Thunderstorms and Spicy Dilly Beans

The past week has been both frustrating and fun.  Starting with last Tuesday night….my family sat through one of the worst thunderstorms that we’ve ever been in.  There was almost non-stop lightening for hours.  Just when you thought it was going to quiet down and the storm was over, the next line of storms would come rolling in.  Just after putting the kids to bed, CRACK and out went the lights.  So bedtime was put on hold as we sat in the living room, surrounded by candles until about 3AM.  During that time we ate cookies, talked a whole bunch and watched the storm.  There was one more slam of lightening that hit something on the house which unfortunately knocked out our TV (was new…now junk) our cable and internet.  Big disappointment…..”Oh Cable Guy!”  Fortunately by 3AM the power was back on so we all headed to bed.  (oh yeah, all this plus the leak in the hallway ceiling which is hopefully fixed for good now).

Next day kids went with Grandmas to the Dells for their first ever Duck ride.  They both had a great time and it was nice for them to be able to get out and do something fun for awhile.  It was also nice for us to be able to get away from the kids too. LOL 

The next couple of days were filled with trying to fix that leak, cleaning up the construction debris around the yard and more unpacking and sorting.  I am still amazed at all the stuff that you accumulate that you don’t realize you have until you move.  Our pile of “get rid of stuff” is continuing to grow which is a good thing so when we finally do make it to the flea market or have that rummage sale, we’ll have a good variety of stuff to sell.

The end of the week and weekend were pretty calm around here.  Hot weather with a few trips to the lake and nice cool evenings.  Mike got a new job (YEAH!!!) and started this morning.  Working on cars and tearing stuff up so it can be hauled for scrap metal.  I am grateful that he finally found something.  Yesterday my in-laws dropped off about a bushel of green beans and I got 6 quarts and 8 pints of dilly beans canned last night.  Have to wait 2 long weeks before we can taste them which is going to drive us crazy!  Recipe is posted below.  It’s pretty simple.

Couple of weeks ago we put about 6 birdfeeders in back of the house so I could watch birds through the kitchen window.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any visitors for a long time….until, I got my first visitor.  Now we get lots of birds, especially in the mornings.    I think the squirrel visiting first reassured the birds that is was a good place to eat?  At least that is our theory. 


Green or wax beans are best in this recipe.

4 lbs green beans
6 TB salt
3 C. distilled white vinegar
3 C. water
1 tsp. dried dill weed (or 1 fresh dill head) per pint
1/2 tsp. turmeric
3 whole peppercorns
1 clove garlic (peeled)
1 slice fresh jalapeno(or 1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes)

Trim and wash beans well.

Combine salt, vinegar and water.  Bring to a boil.

Add seasonings to each clean hot jar.  Pack beans tightly in jars; cover with boiling liquid, leaving 1/2” head-space; seal.  Beans must be completely covered with liquid.

Process in boiling water bath for 10 minutes.

Yields approx 6 pints.


2 thoughts on “Thunderstorms and Spicy Dilly Beans

  1. Oh thunderstorm! I’m so scared of it. I’m glad you guys are ok now…
    I love this spicy recipe… it sounds so yummy.
    Thanks for sharing,

  2. Yes…we’re ok. Strange how the dogs reacted when the storm was coming. Pacing and whining. Knew it was going to be a wild one.

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