Monday, August 15, 2016

Grandma Catron's Pickled Beets~ Amish Style

If you have visited an Amish home or Restaurant~ you know that Pickled Beets are on most tables. I just love them. I would buy them from my Amish neighbors for about $8.00 a quart. I found this recipe in my Grandma's recipes. It is so good! Hope you enjoy!

Grandma Catron's Pickled Beets~
2 cups sugar
3-1/2 c. white vinegar
1-1/2 c. water
1 t. salt
1 T. cinnamon
1 T. allspice
4 16 oz. cans small whole beets drained
4 1-pint canning jars and lids

Combine sugar, vinegar, water, salt, and spices in a large kettle; bring to a boil over medium heat. Add beets. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes; cool. Pack into hot jars; cover with liquid. Store in the refrigerator up to 3 weeks.

My Rock

A century ago an ocean liner sank off the southwest coast of England, taking many people down with it. A 16-year-old galley boy, who was tossed up along the rugged shore, survived by clinging to a rock all night long. When he was finally rescued, he was asked, “Didn’t you shake as you were clinging all night to that rock?” The boy replied, “Yes, of course. But the rock never shook once.”
The children of Israel had many experiences in the dessert ~they learned that rocks were more than a huge mass of stone. A rock at times sheltered them from sudden storms. At other times it provided a cool shadow from the scorching heat. It was a stonghold~a place of safety from enemies~ a refuge.

Psalm 61:2-3 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.y y 

Psalm 62:6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.
Psalm 62:7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

David knew firsthand just how important a rock could be in times of trouble. This  life is full of trouble. It seems much so as the days go by. Yet~ just as the Hebrews found the rock of their salvation in the Lord who brought them out of Egypt~ so we find the rock of our salvation in the One who through His Son delivered us from the bondage of sin. When those storms come knocking and threaten to overwhelm us~ we can cling to our Rock~ that unshakable refuge.

O safe to the Rock that is higher than I
My soul in its conflicts and sorrows would fly;
So sinful, so weary—Thine, Thine would I be:
blest "Rock of Ages," I'm hiding in Thee. —Cushing



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