Tomato Garden

My husband Terry tied up his tomato plants, they reached eight feet tall this summer,

While canning the tomato’s I found an old, old Ball Canning Recipe book, I have to have my glass of ice tea.
More jars washed and ready to go, these are the old Mayonnaise Glass Jars.
 I got these from my 90 year old neighbors house after she had pasted away.
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Canned jars of Chow Chow and more Tomatoes ready to cook.
The small tomato garden made 200 pounds of tomatoes. Which we shared with friends and neighbors. My Daddy came and picked up about 40 pounds of Tomatoes and Watermelons and Okra.
He even went home with a rooster and a hen, after seeing our farm fresh eggs.
My Daddy’s Chow Chow Recipe
Canner, glass jars, jar lids and rings,
 tongs, jar holder, towel, 
 large enamel pot to cook tomatoes,
measuring spoons and cup
4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
3 cups of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground red pepper
3 cups sugar – this made it a little too sweet

25 large tomatoes
10 hot fresh  peppers – I used jalapeno
4 large bell peppers
3 large coarse cut yellow onions

Blancing the Tomatoes
In large pot, cook on high, then to medium,drain off water, peel the skin off and core the tomatoes.
In large mixing bowl add all ingredients from the pantry and stir.  Taste to see if mixture is hot enough.
In large enamel pot bring mixture to boil, then cook on medium, for about 1&1/2 to 2 hours until thick and onions and peppers  are soft.
Next time I will use half the sugar as it was a little sweet for our taste, If mixture is too thick in beginning, add a little water. To keep mixture from boiling over you can add 1 tablespoon of margarine.  When splitting the hot pepper and taking out the seeds, you my want to use gloves,  I didn’t and my hands burned for hours.
Makes  about 12 pints
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While the tomato mixture is cooking. Using a canner pot, add clean jars and cover with water, bring almost to rolling boil and turn down temperture. About 10 minutes before the tomato mixture is done, I add the rings and the caps. Take out a jar  with tongs or jar holder and using a funnel fill the mixture to 1/ 2 inch from the top.  Make sure to wipe off any spills around the top of the jar, before adding the lid and ring. Use the tongs and take the lid placing it on the jar and then add ring. I usually turn my jars upside down over night and turn up the next morning. This  makes the heat from the mixture and lid, makes the vacum seal of  lid to the jar.
My husband turned the jars over in 4 hours and checked for the seal., by tapping on the lid. If the lid moves up and down, it needs to go in the fridge.  Enjoy on your peas and cornbread.

Iced Tea With a Tomato Sandwich

 I enjoyed a glass of ice tea, a tomato sandwich, homemade salsa, chips, and cinnamon nut bread.  My sister, Doris gave me the lovely bowl, where I place an arrangement of magnolia and grapes.
My friend Hazel always brings such wonderful Happy’s, as I call them, to brighten my day! On her last visit she brought the cinnamon nut bread. Which I topped with dream whip and homemade fig preserves. My husband does not care much for cake or bread , but he loves Hazel’s cinnamon nut bread. As you can see its almost gone.  The fig preserves we canned, my grandchildren do love them so.
The tomato sandwich is made from home grown tomatoes with mayonnaise,salt, pepper, and bread. Thats All! I just love sitting down to a good tasting home grown tomato sandwich! Don’t You?.

As always: Save a Cup of Tea For Me!
Lady Katherine

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I live in a near 100 year old Craftsman’s Bungalow, I love all things old and handmade. I have a Dream Buffet I want so much, to match my China Cabinet. Until I find it I have decided to make do with one I have put together, then later on it can be used in my Weaving and Spinning Studio. I went over to my friend Lene’s to take a before picture of my Buffet, as she has one like mine started out.
After taking a job traveling with an Aviation Company, I had my daughters to close my Nail Salon. With the help of their friends, they moved all my things out. A lot of items got broken from falling off the trucks, my table iron got twisted and broken.
Lene’s Buffet Table  
We cut off  the top iron and mirror, the iron between the legs, and straighten the legs. I gave a coat of spray paint, in the color of my china closet. Stained the wood top a darker color. 

I took two drawers that came from the old island in the kitchen, painted the drawers in my favorite Gentleman’s Blue.

Placed the two drawers, upside down on the Buffet Table, and added a bench I painted and stained, made from the wood we took off our walls, place the bench underneath for extra seating or to hold a few basket or trays. I added a board, in the middle of two drawers to attach the two drawers together to make a hutch type shelf, and added a board in the middle of each drawer for shelves. I also added a small piece of wood to hold in my plates on the shelves.

View of dishes in the top of the Buffet, and the plate rack I made above to hold chargers, and platters. I got six more of the French black and white plates added those behind the bowls I got from the  Valentine’s Auction I went to.  Inside the shelves are my husband’s Grandmother’s everyday dishes.

This is my total make over using different patterns of white dishes. You may notice the trim is not up yet, but it not stopping me from putting all my things together. Yes, the ceilings are all wood as are the floors. My husband is sheet rocking most of our home, but I get to keep a few rooms with the wood walls. I want to keep my ceiling wood. The tray underneath the bench I bought at the annual garage sale for $5.00, the baskets were $1.00 each. 

Table setting view with my little sun porch, or will it be a butler’s pantry? All the chairs, were bought at garage sale for $4.00 each. My Mother’s table,  the bench bought from a old church for $10.00, Which my husband has cut down the bench, and still needs to add back the other arm.  Then I shall cover all the seats in blue and white toile. My rug was a gift from my sister, Doris.

Place setting with blue chargers, I have set of twelve of the blue chargers, I bought from a thrift shop in Georgia. The blue stemware bought in South Carolina. 
Napkin and napkin rings from a garage sale.
Flatware bought many years ago.  The floral dinner plate, I bought for 25 cents each from a garage sale. I had planned on using them in a flower bed, but they made it to the table instead!

My centerpiece is a basket with silk periwinkle blue rose petals, I  glued on to cover the basket. I used this basket as a rice girl basket in my daughter, Jennifer’s Wedding.  To use as my centerpiece, on one side of the basket I added a bouquet of hydrangeas, on the other side I made a bird nest out of Spanish moss, my daughter Suzette picked from a tree. Added a few birds I got from Dollar Tree for four for a dollar.

 Simple Centerpiece with candle holders from a thrift shop.
 How do you like my silk petal covered basket?

View of my new made over Buffet and plate rack. 
In the corner is a iron and wicker corner shelf, cost $1.00 at garage sale. The wine chalk board was $3.00. You can see a peak of my chandelier that getting silver leafed at this moment.

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As Always Save a Cup of Tea for Me
Lady Katherine
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My lovely Granddaughter, Hannah who is three,
Taking time to smell Granna’s Roses!
My lovely Granddaughter, Brianna, who is 23 months,
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Hubby is calling my dining room, the dish room!
I got this chest by trading one of my handmade  felted hats from my sheep wool, plus a little more money, for the chest below. I built the shelf on the chest years ago. The shelf use to hang above my stove. While remodeling, Hubby through my shelf out to his junk pile. I was hunting this shelf a couple of months ago. I looked everywhere for it! Hubby finally admitted he had thrown it in the junk pile. He went and got it, I was so upset for the stained shelf was now grey and weathered.
Hubby helped me put back together. 
I decided to do a crackle finish on the chest and shelf. 

I painted the chest and shelf flat brown, let it dry, then added a heavy coat of  crackle, waited an hour, then painted it with an off white flat paint. Before it finishes crackling,  I start to wipe off where I wanted large spots of the brown to show. 
 I let this dry for several days 
These are the products I used.  After the last drying, I used  a poly acrylic finish for paint. I  letting one coat of  the poly acrylic  dry and then paint on a second coat. All done!
Last time Gollum did a tour of  Big Lots, she found a set of white lovely dishes! It was a while before I finally got to go to Big Lots! Oh, but when I did I bought white dishes, not the great deal I was hoping for like Gollum’s dishes! 
Gollum has a post today on my dishes, I bought from Big Lots, go see! 
So I decided to share my dishes! About a month ago I bought two boxes of Great Gathering White dishes which is a total of 64 pieces.  
I opened one box, every dish was perfect! The next box had plates and bowls broken. I called Big Lots,  they did not give me a receipt, and they only had one box left! The lady said  you have to come tonight, and we will go through your box and add the pieces that are broken. Now, by now you know I have not driven in four years, ugh! No one would take me! The next morning Hubby had  to go in Jackson, an hour away, he dropped me off at Big Lots, and I sat there for two hours!  The lady said you can just exchange your box! So I decided, as I had to sit there and wait, to go through the new box and make sure nothing was broken. I found a few flaws and asked if I could exchange them out of the box I brought back. Yes! No, I did not shop, for I was scared someone would take off with my dishes! 
Home at last!
 All my lovely white Great Gathering Dinnerware in my crackled chest and shelf that now makes a hutch!
How do you like my make over
 Crackled Hutch and new Great Gathering Dinnerware? 
Did you say where are the cups, and the other platter?
Here are the cups on top.  One of the platters, with some of my other new chargers, I bought at Marshall’s!  
Now this is a PEEK at the shelf Hubby and I made to go above my New Blue Buffet! I cut the boards to size and Hubby put it together for me. No, I could not put it together, for the drill and hammer are too heavy!  I did try! Lol 
Then I gave the shelf a coat of my  favorite Gentleman’s Blue Paint!
Now this is only a Peek!  Do not look down at my other dishes below, that I bought at the Valentine’s Day Auction!
I know you are peeking! I promise to show more soon!
Thanks for stopping by, and sharing in my excitement as my new dining room comes together!
Remember! Save a cup of Tea for me! 
Lady Katherine
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