Sunday, July 24, 2011

"From the fullness of His grace, we have received one blessing after another."

John 1:16 tells of blessings from Jesus, " one after another."

There is a lost art of making homemade pickles and "chow-chow". The grocery used to carry this but not now. I have a recipe from Grandma and every late summer, this was a "must-do" to get rid of green tomatoes before frost and use up extra peppers . This would last all winter and is wonderful on beans.
Chow-chow..........4 QT green tomatoes, 4 large onions, 5 green peppers, 3 hot peppers, 1/2 TB salt, 1 pint vinegar, Tie the next 3 in a cloth bag: 1/2 tsp cinnamon stick, 1/2 TB whole allspice, 1/8 tsp whole cloves. 1/2 TB dry mustard, 2 bay leaves, 7/8 cup sugar, 1/4 cup horseradish. Grind or chop all vegetables, cover and let stand overnight. Drain liquid, add vinegar,salt, spices, sugar then cook about 15-20 minutes. Pack in hot jars. and seal.

When our children were small I used to beg John to put a drain in the middle of the kitchen floor. Cathy saw this ,and laughed and said, how that sure would have made life easier! We had the pine paneling around the walls and when milk was spilled, it would splash up the walls as well as on the floor. It always took a long time to wash all that off!

I have slept most all today. I see back at other chemo's and this is a re-peat. The first week is the most difficult. I am just thankful for all God's grace, blessings,my John and his care for me, and ability to take care of ourselves.

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