Welcome to the 18th Tea Time Tuesday
Tomato Garden

As you look around my 100 year old Craftsman Bungalow, Remember we are remodeling! 
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
 I got these mayonnaise glass jars 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, 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. O, my…your canning pictures are just beautiful. I love your huge garden and now you have all these good things to eat. Tell me, dear one…who works in that garden all season…Terry? He sure must be doing a super job.

    Your iced tea and sandwich looks good…
    xo bj

  2. Katherine, those tomato sandwiches look WONDERFUL! I would love to have one right now. Do you think you could send one to me through the computer screen? I’m starved!

    Happy Tea Time Tuesday…


    Sheila 🙂

  3. Wow! I am so impressed with all your tomatoes. They look delicious. Mine are just starting to ripen now.

  4. Lady Katherine, I wish I could reach through the screen and try that tomato sandwich of yours, it looks so good!
    Iced tea is a refreshing summer drink, nice to share it with you this week.

  5. Lady Katherine, The tomatoes look wonderful! We here in the north are still waiting for ours to ripen. You are such a talented lady. I knew that already, but now you’ve shared that you also can tomatoes! Awesome! Thanks for sponsoring Tea Time Tuesday – I always enjoy it.
    Hugs and blessings, Beth

  6. Lady Katherine! I LOVE tomato sandwiches! And when it comes to fresh, home grown tomoatoes, I love them with just plain old salt!Thanks for the gorgeous photos and recipes!

  7. I love tomato/mayonnaise sandwich too. It’s so simple, but delicious especially when tomatoes are from my garden.
    I’m joining Tea Time Tuesday for the first time. Hope to join often in the future.

  8. The garden always brings us the delights of the season. And although my beloved cans…there is nothing that beats being able to just pull a tomato from the vine!

    I love tomato and tuna…. 🙂

    Wonderful that your Daddy was involved with helping you..savor that time, dear Katherine!

    And thanks for letting me take part in Tea Tuesday! 🙂 I enjoyed it very much.

  9. Wow, Katherine, I cannot believe how tall your tomatoes got. You got lots of tomatoes and the preserves look yummy. Your sandwich and bread look so good..Christine

  10. WOW!!!! Tomato plants gone wild and what a harvest. We are just now getting “summer” temperatures and our garden is slow growing. Seeing the news though tells me ice tea and tomato sandwiches are the perfect tea time for you all down South! Especially tomato sandwiches from home grown tomatoes. Wish you could send me some of those tomatoes, home grown ripe tomatoes are the very best!

    I very much like the all white tea setting. Something about all white table ware inspires me and refreshes me. Thank-you for hosting this tea time Lady Katherine, I very much appreciate it!

  11. HI Lady Katherine! Wonderful post..I am so enjoying the recipes and tips..yay..fabulous! It is so wonderful to make your own! Happy tea..beautiful photos…thanks for an inspiring fun post…hope you are having a magical day! Thanks for hosting this affair each week…so appreciated!

  12. Good morning,
    I just love a sandwich made from fresh tomatoes from the garden! Is there anything better? I do enjoy those little grape tomatoes too as a snack. I’m eating a lot of those lately. Your fig preserves sound wonderful, I’ve never had them before. Your whole tea post has my mouth watering! Thank you for sharing your feast and recipes. Hope you have a delightful day.


  13. Oh girl you had my mouth waterin over the tomatoe sandwich…I just love those …and look at all your canning I have not done that since my Wally died when we had our big garden…Hope you have a GREAT day my Dear friend…Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  14. Those are some impressive tomato plants. With that many tomatoes you will be busy canning and eating sandwiches for quite some time. 😉

  15. Fabulous post! Thank you for the Chow Chow recipe. I will be giving it a try. I’m not so sure mine will be as good as yours since your tomatoes are so beautiful and they must be so very delicious too! Your tomato sandwich looks so tasty. Tomato sandwiches are a favorite of mine. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration today and for the party too!!

    Susan and Bentley

  16. Hello sweet lady…

    I just read the sweet note that you left for me and wanted to come over to say hello and thank you for stopping by…and…lo and behold…I found the “very sweetest” surprise! I had no idea that you had featured my tea table on your blog! This is so sweet of you, my friend…thank you! I really do appreciate it!!! I’m just basking! Hehe!

    Well…dear lady, it looks like you have been really busy gardening and harvesting the bounty of your efforts! Girlfriend, I have never seen tomato plants 8 ft. tall…that is just unbelievable! Ohhh…and your tomatoes look so red and juicy…mmmm!!! I have yet to eat a homegrown tomato this summer…and I love them!!! We just haven’t planted a garden…it always seems that we’re too busy, vacations, etc. I assure you…I sure have done my fair share of canning tomatoes too! Hehe! Store bought just can’t begin to compare! Your Dad’s recipe for Chow-chow sounds really good! Ohhh…I’m really getting hungry now and I have a hankerin’ for a big, red, juicy tomato!!! Well sweet lady, thank you again for stopping by…I always enjoy your visits! And…thank you again for featuring my tea on your blog! I’m still basking! wink!

    Have a fabulous day, my friend!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  17. HI Katherine! I’ve never seen such tall tomato plants and they are sure producing great for y’all! Your post has brought back some memories from my childhood when my mother would can tomatoes! She would have a big ole ‘wash tub’ as she called it on the back porch filled with hot water. She’d place the tomatoes in the water and let them bob around a bit. She would let me slide the tomato skins right off after they cooled down a bit. I loved that!
    Your chow chow sounds so good. We eat a lot of pinto beans and Mr. Precious loves chow chow on them!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  18. Hello Lady Katherine
    This is my first time visiting your blog and it is lovely! I look forward to reading your older posts. Your lunch looks so tastey! Take care..


  19. Now I wish it was summer over here so I can have a yummy tomato sandwich! I love fresh organic tomatoes!

    Thanks for having me Lady Katherine. I tried to leave a message yesterday but blogger wouldn’t let me. Poor Marty seems to have lost about 30 comments from her tabletop post too…very weird!

    Best wishes,

  20. Hello Lady Katherine,

    I don’t think I’ve seen tomatoes grow that tall! And look at those shiny reds . . . . so fresh. Yummy indeed!I live eating tomatoes with salted egg 🙂

    I hope you are well today.


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