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Creating Family Traditions

Do you  have family traditions? You know things you do regularly with family.  I have several traditions that I have started with my grandchildren. I think traditions are important.   Children look back at their childhood and remember the times family spent together.  It’s an opportunity to bond and establish happy times together.  It gives them something to look forward to. Hopefully they will pass on a few or at least create traditions of their own. 

I remember going to Hershey Park every summer as a child.  We would go on a bus hired by the church.  For years my mother would go.  As we got older she allowed us to go alone, but had one of the chaperons look out for us.  I must say that I had great memories of mom when she went. She packed picnic baskets full of sandwiches, potato salad and all the trimmings.  I remember those ham sandwiches as the best I ever had.  I still think about them.  My father always worked, so he didn’t go with us.  We always brought back these huge Hershey bars for him.  He had a sweet tooth, but never gained an ounce.  Oh how I wish I had those genes.  He would freeze the candy bars and enjoy them through the year.   

Another tradition was going to grandma and granddaddy’s every Sunday for dinner.  There would be fried chicken, homemade biscuits, gravy and all the trimmings.  My mother’s sisters and brothers would be there with their families, we always had a great time.  We played ball, taught each how to flip and cartwheel and discussed boys.  We bring up those Sundays when we get together.  

King’s Dominion and Ocean City were the traditions that I started with my daughter.  My mother had a tradition with her grandchildren too.  Every Friday we would meet there with our children and she would make pizza bread.  The children still talk about grandma’s pizza bread to this day. They bonded on those Friday nights, and for the most part they are still close.    

We’ve made a week at Myrtle Beach a new tradition in the family.  My sister and her family will be joining us this year.  These pictures were taken there last year.  That’s my daughter, her children and her dad who also joins us at the top.  Even though we’re divorced, I include him as much as possible.  I want the grandchildren and my daughter to have memories of all of us being together and no strife.  He loves them as much as I do, we just fall out of love with each other.  So we decided to co-grandparent.  It’s working.    

This is a picture of the kids at the aquarium.  Do you see the snake in the background.  Oh my. We spend time at the beach, eating at our favorite restaurants, or playing games inside.  I’m sure the kids will have wonderful memories. In the fall, we head to the pumpkin patch for hay and pony rides.  At Christmas, we bake cookies.  The children can look forward to these traditions for quite a long time.

Do you have traditions established with your children?  Leave a comment and let us know what they are.  

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When You Lose A Blogger Friend

Yesterday I learned that a rose had been plucked from the garden.  I lost a blogger friend.  I must say I was shocked.  I hadn’t visited her blog, Annie’s Kitchen Garden, in awhile and decided to head over to see what was growing in her garden this season.  She had passed on May 7 from cancer.  Those who knew Granny, loved her and will miss her greatly.  She was an avid gardener, lover of life, wife, grandmother and great grandmother.  I enjoyed her blog so much, and I learned much from her over the past few years in my gardening endeavors. 

It is amazing how social media and blogs connect people.  You can truly form friendships and bond over the internet.  Granny will be the second blogger friend that I have lost.  I am so grateful that I got to know her through her blog.  I will hold her and all of the knowledge that she passed to me in my heart forever.  Her wish for her fellow gardeners was to pass on our knowledge to others and Keep Gardening For Granny. It was an honor knowing her and I wish her family many blessings. May she RIP.  

How To Pickle Peppers

Do you like peppers on sandwiches, nachos, in beans, salads, dips ?  They’ll be as fresh months from  now as they are today if you pickle them.  I thought I would share this recipe so you can plan to pickle some of your harvest this season.  My children love them.  My daughter actually called to ask if I would mail her a few jars through the mail.  Imagine a jar breaking and the post office smelling like pickled peppers.  I declined that request, but I do take a jar when I visit her.  My grandchildren love them too.

 This batch is a combination of:    

  •  Hungarian Wax
  •  Sweet Banana
  •  Chilies
  •  Jalapeno
  •  White Bell

I throw whatever peppers are ripe in the bowl.  Some people prefer to use jalapeno peppers only, but I like to broaden my horizon.  I make a pickling broth to cover my peppers.  Here’s what you will need for the broth.  You may have to double the recipe depending on how many jars you will be canning:

  • 1 cup water
  • 4 cups of white vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of Kosher salt

I brought it to a boil.  Next,  I placed a teaspoon of pickling spice to the bottom of 1/2 pint sterilized jars.  Pack the jars with peppers and pour the pickling broth over the peppers. Prepare them for a hot water bath by removing the bubbles with a plastic knife.  Take the knife around the jar a few times and ensure the peppers are packed tightly.  Wipe the rims of each jar with a clean cloth.  Place sterilized lids and rims on each jar.  Water bath for 15 minutes.  They are delicious.

*Note – Do not use blemished peppers when canning your produce.

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DIY – Flower Pot Tower

I’ve been wanting to make a flower pot tower for some time, and I finally got around to it.  I was quick pleased with how it turned out and how easy it was to make.  If you’re interested in making your own, you will need the following:

1 piece of rebar or a garden stake (Found at Lowes or Home Depot) 
1 10 inch clay pot
1 8 inch clay pot
1 6 inch clay pot
potting soil
1/2 flat of petunias

Place your rebar into the ground where you will be placing your tower.  Place the largest pot over the rebar. The hole in the pot will be large enough to place the pot over the rebar easily.  Fill the pot with potting soil.  Place the next pot over the rebar and fill with potting soil and than the third. Place petunias around the perimeter of each of the pots and water thoroughly.  Looks like I need to add a few more petunias to the top.  I want it be full.  

If you want to add a 4th or 5th pot, you will need to use a longer stake.  I recommend a garden stake, which can be purchased at your local garden center for a few bucks.  You can cut the stake down once you reach the desired height of your tower.  

You can also spray paint your pots the desired color if you want to a pop to your yard or add a saucer beneath the pots.  Quick and easy project.  

Growing Dill In The Home Garden


growing dill

One of the herbs that I grow in my garden is dill.  I started a few plants under grow lights this year, but it did not do well.  As a result, I purchased a plant from the nursery to place in the garden. This is what I found when I went into the garden.  Volunteer dill in several places.  I wished I had saved my money purchasing the plant from the nursery.  Lesson learned, check the garden for volunteers before you head to the garden center.  A volunteer onion is in the background.  Dill and onions are great companion plants.  Check out my other gardening tips too.

Wondering how to use dill?  I have several uses:

1.  Dill Pickles
2.  Dip for potato chips and veggies
3.  Garnishes
4.  Sauce for salmon

I’ve made make spicy dill pickles for the past two seasons and used fresh dill from the garden. This year I will be making bread and butter.   I also dry my dill and store it in an airtight container for dip.  Fresh dill can also be used on various fish, not my thing but many people love using it in that manner.


growing dill

Last, we hope you like our growing dill tips.  It is an easy herb to grow, and has given me lots of volunteers this season.  It loves my garlic plants.  I have to harvest often, so it doesn’t choke out my onions and garlic.  As a result, I should have more than enough to dry and store for dip and to share with family.  If you love veggie dip, this herb will enhance it immensely.  It’s much more flavorful than store brought dill.  I’ll be sure to post my dip recipe the next time make it, which will be soon.

Turn It Up Tuesday – Week 37

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