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
Hot Bath
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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  1. I love tomatoes, send some my way! LOL

    Seriously though, I think tomatoes are just a miracle fruit/veggie that ever graced this earth. I can’t get enough of them!

    Yours are making me salivate and your sandwich, mmmm….

  2. Oh…one of my favorite things…fresh tomatoes!!! The sandwich looks amazing…YUMMY!!!


  3. When we arrived at the lake this morning we found a produce stand, with lovely fresh tomatoes. Couldn’t resist those! They even had a few yellow tomatoes…yes, we picked up a couple of those too!

    Wonderful wonderful post, Katherine!

  4. WOW! You have some crop! I don’t like eating them, but like trying to grow them. Have to keep the deer away!
    You were a busy gal!

  5. A tomato sandwich sounds yummy. Came by to thank you for visiting me the other day. I come over here and now I am hungry. Makes me wish I was growing tomatos. LOL! Have a great rest of the week.

  6. What a prefect post for the FYRED party Lady Katherine. Tomatoes!

    Yours are so perfect and look so ripe and ready to eat. That tomato sandwhich…Yumm…:)

    ~Happy FYRED Day!
    ~Melissa :)

  7. Wow what a crop of maters as my Great Aunt would have said. I remember spending many days turning the small grinder handle for Mom as she made chow chow. You brought back some wonderful memories to me tonight. TFS

  8. Katherine,
    Guess what I had for supper…Tomatoe/turkey bacon sandwich…Mmmm! Yours looks delicous with salsa/chips…Mmmm! You have a great garden there…The Chow Chow sound good…Mmmm! Have a great weekends..Katherinellen

  9. Lady Katherine, This is the perfect RED post for this time of year!!! Nothing like can tomatoes, and you will really enjoy them when winter comes! Oh, and that ‘mater sandwhich…..HMMMM!!! I’ll have to fix me one today!!! Love them! Thanks for joining in the Flaunt today! Nancy

  10. Gosh, I havent’ heard of tomato sandwiches in ages. My dad used to enjoy them but I totally forgot until I read this and saw your photo. Thanks for the memory.

  11. There is nothing like home grown tomatoes. I have gotten a few off our plants and they are to die for and of course ice tea to go with them.
    You have been busy with all that canning, girl. It all looks yummy!

  12. Those red tomatoes look delicious right now. I have not canned in years but I do remember how wonderful it felt to see all those cans lined up, full of freshness. Thanks for sharing your red.


  13. We have planted a tiny garden this year for the first time. It’s so fun to go out and pick your own vegetables! Your garden is lovely~I only wish I had enough tomatoes to can!

  14. Wow…Lady..that is a LOT of tomatoes. I’ve never canned anything. I make jelly but haven’t done canning. Thanks for the recipe..
    Oh, and I’ve never had a tomato sandwich…:)
    Hope you didn’t tire yourself out doing all that work..
    xo bj

  15. Hello sweet Katherine!!! Can I tell you right now, just how hungry I am. Forget preparing the sandwiches for me….just hand me a salt shaker and let me at ‘em.

    Yummy…homegrown tomatoes!!!

    My Show n Tell is posted…do stop by for a spot of tea, won’t you? I’d love your company.

  16. It’s a good thing you like to put things by because given the size of your husbands tomato crop you’ll be doing a lot of it :-) . I loved this post. Thank you for sharing it with us.

  17. Your canning picture reminds of a an old Doris Day movie from the early 60′s…. They look yummy!


  18. Yes, I do! And your harvest is certainly early. We usually don’t have our first ripe ones until July. I have a wonderful relish recipe that I am going to have to share here one day.
    How are you feeling? I hope you aren’t overdoing the work this summer. Take a little time for yourself.
    I noticed a little jar with the Yorktowne design on it.
    Mama Bear

  19. Hi my lovely friend!! How are you? I just love the idea of canning fresh tomatoes and FIGS!! We have a small fig tree but it isn’t producing much fruit yet. Didn’t do tomatoes this year…just too many other things, I guess.

    My Mom loved tomato sandwiches and also vidalia onion sandwiches. I love tomatoes, but prefer my sandwiches have a little meat, salad or cheese also!!

    We went to the beach today, and had a blast. We boogy boarded and body surfed in some good waves. It was pretty crowded since it’s summer, but still fun!! I’m kinda tired but have our grandaughter’s birthday party here tomorrow afternoon so I better get busy!

    Love and hugs, sweetie!!

  20. Wow Katherine, You garden is far ahead of mine. We have had so much rain. Sorry about you seed. Mine did not work either. The rain I think has destroyed most seedings I planted in spring. I had to order more nasturtiums and plant them late. The are now growing.

  21. Yum! I love tomato sandwiches! Where exactly in Mississippi do you live? I live in Northeast MS near Tupelo, if you know where that is….

  22. Wow! You sure have a lot of tomatoes, Katherine! And how nice that you can preserve them. Your friends are lucky to get a share. We just got back from a 7 day cruise and we are still in FL. I can’t wait to get back to MS tomorrow. I have missed you all. I hope you are doing ok. The cinnamon bread looks so good too, one of my favorites!…Christine

  23. You made over your blog! Very very pretty!

    WoW your tomatoes are waaay ahead of mine! They’re so big and I just got two ripe ones this week. I LOVE tomatoe sandwhiches. Especially when the tomatoe is still warm from the sun and on grainy bread! That is a simple pleasure of summer for sure!

    Cinnamon nut bread sounds so yummy especially with homade fig preserves! I’ve been thinking of adding a fig tree to the yard – I may this fall.

    Hope you’re feeling good and getting out driving around!


  24. My goodness Katherine, you have been a very busy lady. I read through a few posts and my you are very creative. Love the new sideboard you made and the tablescape too! You definately have an eye for a bargin. :)

  25. Memories rush back in … oh, the days of when I used to can hundreds & hundreds of jars of veggies. Yum! TTFN ~ Marydon

  26. Dear Sweet Lady Katherine,
    My goodness I thought I was already a follower of your lovely, beautiful, poignot blog but I was not. I apologize…I follow it anyway.
    I am 2 posts away from 100th post giveaway and there will be a second chance in for those who are already a follower of my blog.
    I agree with Hootin’ Anne…just pass me the salt shaker and the tomatoes…my favorite sandwich is bacon and tomatoes… daddy has a huge garden and a smaller garden closer to home but here in oklahoma his tomatoes are not ready….he has a flatbed trailer of vandalia onions and his red potatoes he is starting to dig up every day…..he will not have green beans this year…he planted them 3 times and finally tilled them under because of the rabbits….I told him to dare not hurt peter rabbit and
    his friends….I think he was a tad too digusted to listen to his daughter.
    You are in my daily prayers as I read in a comment you might be having surgery…or did I read wrong…I hope not.
    I would like to ask your permission to place your Pink Lady of Hope picture in my sidebar, where when they click on to it, it will come to your blog….it is such an important message and it is inspiring.
    I love, love, love your side table with the drawers above it….that is very pretty especially when you consider what little you spent to have something so pretty and useful…gorgeous…I would like to hang out with you for a day

  27. Mmmmmmmm love tomatoes ! I would love to can – my mom used to and it brings back so many memories !
    Hugs ~ Kammy

  28. Hi Kathy,

    Been looking over all that I have been missing here on your blog and you have been so busy.I have not gotten much of anything done in the past few months.I love Terry’s shed it looks so much like an old store front.And the Tea Party with the girls look like lots of fun.Hope to come on more often ,been off the computer for a few months now am going to try and get back yo blogging again,we will see what happens.Wish our tomatoes had made as well as yours,we got some but not like you did and the crawfish look so good.

  29. We just had our first “real” tomato sandwiches on Sunday, but not from our own plants—from a little farm stand. The elderly couple drive the 700 miles back and forth to Florida every week during the summer bringing back produce.

    Our plants are huge, filled with good size green ones, and promise to bear all Summer. I remember the days of canning 300 jars of tomatoes, then about that many of chow chow and relishes and pickles, all the years we lived in the Delta.

    Our recipe was almost exactly like yours, but that was what my Mammaw called “CHILLIE sauce”—those words written in her hand in the recipe book. ChowChow was more a ground-up green tomato and onion and pepper thing, kind of pale green in the jar, and with mixed pickling spice in a little cloth bag in the pot, rather than the allspice and cloves.

    It all sounds wonderful, and I thank you for bringing back all those good memories.

  30. Yes, those strawberry ‘flowers’ were wonderful. Need to ask for the recipe.
    I am so happy that your tomato patch yielded an awesome harvest. Our’s has not been very good this year. Not sure what is different. Maybe 105 temps and no rain, but we do water.
    The skins are tough and not the sweet home-grown taste.

    ‘The only two things that money can’t buy is true love and home-grown tomatoes.’


  31. I could almost taste that mouth-watering delicious tomato sandwich. One of my favorite lunches when I have fresh tomatoes! You have really been working hard with your canning, and I know it will be worth it when you have all of this wonderful food to enjoy. (For some reason, your blog is not updating on my blog roll-it still shows the post about your precious little granddaughters at the tea party). laurie

  32. Hello….just stopping in to say I hope you are feeling good..and that this has been a good day for you.
    xo bj

  33. oh my what a delicious post this is, your tomato crop is huge and so healthy looking and the sandwich is making my hungry, will have to try out your recipe, we have one plant this year and it just keep growing n growing so am hoping for lots of tomatoes, happy summer days and 4th July, Kathy.

  34. WOW Katherine ~ what a PROLIFIC tomato crop! I used to love to can, but I don’t do it so often anymore, but your post brought back a flood of happy memories. I can almost sense the aromas that were coming from your kitchen. The essence of summer. :)

    Your blog is absolutely LOVELY! Thank you for sharing and have a great holiday weekend. xo~m.

  35. LK…I hear ya! Mississippi Tomatoes are something else! I have canned 9qts, 1 pint and 1 qt of juice. I canned 9 – 12oz. jars of Fruit/Chili Sauce and tomorrow I’m going to use your Chow Chow Recipe instead of just canning them as I have enough Pepper Sauce already and need to put up both!
    Ours have been coming in about two weeks and I’m already exhausted. :)

  36. Your tomatoes are 8 feet high? HOLY MACKEREL. Mine are maybe 3 feet high, and clearly under-achievers!

    Those are the most amazing tomato plants I have ever seen. What variety are they?

    I’m impressed at the canning and jarring — I don’t have the courage to do that. I really admire you — that is one heap of a lot of work!

    And a tomato sandwich, plain, on white bread — now THAT is summer!!!


  37. There is nothing better in the world than a home grown tomato..put it between 2 slices of bread and you’re tasting heaven! Canned everything in sight when my children were young. Thanks for bringing back memories.

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