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My Papa’s Garden

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This summer has been a struggle in North Carolina for anyone who likes to keep a garden for the great veggies like cucumbers, squash, zucchini, tomatoes, green onions, and I could go on and on…

Well my Papa, well hold on let me show you a photo of me and my proud Papa from my wedding day.

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Here we are, isn't he just SO precious!!!

Anyways, due to the rain, it has been trouble for a lot of the backyard gardens, even we had a little trouble (not too much- the Hubs does have a degree in horticulture & he's a farmer, so, he does get it) but, my Papa was still pulling delicious tomatoes off the vines like last week, he's just that good!

Papa grew up on farm land in Eastern, NC, he's done it all his life, I think.

Here are some photos of Grandma & Papa's garden.
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I hope you all enjoy my Papa’s beautiful garden! Until next time….

~Amber~
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3rd time’s a charm? Hopefully! Salsa again

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All day Friday while the Hubs was working & K was at school, I was coring tomatoes,seeded, peeling, and slicing tomatoes so I could attempt to perfect my salsa recipe, because let’s face it folks, I cannot believe I was able to get this batch of tomatoes but my maternal Grandma & Papa still had tomatoes growing, can y’all believe it? Anyways, I will write a post later this week about my Papa & show you a few photos of his garden this year.

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I have to give credit to the blog post where I based my recipe from and here’s the original blog post http://bryantfamilynews.blogspot.com/2009/06/homemade-salsa.html.I did however spice things up a bit and you will see that as I am going to lay my recipe out below as well. Happy cooking & canning! BTW if you do not own a pressure cooker I would die without mine, it’s one of those things I watched my Momma do and so I asked my grandparents for when I got married, they said are you sure that’s really what you want as a wedding gift, I said oh yeah, I really need that pressure cooker…look…OK sorry for the tangent, on to the recipe!
– various tomatoes (I used garden tomatoes & cherry tomatoes this time)- seeded, peeled, cored, stemmed out, and diced.
-1 vidalda onion- sliced
-2 jalapeño peppers- diced
-2 banana peppers- diced
-2 cayenne peppers- diced
-4 cloves garlic- minced
-2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
-1/2 cup red wine vinegar
-6 tbsp. lime juice
-11 drops Texas Pete hot sauce
-2 tsp. crushed red pepper
-1 tsp. pepper
-4 tsp. salt

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Combine all ingredients in large saucepan and bring to boil. Once salsa is at a boil turn heat down & simmer for 15 minutes. If you are planning to can the salsa you would then carefully ladle salsa into pint size jars, leaving 1/4″ headspace. Wipe jars clean of any salsa & put lids on. Place in boiling water bath for 15 minutes.I did revise the original blog post  recipe a lot & spice it up for my family (mainly the hubs & the country boys that hang out here on the farm, because, I don’t know about other country boys but these Southeast country boys like it spicy when it comes to salsa.

If third time isn’t a charm (believe me, y’all will know), I believe we may try to make it again next season (or buy from the big box grocery store:() but this year it has good flavor it’s not thick enough. If you will notice, I stopped blending & processing all together, flavor is awesome, but, thickness isn’t therev but, this time it may be, too bad, it is a smaller pot…

Until next time, happy canning, y’all.

~Amber~
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