Friday, May 29, 2009

Canning Recipes

To help light a fire under you, I thought we could share some of our favorite canning recipes.  For instance, I know Ginger loves to mix and match her berries and fruits when she make jam, and that Rebecca has a great salsa recipe her family can't live without.  Here is the very simple chili sauce recipe that has been handed down from generation to generation in my family:

Chili Sauce  (salsa Utah style):

36 large tomatoes 
8 large onions 
6 green peppers 
3 cups vinegar 
2 cups sugar 
1 tablespoon cinnamon 
1 tablespoon cloves 
1 tablespoon ginger 
4 tablespoons salt 
Peel and slice tomatoes. Add peppers and onions that have been chopped fine. Cook for 30 minutes, then add vinegar and spices and cook until of desired consistency. Seal in sterilized bottles. Makes 5 quarts. 

I will also be putting up a LOT of stewed tomatoes, but I would really like to get my hands on a good marinara sauce from scratch (nothing canned) recipe. 

Please, share what recipes you have, even if you've never before tried canning or freezing them.  All they have to be is made of vegetables and cooked.  Has anyone every tried freezing fresh salsa or pesto?

Penny Freeman
Gratitude is the essence of joy.

Fwd: 2009 Hurricane Workshop is this weekend!


Just a reminder that tomorrow is the CenterPoint Energy Hurricane Workshop at the George R. Brown Convention Center.  This promises to be very informative and helpful.  Please put it at the top of your to-do list as we enter into the hurricane season.

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ReadyorNot Dear Penny,


Reminder: 2009 Hurricane Workshop is this weekend!

Don't forget to attend the Houston/Galveston National Weather Service 2009 Hurricane Workshop on Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center. Workshop attendees will receive:

  Up-to-date hurricane preparedness information including,  
  • Evacuation plans
  • Power restoration
  • Hurricane predictions
Giveaways including, 
  • A free hurricane preparedness video and vendor-provided items, while supplies last
  • A free lunch courtesy of Wal-Mart for the first 2,500 attendees
  • A chance to enter a drawing for a free natural gas generator courtesy of the Home Depot or a Red Cross Family Survival Kit by playing the hurricane tracker scavenger hunt
There will also be interactive activities suitable for the entire family including,
  • The Kids Zone Activity Center with Radio Disney, and
  • Visits with R.O.N. (Ready or Not), the interactive robot and Louie the Lightning Bug
Visit to register and view the agenda.

Saturday, May 30
George R. Brown Convention Center
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Computer Assisted Realtime Translation (CART),

and Spanish translators will be available.


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Penny Freeman
Gratitude is the essence of joy.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Slow cooker recipes

Hey, all,

A friend on Facebook had a friend give her this site for slow-cooker recipes.  It looks pretty interesting.

Penny Freeman
Gratitude is the essence of joy.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Re: Living Essentials from BYU

Here's a wealth of information for everyone, whether you're new at the home storage game or are old hands. Take a look.

On Sat, May 16, 2009 at 3:34 PM, Cheryl Driggs  wrote:
Worth looking at.  You will want to record some of these due to the broadcast time!

Penny Freeman
Gratitude is the essence of joy.