Salsa for our Christmas Preserve Baskets

I had fully intended to make this salsa in the summer when I had easy access to fresh tomatoes. You know what they say about good intentions??? Well, my intention was to make it in the summer but ended up being the week before Christmas and I had to use canned, diced tomatoes instead of fresh. It still turned out well but would have been even better with fresh! This salsa would make for a great snack with your favourite tortilla chips or even crackers, or used in whatever recipe you have that calls for salsa.

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Taco Pickles

Saturday I was so busy that typing didn’t even enter into my day.  I made these Taco Pickles and 4 different kinds of Christmas goodies. I haven’t even started wrapping yet but at least everything else is getting done… albeit not as quickly as I would have liked lol.

These also go by the name Mexican pickled vegetables but I’ve always called them Taco Pickles and they will make a great addition to our Christmas Preserves baskets this year!

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Green Tomato Relish

I ended up with a whole big bowl of green tomatoes in my garden that I knew with the cold weather fast approaching were not going to ripen.  I didn’t want to just toss them over the fence for the cows, that seemed a waste of the fact I was actually able to grow vegetables this year.  I decided to try an old recipe I had for a Green Tomato Relish.

The smell of relish cooking is delicious…. it could taste awful but it sure makes the house smell nice. I only ended up getting 5 jars of this relish but it is still better than having wasted them!

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Canning – Christmas Baskets – Preview and Review

Yesterday I was asked what sort of items we added to our Christmas baskets last year.  For the life of me I couldn’t remember.  I thought it would make a great post to share the recipes we canned last year for our baskets and also, what we have going already this year.

Everyone seems to love receiving the Christmas Preserves Baskets that we make up each year.  I love to make gifts for people and receive gifts made from others.  There is something really touching knowing that someone spent time and effort to make a gift just for you and the fact that chances are while they were making it, they were thinking about you!

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Cauliflower Relish – Canning

A few Christmases ago we were gifted some preserves from a neighbor and one of the jars contained some Cauliflower relish.  Chris went nuts for it so I had to ask the neighbor for their recipe. I substituted the all green peppers in the recipe and added some red peppers for a bit more colour and prepared 7 jars (I don’t know how I keep ending up with odd numbers lol) to put away for our Christmas Preserves Baskets!

While technically it took 2 days to make this relish, the majority of the time was spent waiting while the vegetables sat in the fridge over night lol!

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Thanksgiving Recap

I thought with our Canadian Thanksgiving being this coming weekend… October the 8th (and yes, I do know it seems early, especially to those of you in the US!)… I would do a recap of some of our favourite holiday recipes.  There are some things you just have to have with your turkey dinner…. stuffing, mashed potatoes, good gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie…. you get the picture!

Here are some of our previous posts featuring our all time favourites, and well loved, Thanksgiving/holiday recipes!

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Pickled Beets – Canning

I am back, after a long weekend.  We tried a new Chinese food restaurant on Friday night and have all been sick and suffering ever since.  Not sure we will be going back there again!!!

Friday during the day… before the onslaught of Chinese food illness… I made a big batch of pickled beets.  We all LOVE pickled beets and they make a great addition to our Christmas Preserves baskets! What possessed me to buy 12 lbs. of beets to pickle is beyond me 😦

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NOTE: I double the recipe to use ALL 12 lbs. of the beets!

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