Friday, September 7, 2012

Making Aunt Verola Proud

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 

Refrigerator Pickles....

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!


  1. I love the idea of the gallon jar. We could eat pickles by the gallon around here that's for sure. I also like the celery seed addition.

  2. Aunt verola was one of the nicest and kindest people I have known. She is still missed...

  3. Love your last line. Your Aunt Verola's pickles sound and look wonderful. I am sure she was a happy farm wife and I am sure the farm wives now a days at least this one will enjoy her pickle recipe. Thank you. B

  4. My mum did the same thing on our hobby farm back in the 60s ,70s and even the 80s . We lived off of the land and our live stock even though my dad worked away from the farm during the week it was my mum that looked after everything on the farm ! These women were the hardest working people ever ! Lovely photos . Recipes look and sound YUMMY ! Have a great day !

  5. Looks great I really been wanting to try these I have heard of them and your big jar looks wonder filled with them..