Thursday, July 15, 2010

THANK YOU for visiting

My blog doesn't seem to be co-operating the way I think it should.  I am a newbie so bare with me.  Hope this works. 

Back in September I joined a weight lose challenge at LOA called none other than THE BIGGEST LOSER challenge and to my surprise I succeeded.  I lost 25.2 lbs in 9 weeks and won.  I worked sooooo hard.  I continued to lose another 13.4 lbs. before I went on vacation and since then I haven't been as good with the eating part of weight loss.  I inspired my BF Mama Sparks (TAP) and now she is my inspiration.  On Monday at 6:28 a.m. .......yes 6:28 a.m  my phone rang and it was none other than TAP.  She said what are you doing? me at the gym....... I relented with OK.......I thought to myself I'd rather be sleeping.   I'm still below my biggest loser weight but have gained a few of those nasty pounds back.  I have to get serious about the food again.  It is sooo easy to go back to your old ways.  I'm meeting TAP at the gym at 5 today.

Just about every year when the fresh fruits and veggies are in season I like to make Hamburg Relish and Raspberry Jelly.  They are two of my family's favorites.  If you like to do home canning you must try this recipe. 

Hamburg Relish from Pauline's Kitchen               Yields 12 - 8 oz jars

4 c. ground cucumbers (approx. 8 lg)
1  1/2 c. ground green peppers (3 lg)
1/2 c. ground red peppers (1 lg)
3 c. ground onion (6 lg)
3 c. ground celery (6 lg stalks)
4 T. salt
3  1/2 c. white sugar
2 c. white vinegar
1 T. celery seed
1 T. mustard seed

Wash and grind all vegetables with the coarse blade in your meat grinder.
In a large bowl/crock mix ground veggies with the 4 T. of salt and let stand at least 2 hours in refrigerator.  I usually double or triple the batch and refrigerate over night. 
Drain all excess liquid.  I use my colander.

Wash and sterilize your jars.

In a large heavy stainless steel pot add sugar, vinegar, celery and mustard seed and bring to a boil.
Stir in the well drained veggies, bring to a boil again and simmer 10 minutes.  Stir often.
Pour into sterilized jars leaving a 1/4-inch head space.  Wipe rims; seal.  Process for canning.

Enjoy!!!!!!!!  Try this relish with a grilled cheese sandwich.......yummy.

This blog has taken me about 3 hours to write.  Needless to say I've not quilted today.  I just realized my spelling sucks and I have to find my dictionary.......Oh just found the spell check.  Thank you Thank you Thank you.  Sorry no pictures........haven't had that lesson yet.

I'll try another post soon.



Mama Spark said...

Ok, You all SERIOUSLY need to try this relish! Once you do you will never want store bought again. (You could be like me and just get PTM to make some for you, LOL). You are making me sound kind of mean (but I guess I *am* kind of mean, right?) See you at the gym in half and hour and I am proud of you for posting again. Picture lesson soon!!!

Crispy said...

The relish does sound yummy!! Hooray for getting back to your weight loss routine, sure wish it was as easy to take it off as it is to put it on....Not Fair :0)


Elaine Adair said...

Welcome to Blogland, from western Nebraska - hope you enjoy the journey!

Don't worry about what you don't know how to do, you'll figure it out in time.

Anonymous said...

This is the best relish EVER! Can't wait to try making it myself.....LTW

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