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Ah, I love the Mighty Mac!!!!

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We have stayed at the state park with the kids a long time ago, but the last time we stayed at the large camp ground right on Lake Erie. It was very nice and especially looking at the bridge at sunset.

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I love to go through the island. There is so much to explore. I have biked the Applician Mountains before. We usually stay at the Murrary on the island, and bike for a few days and explore. Do you stay at the State Park on Lake Michigan? I've stayed there a few times.

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I agree with you on Mackinac Island. We usually take our bikes over and camp on the mainland east of Mackinac. Decided to take a short cut through the island one time - which will be the last - discovered it was all uphill until about 500 feet from the town.

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I'm about 10 miles from I-75 in Bay City. I love Mackinac Island.

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We enjoy traveling in Michigan, having been in nearly all parts of the state. Where are you located?

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Beetlebuglady, we are neighbors, I'm up here in Michigan. Fighting the flu.

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Getting my second cuppa here in Ohio. Leaves are everywhere. It's a bit foggy and damp. Typical fall day for us. Hope DH gets the wood stove fired up.

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Sounds like things work for you.

We are down with the flu here.

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PHEW! The move is done ... or just about done. Still have a few boxes to unpack, but all-in-all it is nice to be in our new apartment. All 700 square feet of it. Have to admit it sounds really, really small.

I remember the night before the move, I was in panick-mode wondering what were we thinking when we signed that lease! But, after down-sizing some of the material things, and finally getting the furniture in place with few creative storage ideas ... everything that matters, fits.

The excalibur is sitting in its prominate place on the sleek granite counter top, the crocks sitting in the opposite corner near the sink for ease of skimming, cookbooks and recipes high upon their thrown atop the cupboards, and I with an itch to can, freeze, dry, or ferment ... awe sweet bliss to have a home that is small yet with so much room to enjoy the finer things in life!

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It's october and we are having a hard freeze 2 nights in a row. looks like my veggie garden will be done untill next year.

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Well.. Applesauce didn't get done, but I got a lot of cleaning done and took 3 boxes to consignment shop and good will.

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Did you have a good day tending to your stuff?

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Well, debating on what to do... I have the house to myself, kids are at school, hubby is hunting. I think I'll do applesauce and clean out my sewing stuff.

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It's a bit quiet around here today ...

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I tried a new tomato this year....Cherokee Purple. They come on later and don't produce as much. Not really prrple, more of a brownish hue around the top half. The taste is okay tho.

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We were fortunate up in Michigan, Had great tomatoes. Too many in fact, wish I could give them away. No one left to take them. My mom, My mil and I all canned off them.

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Not sure where you are from, but my sister said there was some sort of "blight" going through the midwest this year that was affecting the tomatoes.

We lucked out ... we had a beautiful tomatoe season.

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i hardly have any tomatoes for sauce/salsa this year. last year i had so many tomatoes. this year so many of them were rotten before turning red. i alresdy had a batch done by this time last year. they are just not healthy and i have thrown out healthy looking ones because they are black and fuzzy in the middle. at least the other stuff i the garden is doing ok.

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Thanks Lisa.

Always busy ... I live in DC area, work 12 plus hours per day, and still need to find time to do the things important to living a healthy lifestyle.

Food is relaxing. Food is daunting. Food is life. So, it pays to take time and process it with love.

Whenever we make a batch of creole sauce ... the extra gets canned.

People I work with look at me a bit strangely sometimes, but then I walked in a week ago and handed them each a jar of freshly canned apple sauce.

A few days later, one of the women came back and asked, if I return the jar will you refill it?

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Porgy- Welcome to the team. Sounds like you've been busy. I'm with you on the organic. I don't use pesticides. Try to use natural products. Happy canning!!!

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Hey all ... I just introduced myself over on that thread. But, I am so happy to have found you all. A month or so ago, I canned my husbands creole sauce (a spicy tomato sauce great over pasta, rice, or just about anything). Two weeks ago it was apple sauce, both smooth and chunky and this weekend we are destined to do pears.

I try to do everything naturally ... no chemicals and normally opt for organic when I can get it (our garden is completely organic). I also make fresh sauerkraut and sour pickles the old fashiond way ... in crocks using no heat just a lot of love and time.

And then there is the Excalibut dehydrator. We never waste food any more. If it looks like we aren't going to be able to eat it fresh, it goes into the dehydrator before it goes bad.

Whoooohooooo I am so happy to be here!

By the way, I just bought one of the crank apple peelers and think it is God's gift to canners!

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I think I may be making some pepper relish before too long!

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I've had a busy weekend. Yesterday afternoon, I made and froze some spicy black bean burgers because I felt I could make them just as tasty and less expensive than the store bought ones. Then, I stayed up until 12:45 am making and canning salsa. I've spent most of this afternoon and evening making spaghetti sauce to freeze. I can tell it's going to be another late night waiting for the sauce to cool before freezing. It's probably too late for coffee, but it sounds really good. I've still got a LOT of tomatoes to put up some way or another. I'm wanting to get them done so I can move on to apple butter. Nothing creates that warm, cozy feeling in autumn like the smell of apples and cinnamon filling the house.

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mom loved hers too

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I have one and love it.

Net- thanks for the tip for pears, I have to can them this week and dread peeling them.

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That is a logical name!
I thought an apple peeler might be a hand held gadget - but this mounts to the table.
It is a real time saver!

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Beth,
I have one of those, too. It is called an apple peeler. It works good on pears,also.

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There is a gadget - I don't know the name - that you put the apple on and turn the handle. The apple comes out peeled, cored and sliced. This year they had them at southern states, but I got mine from Pampered Chef.

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We have lots of apples on our tree this year and want to make apple sauce. Is there an easy way to clean them as they have black spots that wash off but with some scrubbing.

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Elizabeth--we do cider, but we have a cider press. It's really kind of fun to make. One person tosses apples into the hopper while the other one cranks. They get chopped up and fall into a sort of bin-thing, then we press the juice out and feed the leftover apple to the chickens.

We pasteurize our cider by heating it to 165 and holding it there for 30 minutes. Then we siphon off into clean jars, cap and store. We've never had any go bad.

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thank you so much. I love those canned dill green beans so maybe next year we will have a good crop and I'll try to can my own. I did remove the seed
but mine were way to salty. I also liked that your had no sugar so i can still have them on my diet.
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Mal- Don't worry about it, that's what I figured. I usually cut my corn off the cob before blanching. I use an angel food pan, put the cob in the whole then take an electric knife and cut the corn off, works great.

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Good Morning Everyone!

Lisa -- I'm sorry I missed you on Facebook the other night. Alot of times it is left signed on, and no one is there to answer!

I think DH would really like the pepper jelly, especially using the glaze on meats.

Our garden was mediocre this year. A lot had to do with the time and effort put into it, though. I was battling sinus/cold/asthma issues most of the summer, and had a constant headache. Even just leaning to weed made the headache pulse! I got to the point where I didn't even want to go out there. The tomatoes all came in very late, due to the very cool and rainy summer we had. Not much sun when we needed it. We've had tomatoes to eat, but I haven't taken the time to do any processing. Well, there's always next year! I may see if there are enough out there to do one batch this weekend, at least.

I'm going to check out the corn at the farm down the road tomorrow morning. If it still looks good, I'll get about 10 dozen for freezing. This is something my mom and I both try to do every year. It sure gets messy, though! We shuck and clean, then blance and into ice bath, then cut it off the cob and package it into ziplock bags. My mom just does 2 cups per bag, but I think I'm going to start making 3 or 4 cups per. Everyone loooooves the corn when it's made out of the freezer, there never seems to be any left no matter how much is made with dinner. Because I was spoiled by the home-frozen corn, I've never bought a can of corn in my adult life, because it doesn't even taste like corn!

Everyone have a great day!

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Debby-

Here is the recipe I use, I don't eat them, but hubby and my partner at work gobble them up.

2 2/3 cup water
2 2/3 cup vinegar, I prefer apple cider
1/4 c. pickling salt

Boil your brine, then in your packed jars, add a garlic clove and a head of dill and a 1/2 t. alum ( for crunchiness) Hot water bath for 10 minutes.

This is the brine I also use for my Dilly Beans and Pickles. Do you cut your seeds out of the peppers, I do to the bigger ones and to the little jalapenos, I just put in whole.

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Does anyone here do apple juice? Have decided to try some this year. Advice welcome.
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AMISHPRINCESS..do you have a good recipe for pickling the peppers.
I tried some sliced into rings the begining of the summer and they were really bad.

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Thanks for the tips on the corn, I'll give it a shot.

Debby- I pickle the peppers.

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We make the jelly with red peppers, and it turns out the prettiest color. A few years ago, I made some using red peppers and some using green peppers, so I had pairs for Christmas gifts. That was kind of fun, but I think the red is much prettier that the green. Yellow might be very pretty, too!

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Canned 4 quarts of sauce yesterday. Not sure how much more will be coming out of the garden. Plants not looking good now.

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Parrottwoman...I will try that as well. I have poblano, jalapeno, banana and red hot cherry peppers. I let some of the others turn red so they have a nice mix of colors. I think jelly will be real good gift for my brother, as he loves to cook with them so much!

Debby..your kitty looks a lot like my long haired gray kitty! Mine is named PK. Mainly for pretty kitty, but one tiem when she swallowed a needle and thread and had to have emergency $875 surgery, it also stood for platinum kitty! LOL!!

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I just use the pepper recipe on the sure-gel insert and use half jalapenos and half poblanos. I bet you could use just about any kind of pepper to make it.

The jalapeno and poblano jelly is not at hot as you might think. I guess the sugar cuts the heat. It is heaven with cream cheese on crackers. My nephew the chef has used it to glaze pork, brisket and chicken.

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parrotwoman, since peppers is about the only thing that has come out of my garden this year will you share the jelly recipe.

ALSO: if any one can give me ideas/recipes for banana peppers i would really appreciate it.
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We have froze corn on the cob for the last 4 yrs. We actually leave 3 to 4 layers of the shucks on and just cut of the silks tip end. When it comes time to eat we cooke them shucks on in the microwave. We have had great results every year that the quality of corn was good.

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I froze corn on the cob years ago by only cleaning them, put into plastic freezer bags, and then put the freezer bags into a paper bag. Always turned out great if one has the room.

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We made another batch of jalapeno and poblano jelly this week, and we will probably pickle beets this weekend.

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Wow!!! You sure have been busy, but it will taste great this winter!!! I've heard a lot of people are having problems with their tomatoes, I'm thankful we have not. I canned 6 five gallon pals full of tomatoes, so far. The peppers in olive oil sound like something my hubby would like, could you pass on how to do it?

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Heh - wish I had time to drink that coffee before it got cold!! I've been doing peaches for the freezer, peach pie filling (canned, with clear-jel), tomato-jalapeno base, spaghetti sauce, and just did a canner of hungarian hot wax packed in olive oil. Have to go to the office for a bit, then home to finish the peppers. Tomatoes are waiting to be roasted and canned. And I still need to plant the late crops of onions and spinach. And then it will be time for the garlic to go in..... The tomato blight has been horrid in central PA; I know of 2 people who have NOT been affected. So I have had to buy tomatoes this year. I guess we'll just appreciate them more next year!

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DebbyDelights- I would say that that is probably how they turned out. I had a few little ones too, but they where fine, so I canned those too.

I'm off to the farm for the weekend, need to pick and I'm going to clean out my Raspberries, or I hope at least. With the exception of my melons, I've had a really good garden this year.

Has anyone tried freezing Corn on the cob, and had it turn out without tasting cobby? That is what I want to do this year.

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my tomatoes are really bad this year. most of them are blighted, but at least the plants are healthy so i don't have to worry about a spreading fungus. i hope i get some good one so i have healthy ones for canning.

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been really busy lately! Gotta find some downtime!

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Amishprincess,So since mine avg 1" did I get tommytoes OR did something just go wrong?

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I plant roma's too. They are more oval, 2-3 inches long. they are a meatier tomato, I juice them for spaghetti and I also use them for salsa and stewed tomatoes.

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Shonadog, I have a question about your Roma's. Last year alot of the recipes I found called for them so that is what I planted this year. Even thought my vines were over 5 ft tall my tomatoes are mostly 1 inch with a few 2". Is that normal or did I get the wrong thing? After I purchased mine I saw some marked as cherry size but mine were not.
As for the garden in general this was the worst year we have ever had. We got no squash or cucs. And some unknown varmite ate all the tomato plants off along with my peppers and melons. My watermelon plants drown. The only thing that did well was my banana peppers and with out tomatoes I have no idea what to do with them. emoticon

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How was everyone's gardens?? This was my worst year for yield... had a blight swing through NY and take out all but one of my tomato plants, all the beans, peas... herbs did fine..... and snap peas... grapes looking good, no signs of blossom yet

no sign on figs yet either..

but will hit farmer's market Saturday am and see what they managed to get

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Hubs just picked another bucket of Roma's for me to work on tomorrow. More corn will be coming in soon so I have that to look forward to. I also need to look into freezing soup for the winter.

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Pam- You're welcome for the goodie, just want to make you feel a part of our team. I have a show I want to watch at 8, but first the clothes have to come off the line...

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@ Lisa,
Thank you so much for the goodie! That's like having a welcome gift when you first have a friend come to the house, a nice gesture that makes everything feel friendly.
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Macoun's are like mac's only less sweet, crispier and a little small. They are an old-timey New England breed of apple, and only seem to be known in pockets of the region. They are about as far from a delicious as you can get -- I don't care for delicious as they are often grainy, but Macoun's are silky and that little tartness makes good pie. It is a luxury to have them as they have not been over-bred and probably haven't changed since forever.

I am putting off my soup till tomorrow night - just too tired so here comes the TV.

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Hi Pam!!! Welcome to our team, just pop right in and chat with us. Soup sounds yummy!!! I will be doing chicken noodle in a few weeks, helps to warm you up once the cold winter months hit. I've never heard of Macoun apples. I usually do up Macs, Delicious and Goldens.

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Hi Lisa,

I am kinda new so no one knows me. Hi and howdy to all!

I am doing a recipe of sausage and pepper soup. The sausages just came off the grill and I will go fix the soup shortly. The weather is starting to cool down here in SE CT and it's time to get some fresh veg's made into freezer soup.

I work during the day so I have to cook in the evening, not a problem since it warms up the place and makes it cozy. Can hardly wait for the Macoun apples to come along.

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Mal- Good idea, take care of yourself. Wouldn't it be great if we where all neighbors and could have canning bees to get our stuff done and out of the way, then just split up the goods.

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Hey Lisa,

Great idea for a general chat. My mom is doing up a batch of tomatoes tonight, and invited me over to learn. Problem is, I'm pooped! Avery has eaten, and DH just walked in the door, so I think I am going to lay down for about an hour.

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Hi all, I'm starting a September chat. Where we can all talk about what we're up to in the kitchen garden, or with our families.

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