Wanderer's to the Cabin

Friday, May 01, 2015

Four Bean Salad Recipe

I was asked if I would post the recipe for the Four Bean Salad, so here it is....

Four Bean Salad

 2 - 15.25 oz. cans Kidney Beans (drained)
2 - 14.5 oz. cans Cut Green Beans (drained)
2 - 14.5 oz. cans Wax Beans (drained)
2 - 15.5 oz. cans Garbanzo Beans (drained)
1 cup Red or Sweet Onion (chopped)
2 Bell Peppers any color (chopped)
2 cups Celery (sliced)
3 cups white sugar
3 cups white vinegar
3 cups water
(You can adjust the sugar and vinegar to suite your taste.)

Mix sugar, vinegar and water in a large stock pot until sugar is dissolved. Add beans and veggies and heat on medium for about 15 minutes. Fill clean hot mason jars 3/4 full of beans then ladle cooking juice into jars leaving one (1) inch of head space. Wipe rims of jars and attach heated lids then rings. Put into boiling water bath canner and process for 30 minutes for quart jars. 
This made 5 quarts with one being a bit shy on beans.


This is my hubs recipe that he came up with after looking at lots of other recipes. It is milder and I think a bit sweeter than most of the Four Bean Salads that you find in the store.

This is a quick to make recipe that we did to see if we liked it, for a larger batch we would use dried kidney beans and garbanzo beans that we would cook before canning and fresh or frozen green beans and wax beans, if you can find the wax beans like that, otherwise you have to used canned. It is much more economical that way.
(For those that don't know, a Wax Bean looks just like a Yellow Green Bean.)
If you do not can foods you can mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl and put in the refrigerator, covered for 24 hours before eating so the flavors have time to mix. It will keep in the fridge for about one to two weeks depending on your fridge's temp. 

Hope you enjoy the recipe.
Take Care Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

April Smalls SAL Update

Time for another update, this time it's for the 2015 Smalls SAL
Here is my finish for the month of April.

Found this saying on Pinterest and just had to chart it so I could stitch it up. It suits me to a tee according to my hubs. It's stitched on 28 count using DMC threads. I'll most likely turn it into a small pillow.

Tried out another crafty endeavor last week.

I decided to try my hand at dyeing my own buttons. So easy, and great results using Rit Dye.
The dyes were: Tangerine (top left), Teal ( top right) and Sunshine Orange (bottom).
I've already used a few of the ones from the Tangerine batch, they make cute flower centers.

Well that's it for this post, time to go pull some coffee dyed muslin out of the oven so I can see how it turned out. Until next time, thank you so much for stopping by and any thoughts you may leave behind.

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy 

Sunday, April 19, 2015

TUSAL Update Among Other Things

Only a day late with this months TUSAL Update.
So ...... lets start there.

Here's my stitchin' entry.

And here's my sewing/craft entry.

These are the reason I've been having so many fabric scraps. 
I have lots more cut out and ready to put together for adding to other prim and country pieces or just on branch stems. 
The flowers, leaves and pumpkins are super quick and easy, except for the pumpkin stems wrapped in jute, which took a bit and those two darn butterflies (rose/mauve colored on the left) which were a bit of a pain to get right. The yellow pumpkin is hand-dyed and the cream pumpkin is coffee stained and dyed, still need to get some wired hemp or jute for the curly tendrils on the pumpkins. 
When you have no primitive or country shops in the area ya just gotta make it yourself.

Did a bit of canning weekend before last.

Five quarts of very pretty and yummy Four Bean Salad.
Love adding home canned foods to our pantry, helps cut down on a lot of the stuff we would normally buy on a shopping trip. Best thing is we know exactly what were putting into it, no mystery ingredients or things you can't pronounce. 

Started lots of herb seeds for my herb garden that I plan to have this year. Basil, Oregano, Dill, Rosemary, Spearmint, Peppermint, Parsley, Cilantro, and Garlic Chives so far. Then some Sunflowers and two types of Lavender. Planted Banana Peppers, Beets, Radishes and Cucumber seeds in the garden this weekend. Hopefully they sprout and the deer don't eat them. 
Bought two cold hardy Blueberries to plant in the garden, but one has taken some damage as Jack decided that he wanted to take out his spite on one of them, hope it survives since he pulled it out of its pot and broke a branch off dragging it around the backyard then chewed the plastic pot for good measure. He is my least favorite dog at the moment and knows it since he steers clear of me right now.

Well, I think I've gone on long enough tonight. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and maybe leave a thought or two behind. So, until next time......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin' Everyone
Hugs, Sandy

Thursday, March 26, 2015

2015 Smalls SAL

I'm a day late on this one.

Finished this on at the end of February, it's from Samplers and Santas
I of course changed the colors using my own hand-dyed threads and omitted part of the design to add a signature and date.

Well that's it for today, thank you so very much for taking the time to walk down the dirt road to my little log cabin, so until my next post......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Monday, March 23, 2015

2015 TUSAL Update

Thanks to a nasty case of the FLU I'm three days late with my update this month.
I did way more sewing and playing with fabric than I did stitchin' this time around, so I have two ort piles to show off.

The massive fabric pile is courtesy of the 10 dusters I made and a few other fabric crafts like the Prim Fabric Flowers and the little fabric Butterflies in the background {found the directions via Pinterest}. Of course I won't be saving all of the fabric orts, I just don't have a jar that BIG, I filled a #10 can for those.  My humble little stitchin' ort pile came from a couple of smalls to be shown later on.

Well, that's it for this post everyone, thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your thoughts behind, I cherish each and every one of them. So until next post......

Take Care & Happy Stitchin'
Hugs, Sandy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Happy St. Patrick's Day
 Hugs, Sandy