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2015 Potato Harvest

Bowl 1 of 2015Harvest - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Bowl 1 of 2015 Potato Harvest – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

2015 Potato Harvest

We just harvested our potato patch this evening.  My husband was not wanting to do the harvest so early.

However, when the plants turn yellow (and you can see potatoes on the surface), a harvesting we must!

My oldest son began harvesting…it took him longer than he and I both anticipated.

 

K harvesting potatoes 2015 - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
K harvesting potatoes 2015 – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

The harvest was a success!

Here is the first bowl….we thought this would be all of it.

Bowl 1 of 2015 Potato Harvest - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Bowl 1 of 2015 Potato Harvest – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

We were wrong!

There of six of us in the family so a few potatoes go fast.  (I do not eat potatoes anymore due to a nightshade allergy.)  I was happy when we were able to fill up a second bowl of potatoes.

Here is the second bowl…

2015 Harvest Bowl 2 - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
2015 Potato Harvest Bowl 2 – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

Think there is more?

You are right!

Here is the third (and final) bowl…

2015 Harvest Bowl 3 - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
2015 Potato Harvest Bowl 3 – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

It is nice to know we have a good amount of harvest for our potatoes this summer.  After all, these potatoes help stretch our food budget by reducing how many we purchase at the store.

So the harvest is done…now what?

There are a few potato plants left which are still green and thriving.  We’ll harvest these once the plants turn yellow.

2015 Harvest - Just a few plants left - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
2015 Potato Harvest – Just a few plants left – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

Our plans for 2016

We know this spot is great for potatoes.  They grow well and the soil stays well drained.

For this last growing season, we used potatoes from our pantry which had started to sprout.

It is recommended to purchase seed potatoes for growing potatoes at home.

Did you plant potatoes this year?  How was your harvest?  What is your favorite variety?

Let me know!

~Adrienne

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Canning Pickle Relish

Canning Pickle Relish - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Canning Pickle Relish – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

Canning Pickle Relish

My husband and I have been making pickle relish for years.  We only use his Grandma’s recipe.

Why Grandma’s recipe?  Well, it tastes so much better than the store bought relish.

I grew up not liking relish – any of them.  I did not like the taste at all.

I also did not like pickles.

Enter Grandma’s Pickle Relish

I was willing to support my husband in making his Grandma’s Pickle Relish.  I said I would help him make it.  I reserved the right to taste and not like it.

We made it and only changed one thing in the recipe:  We increased the cucumbers and onions to compensate for not including the bell peppers listed in the recipe.  (I cannot eat nightshades and bell peppers are in the nightshade family.)

Cooking up the Pickle Relish

 

Canning Pickle Relish - Cooking up pickle relish - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Canning Pickle Relish – Cooking up pickle relish – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

Canning plans for rest of 2015

I am planning to get some pickle relish canned next month when my aunt is in town.  I’m not sure how much we will be canning, though.

What have you canned this year?

~Adrienne

Gluten Free Cornbread while Camping

Gluten Free Cornbread while Camping - Cornbread out of wedge pan - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Gluten Free Cornbread while Camping – Cornbread out of wedge pan – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

Gluten Free Cornbread while Camping

Note:  I own this piece of camping equipment.  I was not compensated for this review. 

While camping in July 2013, we tried out a new piece of gear.  We had just purchased a Camp Chef Camping Outdoor Oven with 2 Burner Camping Stove.

One night, we had stew for dinner with cornbread.  Yes, cornbread.  Fresh-out-of-the-oven cornbread at the campsite.  Talk about the comforts of home!

 

Gluten Free Cornbread while Camping - Cornbread baking - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Gluten Free Cornbread while Camping – Cornbread baking – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

We had a couple of friends camping with us.  They were eager to help us determine if the oven really did justice to my cornbread.  Oh, did it ever!

 

Gluten Free Cornbread while Camping - Cornbread in wedge pan - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Gluten Free Cornbread while Camping – Cornbread in wedge pan – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

We found the oven to be a great asset for our camping gear.  We have continued to use this oven as a family since.

Please share your cooking experiences while camping!

~Adrienne

Picking Apples and Prunes

Picking Applese and Prunes - Aunt with little boys - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Picking Apples and Prunes Aunt with little boys – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

Picking Apples and Prunes

While visiting my aunt last week, we drove to her friend’s house to pick apples and prunes in her orchard.

Since my husband and oldest son were on a 50-mile canoe trip with the Scouts, it was me with my younger three boys plus my aunt.

We used a ladder for the fruit higher up in the tree.  Boy did we miss the longer arms and height of my husband and oldest teenager!

The box in the photo above shows some of the apples we picked.

My little boys had a lot of fun.

PIcking Applese and Prunes - Little boys picking prunes - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Picking Apples and Prunes – Little boys picking prunes – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

Some of our harvest

This photo shows some of the prunes we picked.

PIcking Apples and Prunes - Prune harvest - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Picking Apples and Prunes – Prune harvest – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

After we picked apples and prunes…

We ate some and canned a majority of our harvest.  We made jam and relish.

Have you ever picked apples or prunes or another fruit from an orchard?  Do you have fruit trees?

Please share with our readers.

~Adrienne

2015 Tomato and Pepper Harvest

2015 Tomato and Pepper Harvest - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
2015 Tomato and Pepper Harvest – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

 

2015 Tomato and Pepper Harvest

My husband and I love growing tomatoes and peppers in our garden.  This year was no different!

We decided to use the two Topsy Turvy Tomato Trees we had in the garage for our tomatoes and peppers this year.

We planted three tomato plants in each tree.  We planted Roma, Beefsteak, Cherry, and Grape varieties.  We planted three peppers in the one tree which had room – bell pepper and two chili peppers.  (Two of the chili peppers are included in first photo above.)

Tomato Tree - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
2015 Tomato and Pepper Harvest Tomato Tree – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

Bell Pepper almost ready to eat

The bell peppers pictured here are not included in the first photo above.  The tomatoes have been eaten straight off the vine since the first ones got ripe.  My boys love walking outside and grabbing tomatoes to eat.

Bell Pepper - Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan
Bell Pepper 2015 Tomato and Pepper Harvest – Copyright Adrienne Z. Milligan

Our 2016 Garden Plans

We have really enjoyed the ease of harvesting with these two tomato trees.  We have not had problems with slugs this year eating the plants and fruit.  (Slugs are a big deal for gardeners in the Pacific Northwest.)

How do you grow your tomatoes and peppers?

~Adrienne