Monday, June 22, 2009

Heads Or Tails #96

You can play this at Heads Or Tails!

TAILS - "Summertime memory"

Since this is TAILS week our summertime memory needs to be a real memory of ours. It can be a childhood memory, a memory from teens years or later. It can even be from last week.



I remember warm summer days at my grandmother's house, sitting on the porch swatting flies.. and snapping beans together. She would later can these to eat through the winter months.

The tradition continued when me and my kids would sit in the kitchen doing the same thing and for the same reason. I would also can tomatoes, zucchini, jams, and fruit.

It's been years and years since I've done any canning. The main reason being I've lived in apartments and the kitchens are so small. I recently got the fever for it though and this past weekend me and Mr. Skittles went out and bought jars of all sizes. We stopped at a local veggie store spent some money and the last two days we canned strawberry jam, applesauce, zucchini. I have green beans on the stove as I type. We will get tomatoes when they come in season.

So this is my summertime memory. Recreating with Mr. Skittles some older summertime memories.



19 comments:

Sue said...

I LOVE that song! I have never tried canning. My grandmother used to can foods, especially strawberry jam, or at least that is what I remember most :) It seems to have died out with my Mom and her siblings though. Best wishes for your canning, and Happy HOT day!

anthonynorth said...

I remember many who made their own jams, etc, in my youth. The taste was incredible.

The Curmudgeon said...

I wouldn't be much for canning. Beer cans, perhaps, in a younger day. But John Sebastian and Lovin' Spoonful.... I can relate.

Vicki said...

I hate canning but love the end result!

Grace said...

BTW... come get some... have about 4 lbs left...

Lucy said...

what a nice homey memory!
I've never put anything in a jar!! Can u teach me Hot buttah?
this song brings back my summer youth big time!! xox

MommyWizdom said...

I know so many people who can, yet I don't have the guts... Maybe I'll add that to my list of things to tackle in my lifetime.

Great memory! Snapping peas... yum!

Have a great day!

MommyWizdom

Hootin' Anni said...

My mom used to do the very same. Dad and my brothers even built her a root cellar to store all her canned goods during the heat of the summer/fall. Me? I freeze. Canning is too much work. LOL

My HoT is now posted. Come join me...have a scoop or two!!

Karen said...

Canning is such hard work. I love the looks of the jars all filled. They are too pretty to open and eat the contents. LOL

Misty Dawn said...

How awesome that you and Mr. Skit are doing this together! That is WAY cool.

Lani said...

Hey isn't funny how one would want to go to a fond memory..yes I did just think of something fond... I should have played yor redording before I wrote my story because it definately reminded me of a summer memory and not such a good one.
I know exactly where I was and what was going on when that record was popular!

How nice you are canning!.. I always wanted to...but never tackled it... I do so wish I would have had that experience.
Hugs
L

Autumn said...

I don't think I've ever had anything home-canned. I bet it's yummier than the stuff I'm used to!

chicamom85 said...

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Anne

i beati said...

I love canning to this day and rememeber how good that vegetable soup tasted at 12 below..sandy

Lisa - Life Is Like a Box of Legos said...

Wow - snapping beans ... that brings back memories for me too ... my fingertips are sore just thinking about it. My grandmother LOVED beans ... and had quite the green thumb ... which meant bushels of vegetables - which naturally, I never ate as a child. Good times ...

Robyn Jones said...

I remember picking berries for my mom, so that she could make jam...tons and tons of berries...but I am afraid that I was never patient enough to get into canning myself..I have made apple jelly a few times..

Berni aka Vic Grace said...

That's a lovely memory of your Grandmother, actually it reminded me of mine but in her case it was peas.
I have canned a lot but since we are going to Mexico this winter I am not as I am worried about it all freezing and the jars breaking.

Tumblewords: said...

My mother and I canned all sorts of food - fish, beef, corn, beans, beets, raspberries, jams, jellies and more. Occasionally, my girls try to get me interested again and I can't seem to find the enthusiasm but the end product was wonderful ~ I remember. This sounds like a fun project for you and your Mister.

Jean at Penny Lane said...

My MIL use to can her entire garden and her cellar looked like an aisle in a grocery store.
I never could can can.
Joking but true in both senses.