Friday, September 25, 2009

Zucchini Relish

This is a favorite recipe I have made off and on for over 30 years. It is a sweet relish, that reminds me of bread and butter pickles in relish form.  I love this relish on hamburgers, hotdogs, chicken or tuna sandwiches, and my own personal favorite: cheese sandwiches.  

Zucchini Relish
10 cups chopped zucchini
4 large onions - chopped
4 large green peppers - chopped
4 large red peppers - chopped
2 1/2 cups cider vinegar
4 cups sugar
4 Tbs Kosher salt
2 Tbs cornstarch
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp celery seed
1 tsp dill weed 
1/4 tsp pepper

Bring all ingredient to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes.
Ladle into hot jars, leaving 1/2 inch head-space. Process in boiling water bath about 15 minutes;
add one minute of processing time for every thousand feet above sea level.
Makes 7 pints

When I made Zucchini relish this year, I had everything I needed in the garden, with the exception of the sugar, salt and a couple of spices. That made it a nice way to use up those green peppers as well.


ts that time of year again; the time of year that, where we come from, you lock your car doors everywhere you go,
because if you don't, someone may come along and leave Zucchini in it. Zucchini is one of those vegetables that anyone can grow, because it is prolific in almost any circumstances, and because of it, there is always more than enough to feed your house and most of the neighbors on the block (we could learn a few lessons from the ol' Zucchini). So, needless to say it is always a little game every year to become creative with it.

A few more treasures

Friday, September 4, 2009

A Treasure Chest Full

Here is a collection of treasures
from late spring through
late summer. It is a lot of pictures but it gives me a
sense of satisfaction to see all my blessings
put together.

Thursday, September 3, 2009


Surface beauty fades quickly. That which is easily gained is usually the least rewarding. Buried treasure is treasure indeed, but one must dig in the dirt to get to it. Even then, quite often it is not always recognized for the treasure it is, because it is covered with a layer of dirt, and passed over because the treasure hunter is too busy looking for something shiny or sparkly. How often in life do we spend our time moaning about our lack and not realizing that within our grasp is great abundance if only we would dig for it and disregard how dirty we are getting in the process.

This summer has reminded me that beneath the toil and sometimes tears, treasure is in my midst. Life doesn't have to be perfect in order for perfection to be found. I was given the gift of 2 more grand babies born this spring and summer and the announcement of one on the way; "Perfection!" The ultimate treasure was found this year in having the chance to hold those babies in my arms, and smell their sweet scent and laugh as they smiled; to get to spend time with my daughter -in- law, Himilce, and my son, Nathan, to play with my grandson, Elon; To visit my daughter Marie and son in law Jon; and my daughter Elizabeth, who is expecting her first; "Perfection"! Steve and I were able to fly to Oregon to be with our son Luke (more than we have in years), and to see the work the Lord is doing in His life; we were able rejoice in our son-in-law Benjamin as he finished Navy boot camp! "Perfection!" I was able to start my son Eddie in homeschool, rejoice in my daughter Olga's soccer success and to cheer on my son Russell as he enlisted in the Navy; "Perfection!". Because of a variety of dear friends, who helped and blessed us, we made it through some difficult days,; we have received words of love and encouragement from our parents and gifts and prayers from our friends, and most of all many answers to those prayers; "Perfection!" In the process of a difficult two months working out some difficult situations in our family and another month just trying to catch our breath and recover, the Lord still blessed us with treasure.

Some people get caught up in the toil and feel obligated to it as if the toil itself were the goal. They forget to stop and look and see what they have reaped. But the purpose of the toil is to reap a harvest from it. From the toil we reap a harvest of blessing in our spirit, helping us to become strong, to become over-comers, and to recognize and appreciate even the most ordinary of things as a blessing.

I felt the ordinary rise up as a blessing the other day when I was running my kids around to soccer practices and various activities; I often feel the weariness of this task and others like them
rise up inside me and cause me to think of the time when I don't have to do so much running and can do what I would rather be doing; but, suddenly it hit me what an easy job it was to run kids around town, or to cook, or plan school lessons. How truly delightful it was especially compared with so many other jobs out there. My children are growing in wisdom and in stature. How wonderful to be able to help them. It isn't burdensome. What is burdensome is the weary attitude I have let rest upon me. What is burdensome is being pushed by the expectations of others. Every day has its ordinary miracles and its hidden treasure, all we need to do is to stop, dig a little and look; and the burdens will fall off!

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." I Thess. 5:16
This is a picture of our little Zane.  Marie sent it too me, and it seemed to fit my "Treasure Theme" on this blog.  So I worked with it a little on Picnik.  Perhaps I will use it as an icon... we'll see.

Update: Picnik is no longer in service.  I use Picmonkey now.