. Are those Toyota Prius commericals the neatest? I’m going to fill up the cast-iron claw tub up with lots of hot water and a bath bomb tonight and stay in there until the water is cold.

I am thankful for… my job, my family, my house.

From the kitchen… Better be clean dishes when I get home.

I am wearing… Jeans, tennies, sage green/purple blouse, hair was down but now its up…with my brows and eyes looking like Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry…Go Ahead MAKE MY DAY!

I am creating… Wrinkles in my forehead.

I am going… slightly mad
I’m going slightly mad
It finally happened – happened
It finally happened – ooh oh
It finally happened – I’m slightly mad
Oh dear!
I’m one card short of a full deck
I’m not quite the shilling
One wave short of a shipwreck
I’m not at my usual top billing
I’m coming down with a fever
I’m really out to sea
This kettle is boiling over
I think I’m a banana tree

I am reading… I’m almost finished with Denis Leary’s Why We Suck…a Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid.

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… The copier and the person moaning that they put the paper upside down (blank copies)…me giggling.

Around the house… a bath tub just waiting for me to come home.

One of my favorite things… three feather pillows, a goose-down bed top and a ceiling fan…with me under the fan and on top of the other two.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… to make it through Friday.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… Sunrise on 3 July 2009. I was watering the garden in the backyard early in the morning. The steeple is from the chruch next door to us.

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Cabbage Beet Relish ~ Great Garden Recipe

Don’t know about you all, but I’ve some cabbage and beets in the garden that are ready to be used!

Yesterday I linked to Edna Mae's Escalloped Cabbage recipe from Pioneer Woman’s website…am definitely going to give it a whirl.

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Today I’m going to share a Cabbage Beet Relish recipe. It makes about 3 quarts. You can put it through a hot water bath or stick it into the frig since it’s summer and it probably won’t last that long to begin with!

Beet Relish

8 cups (2 quarts) beets, cooked and finely chopped
4 cups cabbage, chopped fine
2-1/2 cup sugar
4 cups cider vinegar (I like mixing the vinegars up some, cider/white/wine garlic)
1 Tbsp salt
1 cup horseradish (grated), or prepared from a 4 oz bottle
1/2 or 1 tsp cayenne pepper flakes (optional)

Variation: 4-5 cups beets, 1 cup onion, 1 cup sweet red peppers, 4 cups cabbage

Cook and peel beets. Finely chop beets and cabbage. Mix all ingredients together in a glass or stainless steel bowl.

Pack mixture into sterile quart jars leaving 1/4 inch head space and seal (follow regular canning procedures). You can now either put it into a hot water bath for 15-20 minutes or stick into refrigerator. Eat the frig beets within a couple of weeks of making them.

My Growing Garden in Sparks, Nevada

Had an extra long Fourth of July weekend…yesterday I took the first of 12 unpaid furlough days. Spent yesterday in the garden, napping, crocheting, and bowling. I bowled a 121 my second game…was doing an Irish jig (if you knew my average was in the 80-90’s you’d do the jig right along with me! 🙂 )

Anyhoo…am going to post some pictures of my garden. Seems to be a bit slow this year, probably was all the cool weather we had earlier in June.

On Friday I picked some of my beets and onions to pickle them…wanted to take some up to Truckee area for the Fourth of July. I didn’t can them in a water bath…figured we’d eat most of them up so I just put them in the frig. With the leftover beet brine I made a variation of Dilly Beans with the green beans and some dill that I also picked Friday morning.

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I have two heads of cabbage, I yanked about 4 other cabbage plants as I really didn’t have the room for them in the bed. They’re a nice size now…even have two recipes lined up for them.

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Edna Mae's Escalloped Cabbage Recipe

The other recipe is from my Cooking from Amish Country book…I’ll bring the recipe tomorrow.

I’ve about 8 Brussels Sprout plants with these guys growing on ’em…

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Peppers are setting on the plants…

Hungarian Stuffing Peppers

Hungarian Stuffing Peppers

Cayenne Peppers

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Sweet Italian Peppers

Sweet Italian Peppers


Yellow Pickle Peppers

Yellow Pickle Peppers

Corn was knee high by the Fourth of July; will be picking the first of my heirloom maters this week!; Hearts of Gold cantaloupe growing well; grey squash finally setting on; have lots of different kinds of cucumbers growing; oodles of tomatillos; green bush beans have been producing well; yellow wax beans are coming along; I’ve onions and garlic ready to be picked; and I’ve already harvested quite a bit of the herbs, shared them with coworkers and have some up drying.

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For Today ~ 2 July 2009 ~ Simple Woman’s Daybook

FOR TODAY … 2 July 2009

Outside My Window… Blue sky with clouds…possible rain later? New buildings behind me going up faster and faster! I heard they are 3 months ahead of schedule.

I am thinking… I’ll have to move into the conference room soon if they are 3 months ahead of schedule. My office will be punched through soon. I’ve lots of work to do before the holiday.

I am thankful for… my job, my family, my house.

From the kitchen… I’m thinking of going out tonight! Soon I’ll be canning though. I’ve beets that are READY for pickling! These are the type I planted the first of May.

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I am wearing… Cropped pants, sage green top, betula’s and my hair up in a ponytail.

I am creating… crotcheted cotton wash cloths…too tired after work to finish my sister’s quilt. Maybe this weekend I’ll get back to it.

I am going… to go to lunch with my mom. Pickle and can some beets. Hopefully go to the lake (Pyramid, not Tahoe) this weekend. Maybe go up to Virginia City if they’re having a 4th of July parade (silly me…they have parades for every holiday, me thinks).

I am reading… Denis Leary’s Why We Suck…a Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid. 🙂 Still snorting, chortling, and outright belly laughing. I know he’s at least 10 years older than me…but we definitely grew up with the same type of parenting. 🙂

I am hoping… My constant wish ~ That everyone that is looking for a job, finds one.

I am hearing… HVAC up on the roof, the office next door, the clanging of the building going up, beeping of the tonkas, me typing, phone ringing, head pounding.

Around the house… Bed sheets need to be washed, garden needs to be watered, beets need to be pulled, new seeds planted.

One of my favorite things… watching the bees on the lavender. Have you ever just sat and watch bees do their work? I’d love to know where their hive is. Lavender honey…sounds yummy, no?

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week… canning, eating, watch fireworks, swimming, sleeping, take pictures.

Here is a picture thought I’d share with you… the sticky thing said they’re Yellow Pickle Peppers. Have no clue what those are, but I like the sound of them. 🙂

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