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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

Foodaplenty’s August Food Blogger Challenge

Foodaplenty's August Food Blogger Challenge
Foodaplenty’s August Food Blogger Challenge

Foodaplenty’s August Food Blogger Challenge

Note:  Affiliate links are included in this post.  Please see my Disclaimers for more information.

Foodaplenty is a website dedicated to helping food bloggers.  I have been a member for awhile and this challenge caught my eye.

Foodaplenty offers a free blogging calendar (for the whole year).  I also enjoy their monthly packet of food days and blogging ideas.  I need to spend more time utilizing these resources to aid me in building and growing my blog.

While participating in the Foodaplenty’s August Food Blog Challenge, a fellow blogger posted a Paleo recipe which caught my attention.

I enjoy trying different recipes.  Surprised?  I am a foodie, food blogger, and cookbook author.  I love food!

Yes, my family and I do eat grains (gluten free, of course!) though I am always looking for new recipes to try.

This particular blog post grabbed my attention with the name, Mick’s Marvellous Meatballs with Oodles of Zoodles from the blog, Eating Paleo.  Eating Paleo is a blog all about eating Paleo in Australia, by blogger Mick (a.k.a. The Caveman).

I am adding this recipe to my “Must Try” list to include in my menu planning.  I do know I will have to change the meat (I do not eat uncured pork, which is a different story).  I think using zucchini ribbons as a substitute for pasta is a great way to use up extra zucchini from the garden if you still have some left.

I hope The Caveman will post a photo of this recipe soon.  I love seeing photos of recipes before I make for the first time.

Once I make this recipe, I will post a photo.

For you bloggers, have you done a blogging challenge?  If yes, what did you learn?  If no, are you considering finding one to join?  Or create your own blogging challenge and invite bloggers to join you.  If you join a challenge or create your own, please let me know.  I would love to check it out.

~Adrienne