Lillie Mae Acres

Lillie Mae Acres

Friday, July 16, 2010

Farmhouse Kitchen Update

OK, here I am mama. Here's another post just for you.
My mom reminded me the other day that I needed to write a new post, it's been a while.
It's so HOT here in Florida, I think it's hotter than it's ever been. I know we Floridians probably say that every year. Of course it's also the time that every ones spring gardens are at their full potential and the farmhouse kitchen here at Lillie Mae Acres has been a busy place.
Not only do we grow our own garden and a few fruits, we also trade with friends and relatives. Just the other day, I traded blueberries for blackberries with my mom. Wayne traded potatoes for a different kind of cucumber and tomatoe than what we grew with neighbors.

A friend brought me some corn and a jar of her plum jelly for some of our zipper peas and a jar of my plum jam. That's just how it works in the country amongst friends, family, and neighbors. I took pears and tomatoes to my mom and sister this morning and now I have a kitchen floor full of pears to make pear honey and pear preserves with this weekend.
I have beautiful green onions growing just off the patio in the backyard and a pot full of chives growing on the side of the house. I enjoy taking my scissors out there and snipping just what i need when I'm cooking. Our yellow squash didn't do too well this year, we had a few good ones then nothing. Oh well, the fall squash will be plenty!
Let's see, so far Lillie Mae's freezer is full of zipper peas and okra pods from the spring garden. My canning shelf is filled with stewed Italian tomatoes, Uncle Tom's salsa (hot and mild), plum jelly, plum jam, plum sauce, fig preserves, strawberry fig preserves, and after this weekend both pear honey and pear preserves will be up there.

Only two jars of pear honey left on the shelf from last year. There's more on the way!

What's next? Well we have more okra in the garden, some pepper to put up and although gourds aren't a food we have them growing. When all this is over and done with, we'll just sit back until it get's cool enough to plant a fall garden.

Although it's mighty hot out there, flowers are still trying to be as pretty as they can. God has blessed us with a lot of rain in the past few weeks so they are soaking that good stuff up!

If you haven't tried my recipe for Georgia Tomato Roast on page 27 in the Gooseberry Patch "Slow Cookers Casseroles and Skillets" you really should because it is sure yummy. I cooked it last Sunday and it was gone in a flash!

Oh and one more thing about the good ole' summer time, why does Mom (me) end up doing clean up the next day after a pool party? Isn't there some rule that says if Mom (me) feeds the crowd, the crowd can cleanup after themselves? I'm dreaming!

So whatever you are up to these days, I sure hope you're having fun and enjoying your weather, family, friends, and most of all God's blessings. Come back to see me real soon!


  1. Everything looks so beautiful at Lillie Mae acres! We here in Pa are up to our necks in beans & zucchini, I won't complain tho, I wait all year for them:)

  2. I had to comment when I spied the okra! My mom was the world's best okra-frier! My daughter and my brother used to "bet" with it. "If I'm right, you have to give me your fried okra the next time we have it at Granny's house." Too funny! I lived in Altamonte Springs for eight years in the 70's and 80's, so I know what you mean about the heat. The fall, winter, and spring make it worth it, though. You well stocked pantry is quite a testament to your hard work! Thanks for sharing in this post!

  3. I just LOVE your lovely canned goods. Look like many colored jewels! I'd love your recipe for Pear Honey. Years ago, my husband's Aunt Nora gave me more pears than I knew what to do with and I made pear butter (a kin to apple butter). What a treat that was!!


  4. What a lovely blog, We probably have a lot in common, but I do not have 6 acres, I live in town, alas......Great photos.

  5. Thank you all for the sweet comments, and of course for reading Lillie Mae Acres.
    Gail, I do hope you get the Pear Honey recipe I just posted for you and everyone else to be able to enjoy.
    Have a great week and don't leave God out of any second of any minute of any hour of any day of it! Luv n hugz from my home to yours.

  6. Canning and freezing our fruits and vegetables are a lot of work...but I know you will agree that it is so rewarding. Your jars of goodies are absolutely beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing!

  7. I LOVE that first picture of all your jars. I collect them and just love them! You can never have too many, right?

    You are surely blessed to be surrounded by wonderful family, friends, and neighbors! We've not had that since we've moved into this house 4 years ago. This post reminds me of our old neighbors and how much I miss them!

    Your cupboards overflow with homemade goodness! How wonderful!


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