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Monday, August 20, 2012

Homemade with Love...

Hello there everyone.. 

How did your weekend go? 
Hope you all had a great one.. 

For tonight I thought I would share some pics from around the shop and here at the cottage for the last few days.. 

Saturday morning Terry and I did up the dill you see here..

Litres of garlic dill and pints of garlic dill slices.. 

The slices have become one of our favorites as we put them on our sandwiches.. 
We do eat sandwiches this time of year because we love the fresh 
tomatoes so... 

Anyway, that is only a part of the dill we need to do.. 
There are also the sweet dill which are the favorite of our customers.. 

We can't get anymore wee cukes until Friday so Saturday morning will no doubt see another round of dill pickling.. smile.. 

Then at the shop on Saturday afternoon I made some tags to sell..

Made with old book pages and paper scraps... 
To and From  are written on the back and sold in sets of 3 ....

And a little homemade treat sent down to me from my Mom with Terry..


Her famous Date Squares.. 
So fantastic with a hot cup of tea.. 

Can you tell that I probably am not on a diet at the moment?... grin...

This morning we did up  a dozen bottles of mustard pickles..


The recipe for my Hot Mustard Pickles is HERE...

And I love how my Tart Bottles turned out.. 


Shonda had given me a case of old pickle bottles.. 

I needed something to display the homemade wax tarts that I made and came up with these.. 

The covers I had picked up on the trip to Pa. and the labels are made out of some Kraft tape and a marker.. 


And then today I also made the best jam I have ever ate.. smile.. 

Crock pot Maple Apple Jam...


Fill your crock pot with peeled apples cut into chunks.. 
About 5 or 6 pounds.. 
In a bowl mix 5 - 6 cups of sugar, 1 cup of real maple syrup, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/2 tsp. allspice, 1/4 tsp. of cloves, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg and a 1/2 tsp. of salt.. 
Mix up well and pour over your apples and mix some with a wooden spoon.. 
Turn on high and  cook for an hour then turn on low and cook overnight... 
In the morning mash with your potato masher .. 
Turn it on high again and once it is really hot then put into sterilized jars (1/2 pints) and seal.. 


This is a large recipe and makes 11 pints... 

Today was a busy day but Terry peeled these ones for me and I cut them into spears... 


They are in a salt water mixture until morning and then they will be Ginger Spice Spears.. 
My own secret recipe.. grin...

I will show them to you later when they are finished.. 

We are so enjoying the homemade Chive Blossom Vinegar that I made in the Spring.. 

So pretty, eh?  

And last but not least is a new recipe that I am trying.. 

Well, really  it is a very old recipe that I found in a book.. 

I can remember these from when I was a kid... 
A very long time ago... grin...


They were called Grandma's Sour Pickles..

Fill a gallon bottle or crock with small to medium size cucumbers.. 
Then in a bowl mix up 1/2 gallon of vinegar.. 
Whisk in 1/2 cup of salt and 1/2 cup of dry mustard.. 
Let it sit for a month in a cool dry place.. 

I think these are like those Deli pickles you see sometimes.. 
I hope so anyway.. 
The recipe I found said to mix a gallon of vinegar and 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of mustard...
Which I did and only needed a half of it.. 

When I get some more small cukes I plan on making  another gallon.. 
I have a feeling we will love them.. 

I also looked this recipe up on the web and found recipes where they added a cup of sugar so in the next bottle I will add a half of a cup of sugar and see which are the best.. 
Right?  

Well... this is my post for this Monday night.. 

So glad  you all dropped by and I am still replying to  your comments.. smile...

Here's hoping you all come back now.. grin.. 

Love to you all... 



42 comments:

  1. Oh WOW ! Lots of YUMMY home made stuff ! All looks and sounds wonderful ! When do you get time to relax talented lady ? Have a great day !

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    1. Thanks, Elaine..It hard to beat home made stuff, eh? Especially, pickle.. smile.. Blessings my friend..

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  2. Oh Faye,
    I love the tags, Mustard pickles and I really love the look of the tart bottles. I am really going to try those. I think they would look nice in my bathroom.Love Ya, Char

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    1. I do have a cover left over Char.. I will save it for you..
      xoxo

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    2. Awesome Thanks!

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  3. Love the looks of all these!
    The tags are so pretty,
    And wow what pickles.
    So much joy in all you do!
    Blessings!

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    1. Thanks, Ann.. I do love makin and doin.. grin..

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  4. Wonderful te see all the things you've made!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet visit, Marie Louise.. (Lovely name) smile..

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  5. I think with all your wondeful different pickles..your new name...shall be...Pickle Puss! My Grandma always tells the story of when she dated my Grandpa. Her little sister informed her one day..."Artie (my Grandpa) must love me, because he called me pickle puss!" It has become a nickname for many a pickle loving soul in my family!! And we have a few of them, lol! Katie

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    1. From now on I am Pickle Puss.. smile.. I love them even for breakfast..
      Blessings, Katie..

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  6. You must never sit still Faye, all these lovely things you produce :) Ben would love those hot mustard pickles I think. Great seeing what you've been up to! xxx

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    1. Yes, my dear child .. I often sit still.. Way too often.. Wish we lived closer and Ben could try those pickles.. smile..

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  7. I think if ever my dad visited you Faye, he'd never leave as you make all the pickles and mustard that he loves!
    You labels are so pretty!
    Blessings
    Christine

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    1. Thank you, Christine for your sweet visit.. Hope you Dad is doing well and your Mom... Blessings, my friend..

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  8. Dear Faye Henry Friend
    You are superwoman.
    I bet you sleep good at night.
    I love all your wonderful recipes.
    I really want to try the crockpot jam.
    I love apple anything. :)
    The tags are so cool too.
    HUGS & JOY
    Trace

    www.grannytracescrapsandsquares.com

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    1. I am off to buy my superwoman outfit, Trace... They just don't come big enough.. grin..
      I am sure you will like the jam.. Let me know..
      Luv ya...

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  9. I enjoyed your post today...my you have been busy :) All those pickles made my mouth water..lol Blessings

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Shelley.. I did get the ginger ones done yesterday morning before we went away.. Looks good but we need to try them.. smile..
      Blessings..

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  10. Oh my, you certainly have been busy, you make me feel very lazy! I love your little jar canisters, they are very pretty and the craft tape labels are genius.
    Have a good week and don't over do it.
    Hugs, Cindy

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    1. Yes, I bought that craft tape at Mardens in Maine and I use it for everything... How do you spell that in Canada ...craft or kraft? smile...
      God bless, my friend..

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  11. Dear Faye;

    You are so energetic - if I come and see you, can I hope that it will be contagious?

    Laurie

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    1. I guess you will have to come and see... grin...
      Most things are catchy here by the sea.. smile..
      Thanks, Laurie ... You are a dear..

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  12. Oh, Faye! Date squares are my favorite! I'm sure it was a delicious treat with a hot cup of tea. My husband and I are making mustard pickles today. They taste wonderful on a baked potato! You are always working away at something....it'll keep you young. I shared your recipe for maple apple jam with my husband and he says it's definitely something we must try. Yesterday I did up a batch of plum muffins with a struesel topping. DELICIOUS! We both have a love for cooking in common...so nice! Take care, my sweet friend!
    Many Blessings!

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    1. I thought of you yesterday, Julie when I saw that if you buy one box of plums you get one free.. smile..
      The muffins sound awesome...
      God bless, my friend..

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  13. You certainly have been busy with all your pickles. They look so good. I love the containers you have the tarts in. I definitely want to make the maple apple jam. It sounds like something we would love. Apples will soon be coming in here.
    I can't wait to try it. I have been experimenting with sourdough. The jam will be so good with fresh biscuits. Enjoy your day and God bless.

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    1. One of my little lists things is to try sourdough again when we get back home with an oven, Donna.. Glad it is going so well with you..
      My friend, Nancy brought me down some biscuit which I froze so we will be having those soon.. smile..
      Blessings..

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  14. Yum!!! Thank you for the picture trail and the wonderful recipes!!

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    1. Thank you for dropping by my dear.. And for you sweet comment..
      God bless..

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  15. I always enjoy your posts and feel so encouraged after visiting your blog. I so appreciate all the recipes you share and really want to try the Maple Apple Jam. It sounds delicious! Perfect for the fall/winter and would make great gifts at Christmas as well. Thanks so much!

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    1. I always enjoy having you. Sandra.. I was thinking that the jam would be great for our gift pantries, too... So many bottles... 11...
      God bless, my friend..

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  16. Wow looks great I'm just about ready to start making pickles...

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    1. Have fun, Brenda.. I hope you enjoy it, too..
      God bless..

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  17. Faye,

    Do you have your shop online? Is it very expensive to ship to the states?

    Judi

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    1. No, I do not have it online, Judi.. I am not real computer literate... And the odd giveaway that I send to the US or anywhere costs quite a lot compared to what it costs like from the UK to send here for some reason..
      Was there anything you were really interested in?
      Blessings..

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  18. Dearest Faye...
    everything you make, is always made with love, and care.
    No surprise to see all the wonderful things you have made, and shared here with us :)

    I've not done any canning ....yet.
    I have been using 'ol' harvey', and doing a lot of drying.
    I've been drying pears.... which are better than candy, when you dry them!
    Also, I've been drying some peaches, and I will do some more of those today.

    Thanks for sharing all your wonderful things with us, and for the recipes!

    Smiles :)
    Kerin

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    1. I love dried pears and apples, too, Kerin.. I have not tried peaches.. Let me know how that goes, eh?
      God bless, my dear..

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  19. My weekend was awesome! Our oldest daughter had asked me to be there for the birth of their first child and our 4th grandchild. What a blessing to see our new little grandson being born after 29 hours of helping the new Mommy with her labor and delivery. I am even starting to feel rested after being up all night Saturday night. I was really feeling my age for a few days!

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    1. Congratulations... A grandchild will make you feel young again.. smile..

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  20. Hi Faye;

    My son is home this week before he heads back to Montreal and school. I think Saint Martins would be a nice destination for a road trip.

    Here is hoping you are in your shoppe tomorrow! (that would be Wed Aug 22)

    Laurie

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    1. Hi Laurie..
      I opened at 12:30 until after 6 pm but didn't see you.. sigh..
      Hope I didn't miss you in the morning.. I was invited out to friends
      for breakfast.. Hope you make it down again..
      Blessings, dear friend..

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  21. Wow, you've been busy. Everything looks so pretty! :) Your tags are beautiful!
    My mom used to make mustard pickles. They were delicious. Mom and Dad's cucumbers didn't do well at all this year for some reason, so no pickles this year. :(
    She did make some strawberry rhubarb jam though. Oh, it's so good!
    Hope you're having a wonderful Sunday, and will have a great week!♥

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