Thursday, September 20, 2012

Quiet Thursday with Renee

I spent my day sitting and visiting with Renee today while Tony (son-in-law) had surgery.  He did real good and will be coming home tomorrow.  The hospital was so full they had to put him in a holding unit until about 6:30 tonight when a bed came available.
Renee and I took our laptops and we sat and looked at several of the blogs I follow and also looked up the value of some 1/2 pint canning jars Renee has.  OMG these Ball jars are worth $30 each and she has some paint in one.   I'm sure I have some jars that are worth more than the food that is in them.  Canning season is just about done for this year.  I will be canning some vegetable soup mix this weekend and next week I will be canning some chili beans.  After canning is completely done I have plenty of other things on my list.  One of the things I need to do is to make some noodles and also some spaghetti.  I dry them after they are made and then freeze them for whenever needed.  Then I need to make and freeze some pie crusts to have ready for the holidays and whenever we want a nice treat.  
Tomorrow is "Amish" day so it's off to bed for me.  Later, take care. 

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for coming up and sitting with me, even though we didnt have a wild road trip adventure to talk about, we still had a good time!!

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    1. We had an interesting time in the waiting rooms we were in.

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  2. Glad you were able to be with Renee & your son in law has a quick recovery. That is precious time. Glad to hear you had a down day and were able to relax some

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  3. I am so glad the surgery went well and you had a chance to "relax." This may sound selfish but I want to thank you for inspiring me to can even more. I can a lot compared to others in my area, but you have inspired me to do more. I am cleaning out my freezers and have purchased 120 pounds of beans to put up as soup, chili a just beans. I do have one request, though, but I understand if you do not have the time. You talk about canning chili beans and such but do not put the spices down. Most of your recipes I can follow just by reading, but some do not have details. In the next few weeks I will be putting up beans and want to include chili beans. Do you think you might be able to publish your recipe? Thank you very much, DeeKnitter fm KS

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    1. You are so kind and it brought tears to my eyes to read your comment. I am more than happy to share the recipe and if you want any others just ask.

      Chili Beans yield 4 qts

      2 #'s of pinto or kidney beans (or use a mixture of both)
      Soak the beans overnight in cold water.
      Drain liquid. In large pot add the following:
      2 qts (8 cups) tomato juice
      1 cup chopped onions
      6 TBSP chili powder
      2 TBSP salt
      1/4 tsp blk pepper
      Bring this mixture to a boil and then add the drained beans. Bring this back to a boil and boil 5 minutes. Put the hot beans in hot canning jars leaving 2 inches. Add liquid and leave 1/2" head space. Process in pressure canner qts 10 lbs for 90 minutes. You can adjust the spices as per your own taste.
      When I get ready to make chili I will brown 1 lb of ground beef, drain, add 1 qt chili beans and 1 qt of tomatoes. I will then simmer this mixture for about 30 minutes.

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