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Did you get a whiff of this?

Written by Sue, thursday, August 29,2013          Partly cloudy, very humid, temps.90's

Look what Mr P. just brought in from the garden, fresh okra, the first of the season it is late because we had to replant it twice due to the rains. Okra is one of my favorite veggies, I know of one side dish we will be having tonight. ~smile~

Yesterday I was busy turning these into
 this and then
 putting it in  safe keeping for
All to enjoy! Why so many you might ask, I make gift baskets and give to family and friends. They make the best gifts especially when you have an assortment and  you dress them up.
 I think one reason I like apple butter so much is that I associate it with my favorite season, autumn, I must say it smelled like autumn around the farmhouse yesterday. I would probably be pulling fall decorations out today if I wasn't busy with apples again. Today I am going to put some in the dehydrator, and tomorrow applesauce.
Enjoy your day,


Debbie August 29, 2013 at 11:25 AM  

Okra is one of my favorites too. The freezer kind from the store is kind of rubbery, and here in the Midwest we just can't seem to grow much of it. I have to go to Cracker Barrel to indulge my love for okra.
You busy girl you!

Farm Girl August 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM  

It always amazes me at the quantity of work that you do. You do so much. I told my new SIL next year I would grow a whole patch of Okra for him. He hasn't had any this year at all.
You know of course I didn't get anything to grow except my sunflowers.
Your apples look wonderful. I love those kinds of apples.

Debbie August 29, 2013 at 11:33 AM  

Good morning...I am embarrassed to admit Sue that I have never had Okra. But I sure have had apple butter...yum. However I am on the way to the docs to discuss my blood sugar (among other things) so I have a feeling it probably won't be on my menu this Fall.. : ( You are always soo busy Sue, I love hearing all about it, but you put me to shame. Enjoy your day!

Vee August 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM  

Okra...can anything really be done with it? What about dousing it with apple butter? Your kitchen is getting a workout these day!

Carol OurSearsKitHome August 29, 2013 at 1:09 PM  

I find canning to be a delightful pastime!!! And your mother is beautiful. A godly mother is such a wonderful treasure! And what a legacy she leaves. I was telling my own mom that just last week.

Mrs.Rabe August 29, 2013 at 1:34 PM  

I've had fried okra before and that was not too bad all sliced up and battered but my mother in law used to cook it in with things and it would be slimy. Not a favorite with me!

I bet your house smelled heavenly! Yum!

Thanks for your prayers for us, and my husbands mother. You're sweet!


Carol August 29, 2013 at 7:52 PM  

Okra & apple butter! Both so yummy! Believe it or not I haven't fixed any fried okra this summer. Note to self, "buy fresh okra this weekend"!


Happyone August 29, 2013 at 7:55 PM  

What great gifts. : )
Would you believe I have never eaten okra!

Angela August 29, 2013 at 11:22 PM  

You are so productive! A good treat is to spread apple butter between layers of cinnamon graham crackers, wrap them in foil, and refrigerate for a day or two. Then you can slice them and they taste a lot old-timey stack cake that my granny used to make:)

NanaNor's August 30, 2013 at 12:10 PM  

You always inspire me Sue. I've only had pickled Okra and enjoyed it. We've done applesauce but it is so much work, my girls only make enough for a meal at a time.
Hugs, Noreen

SarahGeorge August 30, 2013 at 1:25 PM  

Dear Sue

Fresh veggie looks great and apple butter yummy. I'm hearing about apple butter for the first time! I had been reading your previous posts on your other harvests as well. It was a delight to see all the fruits and veggies canned so neatly :)

Lea August 30, 2013 at 3:44 PM  

Oh, Sue, you are something else! I can taste a biscuit smeared with some of that good ole apple butter right now. Oh, I love it!

You could give Martha Stewart a run for her money in the kitchen for sure.

Happy weekend!

Cheryl August 30, 2013 at 5:21 PM  

Oooo...apple butter is the bomb! And it's a sure sign of fall, too, which makes me happy! :D

I love Cracker Barrel's fried okra, but I have never made it myself. How do you cook yours?

Susan B August 30, 2013 at 5:53 PM  

The apple butter looks so yummy! I have to admit I'm not a big okra fan. I think it all depends on how it is prepared.

I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend, my friend. :)

Meg August 30, 2013 at 6:44 PM  

Okra is one of my husband's favorites too. :) You are so busy! That is beautiful apple butter.

Cheryl @ TFD August 30, 2013 at 11:59 PM  

Oh, I can almost smell the apple butter just reading about it! Lucky family and friends!

Did you have fried okra? I love the stuff! Yum, yum.

Enjoy your weekend, Sue!

ellen b. September 1, 2013 at 5:57 PM  

Sue! I needed you to come move to my house for a week to help me deal with my apples and pears. :)
I really admire those of you who can!
Have a wonderful week!

Elena September 1, 2013 at 11:45 PM  

Yummm, I love apple butter. So beautiful and I agree that this is great gifts. We do that too :)

Happy@Home September 2, 2013 at 10:11 AM  

I haven't acquired a taste for okra yet, but perhaps I haven't had it prepared the right way.
On the other hand, I adore the taste and smell of apple butter... especially at this time of the year. I'll bet your kitchen smelled delightful.

Christine September 2, 2013 at 9:18 PM  

I knew you were canning!
I could smell the aroma all the way over here in the Pacific Northwest.
Mmmmmmm, apple butter, now is the smell of Fall.

Janette's Sage/Simply Your Decor September 4, 2013 at 7:17 PM  

I so love when you can. I didn't get to any this year, but I did talk about it when my daughter-in-law's mother at the wedding! LOL

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