This was my dad's sister, Verola.
She married a hard-working pig farmer, Roland...
they had one son, Dennis.
My dad always felt a little sorry
for Verola because she worked so hard
on their pig farm in Iowa...
I'm guessing she was a happy
hard-working farm wife
and loved the life she chose!
I don't remember anything about
visiting their farm (I was too young)
but the stories my siblings tell
me about chasing Roland's pigs
and tracking in mud on Verola's floors...
I think it would also be a safe bet
that Verola felt sorry for my dad
and his life of raising 5 wild children!!
Like any good farm wife in the 50's
she cooked everything from scratch,
and nothing went to waste!
Here is her recipe for
Bring to boil:
1 Cup Vinegar
2 Cups Sugar
1 Tablespoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Celery Seed
7 Cups Thinly Sliced Cucumbers
1 Cup Sliced Onion
1 Cup Green Pepper
Pour the sugar/vinegar brine over
the vegetable mixture and stir.
Cool and place in the refrigerator...
these will keep up to one year!
We are still finding cucumbers on the vines,
but since we aren't picking them everyday,
they are getting too big to pickle in our quart jars!
This is a great way to use those over-sized cukes...
and I love that sweet pickle taste!!
I had plenty of fat cucumbers to spare
so I doubled the recipe to fill this
gallon size country jar!
I think I'll start charging
5 cents a slice....
maybe I can save up enough to buy a pig!!
Have a sweet day!