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written by Sue, Thursday, May 27, 2011                                   Sunny windy and very hot 95degrees..
Mother came by Wednesday, the beets were ready, she and I made pickled beets together, here is the link if you want to see how we did it... so easy...

 ........She always comes bearing gifts, sometimes it is sweets that she has made,  sometimes she brings me clothes, but today she came bearing this.... isn't this pretty, I will now try and find the perfect place for it
The photo doesn't do it justice. It is very old.

I have reverted back to my childhood, as I am now like a child wondering what treasure she will bring me when she comes again. ~smile~
We always have such a great time , and work so well together....

Here is a little tip about prolonging your celery. I wash it really well with Shaklee's Basic -H,  trim the ends off and then  place in a jar of cold water,goes in the refrigerator, it really stays so fresh and last twice as long. ~ Notice the eggs? the hens have been really showing off, and that is okay with me.

We finished preserving the English peas this week,... 36 pint jars, and 30 bags in freezer. We were so pleased.

Three guesses who Lucy is looking at, and two of them don't count. She and Mr P. like to play kick ball , she will whine until he stops what he is doing and play with her, I am not the only one who is spoiled around here. ~LOL~
Mr P picked, I shelled, I almost kept up with him,~lol~ we both are so competitive, that comes from both of us playing sports in high school. ~grin~
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me, and for all of your encouraging "Notes". I will be back tonight to visit,... I must get dressed, my favorite Guy has asked to take me out for dinner tonight, he thinks we need a break, and I will not argue this fact. ~happy face~
until next time,


GardenofDaisies May 26, 2011 at 6:37 PM  

Sue, I love pickled beets! YUM! I like keeping my celery in cold water too. Nice and crisp that way. The pitcher and bowl are so pretty. Have a wonderful time at dinner tonight!

Janette@Janette's Sage May 26, 2011 at 6:55 PM  

I so enjoyed this...I have heard that beets are wonderful for you and I remember my grandmother canning beets...and then your peas, oh remember shelling peas....now I am going back down memory lane...thanks!

I hope you have a wonderful night out with your hubby!

Oh love your new treasure...how much fun!

Heather's Blog-o-rama May 26, 2011 at 7:30 PM  

HI Sue....

Oh, I've never eaten a pickled beet, but they sure do look pretty in those jars. What a deep, beautiful red ;) :)

Oh, and 36 jars of peas? Wow. That's a lot. You'll have enough for a very long time ;) :) I like peas :) :)

Your mommy is so sweet to bring you stuff :) :) I think that's great, even now ;) :) enjoy it :) :)I love it when my mom send me a surprise in the mail :) :)

Your hubby sounds like a sweetheart and I can just imagine you having a "pea shelling" competition. That's funny :) :)Enjoy dinner with him tonight ;) :)

Oh, I found an old recipe for "eggs a la goldenrod" in my reprint edition of Betty Crocker's Picture Cookbook. So excited, because my mom used to make this for me all the time as a kid. She had it as a kid...and who knows how old the recipe is...but it's so simple and very tasty :)

Love and hugs from Oregon , Heather :)

Farm Girl May 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM  

Hello my dear friend you have been busy, it makes my mouth water to see those beets. I was looking at mine today and I can't wait until they are a bit bigger so I can can mine.
Your peas looks so good too.
You know the bowl in the fridge with the eggs? I have the same bowls. I have three but when my son was a baby he knocked the giant one off and broke it so I always look for the largest one when I go anywhere.
Same color too. I love those bowls.
I love that your Mom brought you that pitcher and bowl. It is beautiful. So nice to have a Mom around don't you think?
It has been cold again this week.
We might get more rain and snow this weekend. :) Who knew in California we would have this weather. My garden is not growing very fast at all.The weeds are though.
Well, now that I have taken up all of your comments. I will stop.
So nice to see what you have been doing.
Have a lovely weekend. I hope to as it is a birthday weekend for our family.
Blessings to you my dear friend.
Glad you wrote.
Hugs from me to you,

NanaNor's May 26, 2011 at 7:43 PM  

Hi Sue, I love visiting your place and girl I absolutely love pickled beets-I'll have to copy the recipe. You are so diligent and such a Prov31 women who always encourages all who come by. Wish we lived close to each other-you could teach me so much. You are blessed to still have your mom with you.
Hugs today. Noreen

Julie Harward May 26, 2011 at 8:26 PM  

Your work is beautiful...I have done this year after year, my kids loved pickled beets so much! I love to do this with celery too, makes it so crisp and juicy! :D

Debbie May 26, 2011 at 9:08 PM  

I'm pretty sure that it was just about this time of year when I first found this blog. You and your mom were busy canning and pickling. It was one of the things that drew me to you. I love peeking in the windows of your farmhouse. (Plus, I think your mom looks like Debbie Reynolds.)

Love your recent treasure from her, too.

I hope you are able to hear from your Will and that all is well with him. I haven't forgotten him.

Carmen C. May 26, 2011 at 9:25 PM  

Those beets are just beautiful, like red jewels:) Love the pitcher and Lucy with her kickball, LOL, my shepherd is a whiner too, whines about everything but we love it, so funny!!!

Vee May 26, 2011 at 10:22 PM  

Look at all those jars filled with goodness from the garden. Pickled beets really are pretty. English peas...okay, I'm sure their mama thinks they're pretty.

What a sweet gift from your mom. You must have her over more often especially since she loves to work alongside you in the kitchen.

Hope you had a wonderful evening out!

Debbie May 26, 2011 at 11:34 PM  

Hello! So glad I decided to pop by tonight. I love pickled beets. As a matter of fact I had some on my salad tonight. I have a feeling yours are soo much better....the peas look great too. How wonderful to be reaping the benefits of all your work. How nice your mom does this with you. And brings presents too! I love it btw. Hope you had a wonderful dinner! HUGS

no spring chicken May 27, 2011 at 12:15 AM  

How romantic! A competitive day of pea shelling, AND dinner out? Can life really be this good? :)

I have a generous mama too. I know just what you mean about waiting to see what prize she may have squirreled away for me when she visits! She certainly keeps me youthful. Notice I said youthful, not immature...

Blessings Sue,

Happy@Home May 27, 2011 at 7:40 AM  

Thank YOU for sharing your life on the farm with us, Sue. I so enjoy my visits here.
You, your Mom and Mr. P. have been busy as bees. Your canned goods and fresh eggs are so beautiful. How wonderful to eat food so fresh.
The pitcher your mom brought is gorgeous. How exciting to not only get a visit from her, but a lovely gift too.
Hope "y'all" had an enjoyable dinner out. You definitely deserved a break from the work.

Elena May 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM  

Your peas and beets look so lovely! How wonderful to have all that produce canned up and ready to be used all year round. Your mom is such a sweetheart. My mom would always give me things. Usually a "just because" gift. She was so sweet that way. I love your pitcher and basin:) Have a blessed day dear freind!

Happyone : ) May 27, 2011 at 11:50 AM  

I haven't had pickled beets in years. I'm sure yours are delicious.
Such a pretty gift from your mom. You are lucky that you and your mom get along so well. : )
Always a pleasure to stop by.
Hope you enjoyed your dinner out!

Lynn May 27, 2011 at 6:23 PM  

Wow, looks like you have been busy! Your garden looks wonderful. We have had such a cold and rainy spring (for Calif.) that it still feels like Feb. But my hubby's celery, spinach, onions, garlic, lettuce is doing well. I just took some onions/basil/celery leaves baked in white wine out of the oven and they are excellent :) Trying to save some for tonight. And two artichokes, too. Thanks for sharing your garden. It is fun to see what's growing in everyone else's yard.

Karen May 27, 2011 at 9:06 PM  

OMG girlfriend.. you have been one busy busy girl... and Oh I just love your gift.. that is gorgeous!!! let me know when you get tired of it.. I have a place for it here too..lol..
Love ya my friend.. have a blessed weekend.. relax and play some kickball with your puppy.. see ya next week

Cheryl May 28, 2011 at 3:33 PM  

As usual, Sue, you have been a busy girl...and you make it all sound like such fun!

Love the pitcher your mother brought for you. My mom is a giver too, always so thoughtful.

Awwww...I love Lucy! (That sounds like the TV show--ha!--but I'm referring to your sweet pal.) She is a gem.

And, thank you for asking...how am I doing with Kati finishing school? Pretty good I think! Until I think ahead to her graduation service where each parent makes a mini-speech as they present their student with their diploma. I have dreaded it for three years, because I KNOW that I will cry! And I don't mean "sniffle" or "choked up"...I mean full-fledged crying and not being able to say anything at all. I sobbed a few years ago when some a couple of close friends' children graduated...so I know I'm going to be a total mess this time around!

Cheryl May 28, 2011 at 3:37 PM  

P.S. If "No Spring Chicken" happens to read this, I have not been able to post any comments at your blog! I have tried multiple times...on different posts...and no go. Just want you to know I've been stopping in and enjoying (as usual!) your lovely pictures and glimpses of your daily life.

Uncovered Ruby May 28, 2011 at 10:36 PM  

I can't wait until our garden yields enough crop to can! Your beets look beautiful, as do the peas. And I wanted to mention how much I love the sheers on your porch..I'd love to do the same on my front porch but I'm worried the cats will tear them to shreds!
Lisa ;-)

LDH May 29, 2011 at 7:53 AM  

Your preserved food are picture perfect! What a sweet momma you have showing her love to you with her treasured gifts and help.

Out to dinner with your sweetheart ~ the best!

Susan B May 29, 2011 at 3:59 PM  

Hi Sue,
You have been busy! It's so good to see the wonderful food from your garden. I always enjoy visiting you and seeing your beautiful photos.

I will be praying for your grandson Will. So thankful for all those serving in our military that preserve our freedom.

God bless you my friend. ☺

susanbeemer May 29, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

grandaughter kaitlyn LOVE you grandme miss you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much can't wait to see you love you the food looks sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo good I want it right now pleas send me mom and susie so tell papa that I LOVE and miss him sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much and can't wait toooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo see him and LUCUY to!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susanbeemer May 29, 2011 at 10:41 PM  

L-O-V-E YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH GRANDMA AND GRANDPA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

susanbeemer May 29, 2011 at 10:43 PM  


Kathleen From Eggs In My Pocket May 30, 2011 at 8:31 PM  

I just love to see jars canned full of wonderful bounty from the gardens!Of course I just love the pitcher and bowl!

Terry May 31, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

dear sue...i have been enjoying looking at the canning that you have been doing...i was especially interested in the beet recipe...i think that beets would be very good for mom golden.
you have the beets growing already?
to get live beets like this, we would have to buy them in the store.

your memorial day picture is so heart moving..and the picture of that young hero...do you know him?
mrs. mac has a son who served and he just got home a couple of years ago...i really miss so many of the sisters blogs...so many have gone to facebook and i miss the news because it is rare for me to go there unless it is to answer one of my nieces or nephews and my sisters...
i prefer the blogs and yours is so nice.
teach mary is mostly on face book now...

i am going to write the postcards to you TODAY and mail them because canadian post will be going on strike!

thank you for your ever kind comments on my blog!
yesterday i was helping a friend in texas to start a blog and then it seemed just the proper thing for me to start a new blog myself.
yes i have been wanting to make me one of my family for a long time..i called it "the golden family"..
well i had better make tracks because i want to make you those postcards........god bless you!...i have showed mom golden your blog and she loved it!..you have the joy and peace of the lord shining in your face susan!
susan means "lily" and "lily" means "joyful" and that is what you are!...love terry

proverbs 31 14 "She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar."

Carol June 4, 2011 at 6:21 PM  

It is so wonderful to do the canning and have those beautiful full jars to show for it! Tastes better that way, too!

Kathleen June 5, 2011 at 1:04 PM  

I found your blog over at Lorraine's. It is just lovely!

GardenofDaisies June 5, 2011 at 7:26 PM  

Sue, thank you for keeping all of us in your prayers.
- Gayle

Donna June 6, 2011 at 11:39 PM  

What beautiful pictures of your home and family. Looks so peaceful.

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