This summer I had the opportunity to house sit my friend's beautiful home in the foothills. They have a VERY large garden and are growing many vegetables. They were kind enough to pick cucumbers for me so that while I was there I could make pickles! It was a real experience as I had not canned in quite a while. While I was there the temperature was close to 100 degrees almost every day. Her kind husband had set up everything I would need on a porch right outside this beautiful kitchen of theirs. I had the large canning pot and a propane stove and everything....(yes, I had visions of me burning their gorgeous home to the ground...how could I face them when they returned?!). But, alas, everything went according to plan and you will see the fruits of my labor at the end of this post.
I also went down the road and picked blackberries one morning and made several jars of homemade blackberry jam. Yum!
As I look back on this experience I am truly waiting for next year! Hmmmmm what can I produce when I go back?