Thursday, July 26, 2018

Zucchini Salsa!

It's that wonderful time of year when gardens start producing their bountiful harvest. But suddenly there are many zucchinis! What to do with a pile like this?
When I have extra produce available to me, I usually go looking for either a salsa recipe or a jam recipe. I have been known to make red tomato salsa, green tomato salsa, blueberry salsa and even banana salsa! It would only seem fitting to have a zucchini salsa recipe to turn to when the zukes pile up.

This has got to be one of the best salsas I have made. It is yummy with chips, with crackers, with veggies and, it is even yummy on top of cottage cheese!! It can be eaten raw after all the ingredients have been mixed up or it can be brought to a boil and canned for later use. No matter which way you choose to eat it, it is good. I had some of the kids asking me if I had another batch done yesterday, so I was up at 1 in the morning finishing a batch of it up!

10 cups zucchini, peeled and shredded (about 2 huge or 4 regular)
4 onions, chopped
2 green bell peppers, chopped
2 red bell peppers, chopped
1/4 cup sea salt
1 tablespoon pickling salt
2 tablespoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon cumin
2 cups white vinegar
1 cup brown sugar, white sugar or 1/2 cup honey (I usually use brown sugar in mine)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon black pepper
5 cups chopped ripe tomatoes, I do not peel my tomatoes.

How to make it:

I have been known to make it without the red and green peppers when I do not have them on hand.
I have also made it with a few cloves of garlic added into it.
I have also added in one or two whole jalapenos - just depends on how hot you like it.
In a large bowl combine; Zucchini, onions, green pepper, red pepper and the salt Mix together cover and let stand a few hours or over night.
Next day rinse, drain well and put into a large pot then add mustard, garlic, cumin, vinegar, brown sugar, pepper flakes, cornstarch, nutmeg, pepper, tomatoes and tomato paste.
Put into jars, I do ½ pints (home watching a movie size) and pints (company’s coming size)
Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

My last batch never even made it to the boiling and simmer stage. We ate the whole batch uncooked in less than a week! And, I didn't have the mustard powder, so i just made it without.

I thought about adding a jalapeno this last time, but decided to stick with the taste of the cumin and red pepper flakes.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

I'm BACK finally!

Well, obviously I took a long break from posting on this blog. As usual, life has been a whirlwind. I'm still here at the ranch, doing the goats and other animals, most of my kids still live here with me and the hubby. Although, they are growing up fast. The twins will be ten in just a  few days and I'll be the BIG 50! Hard to believe that I'll be "half a century" old, as some of my younger friends remind me!

SO, what do we do on this ranch nowadays? What are the plans we have for this place and what goes on in the mind of this Okie Mama? Well, here are a few things that should be happening here this year and a few projects I'd like to try and pull off:

In just a few weeks, the goats will start having kids again, which means we'll be back in the milk - woohoo! I've been missing that delicious goat milk. Thankfully, we have been able to get some raw cow milk from the neighbor, just recently. In the picture below you can see one of our older does (Prissy, the brown one) that we've had for 9 years. Next to her is Wheezee, one of our spotted Nubians - Oh, I am so looking forward to seeing what kind of spotted kids we might get this year.

The Muscovey ducks are a big part of our ranch also as we now have probably a hundred of them wandering around here . . . maybe even more than that! Last year I wrote a few articles for a website called Right Pet . I wrote a total of 8 articles, each article focusing on a different farm animal. Here is the one I wrote about Muscovies - Muscovey Ducks for Meat, Eggs, Bug Control & Beauty. And, here is one I wrote called, Guineas for Tick Control and . . . Noise.

What else? Well, being the 50 year old that I am (okay, so I have 3 days until I am), I have been having my "menopausal moments" . . . eek - emotions, crying because I am happy, crying because I am sad, crying because, um, I don't know why. Well, I hope to put together a few posts over this year about natural remedies in dealing with all the symptoms and problems of this wonderful time of life!

I would also like to finish a series of pictures books I have on my computer called, The Self Sufficient Lifestyle Series. I am designing these books to have LOTS of pictures in them. Some of the them will cover how to butcher various animals, how to make certain foods on the farm and whatever other ideas I can think of. Plus, I hope to have a few of my daughters get our YouTube channel going better. We have some videos up on it now - you can check it out here - Oklahoma Ranch Life.

Well, that's just a few of my ideas . . . we'll see what comes to pass!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Where Have I Been?

     Well . . . not on here obviously! Life gets so busy sometimes that the hours seem to turn into days, the days seem to turn into weeks, the weeks seem to turn into months and now it is two months into 2013.

     Our ranch is one busy place with lots of activity. I am hoping to get back into the swing of writing blog posts and putting good info up here for you all. For right now, I'll add a few pics of the past few months.

     We are back in the swing of things in the meat bunny barn. Lots of babies in and out of the nest boxes. If you need rabbits give us a holler. You can check us out on facebook at Liberty Ranch Rabbits

   With so many chefs and cooks in the house there are always goodies galore coming out of the kitchen. One of my daughters does post a bunch of recipes up on her blog over here - Ranch Girl's Sweets 'N' Treats

    LOTS of birthing going on right now. Between our goats and our sheep, there are lots of kids and lambs running around the ranch. We have a youtube channel over here - Oklahoma Ranch Life

     We do our own home butchering most of the time around here also.

     Lots of spots is what we like also!

   We have some a great family and really like hanging out together. Our goal? How many times can we be together this year!

   Rain, ice and snow have been hitting us recently and this has been a welcome blessing.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Triplets Born Today!

    What a way to start a beautiful, cold morning at the ranch. The long-awaited, big & fat doe finally had her babies. All theories that she just had a tumor went out the door! Three little girls to our happiness - although my 8-year-old son was trying to convince us that boys are better. Here are some pictures of the excitement. We should have a youtube video up about it also sometime soon. Our youtube channel is - come see our videos and subscribe to stay in the loop of ranch life with us!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Around the Ranch

Just a quick update from around the ranch. Things have been busy around here with auctions, listing things on Ebay, soccer practices and games and just everyday life around the ranch. Here are a few pics one of the kids got the other day of some of the animals. See the picture blow of the VERY large goat . . . the debate is whether she is pregnant or has a tumor (haha! Just kidding on that). We are awaiting her  "popping".

Jewels, the resident French Black Copper Maran roo:

Peek-a-boo sheep!

Two of last year's kids fighting for control of the little house.

This little rooster is the coolest little guy around. Small but MIGHTY! :)

There was an unexpected event the other day with a BIG wild hog - but I'll save that for later as I am running late right now on getting the chores done!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

New LGD Puppy

   We brought in a new Livestock Guardian dog just today. She is 7 weeks old and we are hoping she will grow up to be a good guardian for our animals. She is out in the goat and sheep pen with our other LGD. Hopefully she will learn from him as she grows up.

Monday, November 12, 2012

It's Getting COLD!

 It's that time of the year when it starts to get cold. I had 4 layers of sweatshirts on and my jacket this morning. I like to layer so that I can strip the sweatshirts off one-by-one as I go about feeding all the critters in the morning. Usually by the time I get back to the milking barn I have taken several layers off. the only problem with this plan of action is that I have sweatshirts all over the yard on various fenceposts and other places! Thankfully, I have a big pile of sweatshirts I have collected from all of the auctions we have gone to!!

     The first water buckets had to have ice broke out of them!