Since I last blogged, I have:
Gone camping! This was the view from my front door - gorgeous!!
We went hiking - you can barely see the trailer from where we are.
I saw witch's hair stuck to the trees!!
And, elk rubs on pine trees.
Beautiful Autumn colors ~ sometime the forest looked like it was on fire!
Lots of giggles while Brody drove the truck . . . sitting on grandpa's lap of course! Grandpa really had control, as he stepped on the gas . . . going downhill!!
Gorgeous sunsets . . .
Cozy campfires . . . and, lots of wonderful memories.
Then, off to Taylor Jo's soccer game~don't you love the rainbow?
She loves soccer, and she has fast feet!! They tied this game, 0 to 0, they were all great players!
Then off to Christian's championship playoff! They didn't win, but they were still champions in our eyes! Don't you love the yellow and black mouth guard!?
Finally, home to take care of the yard and get the garden tilled. We had a frost warning last night, so the tomatoes had to be covered.
The flowers love the cool weather ~ but I know that won't last forever.
After all the complaining about not getting ripe tomatoes . . . they finally ripened!! I decided to make salsa yesterday, it turned out sooooo good! I got 8 pints and 4 quarts out of about half a bushel of various size tomatoes.
24 cups skinned, chopped tomatoes
4 cups chopped onions
4 cups chopped green peppers, (I used 2 green and two red)
1 or 2 jalapeno peppers - depending on how hot you like it, (I used 1/2 bottle, about 1 cup, pickled jalapenos - I don't like chopping them, and I like the flavor the pickled peppers have)
8 cloves garlic - minced
5 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black pepper
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons cumin
1 tablespoon sugar (or to taste)
1 tablespoon Mexican oregano (optional)
1 cup vinegar
2 cans tomato paste - 6 oz. cans
I chop the tomatoes in the food processor - I don't even take off the skins, I just wash them good and remove any dark or odd looking spots. I also chop the onions and peppers in the food processor with the garlic and pickled peppers, just grind them all up! Place into a large pot; cook over medium heat for about 1 1/2 hours until the flavors have blended good. It may seem a little runny, but thickens a little as it cools. You can always add another can of tomato paste if you want it thicker.
Carefully pour hot salsa into hot, sterilized canning jars. Wipe any salsa off the rim of the jar that might have spilled when filling the jars with a clean cloth; seal with canning lids and rings. Process in a hot water bath - process pints for 35 minutes and quarts 45 minutes. Yields about 16 pints.
As I was typing this post, the words, "Be still and know that I am God", kept running through my mind. This is my goal, to just ~ be still. . .
Many Hugs and Blessings,