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Preserving Squash & Recipe’s


Squash is so easy to put up and of course is so yummy and good for you!  Start by washing your squash and then slicing it.  I like to use my mandolin slicer for nice uniform slices.  Label your bags.  this works out better when they are flat!


Throw your slices in a quart freezer bag.


Throw in 1/4 cup of flour.  Seal the bag, with the air in it and….


Let the kids shake, shake, shake, until your squash is all coated with flour.  Then you can squeeze as much air out of the bags as you can and re-seal them. Then throw them I your freezer!!!



Fried Squash

  • Get your grease hot.
  • Get your bag out of the freezer and whack it on the counter to loosen up the stuck together squash.  You can let it defrost it a little, but I am impatient sometimes!
  • Put your squash in the grease and fry away!
  • When it has browned you can strain it on a paper towel and salt to taste.

Fresh Squash and Onion

  • Use about 5 to 6 medium sized squash.
  • Wash and cut into chunks.
  • Place in a pot of boiling water (Just enough to cover the squash)
  • add salt, pepper 1 stick of butter and 1/2 an onion cut in slices or rings, what ever you prefer.  I like nice big pieces!
  • Boil just a few minutes until squash is soft and onions are translucent.


Preserving Green Beans & A Recipe!


We picked 5 gallon of green beans out of the garden a week or two ago, and wouldn’t you know it was at an extremely busy time for us!  I was planning on canning these, but due to the time crunch, I froze them instead.  This process takes much less time!  Obviously you pick your green beans first, then you rinse them off.  The kids gave them a rincing off outside, then I brought them in and with the help of a strainer, did a little better job.


After rinsing them, I got water started boiling in the biggest pot I have, and began snapping off the ends and snapping them in half.  I gave all the little kids a butter knife and cutting board so they could work on their knife skills safely.


We gave all the end pieces to the rabbits and chickens.



This is what they look like snapped in half.



When you have them finished, throw them in your boiling water.  BE CAREFUL!  I was able to do around 2 1/2 gallons at a time in by big pot.   This was a time saver.  When it comes back to a rolling boil, time them for around 3 minutes or until they turn brighter.  This is called blanching.  Blanching kills the yucky stuff, locks in flavor, and cuts your cooking time in half!



Strain them and quickly throw them in an ice bath to stop them cooking.


As soon as they cool spread them out on a towel to drain and pat them dry a little.



Label and put them in your freezer bags!

It may seem like a lot of work compared to opening up a can from the store, but you cannot even compare the nutritional value!!!  It is worth it, and your stomach will thank you.


  1. Put 1 gallon of green beans in pot.
  2. Cover with a few inches of water over the top of the beans.
  3. Add 1 stick of butter and 1/2 small chopped onion (or 1/4 to 1/2 cup of dried minced onion, if you don’t have fresh)
  4. Fry 5 slices of bacon, chop and put in your green beans.
  5. Add 1/4 cup bacon grease rendering to green beans.
  6. Boil away!  Check your water every now and then and add some if needed.

These are even better the second day!!! :)


Do it yourself…Baby Cereal (Brown rice and Oatmeal)


Stella has recently started eating and I have been making and freezing baby food all week, fresh out of the garden.  We think mommas milk is best and we don’t stop there.  I don’t know what is in those little jars of baby food at the supermarket, but I do know what is and isn’t in my garden! :)

Along with veggies and fruit I ground up some brown rice in our mill, and oatmeal in our food processor.  If you have a blender or a food processor you can use these to mill your rice or oatmeal to as fine a consistency as you can get it.

I put mine in 1/2 gallon mason jars.  Remember to store these in the fridge or a dark cool place.  You can make a little recipe card and tie it to the side along with a tbsp. measure for quick and handy cooking.

And here’s the recipe’s. Your baby will thank you!!!


Baby Oatmeal Cereal

To make 1 serving for a 5-9 month old baby

1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp. of the ground oats.

2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 3-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy.

Accompaniments: Breast milk or formula can be added to thin the mixture, or ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, if desired. Fruit purees would go great too!

Brown Rice Cereal

(1 serving for a 4-6 month old baby)

1. Bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil and sprinkle in 2 tbsp of the ground brown rice.

2. Whisk continuously for 30 seconds and then occasionally for 4-5 minutes or until the mixture is thick and creamy to prevent any lumps from forming.

Accompaniments: Breast Milk, Molasses, Banana, Almond Milk, Apple Sauce or Baby Food Puree.

5 Layer Bars


I usually make a double batch of this recipe, that way I wont have any left over ingredients.  This is a single recipe, so you would need to double this.  I also have formulated this recipe for an unconventional pan size.  I make it in a 13×18 pan.  You can get them in a pack of 2 at Sam’s Club.


For the crust:

1 Box of grahm cracker crumbs

2 sticks of butter

1/4 cup sugar

For the topping:

1 bag of chocolate chips

1/2 bag of butterscotch chips

1/2 bag of coconut flakes

1 1/2 can of sweetened condensed milk

1 cup of chopped pecans



Mix together the ingredients for the crust and pat it in the bottom of your pan.

Pour on top of crust bag of chocolate chips and 1/2 bag of butterscotch chips, 1/2 bag of coconut, and 1 cup of pecans.

Pour evenly on top of this the can and 1/2 of sweetened condensed milk

Bake in 350 degree oven for 26 to 30 minutes until browned on top.

Cool and cut into squares

Peanut Butter Balls


This is always a crowd favorite!  We would be lynched at grandma’s house if we came without these!  The hard part is having enough balls to dip even when you make a quadruple batch.   They are a favorite of Dad’s and Don’s even before they are dipped in chocolate!


2 Sticks of butter (Softened)

18 oz. of peanut butter (smooth or crunchy)

1 and 16 oz. of powdered sugar

16 0z chocolate chips

paraffin wax and a double boiler



  • Mix together butter, peanut butter and powdered sugar (Its best to use your hands or your stand mixer)
  • After well incorporated roll into bite size balls
  • Melt chocolate chips and a small 1 to 2 inch chunk of paraffin on the double boiler
  • Using a fork dip the balls in the melted chocolate and put them on foil to dry
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